On Monday, the Supreme Court released its long-awaited decisions in two major lawsuits arguing that electoral maps in Maryland and Wisconsin represented partisan gerrymanders that violated the Constitution, but in both cases, the justices declined to rule on the merits and instead sent both cases back to the lower courts on procedural grounds. In the Maryland case, Benisek v. Lamone, the court let a Republican-backed challenge to the state’s 6th Congressional district proceed in federal district court without adjudicating the substance of the plaintiffs’ claims that Maryland’s map, which was created by Democrats, violates the First Amendment. Meanwhile, in Gill v. Whitford, the Supreme Court vacated a lower court ruling that struck down Wisconsin’s GOP-drawn map of the state Assembly, finding that the Democratic voters who sued lacked standing—meaning they had not demonstrated their rights had been injured—to challenge the map on a statewide basis. The Supreme Court’s move will now require plaintiffs to present new arguments before the district court. One option would be to challenge the map on a district-by-district basis, though such an approach is inherently more difficult for a variety of reasons. It’s also possible that different plaintiffs could demonstrate that they have standing to bring a statewide challenge. In particular, top Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias has suggested the Supreme Court’s ruling might allow Wisconsin’s Democratic Party to challenge the map as a whole. These cases are far from over, and they could eventually find their way back before the high court. They’re also not alone: There’s an outstanding case in which a lower court struck down North Carolina’s congressional map as a Republican gerrymander that could make its way before the court when it returns in the fall, and present the justices with a different set of facts and legal arguments to choose from. These rulings are a disappointment to reformers, but they by no means represent the kind of defeat that many feared in the fight for fair maps. Nevertheless, they’re a reminder that gerrymandering foes can’t rely only on the courts to curb the worst excesses of partisan gerrymandering. Progressives need to win elections at the state level to break the GOP’s grip on power, and activists must use ballot initiatives to create redistricting commissions where possible.
The Trump administration and its allies are grappling with the public outcry against the policy of tearing children from their parents at the border the best way they know how: by lying. Cages aren't cages, they tell us, or at least, Border Patrol is “very uncomfortable” with calling them cages even though, okay, they may be cages. And family separation isn’t family separation because these aren’t really families, they’re telling us now. xHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen - in the latest explanation for parents being separated from families - claims migrants are «posing as families»... and on asylum: «Our generosity is being abused»— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) June 18, 2018 So, what, the toddlers and small children coming over the border clinging to and crying out for their parents as they’re ripped apart by Border Patrol are just acting? “Posing as families”? Because what we’ve been seeing in photos from the border would be some Oscar-worthy acting from adults, let alone little kids. The level of lying coming from the Trump administration and its defenders is reaching mind-blowing heights (or depths, depending how you look at it) as they try to justify this immoral and cruel policy. Denying that it’s their policy, blaming it on Democrats who have nothing to do with it, asking the media not to call cages cages, and now denying that they’re even taking kids from their parents when they’ve taken at least one child from its mother while it was breastfeeding? Up is down, night is day, infrared is ultraviolet.
“Leading Republicans” are calling on the Trump administration to stop tearing families apart at the border, the New York Times claims. But while it’s true that a few Republicans have stepped up to call for an end to the practice, they aren’t the party’s leaders. When House Speaker Paul Ryan said how very sad he is that children are being taken from their parents, he also said—falsely—that Congress would need to act to stop it. The Republicans who are being at least a little honest about what’s going on are not leading their party. Sen. Susan Collins acknowledged that this policy is something “the administration has decided to do,” and went on to say that “That is traumatizing to the children, who are innocent victims. And it is contrary to our values in this country.” But Susan Collins is not a leader of the Republican Party. Sen. Lindsey Graham told the truth when he said that “President Trump could stop this policy with a phone call.” But Lindsey Graham is not a leader of the Republican Party. Former First Lady Laura Bush wrote in the Washington Post that "I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.” But Laura Bush is not a leader of the Republican Party. The leaders of the Republican Party are Donald Trump, who started this cruel, immoral policy; Paul Ryan, who has lied about what it would take to change it; and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn't had a whole lot to say about it. So, sure, some Republicans are vocally unhappy about the policy—and some are doubtless worried about how images of terrified two-year-olds will play in November’s elections—but the party’s leaders are enforcing child-stealing as a policy and lying about what it would take to stop it.
Russia’s Federal Security Service has announced that it would rewrite all laws mentioning “spy hardware” after many people had found themselves on trial for ordering what they thought were common toys from foreign internet shops. Read Full Article at RT.com
The hosts of Fox & Friends must’ve woken up to the directive to defend the indefensible, because they are were working overtime to try to change the narrative away from the God-awful truth we all see right before our eyes: that children, even infants, are being taken from their parents and housed in tents and cages at the direction of Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions. Period. That’s the truth. So, as protests and public outrage grow, as politicians show up demanding tours of these facilities and even Laura Bush publicly decried the shameful policy of separating kids from their parents, how does Trump television cover the news? Watch these fucking assholes. Seriously, you have to see how they are cheerleading this vile policy. x x YouTube Video
The tightening of anti-Russian sanctions will only boost the popularity of patriotic ideology while the new generation will grow up knowing that the West cannot be trusted, says a Crimean deputy of the State Duma. Read Full Article at RT.com
Trade war triggered by the US has hit the commodity prices and most of them including bullion, metals, oil and even agri commodities fell on risk aversion which is understood to have just begun. On Friday US President Donald Trump announced levying a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion worth of Chinese imports. China immediately retaliated with similar move. In last two days oil, gold-silver and metals and most other commodities fell 2-3 per cen while cotton fell by over 5 per cent. Nigam Arora, a US based analyst and author of Arora Report said that, «Fears of a trade war, Concern that OPEC and Russia may start producing more oil at a time when U.S. oil production is rising and the strengthening dollar have hurt the sentiment and commodities fell. He explained that, since commodities are priced in dollars and hence they move inversely to the dollar.»After China announcing similar tariff on goods imported there from US, even India has decided to counter the US tariff. India ...
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In an attempt to kick Washington in its natural resources, Beijing has revealed a list of US goods set to be affected by the first round of retaliatory tariffs that will come into effect on July 6. Read Full Article at RT.com
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