Conservatives have been coveting federal judgeships for years. Since the 1980s, they’ve invested in networks and infrastructure, developing a conservative pipeline to federal clerkships and judgeships. These efforts have been led by the Federalist Society, generally. Its long-time head, Leonard Leo, is now among Trump’s most critical advisors—and his kingmaker, judicially speaking. Most of the Right’s efforts to produce bench-worthy specimens are in the open. Federalist Society chapters at law schools entertain regular visits from conservative judges and thinkers, for example. Their back-channel efforts have been assumed, but rarely exposed. Until the Heritage Foundation got a little too comfortable with how partisan conservatives’ approach to the judiciary is. xNot taking my eyes off this. https://t.co/nlHMg0XIXU— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) October 19, 2018 Heritage’s Federal Clerkship Training Program was established at donors’ behest with the purpose of indoctrinating law clerks. “Indoctrination” is not hyperbole here. The application asks them to explain conservative legal principles and name their favorite justice.
Florida’s candidates for governor met in their first debate on Sunday night, a meeting that was delayed by Hurricane Michael. Republican Ron DeSantis came out of the gate attacking Democrat Andrew Gillum, but his own record and his closeness to Donald Trump—DeSantis dodged a question on whether Trump is a good role model for kids—gave DeSantis a lot to (try to) defend. CNN’s Jake Tapper—and the state of Florida’s particular vulnerabilities—get some credit for putting a question about climate change right up front, prompting DeSantis to try to have it both ways (a habit of his throughout the campaign). “I don't want to be an alarmist. I want to look at this and do what makes sense for Florida,” said DeSantis, which in his book means denying climate science and the human causes of climate change while saying he’ll promote “resiliency” efforts for specific effects of climate change on Florida. Gillum doesn’t have to thread such a tricky needle: «What Florida voters need to know is that when they elect me governor, they are going to have a governor who believes in science,» he said, «which we haven't had for quite some time in this state.» DeSantis predictably also ran into trouble addressing his racist comments, especially the morning after the primary when he changed the story from his win to having urged Florida voters not to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum. That’s not the only thing DeSantis has to answer for on race, though, and he doesn’t have much of an answer: Mr. DeSantis, who has declined to return campaign contributions from a supporter who was forced to apologize for calling President Barack Obama a racist slur, said he served in Iraq with military personnel of all races. “I will be a governor for all Floridians,” he said. Gillum, by contrast, could be a lot more blunt: “He has only continued in the course of his campaign to draw all the attention he can to the color of my skin. The truth is, I've been black all of my life. So far as I know, I will die black.” GET OUT THE VOTE for Democrats. Just click here, enter your zip code, choose the event that works best for you, and RSVP to attend.
Twenty days after Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi went into a Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out again, the official story continues to shift. And so does the response from Donald Trump. Meanwhile new, highly disturbing details have been added to a story of a man tortured and murdered while seeking documents for his upcoming wedding. On Sunday, the Saudi government moved away from calling Khashoggi’s death “accidental” and for the first time employed the term “murder.” As CNN reports, that admission comes as new security videos show that one of the team sent to assassinate Khashoggi did something both odd and chilling—he wore the clothes of the man his team had just murdered and dismembered. One member of the 15-man team suspected in the death of Jamal Khashoggi dressed up in his clothes and was captured on surveillance cameras around Istanbul on the day the journalist was killed, a senior Turkish official has told CNN. This one member of the Saudi team which arrived in Istanbul appears to be approximately the same age and size as Khashoggi. The other members of the team were all military members or bodyguards in their 20s or 30s. This suggests that the man wearing Khashoggi’s clothes was sent there for this specific purpose—to appear on security cameras after the murder in hopes of spreading the idea that Khashoggi had been seen after leaving the consulate. The murderer arrives at the consulate wearing casual clothing and a blue checked shirt, and departs wearing Khashoggi’s suit and dark shirt.
Beirut-based Jane Ferguson describes the cruel tactic of using “hunger as a weapon” in Yemen and South Sudan
“The outrage is so false,” the Fox News host said. “It’s a game. Don’t play along”
Given all the abuse people of color face, it’s shameful for the media to lecture citizens for raising their voices
Singapore is set to begin test flights in the second half of the year.
A $20 billion sea-crossing bridge, connecting mainland China to Hong Kong and Macau is to finally open on Tuesday. The six-lane bridge has been constructed in just nine years. Read Full Article at RT.com
Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff are joining the car show.
Like the first one, the shuttles will be limited to a geofenced area.
The midsize pickup truck starts at $25,395.
It goes on sale in December, so you won't have to wait very long.
Gjemeni, pronounced Gemini, is a new furniture-on-demand service from founder Sean Pathiratne. The company offers decidedly tech-forward furniture that comes in a single box and can be assembled by anyone in a few minutes. Pathiratne sees his company as a fashionable and agile furniture company that brings stylish stuff to your living room in the […]
Pair Eyewear, the customizable glasses brand for kids, has today announced the close of a $1 million Series A, with investors including Corigin Ventures, Outbound Ventures, Precursor Ventures, and Bolt Ventures. The company has a simple premise: Pair sells affordable glasses to children. But beyond simple frames, Pair sells both base frames (regular glasses) and […]
eBay today launched a new service to help users unload their old smartphones on its online marketplace. With eBay Instant Selling, as the service is called, consumers can list their device info, add images, then receive an instant voucher that can be used towards the purchase of a new device from eBay. They’ll also receive […]
Most parents know that the diet and exercise habits of a pregnant woman impacts the health of her baby, but little is known about how a father's health choices are passed to his children. A new study finds that lifestyle practices of fathers prior to conception may have a major impact on the lifelong health of their children.
Computer bits are binary, with a value of 0 or one. By contrast, neurons in the brain can have all kinds of different internal states, depending on the input that they received. This allows the brain to process information in a more energy-efficient manner than a computer. Physicists are working on memristors, resistors with a memory, made from niobium-doped strontium titanate, which mimic how neurons work.
By merging the ancient art of origami with 21st century technology, researchers have created a one-step approach to fabricating complex origami structures whose light weight, expandability, and strength could have applications in everything from biomedical devices to equipment used in space exploration.
Thanks to new underwater camera technology, the elusive “headless chicken monster” has, for the first time, been captured on film in the Southern Ocean. The unusual creature—technically a deep-sea sea cucumber (Enypniastes eximia)—was […] The post ‘Headless Chicken Monster’ Spotted in Southern Ocean appeared first on Geek.com.
For the most part, Lego video games adhere to the mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” With some exceptions, Lego titles all feature the same basic formula. While Lego DC […] The post ‘Lego DC Super-Villains’ Doesn’t Change the Formula But it’s Still Great Fun appeared first on Geek.com.
In designer Olga Prinku’s floral wreaths, hundreds of dried plants and flowers are sewn into the shape of large capital letters. Flower heads spring out of the tulle as if magically sprouting from planted seeds Prinku had scattered weeks before. Although a graphic designer by trade, her project has sparked a love affair with weaving and craft, and encouraged her to experiment with several different mediums. “This particular technique of weaving flowers on tulle actually came to me in a dream,” Prinku tells Colossal. More
Most people can identify the Big Dipper or Orion’s Belt. But can you spot the U.S.S. Enterprise or Incredible Hulk hidden among the stars? To celebrate 10 years of its Fermi Gamma-ray Space […] The post NASA Names Gamma-ray Constellations After Hulk, Einstein, Schrödinger’s Cat appeared first on Geek.com.
What better way to pay tribute to some of history’s greatest minds than to sell their stuff? Christie’s auction house is gearing up for next week’s “On the Shoulders of Giants” event, highlighting […] The post You Could Own Stephen Hawking’s Thesis, Wheelchair appeared first on Geek.com.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A museum is being planned to tell the story of basketball great Larry Bird and his Indiana roots. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Saturday that the museum will be located in a new convention center that's being built in Terre Haute in western Indiana. The ...
Nissan had been expected to field Sebastien Buemi and Alexander Albon in FE’s fifth season, the Japanese manufacturer’s first since taking over from alliance partner Renault at the e.dams entry. But with Albon, who was signed to a three-year FE contract in July, now closing on a Toro Rosso F1 seat for 2019, Nissan will likely need a new driver to slot in alongside season two FE champion ... Keep reading
F1 is developing several different onboard camera ideas and wants to introduce a shot that gives viewers a better view of what drivers can see from their crash helmets. These developments are ongoing but include the possibility of two-time world champion Alonso, who is leaving F1 at the end of the season, trialling a new camera before the end of the season. Alonso’s crash helmet supplier ... Keep reading
At the start of the year, teams and riders study the calendar to get a clear idea of which will be the best circuits to attack – and for Honda and Marquez, Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina has been a happy hunting ground, as they had won there twice before (in 2014 and 2016). However, on neither of those occasions they were as strong as during the free practice sessions in the lead-up to ... Keep reading
Czech coach Pavel Hapal has agreed to take over Slovakia's national soccer team