Harry Litman/LA Times:
A Mar-a-Lago judge’s latest opinion is as damning as legal experts say it is
Thursday’s 10-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Eileen Cannon denying the government’s motion for a stay in the Mar-a-Lago documents case has been described by commentators as a travesty of justice similar to the notorious Dred Scott Supreme Court decision. Being reserved for crimes. .
Respected and generally sober legal analysts have called it an atrocity, “legally and practically inconsistent.” “Hazardous waste,” and declared Canon “a biased hack”. Harvard Law’s Lawrence Tribe tweeted, “No honest and competent legal analyst could have ruled as he did.
Can opinions really be that bad?
In a word, yes.
Jamal Boui/New York Times:
Averting a rail strike reminds us that there is power in the union
Here’s the short story behind the now-averted railroad strike: The nation’s largest freight railroad carriers chose not to allow their workers to take the occasional day off to visit the doctor or attend to the United States’ transportation infrastructure. were willing to handicap. their families
Here is the long story. Earlier this week, unions representing thousands of railway workers were set to strike to protest poor working conditions and low wages. Their complaints were straightforward. The two largest freight railroad carriers—Union Pacific and BNSF Railway—were using attendance policies that penalized employees for taking time off the job. “Engineers and conductors face fines for taking any time off,” The Washington Post explained in its report on labor disputes, “Even in case of emergency, including weekends, holidays and pre-planned holidays.
Nate Silver/Five Thirty-Eight:
Will polls re-guess Democrats?
Our historical database of elections shows that there is Not much in the way of consistent polling bias. Two cycles of pro-Republican bias in 1998 and 2000 were followed by a Democratic bias in 2002. A fairly sharp Republican bias reversed itself in 2012, and elections in both 2014 and 2016 were biased toward Democrats.
Tl; dr? The answer is probably no, and/but there are state fragility and other fundamental considerations. perhaps.
Lindsey Graham’s abortion ‘compromise’ won’t win the middle
On a related note, Sen. Lindsey Graham yesterday introduced a bill that would impose a national ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Graham’s bill does Add an exception for rape and immorality, subject to certain reporting requirements, but contrary to the theoretical proposal WSJ Asked in March, this includes a medical exception for late-term abortions necessary to save the mother’s life. Republicans talk about bills that set the deadline for abortion around the end of the first trimester as similar to laws prevailing in Western Europe, but by not offering a broad health exception, Graham’s bill is a significantly tougher one. will ban His bill also wouldn’t prevent states from establishing more restrictive laws of their own — it would be a ceiling on abortion rights, not a floor.
I think there’s an emerging dynamic here that’s not too different from gun control politics. Republicans are trying to take a more moderate position on abortion, even echoing Democrats’ language on gun control — Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters says he “Common sense” restrictions on abortion. But gun control is rarely as much of a policy issue for Democrats as polls say it should be, right? You can pile your polls on specific gun control policies that get 80% support, but gun politics is more about gut-level trust: Who will protect my right to own a gun? Do I trust that this politician does not have the ultimate goal as a matter of fact To impose far more restrictive rules on those than he is driving?
Alabama GOP chair refuses to show license to vote This became a problem for the poll workers.
Their conflict was over a bread and butter issue of Republican Party politics – voter ID.
Martin insisted that Wahl and his extended family show photo IDs like everyone else when voting.
And as a result, Martin is no longer a poll worker.
Most of the facts of this story are not in dispute. Martin and Wahl give similar accounts, as do others. Differences trigger motivations.
To find out what happened, I requested documents from the Alabama Secretary of State, the Alabama Department of Finance, the Limestone County Probate Court and the Limestone County License Commissioner over the past two months, including emails and text messages between public officials. .
Just an interesting story about American life and religious sects, and local pressures.
Trump has poked holes in our election laws. Congress is trying to corner them.
How Some Electoral Law Fixes Can Protect Democracy in 2024
The Electoral Reform Act There is currently an effort to do so before the Senate, fitting into a long history of legislative action following a breakdown in existing laws. It’s not a bold reinvention of the American electoral system, but a series of bureaucratic reforms, requiring careful legal craftwork, intended to patch up glitches and holes in elections. United States Code. To do so, it updates outdated language, clarifies contested issues, and streamlines the process if a once-in-a-century political crisis occurs.
The new law isn’t designed as a foolproof fix to avoid future issues — after all, who could have predicted that a mob featuring a man in a Viking outfit would storm the Capitol chanting “Hang Mike Pence”? But it ends Many ambiguities exploited by Trump and his allies in the 2020 election and ensures that anyone intent on trying to overturn a presidential election in the future will have to rely on their own ingenuity, not the 2020 road map. .
Jennifer Rubin/The Washington Post:
Elena Kagan to her colleagues: You are why the Supreme Court has lost legitimacy
J Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr Having chosen to turn a blind eye to the Supreme Court’s role in its own legitimacy crisis and defend its radical allies, Justice Elena Kagan has chosen to be a clear-eyed truth-teller.
On Monday, he dropped refreshing candor in the meantime A conversation at Temple Emanu-El in New York. “Judges create legitimacy problems for themselves … when they instead stray into places where it appears they are an extension of the political process or when they are imposing their personal preferences,” he said. He added that the public has a right to expect that “changes in personnel do not send the entire legal system into a tailspin.”
This is about as clear an indictment of six right-wing judges as you’re going to hear. Indeed, Kagan made some compelling points, exposing Roberts’ false ignorance.
Abortion gives Democrats a shot at flipping a Senate seat in Wisconsin
Evidence is building that a wave of women voters could be the difference-maker if Democrats are to keep their Senate majority and stave off possible losses in the House of Representatives in the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
Wisconsin is one of several states where voter registration among women has increased since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. The decision ended national protections for abortion and left on the books an 1849 law outlawing most abortions in Wisconsin, prompting the state’s four abortion clinics to end the procedure.
As for that cartoon at the top?