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"Paper architecture has often had a real utopian or critical underlying agenda to it... [It] was often explicitly anti-capitalist, and emphasized the possibilities of a post-revolutionary society."

"Today’s C.G.I. interiors, on the other hand, offer a fantasy of individual consumption and relaxation, but suggest a certain amount of political indifference. 'This seems like there’s no plan, no societal vision, no critique....Taking a historical view, to have anything appropriating fictional utopian architecture with no utopian vision is a bit depressing.' The earlier part of the twenty-tens saw an explosion of 'cabin porn' on Tumblr: a nostalgic, earthy aesthetic of Obama-era hipster America...
Tags: Travel, Politics, Instagram, Law, Obama, Wikipedia, Global Warming, Earth, Architecture, Capitalism, Antarctica, Un, Philip K. Dick, Fournier, Ann Althouse, Interior Decoration


US Justice Department expresses 'concerns' over the GOP's Arizona election audit being conducted by Cyber Ninjas

Cyber Ninjas owner Doug Logan, left, a Florida-based consultancy, talks about overseeing a 2020 election ballot audit ordered by the Republican lead Arizona Senate at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, as a Cyber Ninjas IT technician demonstrates a ballot scan during a news conference Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Phoenix. The equipment used in the November election won by President Joe Biden and the 2.1 million ballots were moved to the site Thursday so Republicans in the state Senate who...
Tags: Asia, Florida, Politics, Law, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Audit, Gop, Arizona, Department Of Justice, Republican, Biden, Conspiracy Theories, Doj, Charles Davis


Might Prez Biden use his clemency power relatively soon?

The question in the title of this post is promoted by this notable new Hill article headlined "Biden set to flex clemency powers."  The headline is a bit more encouraging than the full article for those eager to see some action on this front, and here are some of the details: White House officials are signaling that President Biden is prepared to flex his clemency powers as officials wade through a large backlog of requests behind the scenes, according to advocates with whom the White House has...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, Aclu, Susan Rice, New Orleans, Biden, Voice, Justice Department, American Civil Liberties Union, Hill, Hoskins, Dana Remus, Jen Psaki, Douglas A Berman, Cedric Richmond


More trafficking victims facing forcible removal from UK under rule change

Rights groups warn many more survivors face being locked up after MPs back Home Office changeMore victims of trafficking will be locked up in detention and forcibly removed from the UK after MPs approved a change in Home Office rules relating to this vulnerable group, campaigners have warned.MPs recently confirmed what is known as a statutory instrument. This change in rules relating to the detention of trafficking victims comes into force on 25 May and will require them to provide a higher stan...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Global development, Human Trafficking, Priti Patel


Meet Victoria Toensing and Joseph diGenova, the Republican power couple caught up in the FBI's Rudy Giuliani investigation

Rudolph Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, and Victoria Toensing, attorneys for then-President Donald Trump, conduct a news conference. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Image Victoria Toensing was served a search warrant alongside Rudy Giuliani last week. She and her husband and law partner, Joseph diGenova, have been close to Giuliani for decades. They were instrumental in the Ukraine scandal that led to former president Donald Trump's first impeachment. See more stories on Insider...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Media, Law, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Congress, Senate, White House, Russia, New York City, US, Trends, Reagan, Joe Biden


"The social media bans bit hard into Trump’s visibility. But instead of reconstituting his following with the sort of show business flash and sparkle he brought to his White House years..."

"... and the 2016 campaign—rallies, press conferences, televised appearances—the former president spent most of his exile in the minimum security prison that is Mar-a-Lago, where he keeps a vigil over the banquet table, gives half-hearted speeches to tens of supporters about the 'stolen election,' exposes his kissable ring to the lips of supporters and golfs... Trump’s half-hearted attempts at gearing up his movement suggest he doesn’t really care as much about returning to Facebook as he lusts,...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Law, Congress, White House, Groucho Marx, Biden, Elvis, Trump, Jim Acosta, Jack Shafer, Ann Althouse, CNN White House, Meridith McGraw, Gabby Orr, Trump the ex-President


Dominion is accusing Sidney Powell of promoting 'defamatory falsehoods' to attract money and fame

Sidney Powell participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Dominion is accusing attorney Sidney Powell of lying about the company to earn money and sell books. It made the argument in a court filing on Monday as part of a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit. Powell's lawyers argued her conspiracy theories were not meant to be taken as statements of fact. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sidney Powell doesn't think any "reasonabl...
Tags: Politics, Lawsuit, Law, Washington, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Venezuela, Fox News, Capitol Hill, Republican Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Rudy Giuliani


ICE transfers women out of detention center that became infamous over allegations of forced sterilization

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. The Trump administration is deporting several women who have alleged they were abused or mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to lawyers representing the women. AP Photo/Jeff Amy ICE has transferred out the last women at Irwin Cou...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Law, Immigration, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Ice, Department Of Justice, Biden, Department Of Homeland Security, Charles Davis, Los Angeles Times, Trump, GEO Group


In final case the court will hear this term, profound issues of race, incarceration and the war on drugs

Academics naturally believe that even obscure cases in their field are underappreciated; each minor tax or bankruptcy case quietly frames profound issues of justice. But, doubtful readers, rest assured that Terry v. United States – which the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday in the final argument of its 2020-21 term – packs so many swirling issues of great importance into an absurdly little case, it can hardly be believed. The national debate on historical racism in our criminal punishment sys...
Tags: Florida, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, Barack Obama, United States, Aclu, Kardashian, Biden, Donald Trump, Terry, Justice Department, Jared, Trump


Interesting and critical accounting of Biden Administration's criminal justice work over first 100 days

This new lengthy Law360 piece, headlined "Biden Falls Short On Criminal Justice Reform In First 100 Days," provides a fittingly critical review of the Biden Administration's criminal justice work over its first 100 days in office.  I recommend the piece in full, and here are some highlights (along with an interesting graphic): President Joe Biden made a slew of campaign promises on the criminal justice reform front that he has made little progress on in his first 100 days in office, disappointi...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, America, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Rahman, Jacobs, U S Department of Health and Human Services, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Vera Institute of Justice, Jen Psaki, Psaki


The QAnon insurrectionist who filmed himself begging to be shot and inciting rioters to storm the Capitol told the FBI he was only there as a 'journalist'

Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. records himself during the insurrection on January 6, 2021. Political Trance Tribune Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. claimed to be at the insurrection as a civil rights auditor and journalist. Several now-deleted recordings show him encouraging the pro-Trump mob to storm the Capitol. An Insider investigation reveals that he was motivated by far-right, conspiratorial beliefs. See more stories on Insider's business page. Wearing his trademark Harley Davidson beanie an...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Texas, Media, Law, Youtube, Washington, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Fbi, Austin, Washington Dc, News UK, Michigan


America’s prison catastrophe: Can we undo it?

The United States is the world's largest prison warden. As of June 2020, America had the highest prisoner rate, with 655 prisoners per 100,000 of the national population. But according to experts, doing something the most doesn't mean doing it the best.The system is a failure both economically and in terms of the way inmates are treated, with many equating it to legal slavery. American prisons en masse are expensive, brutal, and ineffective, so why aren't we trying better alternatives? And what ...
Tags: Politics, Crime, Prison, Law, America, Policy, United States, Innovation, Inequality, Criminal Justice, Justice System, Social Change, Peterson, Echols, Marie Gottschalk, Shaka Senghor


‘Stop the Breast Pest’: MP’s ‘horror’ at being photographed while breastfeeding

Stella Creasy launches campaign to change law after a boy took pictures of her feeding her baby on a trainAn MP has described her “horror” after she was photographed while breastfeeding on public transport, as she and a fellow MP launch a campaign to criminalise the taking of such pictures.Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, said she was breastfeeding her then four-month-old on a overground train near Highbury and Islington in north London when she noticed a teenage boy laughing and ta...
Tags: Family, Politics, London, Crime, Law, Life and style, UK News, Breastfeeding, Health & wellbeing, Labour, Stella Creasy, Parents and parenting, Sexual Harassment, Islington, Walthamstow, Highbury


ICE said to transfer women out of detention center that became infamous over allegations of forced sterilization

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. The Trump administration is deporting several women who have alleged they were abused or mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to lawyers representing the women. AP Photo/Jeff Amy ICE has transferred out the last women at Irwin Cou...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Law, Immigration, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Ice, Department Of Justice, Biden, Department Of Homeland Security, Charles Davis, Los Angeles Times, Trump, GEO Group


Prez Biden gets timely reminder that criminal justice reform presents unique bipartisan opportunity

I complained in this post that Prez Biden did not have all that much to say about criminal justice issues in his lengthy speech to Congress this week. But I now see from a number of news reports that criminal justice reform got some brief, but especially notable, bipartisan attention after the speech.  This Washington Post piece, headlined "GOP lawmaker who voted to overturn Biden’s election win wants to help him on criminal justice reform," provides these details: Moments after President Biden...
Tags: Texas, Law, Congress, White House, China, America, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Houston, Biden, The Washington Post, Trump, Texas Tribune, Texas Monthly, Gribble


Not even much lip service about sentencing reform in Prez Biden's first address to Congress

Prez Joe Biden gave a very lengthy speech this evening (full text here), but it only included a precious few sentences about criminal justice reform.  Here are these sentences: We have all seen the knee of injustice on the neck of Black America. Now is our opportunity to make real progress. Most men and women in uniform wear their badge and serve their communities honorably.  I know them.  I know they want to help meet this moment as well. My fellow Americans, we have to come together.  To rebu...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, House, Npr, Johnson, Biden, Doj, Justice Department, Criminal Justice Reform, Carrie Johnson, Douglas A Berman, Kevin Ring, Kara Gotsch, Biden White House, George Floyd


Biden Administration announces $15 minimum wage for all federal contractors

Yesterday, the White House announced that effective January 30, 2022, all federal contractors will be required to incorporate a $15 minimum wage in new contract solicitations, and by March 30, 2022, all federal agencies will need to implement the minimum wage into new contracts and into existing contracts with annual options to renew.The Executive Order that implements these changes will also tie this new minimum wage to inflation and adjust accordingly annually, eliminate the tipped minimum wa...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, Biden, Jon, Jon Hyman, Sharon McCutcheon, Biden Administration


Arizona judge suspends Republican vote 'audit' being conducted by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida company led by a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist

Officials unload election equipment into the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the state fairgrounds, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Phoenix. Maricopa County officials began delivering equipment used in the November election won by President Joe Biden on Wednesday and will move 2.1 million ballots to the site Thursday so Republicans in the state Senate who have expressed uncertainty that Biden's victory was legitimate can recount them and audit the results. AP Photo/Matt York A state judge ...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Lawsuit, Law, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Democrats, Gop, Arizona, Biden, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Trump, Phoenix, State


Home Office sued by asylum seeker over baby’s death

Woman claims asylum housing staff ignored pleas for help when she was in pain while 35 weeks pregnantA woman whose baby died is suing the Home Office for negligence over claims that staff at her asylum accommodation refused to call an ambulance when she was pregnant and bleeding.The woman, who has asked to be named Adna, sought asylum in the UK in January 2020 after fleeing Chad. She was seven months pregnant when she was brought by police to Brigstock House asylum-support accommodation in Croyd...
Tags: Family, Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, Pregnancy, Life and style, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Health & wellbeing, Home Office, Global development, Chad, Parents and parenting, Inequality, Human Rights Act


"Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken was in the Oval Office, pleading with President Biden... to end Trump-era restrictions on immigration..."

"... and to allow tens of thousands of desperate refugees fleeing war, poverty and natural disasters into the United States... The attitude of the president during the meeting, according to one person to whom the conversation was later described, was, essentially: Why are you bothering me with this? What had been an easy promise on the campaign trail — to reverse what Democrats called President Donald J. Trump’s “racist” limits on accepting refugees — has become a test of what is truly important...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, White House, Bliss, United States, Nyt, Biden, Joe, Trump, State, Lloyd, Donald J Trump, Oval Office, Department of Health and Human Services, Blinken


DOJ launches an investigation into Minneapolis policing practices a day after Derek Chauvin's conviction

George Floyd Square is shown on Feb. 8, 2021, in Minneapolis. Ten months after police officers brushed off George Floyd's moans for help on the street outside a south Minneapolis grocery, the square remains a makeshift memorial. AP Photo/Jim Mone The DOJ is launching an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department's practices. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday was convicted of the murder of George Floyd. The new probe follows a civil rights investi...
Tags: Politics, Law, Minneapolis, Obama, Trends, Associated Press, Ferguson Missouri, Department Of Justice, Doj, Trump, Minneapolis Police, Floyd, Garland, Mueller, MPD, Baltimore Maryland


DOJ launches investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department's practices a day after Derek Chauvin's conviction

George Floyd Square is shown on Feb. 8, 2021, in Minneapolis. Ten months after police officers brushed off George Floyd's moans for help on the street outside a south Minneapolis grocery, the square remains a makeshift memorial. AP Photo/Jim Mone The DOJ is launching an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department's practices. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday was convicted of the murder of George Floyd. The new probe follows a civil rights investi...
Tags: Politics, Law, Minneapolis, Trends, Department Of Justice, Doj, Trump, Minneapolis Police, Floyd, Merrick Garland, Minneapolis Police Department, Philando Castile, Jim Mone, Grace Panetta, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin


New Platform Launches to Quickly Resolve Disputes; Could Its Timing Be Just Right?

For at least 25 years, companies have attempted to succeed in the business of online dispute resolution, mostly without success. Could that be about to change? Twenty-five years ago, I published an article, Cyberspace Becomes Forum for Resolving Disputes, about the promise and potential of online dispute resolution. I revisited the topic in a post here five years ago, writing then that ODR “remains largely a fringe form of resolving any types of disputes.” The one exception has been eBay’s dispu...
Tags: Law, Ebay, Uncategorized, Barack Obama, Tesla, United States, Lee, Civis Analytics, Rich Lee, ODR, Collin Williams, Michelle Tyler, New Era ADR, Shane Mulrooney, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals


Mike Lindell's company, MyPillow, is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion

Mike Lindell with then-President Donald Trump at the White House in March 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Mike Lindell's company, MyPillow, is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion. Dominion had filed a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Lindell over his voter-fraud conspiracy theories. See more stories on Insider's business page. MyPillow is suing Dominion Voting Systems for $1.6 billion, the pillow company's CEO Mike Lindell announced Monday.The suit appears to be a counterattack ...
Tags: Politics, Minnesota, Law, Washington Post, White House, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Retail, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Sam, Costco, Wall Street Journal, Rudy Giuliani


Mike Lindell says his company MyPillow is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion

Mike Lindell with then-President Donald Trump at the White House in March 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Mike Lindell said his company MyPillow is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion. Dominion had filed an earlier $1.3 billion lawsuit against Lindell over his voter-fraud conspiracy theories. See more stories on Insider's business page. MyPillow is suing Dominion Voting Systems for $1.6 billion, its CEO Mike Lindell said Monday.The suit appears to be a counterattack after Dominion f...
Tags: Politics, Minnesota, Law, White House, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Gop, Retail, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Sam, Costco, Wall Street Journal, Rudy Giuliani


UK government to unveil registration scheme to tackle foreign spies

Boris Johnson likely to announce proposal, including Official Secrets Act update, in Queen’s speechBritain plans to force those working for foreign governments to sign a central register in an attempt to counter hostile spy activity, the Home Office has confirmed.Boris Johnson, according to the Times, hopes to formally announce the proposal in the Queen’s speech next month, making it a criminal offence not to declare work in the UK on behalf of a foreign government. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, Russia, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Home Office, UK security and counter-terrorism, Boris Johnson, Espionage, Times, Queen's Speech, Official Secrets Act, Sergei Skripal


Insurrectionists who posted social media footage of the Capitol riots are claiming to be journalists in their legal defenses, report says

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol in Washington. Some people charged with storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 are claiming they were only there to record history as journalists, not join a deadly insurrection. John Minchillo/AP At least eight defendants charged in the Capitol riots have identified themselves as journalists, AP said. These self-proclaimed job titles are being used to mount a First Amendment free speech defense. The legal defenses ...
Tags: Politics, New York, Media, Law, Washington, Trends, Georgia, Ap, News UK, Associated Press, New Mexico, US District Court, Doj, University Of Maryland, Trump, Morgan


Trump rape accuser adds to former president's legal woes by asking court to keep defamation lawsuit alive

Writer E Jean Carroll has accused President Trump of raping her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s. Eva Deitch/The Washington Post; Saul Loeb/Getty Images In 2020, E. Jean Carroll published an account accusing Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s. The former Elle columnist sued Trump for defamation after he made comments denying sexually assaulting her. A judge ruled that Trump was not acting in a presidential capacity when he made the ...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Law, Washington Post, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, News UK, Manhattan, Court Case, Biden, Donald Trump, Doj, Elle


Priti Patel’s detention policies found to breach human rights rules

Court finds home secretary accountable for failures to ensure that deaths in immigration detentions centres are investigated properlyA landmark court ruling has held the home secretary, Priti Patel, accountable for failures in ensuring that deaths in immigration detention centres are properly investigated.Two judges in the immigration court on Wednesday ruled that three of the home secretary’s detention policies breached human rights rules and that she could not frustrate or undermine inquiries ...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Priti Patel


Will Justice Breyer Retire? Reading The Clerk Hiring Tea Leaves

Law clerk hiring can offer hints into a justice's retirement plans; what does Justice Breyer's tell us?
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Retirement, Courts, Federal Judges, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Clerks, Supreme Court clerks, SCOTUS clerkships, Clerkships, SCOTUS Clerks, Law Clerks, Retirements



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