New Year's dawn.

7:33:  7:40:    7:46:  Open thread in the comments. Write about whatever you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Snow, Ice, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

US, Iran ratchet up military activity ahead of Soleimani killing anniversary

By Nicole Gaouette | CNN The US and Iran charged each other with ratcheting up tensions in the Persian Gulf as concerns about potential conflict build days before Iran marks one year since the US assassinated its most powerful military figure and less than three weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Iran appealed to the UN Security Council on Thursday to stop the US from conducting what it called heightened “military adventurism” in the Gulf and the Oman Sea, including dispatching...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Russia, Israel, US, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Iran, Cnn, Soccer, Military, Middle East

Catching Up on a Post-FFCRA World – COVID-19 Paid Leave Is Done (Mostly)

Over the last week, while many of us were trying to catch up on our stay-cations,  Congress passed and the President signed The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Applications Act. It’s a 5,593-page appropriations bill so I’m going to guess that you haven’t read it. Spoiler Alert: Neither have I. But thankfully, my colleagues Jarad Lucan and Sarah Westby have looked into the impact of this new legislation on the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFC...
Tags: Law, Congress, FMLA, Jarad Lucan, COVID, Sarah Westby

Young people drowning in debt: 'Don't borrow your way out of a recession'

It’s getting harder for young people to establish themselves as independent adults. Irresponsible lending practices will threaten that even moreEverything has been going right for Tash Drujinin of late.A few months ago the 29-year-old landed a stable job in the financial services sector. When many thousands were being laid off with the pandemic, she was made permanent and the security meant she could finally pay off the $20,000 she owed in credit card bills and personal loans. Continue reading.....
Tags: Money, Society, Australia news, Young People, Youth Unemployment, Don, Tash Drujinin

The Supreme Court and the president’s pardon power

The Constitution gives the president the power “to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of impeachment.” In the days before Christmas, President Donald Trump used this power to pardon or commute the sentences of over 40 people, including Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager; Charles Kushner, the father of Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner; Roger Stone, who was convicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of obstruction of justic...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, New York City, United States, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Trump, Roger Stone, Gamble, Howe, Richard Nixon, Andrew Johnson, Rudolph Giuliani

What difference will Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine make in UK?

We look at how the introduction of a new vaccine in the fight against Covid will workCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is central to the government’s plans for ending social distancing in the UK and returning to some sort of normality. It has invested in seven different vaccines, but the biggest order is for 100m doses of the AstraZeneca jab, most of which will be manufactured in the UK. While the prime minister was jubilant that the UK wa...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Coronavirus, COVID, Oxford AstraZeneca

"Bob Ross was wrong. Everybody can't paint.... I just want people to know that none of the trees in my paintings are happy. They're very unhappy...."

  I'm excited about this because I loved John Lurie's old show, "Fishing With John." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Art, TV, Law, Bob Ross, Ann Althouse, John Lurie

Happy 2021 from Construction Law Musings

Phew! We made it through 2020. Needless to say, this year has been an “interesting” (in the Chinese curse sort of way) year.  While the year started strong, COVID created some hurdles for the construction industry in Virginia.  Everything from new emergency regulations, to the need to be extremely careful with your notices, and keeping track of claim deadlines in the face of court closures and Virginia Supreme Court orders dominated the construction legal and business landscape.  Even my solo...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Construction, Announcements, General Assembly, Virginia Supreme Court, Richmond VA, Legislative Committee, Construction Law, Construction Mediation, Virginia Construction Attorney, Business of Construction, Virginia Mechanic's Lien, Construction Contracts, Associated General Contractors of Virginia

"Minneapolis police shot and killed a man who allegedly opened fire on officers during a traffic stop Wednesday night..."

".... sparking new tensions in a city still deeply on edge since the police killing of George Floyd in May and the fiery unrest that followed. Scores of protesters quickly arrived at the site of the shooting, a gas station parking lot in South Minneapolis, about a mile from the intersection where Floyd was killed, facing off in below-freezing temperatures with police officers clad in riot gear, some clutching batons and cans of pepper spray. The tense scene, reminiscent of clashes between police...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Minneapolis, Police, Black Lives Matter, Floyd, South Minneapolis, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, George Floyd, George Floyd WaPo

"Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse’s new merchandise site signals ‘new era’ of criminal defense."

WaPo headline. From the article: Jeff Neslund, a Chicago-based civil rights attorney and a former prosecutor with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, said the website “is dangerous for prosecutors” attempting to secure a conviction in the pending trial, because it has the potential to taint a jury pool. “You’re going to have a lot of people who want to be on this jury to help this kid because they have an agenda, so prosecutors will have a tougher time to do their homework to flush those ...
Tags: Isis, Crime, Guns, Law, Los Angeles, Chicago, Free Speech, Kenosha, Cook County, Kyle, WaPo, Pierce, Rittenhouse, Ann Althouse, John Pierce, Kyle Rittenhouse

BioNTech criticises EU failure to order enough Covid vaccine

Firm races to fill potential gap left by bloc’s gamble on several vaccines being approvedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBioNtech has criticised the EU’s failure to order more doses of its coronavirus vaccine, saying it is now racing with its US partner, Pfizer, to boost production amid fears of a European “gap” left by the lack of other approved vaccines.The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was the first to be approved by the bloc late last month, after being accepted by the ...
Tags: Europe, France, Germany, US, Eu, European Union, Society, World news, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, UK Canada, Moderna, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca

"His motive remains unclear. Police said that detectives believe he knew the spoiled doses would be useless..."

"... and people who received them would mistakenly think they’d been vaccinated when they hadn’t. Advocate Aurora Health Care Chief Medical Group Officer Jeff Bahr told reporters during a teleconference Thursday afternoon that the pharmacist deliberately removed 57 vials that held hundreds of doses of the Moderna vaccine from refrigeration at a Grafton medical center overnight on Dec. 24 into Dec. 25, returned them, then left them out again on the night of Dec. 25 into Saturday.... Bahr said the...
Tags: Law, Ap, Wisconsin, Grafton, Bahr, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Advocate Aurora Health Care, Jeff Bahr

'Cultural rebirth': Covid-hit Barrow's bold vision for the future

Project aims to make town often described as one of the unhappiest places in UK a top tourism locationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe people of Barrow-in-Furness, the Cumbrian outpost that is perennially described as one of the most unhappy places in Britain and has one of the UK’s highest Covid-19 death rates, are used to negative headlines about their town.Three months ago its council declared a poverty emergency, becoming one of the first in the country to do s...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Environment, Communities, Society, UK News, Britain, Regeneration, Cumbria, North Of England, Barrow, Lake District Continue, Coronavirus, Furness the Cumbrian

Pence asked a judge to kill a lawsuit filed by Trump fans seeking to empower him to overturn Biden's election win on January 6

Vice President Mike Pence at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, in West Palm Beach, Florida, on December 22, 2020. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky Vice President Mike Pence responded late Thursday to a lawsuit by a group of Trump supporters hoping to push him to overturn Joe Biden's election victory. It is part of a longshot bid to empower the Vice President to accept or reject the results of the presidential election in each state. The Trump supporters, led by Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, as...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Law, Congress, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Arizona, News UK, US Senate, Department Of Justice, Biden, Donald Trump, Doj, The Washington Post, Louie Gohmert

"Instead of receiving applause and purple hearts for the resurgence of a school, you find yourself maligned by a few feebleminded creeps."

Said Joe Clark, quoted in "Joe Clark, Tough Principal at New Jersey High School, Dies at 82/Bullhorn in hand, he roamed the hallways as he imposed discipline, expelling 'miscreants' and restoring order. Morgan Freeman portrayed him in the film 'Lean on Me'" (NYT).  When Mr. Clark, a former Army drill sergeant, arrived at Eastside High School in Paterson in 1982, he declared it a “caldron of violence.” He expelled 300 students for disciplinary problems in his first week.  When he tossed out — “...
Tags: Crime, Law, New Jersey, Army, Morgan Freeman, Clark, Paterson, Joe Clark, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Harry Reasoner, Eastside High School, Said Joe Clark

Now that he's almost gone — right?! — it's safe to enjoy the fun that was Trump.

The Guardian has "From covfefe to the Mooch: 10 funny moments from the Trump presidency." They still must ward off outrage with a pissy subtitle: "Amid four years of corruption, caging children and trashing democracy there were some light-hearted moments – no really." My favorite: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump derangements

"Came across this show last week while browsing Netflix and now I can't sleep before watching an episode. Might be the rain, the aged diner, the calm..."

"... and polite conversations that take me back to my childhood growing up in a rural country. Now stuck physically in a noisy concrete jungle in the US but its this 22 mins of calmness that puts me to sleep."  A post at the subreddit r/MidnightDiner. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, US, Netflix, Sleeping, Ann Althouse, Midnight Diner

Reviewing CJUTF Recommendations: when and how might Biden Administration create an independent clemency board?

Right after the election, I blogged a bit (here and here) about some criminal justice reform recommendations from the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force (available here pp. 56-62); I stressed in one of those posts that Prez-elect Biden could get started right away in implementing recommendations calling for creating a new "Task Force on Prosecutorial Discretion" and a "Clemency Board."  Especially with so much clemency chatter as Prez Trump's term comes to a close, I am eager to again amplify attent...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, Barack Obama, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Biden, Donald Trump, Doj, George W Bush, Trump, American Civil Liberties Union, Prez Obama, Roseberry, Michelle Alexander

Chief Justice's "2020 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary" provides pandemic perspectives (and pictures)

The Chief Justice of the United States always closes out a calendar year by releasing a year-end report on the federal judiciary, and nobody will be surprised to hear that the 2020 version of this report from Chief Justice John Roberts is focused on how the judiciary has responded, past and present, to pandemics.  The full 2020 year-end report can be found at this link, and it is worth checking out in full (in part for the pictures showing outdoor court activities in 1918 and 2020).  Here are a ...
Tags: Law, Congress, United States, John Roberts, Douglas A Berman, Judicial Conference of the United States

'Nowhere to be found': Harvard coalition says US must fight to free young Uighur leader

Exclusive: More than 70 Harvard schools and student organisations sign open letter urging US state department to take stronger action over Ekpar Asat The US government must do more to demand China release a Uighur man who was jailed for 15 years after participating in a state department exchange program, a coalition of Harvard University schools and student groups has said.Ekpar Asat, a young entrepreneur and journalist from Xinjiang, disappeared in 2016 after returning from the US where he had ...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, China, US, World news, US foreign policy, Harvard, Asia Pacific, Harvard University, Xinjiang, US State Department, Uighurs, Ekpar Asat, Rayhan

France to step up Covid jabs after claims of bowing to anti-vaxxers

Figures suggest only 332 people have been vaccinated five days after launch of programmeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance is to speed up its Covid-19 vaccination programme after the government was criticised for being overly cautious to ease the fears of vaccine sceptics.The health minister, Olivier Véran, announced on Thursday evening that the vaccine would be made available to health workers over the age of 50 from Monday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID, Olivier Veran

Guardian and Observer charity appeal hits £1m

More than 9,000 readers contribute to charities supporting young people through Covid crisisPlease donate to our appeal hereWith more than a week still to go, the Guardian and Observer 2020 appeal has raised an amazing £1m for its three partner charities supporting disadvantaged young people living in communities hit by the Covid pandemic.More than 9,500 readers have donated to the appeal since it launched in early December, including hundreds who called journalists to donate through the annual ...
Tags: Children, Society, UK News, Poverty, Mental Health, Social exclusion, Guardian, Child Poverty Action Group Continue, charities UK Youth YoungMinds

Robin Williams's widow: 'There were so many misunderstandings about what had happened to him'

Susan Schneider Williams watched her husband suffer with undiagnosed Lewy body dementia before he killed himself in 2014. Her new film tries to educate others about the condition – and put to rest assumptions about his deathAfter Robin Williams died in August 2014, aged 63, a lot of people had a lot of things to say about him. There was the predictable speculation about why a hugely beloved and seemingly healthy Hollywood star would end his own life, with some confidently stating that he was dep...
Tags: Health, Hollywood, Film, Robin Williams, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Williams, Dementia, Lewy, Susan Schneider Williams, Mork Mindy Mrs Doubtfire

No one can read 50 books a week. So why was I buying or borrowing that many?

I have always been a voracious reader. But one day I realised my passion for books had turned into a maniaThe need for last year’s resolution started in my childhood. (Don’t they all?) By the age of six, I was reading braille at an unheard-of speed, to the point where the teacher at my blind school accused me of lying when I said I had finished the three books she had given me that morning. It was the start of a lifelong problem: braille books were scarce, but I could not get enough of them.The ...
Tags: Books, Life and style, Society, Disability, Culture, Blindness and visual impairment, Raymond Chandler, Wodehouse, Billy Bunter

Essex lorry tragedy must spur greater effort to stop trafficking from Vietnam

Criminal networks are depending on the chaos of Covid and Brexit. Now more than ever we need focus and international cooperation to prevent further tragediesTrials in the UK of the drivers and haulage organisers involved in the Essex lorry tragedy in which 39 Vietnamese migrants perished ended in guilty pleas and convictions. Vietnam also convicted the agents who brokered the victims’ journeys to the UK and sentenced them to terms of imprisonment.While these are positive developments in achievin...
Tags: UK, Crime, Law, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Migration, Global development, Human Trafficking, Essex, Vietnam, COVID

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