Defining Essential Travel During the Pandemic

Like most countries around the world, Canada introduced early travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. These restrictions are necessary to limit the spread of the virus, and become increasingly important as new strains are being identified and also being brought into Canada. In March 2020, the Canadian government began imposing restrictions on travel, initially to allow for citizens, permanent residents, international students on a valid study permit, ranting passengers, and temporary f...
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How have law schools been teaching?

More than half are offering in-person classes, at least partially, while roughly 40% are fully online. [Author: Brian Leiter]
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A Look Ahead at 2021 – Another Pandemic Filled Year Unlike Any Other

Back at the start of 2020, I declined to do my usual prognosticating for the year ahead. That was probably wise given the events of the year. Instead, I quoted a post I did ten years earlier: For employers, there will always been the next case or new law that will need to be tracked and followed, but employers that follow best practices in employment law can worry less about those developments and more about the big picture. The employers that can focus on attracting and keeping the best employe...
Tags: Law, Connecticut, Andrea Barton Reeves, Medical Leave Insurance Authority, Barton Reeves, Paid Leave Authority

Kyle Rittenhouse shooting victims seek $20 million in damages

Men walk towards law enforcement with their hands up on August 24, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Brandon Bell/Getty Images A man shot by Kyle Rittenhouse, and the parents of another man who was killed, say police and local officials were "negligent," leading to the violence that erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The parties seek $20 million in compensation for pain and suffering. Rittenhouse, who has been charged with two counts of intentional homicide and one count of attempted homicide, poste...
Tags: Law, Trends, Black Lives Matter, Charles Davis, Trump, Kenosha, Grosskreutz, Huber, Rittenhouse, Kenosha Wisconsin, WTMJ, Lin Wood, Taylor Lumpkin, Jacob Blake, Kyle Rittenhouse, Anthony Huber

Goodbye to Gerry of Gerry and the Pacemakers.

The Guardian reports: "Marsden’s family said in a statement on Sunday: 'Gerry died earlier today after a short illness in no way connected with Covid-19. His wife, daughters and grandchildren are devastated.'... And his heart has taken some battering over the years. He had a triple bypass, an aortic valve replacement and ironically he also had a pacemaker.... Gerry and the Pacemakers played regularly alongside the Beatles. Both groups were part of Brian Epstein’s Liverpool-based management stabl...
Tags: Music, Law, Liverpool, Beatles, Ringo, Hamburg, Arthur, Craig Brown, John Paul George, Gerry, George Martin, Brian Epstein, Dave Clark, Marsden, Ann Althouse, Silver Beetles

Remembering those the Legal Tech Community Lost in 2020

One year ago today, at 11:27 p.m. Eastern time, I received a text from my long-time friend Kevin O’Keefe, the founder and CEO of LexBlog. It said simply, “Jill just passed surrounded by family holding onto her.” Jill was Kevin’s wife of 39 years, mother of their five children, a caring nurse for four decades, and, to my memory, a friend in her own right who always greeted me with a welcoming warmth and a broad smile that seemed to stretch beyond the limits of her face. She was also, as Kevin him...
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Nancy Pelosi Re-elected Speaker of the House

Nancy Pelosi has been re-elected Speaker of the House. Her victory means that after two years as President Trump’s most outspoken antagonist, Ms. Pelosi will now be responsible for trying to shepherd through Congress as much of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Trump Tries to "Fix" Vote Results in Georgia

The Washington Post has the astonishing transcript of Donald Trump's call to Brad Raffensperger, the Republican in charge of the elections in Georgia., telling him the state's vote was rigged and insisting he won Georgia. He presses... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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"Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong."

  Via "‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’: In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor" (WaPo):The rambling and at times incoherent conversation offered a remarkable glimpse of how consumed and desperate the president remains about his loss, unwilling or unable to let the matter go and still believing he can reverse the results in enough battleground states to remain in office.The worst of it is the threat:  During their conv...
Tags: Law, Georgia, Threats, Trump, Ohio State University, Ryan, Fulton County, Ann Althouse, Edward B Foley, Trump 2020, Raffensperger, Ryan Germany

Promise noted.

Here’s my promise to you: I’ll be a president for all Americans. Whether you voted for me or not, I’ll wake up every single morning and work to make your life better.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 3, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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Interesting account of folks in Washigton state having second thoughts about three-strikes sentences

This lengthy new local article, headlined "New laws lead some Washington prosecutors to rethink three-strike life sentences," is an interesting review of efforts to review extreme sentences in the Evergreen State. Here are some excerpts from the piece: Following the law enforcement killing of George Floyd, policing has grabbed the lion’s share of attention when it comes to reforming criminal justice. Yet, statistics reveal stark racial disparities in who goes to prison, and for how long. In Was...
Tags: Law, Washington, Seattle Times, Doc, Douglas A Berman, Department of Corrections DOC, George Floyd, Washigton, Evergreen State Here

179D Tax Deduction Made Permanent by Covid Relief Bill

On page 4,872 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, H.R. 133, which passed both houses of Congress on December 21st and was signed into law by President Trump on December 27th, the 179D energy efficient commercial buildings federal tax deduction, which had been scheduled to expire at year end, was instead made permanent. At a total cost of $2.3 trillion, the 5,593 page bill is the second largest ever passed by Congress providing tax relief for just about everyone and nearly all businesse...
Tags: Energy, Law, Congress, California, Green Building, North America, Department Of Energy, PPP, Trump, Federal, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, Green Globes, Kaplow, 179d, Section 179d

UK to begin using Oxford Covid vaccine as PM strikes hopeful tone

Boris Johnson says he hopes pace of vaccination can be ramped up to protect tens of millions in months Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople in the UK will begin receiving the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday, after the prime minister expressed hope that the pace could be ramped up to protect tens of millions of people from Covid-19 within the next few months.In England the first doses would be administered in a small number of hospitals for surveillance purposes...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Oxford, Doctors, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Gps

Analysis: is it wise for England to mix and match Covid vaccines?

US experts warn against plan to give different second jab if supplies run lowCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK is setting the pace around the world in the approval and use of Covid vaccines but, while other countries watch intently, not all are yet prepared to embrace what looks like public health pragmatism rather than strict adherence to evidence.Britain is the first country in the world to approve and use the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, just as it was first wi...
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"The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some.... The congressional power to reject electors is reserved for the most extreme and unusual circumstances."

"These are far from it.... President Trump’s lawyers made their case before scores of courts; in every instance, they failed.... My fellow Senator Ted Cruz and the co-signers of his statement argue that rejection of electors or an election audit directed by Congress would restore trust in the election. Nonsense. This argument ignores the widely perceived reality that Congress is an overwhelmingly partisan body; the American people wisely place greater trust in the federal courts where judges ser...
Tags: Law, Congress, Democracy, Senate, House, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Ron Johnson, Trump, Mike Pence, Chuck Todd, Pence, Ann Althouse, Judicial Restraint, Trump 2020

This week at the court

On Friday, the justices will hold their January 8 conference. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
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The first woman Green Beret faces a 'minor misdemeanor' charge over accidental gunshot in an apartment

Green Berets enter and clear a room during a Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat training exercise near Stuttgart, Germany, November 16, 2017. DVIDS Colorado police say a National Guard soldier who was the first woman to earn the Green Beret received a summons to appear in court after the alleged accidental discharge. The incident happened in an apartment in Colorado Springs, and a police official called it an "extremely minor charge." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. F...
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"I feel alien from myself. It’s also kind of a loneliness in the world. Like a part of me is missing, as I can no longer smell and experience the emotions of everyday basic living."

Said one person quoted in "Some Covid Survivors Haunted by Loss of Smell and Taste/As the coronavirus claims more victims, a once-rare diagnosis is receiving new attention from scientists, who fear it may affect nutrition and mental health" (NYT). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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Sci-fi movies leave me empty. Isn't the real world dramatic enough? | Prove me wrong

Science fiction is just a bunch of loud noises, special effects and unbelievable plotlines, argues Alison Rourke. Shelley Hepworth tries to prove her wrongAlison: Shelley, I think sci-fi movies are a waste of time. If I’m going to spend a couple of hours watching something, I want the characters, and how they relate to each other, to be the hero of the story. When I watch sci-fi, it seems like the machines, the special effects and the fantasy are the main point of the film. I know for some peopl...
Tags: Film, Society, Australia news, Culture, SHELLEY, Science fiction and fantasy films, Alison Rourke Shelley Hepworth, Shelley Continue

'Step up' and face Grenfell inquiry, minister tells cladding firm bosses

Stephen Greenhalgh said executives should not ‘hide behind’ rarely used French lawThe UK government has demanded that executives who supplied combustible cladding to Grenfell Tower “step up to the plate” after their refusal to give evidence to the public inquiry into the disaster sparked anger among the bereaved and survivors.On Sunday, Stephen Greenhalgh, the building safety minister, escalated a legal and diplomatic dispute over the position taken by three current and former executives at the ...
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Laura Loomer Loses Another Lawsuit Related to Her Twitter Ban–Illoominate v. CAIR

This is the detritus of Laura Loomer’s lawsuit against Twitter for banning her account. A court previously dismissed those claims on Section 230 grounds. She also sued the Council on American-Islamic Relations Foundation (CAIR), claiming they complained to Twitter about her and that’s what caused Twitter to ban her. The 11th Circuit easily dismisses that claim in a short unpublished per curiam opinion. Fraudulent Joinder. Loomer sued in state court. The defendants removed to federal court. Howev...
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"The Sixties set the stage, the players and the rhetorical range of cultural life. The counterculture became a co-culture, then..."

"... a co-opted culture and eventually a co-opting culture. Cool was absorbed by consumerism, and became a manufactured good, like the battle between liberals and conservatives, or fights between the sexes. The old ferocity and subversiveness was bought off, lobotomized and placed in a zoo. Over half a century, the quality of the animals on display declined. Lenny Bruce became Hannah Gadsby, Joan Baez became Taylor Swift and Malcolm X became Ibram X. Kendi.... There was no Cool left in America ...
Tags: Taylor Swift, Law, America, United States, Shame, 1960s, Trump, Jerry Falwell Jr, Malcolm X, Lenny Bruce, Cardi, Bret Stephens, Ann Althouse, Coolness, Ibram, Hannah Gadsby Joan Baez

"In July, Joe Biden released a seven-hundred-and-seventy-five-billion-dollar plan with the tongue-twisting title 'Mobilizing American Talent and Heart to Create a 21st Century Caregiving and Education Workforce.'"

"Biden’s plan aims to expand child care and services for the elderly and the disabled, and elevate the status and pay of caregivers as well. But those goals will remain aspirational without a Democratic majority in the Senate, which is why [Schanchline] Nanje and a dozen other Family Friendly Action canvassers have been knocking on a hundred doors a day in the suburbs north of Atlanta. Their work is financed by the Women Effect Action Fund, a group that promotes economic gender equality and wome...
Tags: Law, Obama, Washington, Senate, America, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Feminism, Biden, Eisenhower, Democratic, Department of Labor, Krueger, Linda Hirshman, Masculinity

I'll take "Manhattan" — copyright-free at long last!

  "Manhattan" was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the 1925 revue "Garrick Gaieties," Wikipedia explains:  The song describes, in several choruses, the simple delights of Manhattan for a young couple in love. The joke is that these "delights" are really some of the worst, or cheapest, sights that New York has to offer; for example, the stifling, humid stench of the subway in summertime is described as "balmy breezes", while the noisy, grating pushcarts on Mott Street are "gently...
Tags: Music, New York, Law, NYC, Wikipedia, Manhattan, Central Park, Yonkers, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Coney, Ann Althouse, Mott Street, Garrick Gaieties

How is the Oxford Covid vaccine being deployed in England?

With jab to be administered to public for first time, we look at key questions about its rollout Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe biggest vaccination programme in the UK’s history will receive a major boost on Monday, with the first use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. Here we look at some key questions about how it will be deployed in England. Continue reading...
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At long last in the public domain: "The Great Gatsby"!

New York Magazine on the books — from 1925 — that just entered the public domain: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time, Sinclair Lewis’ Arrowsmith, Aldous Huxley’s Those Barren Leaves, Agatha Christie’s The Secret of Chimneys.... More here, at Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain:The BBC’s Culture website suggested that 1925 might be “the greatest year for books ever,” and with good reason. It is not simply the vast a...
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India's approval of covid vaccines triggers mass immunisation drive

Green light for Oxford vaccine alongside domestic Covaxin hailed as ‘decisive turning point’ by PMCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia has granted emergency approval to both the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and the domestically developed Covaxin, signalling the start of one of the largest Covid-19 immunisation drives in the world.At a press conference on Sunday, the drugs controller general of India said the decision to approve both the Oxford vaccine and C...
Tags: Health, Science, India, Narendra Modi, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Vaccines and immunisation, Bharat Biotech, Coronavirus, Covaxin

New year round-up highlights more of the same struggles with COVID in incarceration nation

Gosh knows we all wish we could forget about COVID in this new year, and I sure wish the turn of the calendar would lead to a big turn in the stories of how the coronavirus is impacting prisons and the broader criminal justice system.  But, as this round-up of recent headlines and stories highlight, incarceration nation continues to be ravaged by COVID-19 in so many ways: From the Anchorage Daily News, "Nearly every inmate in Alaska’s largest prison has now had COVID-19, officials say" From the ...
Tags: Law, Indiana, Alaska, Wisconsin, Ohio, Doj, US supreme court, Anchorage Daily News, Douglas A Berman, COVID, Rommel Broom, New York Times States, Jail Population From the Washington Post, NBC News Ohio

Generation Z and the Covid pandemic: 'I’m 100% more politicised'

The virus has not only changed young people’s day-to-day lives but also their hopes and dreams for the futureCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo months ago, the Guardian interviewed a group of young people from across the UK about their experiences of the coronavirus pandemic and their feelings about how their lives had been affected. Here those young people reflect on an extraordinary year and share their hopes and fears for the future. Continue reading...
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Women fight to help families torn apart by ‘racist’ deportation policy

Automatic expulsions after prison terms are leaving UK children without fathers, campaigners sayThe Home Office is refusing to review the forced separation of black British families caught up in the criminal justice system, a practice that campaigners say is systemically racist and legitimises child cruelty.Under a 13-year-old law, individuals who are not British citizens and receive a prison sentence of more than 12 months are automatically targeted for deportation. This policy has seen hundred...
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