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Wells Fargo Admits That It Will Remain In A Bad Bank Time Out For 2019

America’s naughtiest lender will stay under Fed punishment for the whole year.
Tags: Money, Law, America, Wells Fargo, Fed

NRA 2019 Board Candidate Lt. Colonel Willes K. Lee: Interview

Editor Note: AmmoLand News has officially endorsed Willes Lee for the 2019 NRA Board of Directors. Please consider him for your vote. NRA Board Candidate Lt. Colonel Willes K. Lee U.S.A. –-( Later this month NRA members will receive their ballots to select members of the 2019 NRA Board of Directors. One-third of the Board's 76 seats are due to expire in April at the NRA Annual Meeting. Voting-eligible NRA members will determine which 25 nominees will receive a three-year term t...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Obama, Congress, Senate, US, America, Military, House, Marco Rubio, US Senate, John, Goa, Gun Rights, Rnc, Nra

"All in all... I prefer a campfire-roasted porcupine that I killed and butchered... slathered with highbush cranberry ketchup..."

"... foraged chickweed salad with mushrooms on the side, a hot cup of stinging nettle tea to wash it down and a handful of wild blueberries for dessert. Bugs, sticks, sand and assorted forest floor debris sometimes makes it into my vittles but... 'It’s clean dirt.'.... My toilet is a hollow cottonwood stump and I bathe with a kettle of hot creek water. Some places along the highway offer showers but they cost money and contribute to ecocide, so I clean my crotch in the creek occasionally. But pe...
Tags: Cleaning, Law, America, Poverty, Alaska, Commerce, Survival, Ann Althouse

"In the Russian Federation and in President Putin himself, you have an individual whose aim is to disrupt the Western alliance and whose aim is to make Western democracy more fractious..."

"... in order to weaken our ability, America’s ability and the West’s ability to spread our democratic ideals.... That’s the goal, to make us less of a moral authority to spread democratic values... With respect to Western ideals and who it is and what it is we stand for as Americans, Russia poses the most dangerous threat to that way of life."Said Lisa Page, in private testimony to a joint House Judiciary and Oversight Committee, quoted in "F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly ...
Tags: Law, Putin, Russia, America, Journalism, Fbi, Nyt, Times, Russian Federation, Nate Silver, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Lisa Page, House Judiciary and Oversight Committee, Said Lisa Page

"Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade... In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl."

"The approvals are legal: The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set minimum age requirements. And in weighing petitions for spouses or fiancees, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by whether the marriage is legal in the home country and then whether the marriage would be legal in the state where the petitioner lives.... Some victims of forced marriage say the lure of a U.S. passport combined with lax U.S. marriage laws are partly fueling the petitions. 'My passport ruined my l...
Tags: Marriage, Law, New York City, Immigration, America, Teenagers, United States, Pakistan, Time Magazine, U S Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ann Althouse, Naila Amin

Wednesday round-up

The justices wrap up the first week of the January session today with one oral argument, in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, in which the court will consider whether to overrule a precedent that allows a state to be sued in the courts of another state without its consent. Richard Re previewed the case for this blog. Clotilde Le Roy and Jarrett Field have a preview at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. In his first Supreme Court opinion, Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote for...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Court, America, Bloomberg, Cnn, New York Times, New Orleans, Fox News, Republican, Economist, Hyatt, Trump, Round-up

Spotlighting criminal-justice debt and its profound impact on the poorest Americans

The New York Times magazine has this lengthy new article about criminal justice debt under this full headline: "How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor: In many parts of America, like Corinth, Miss., judges are locking up defendants who can’t pay — sometimes for months at a time." I recommend the piece in full, and here is a snippet: No government agency comprehensively tracks the extent of criminal-justice debt owed by poor defendants, but experts estimate that those fines and fees total tens...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Oregon, Alabama, America, West, New York Times, Louisiana, Washington State, Ross, National Public Radio, American Civil Liberties Union, Corinth, Southern Poverty Law Center

Morning Docket: 01.08.19

* Judge Dabney Friedrich proves every stereotype about joyless judges by throwing a fit over Reed Smith's practice of writing actually engaging briefs, prompting the firm to muse whether or not the judge is trying to get the firm's almost certainly Putin-allied client to fire him right when we were about to learn the truth of the nude selfies. [Courthouse News Service] * Federal judiciary trying desperately to keep the lights on one week later than initially reported. [National Law Journal] * ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Putin, America, Britain, Ireland, Sexual Harassment, Biglaw, Reed Smith, Courthouse News Service, Brexit, Newman, Roger Stone, Boston Herald, National Law Journal, Skakel

The follow-up question Anderson Cooper should have asked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she said "Yeah" to his "Do you believe President Trump is a racist?"

I don't think I'm seeing a full transcript to last night's "60 Minutes" (at the "60 Minutes" website), but here's the section of the interview that I'm seeing and reacting to:Anderson Cooper: You don't talk about President Trump very much.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: No.Anderson Cooper: Why?Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: No. Because I think he's a symptom of a problem.Anderson Cooper: What do you mean?Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The president certainly didn't invent racism. But he's certain...
Tags: Law, America, Anderson Cooper, Charlottesville, Trump, Cooper, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ocasio-Cortez

Purported SCOTUS originalists and liberals, showing yet again that they are faint-hearted, refuse to consider extending jury trial rights to restitution punishments

I noted in this post the array of per curiam rulings and statements that the Supreme Court released today to get 2019 off to an interesting criminal justice start.  Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that one particular decision, namely the decision to deny certiorari in Hester v. US, has me revved up.  Hester involves a claim that the Sixth Amendment jury trial right recognized in Apprendi, Blakely, Booker and Southern Union is applicable to cases in which findings are essential for...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington, US, America, United States, Smith, Kennedy, Jones, Commonwealth, Thomas, Henry Viii, State, Somerville, Roberts, Ginsburg

Morning Docket: 01.04.19

* That was quick! House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she'd wait until the Mueller report came out to talk about the possibility of impeaching the president, but one of her colleagues is planning to re-introduce articles of impeachment against Trump on the first day of the new Congress. [CNN] * The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a confirmation hearing for William Barr, the nominee for U.S. attorney general, on January 15, and he'll get the "same fair and thorough vetting process" as all of his ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Attorney General, Boston, America, House, Nancy Pelosi, Department Of Justice, Joe Arpaio, Donald Trump, Doj, Ageism, Brad Sherman, Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee

"#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball...if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger."

Tweeted the US Strategic Command, which is in charge of America's nuclear weaponry. The tweet was subsequently detected to have entered the zone of bad taste and deleted. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Twitter, Law, America, Nuclear War, Ann Althouse, US Strategic Command

Speaking of white men not "reflecting the gender and racial diversity" we've come to expect in liberal America — see previous post — look at what just came in the email from CNN?

No Kathy?! I knew that was happening, but they're not replacing her with a woman? There was a rumor that the replacement was going to be Leslie Jones (a black woman):Griffin says she heard from a few different people a hosting rumor. “The hilarious @Lesdoggg (Leslie Jones) was in talks to co-host CNN’s New Year’s telecast with Anderson Cooper this year,” Griffin wrote. “I was elated when I heard this news. If I can’t get the gig, I will cheer for Leslie.”... But then Griffin says Jones was iced ...
Tags: Law, America, Cnn, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Griffin, Jones, Leslie Jones, Kathy Griffin, Rowan, Kathy, Leslie, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Phallic Symbol, Laugh-In

Elizabeth Warren is running for President.

Here's the announcement:I haven't watched that yet. Will update to give my reactions.ADDED: My second-by-second reactions:0:06 — EW begins in a dreary, ordinary kitchen. Dark cupboards. I'm just going to guess this is her actual kitchen. She intones the middle-class code words, "work hard and play by the rules." 0:09 — She's momming about with a baby and a birthday cake.0:14 — The cake says "Atticus" on it. Does EW have a grandchild named Atticus? Yes!0:49 — EW's family were able to make it econ...
Tags: Law, Elizabeth Warren, America, Wisconsin, Atticus, Ann Althouse, Steve Bannon, 2020 Campaign, Tucker Carlson Sean Hannity

Beto O'Rourke's anti-Wall ad reframes the question around upscale American interests.

It's not about the longings of poverty-stricken outsiders anymore. Look! — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) December 28, 2018 It's about the aesthetics of the environment, Big Bend National Park-type vistas of the Rio Grande, the seizing of property from Americans through eminent domain, the "exile" of American land on the Mexican side, and the sealing off of corridors used by animals.It's like that ad were made precisely for me. Here's what I blogged in February 2016:Wh...
Tags: Law, Mexico, Animals, Advertising, America, Arizona, Environmentalism, San Pedro, Trump, Newsweek, Rio Grande, John Henry, Big Bend National Park, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Javelina Pecari

SCOTUS Map: December 2018

Civility and collegiality continued to be a theme in the Supreme Court justices’ appearances this month. On a December 7 visit to Duquesne University, Justice Sonia Sotomayor recounted a conversation about civility with the other justices. Previous justices were at times openly hostile to one another, and the court’s current era of collegiality is perhaps more of an exception than the rule. According to Sotomayor, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was in large part responsible for this chang...
Tags: Hollywood, Featured, Nbc, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, America, Cnn, United States, Netherlands, Npr, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Variety

Homeschooling Fight In Massachusetts

Zerohedge: A school system in Massachusetts is proving to be malicious, incompetent, or maybe both. Of course, we suspected that already. But the latest example comes from a lawsuit from a woman who pulled her 8-year-old son from Worcester Public Schools to homeschool him last January. Josilyn Goodall is suing the Worcester School Committee, Superintendent Maureen Binienda, and the state Department of Children and Families after police entered her home, handcuffed her, and arrested her over what...
Tags: Politics, Navy, Massachusetts, America, Military, Home Schooling, Charles, Worcester, Don, District, School Committee, Naval Academy, DCF, Worcester School Committee, Department of Children and Families, Maureen Binienda

"Hello, FIRST STEP Act! Goodbye, Jeff Sessions! The Year in Criminal Justice Reform"

The title of this post is the headline of this new extended Reason piece authored by Scott Shackford. I recommend the piece in full, and here is how it gets started and its headings: With the passage of the FIRST STEP Act just before Christmas, 2018 has been a banner year for incremental reforms to our awful criminal justice system. We've seen efforts to reduce levels of incarceration and the harshness of prison sentences, particularly those connected to the drug war; further legalization of ma...
Tags: Florida, Law, America, Jeff Sessions, Civil Asset Forfeiture, Douglas A Berman, Scott Shackford

Why Sex-Positive Movies Like ‘Cam’ Benefit Cinema and Society

“Please. You need to do something. This is my life. This is my job.” Frantic and desperate, Alice begs policemen to track down whomever has stolen her camgirl account and online persona as “Lola”. After slyly expressing “it’s a shame” Alice does not engage in sexual activity with her clients in real-life, the officers tell her “if you don’t want to see stuff like this, then stay off the internet.” This is just one relatable example of accusatory sex-shaming women, especially sex workers, fa...
Tags: Movies, America, Society, Features, Lgbtq, Alice, Cam, Juno, Lee, Jake, Breakfast Club, Kinsey, Mazzei, Alfred Kinsey, Goldhaber, John Bender

Empirical SCOTUS: 365 days of Trump and the Supreme Court

How better to wrap up the calendar year than by examining the president’s take on his relationship with the Supreme Court – especially because the court was one of President Donald Trump’s favorite topics of discussion this past year? These references ranged from the specific to the general and from praise to criticism. Many of the tropes are likely familiar. There was commentary on the Supreme Court vacancy after Justice Anthony Kennedy retired, more about Justice Brett Kavanaugh during the con...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington, America, Fox, South Dakota, Hawaii, Manhattan, Donald Trump, Chattanooga, Trump, Arlington National Cemetery, Brett, Houston Texas, United States Supreme Court, Anthony Kennedy

There was no relationship between obesity and poverty — until high-fructose corn syrup

Before 1990, there was no noticeable correlation between obesity and poverty. Within a quarter-century, impoverished regions showed a massive uptick in obesity and type 1 diabetes. Researchers chart the relationship between "food deserts" along with obesity levels. None In 1841, Orlando Jones patented alkali starch extraction, a process that separated corn starch from kernels in what is known as wet milling. One year later, Thomas Kingford opened the first commercial wet milling plant in the St...
Tags: Biology, Obesity, Cdc, Mexico, Race, America, Society, Public Health, Sociology, Innovation, States, Bentley, Oaxaca, Derek, Earl Grey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

In a huge win for open data, Congress passes the Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act

In 2009, Obama signed an executive order requiring the administrative branch to embrace the broadest, most liberal approach to the Freedom of Information Act, reversing John Ashcroft's 2001 memo that instructed government agencies to turn over as little information to the public as possible. At the time, I published a column in Make magazine lauding the decision: John Ashcroft, then Attorney General, issued a directive to government agencies on October 12, 2001 that gutted FOIA. Under ...
Tags: Post, Transparency, News, Fcc, Law, Obama, Congress, US, America, Barack Obama, United States, Coalition, Treasury, Paul ryan, Open Data, Murray

Constitutional law roundup

Kansas Supreme Court rules 4-3 that cops can conduct warrantless search of private homes if they say they smell marijuana. Practical difference between this and “…whenever they please” is not clear [Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal] At Timbs v. Indiana oral argument, Court seems sympathetic to idea of applying Excessive Fines clause to the states [Robby Soave, Jacob Sullum, Ilya Somin, earlier here, here, and here] Notwithstanding Justice Gorsuch and Kavanaugh’s interjections, there is...
Tags: New York, Guns, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, America, Indiana, New Hampshire, Kansas, Constitutional Law, Fourth Amendment, Kansas Supreme Court, Whitaker, Cato, Cato Institute, Arizona Supreme Court

"How about you just admit you hate the President, love war and have been wrong for the last twenty years on every part of foreign policy?"

Rand Paul put in a strong performance on "Face the Nation" this morning. Here's the full transcript. Excerpt:MARGARET BRENNAN: You've been on a tweet storm this morning saying, President's decision to pull out of Syria and cut our troop presence in Afghanistan in half, you said "the entire foreign policy establishment of Washington, DC, who two years ago were swearing Trump was going to start multiple nuclear wars. Now they're mad because he is stopping two wars. How about you just admit you hat...
Tags: Isis, Law, Congress, Washington, Islamic State, Iraq, Russia, Defense, America, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Taliban, Washington Dc, Middle East, Rand Paul

Xmas in America: Trump's Government Shutdown

It's official. CBS reports (no link due to auto play video): Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday that there is no deal, and the Senate is adjourned until Thursday, Dec. 27. We are in a partial... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Senate, America, Mitch McConnell, Cbs, Trump

Introducing A New Video Series, ‘Legal Tech in the Heartland’

Last spring, the global world of legal technology became a bit more connected, thanks to the unusual coincidence of of two legal tech world tours. One was by Dera J. Nevin, who traveled the world as the self-anointed “global ambassador for legal technology,” in conjunction with the Global Legal Hackathon. The other was by the UK company Legal Geek, which undertook Around the World with Legal Geek. I wrote about these tours in a column at Above the Law I titled, Legal Tech World Tours Take Off — ...
Tags: UK, Law, America, Chris, Midwest, Christopher Anderson, Heartland, Bob Ambrogi, Lake Las Vegas, Legal Geek, Ben Ambrogi, Legal Tech in the Heartland, Dera J Nevin, David Sisson Norman

Introducing A New Video Series, ‘Legal Tech in the Heartland’

Last spring, the global world of legal technology became a bit more connected, thanks to the unusual coincidence of of two legal tech world tours. One was by Dera J. Nevin, who traveled the world as the self-anointed “global ambassador for legal technology,” in conjunction with the Global Legal Hackathon. The other was by the UK company Legal Geek, which undertook Around the World with Legal Geek. I wrote about these tours in a column at Above the Law I titled, Legal Tech World Tours Take Off — ...
Tags: UK, Law, America, Chris, Midwest, Christopher Anderson, Lake Las Vegas, Legal Geek, Ben Ambrogi, Legal Tech in the Heartland, Dera J Nevin

I'm trying to read "Pre-Christmas Trump: Rebuked, rampaging"...

... which went up 3 hours ago at Axios. The bottom line: Unlike most others, who pretended to leave on fine terms, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis bailed with a sharp, specific, stinging rebuke of Trump and his America-first worldview....It was a historic letter and a historic moment capping a historic day, one you could easily see filling a full chapter of future books on the Trump presidency. The wheels felt like they were coming off the White House before Mattis quit. • The spiral began Wednesda...
Tags: Law, White House, Defense, America, Syria, Metaphor, Afghanistan, Grammar, Trump, Mattis, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Trump's wall, Trump derangement syndrome, Jim Mattis, Trump And The Military

"Tesla’s Elon Musk, definitely a visionary brain genius and not at all a manic idiot spaz and brazen fraud, has invented the future of mass transit for which we so desperately clamored."

"A narrow, jagged death-tunnel through which, uh, one Tesla-brand car at a time can, ah, drive ... the person who owns it, plus maybe two or three other people ... from one place to another ... at 49 miles per hour."Didn't we all agree back in 2006 that the word "spaz" isn't acceptable? That was when Tiger Woods called himself "a spaz," and the British press reacted very negatively. Here's what Language Log wrote at the time:So how did the word spaz become innocuous playground slang in the U.S. ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Law, America, Tesla, Bbc, Disability, New York Times, Tiger Woods, Steve Martin, Snl, Nerds, Baker, Railroads, Musk, Great Britain, Al Yankovic

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