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A researcher suggested US Capitol rioters came from towns that fear the rise of immigrants and people of color. Reactions to that finding reveal how divided the right and left are.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 6: Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. Brent Stirton/Getty Images A researcher found that Capitol rioters hailed from towns with dwindling white populations. Robert Pape found rioters came from towns with a fear of growing populations...
Tags: Post, Politics, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Senate, US, Trends, Karen, House, New York Times, University Of Chicago, Times, Donald Trump, Trump


Matt Gaetz sought a preemptive pardon from Trump before he left office, according to report

CHEYENNE, WY - JANUARY 28: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) holds a phone to the microphone as Donald Trump Jr. speaks remotely to a crowd during a rally against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on January 28, 2021 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Gaetz and Trump Jr. added their voices to a growing effort to vote Cheney out of office after she voted in favor of impeaching Donald Trump. Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz sought a pardon from Trump before he left office. The New York Times report...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Law, White House, Trends, Fbi, New York Times, Harry Potter, Times, Donald Trump, Doj, Cheney, Justice Department, Trump, Cheyenne, Carlson


More than 70 top Black business leaders are reportedly urging US companies to fight against Republican voting laws

Kenneth Chenault speaks onstage in 2018 and Merck CEO, Kenneth Frazier, speaks at a briefing on the production of the Covid-19 vaccine in 2021 Earl Gibson III/WireImage/MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images 72 Black executives are urging US companies to speak out about new voting laws, the NYT reports. They claim the new bill, being advanced by Republicans, could restrict the rights of Black voters. Former American Express CEO, Kenneth Chenault and Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier are in charge of the...
Tags: Apple, Business, Politics, Cook, Voting, Law, US, America, Trends, Georgia, Merck, Joe Biden, Cnn, Companies, Delta Airlines, Tim Cook


"Many of the political cartoonists whose commentary was taken down by Facebook were left-leaning... [Facebook] said it made room for satirical content..."

"... but only up to a point. Posts about hate groups and extremist content, it said, are allowed only if the posts clearly condemn or neutrally discuss them, because the risk for real-world harm is otherwise too great.... In 2019 and 2020, Facebook often dealt with far-right misinformation sites that used 'satire' claims to protect their presence on the platform.... For example, The Babylon Bee, a right-leaning site, frequently trafficked in misinformation under the guise of satire. 'At a point,...
Tags: Facebook, Comedy, Law, Censorship, Cartoons, Times, Atlantic Council, Bors, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Babylon Bee, Matt Bors, Facebook Did n't Recognize Irony As Facebook, Emerson T Brooking


Brigadier Furdoon “Duck” Mehta: Obituary

Brigadier Furdoon “Duck” Mehta, the Royal Indian Artillery officer who survived a bullet passing through his cap and later became military attache in Washington, has passed away on his 101st birthday on March3. Cut to March 1944: flying a single-seater Auster over the Bm1nese jungle while direct­ing artillery fire, Captain “Duck” Mehta always had to dodge the flak and the bullets. Having taken off before dawn one morning to locate Japanese gm1 positions in the Shan Hills, and seeing nothing, he ...
Tags: UK, England, London, Wales, Washington, Life, India, Britain, Military, Pakistan, British Army, The Times, Army, Burma, Cornwall, Raf


"It’s been quite baffling and painful for me to have people assume I’m a racist and believe that I said the ridiculous things I’m accused of saying..."

"... that 'racism is over,' that 'white supremacy doesn’t exist,' or 'white privilege doesn’t exist,' or that I defended the use of blackface or said horrible things about black teenagers in general. I’m surprised by how quick some colleagues who barely know me were prepared to accept those accusations and even add more on a Times alumni Facebook page. Someone to whom I don’t think I’ve spoken since 1994 said 'calling him only a racist is being nice.' An editor I happily worked side by side with...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Autism, Zimbabwe, Peru, Nyt, Times, Asperger, Moyo, Bulawayo, McNeil, Donald McNeil, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults, Ndebele


People smugglers could get life sentences under new rules, says Home Office

Priti Patel understood to be concerned that some offenders are only being given three-year termsPeople smugglers could be handed life sentences under plans to ramp up penalties in an effort to stop migrants crossing the Channel.At present, the maximum sentence for people smuggling is 14 years in prison. The Times reported that Priti Patel wants to lengthen jail terms because of her concerns that the average sentence received is three years. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Law, UK News, Immigration and asylum, UK criminal justice, Home Office, Refugees, Times, Priti Patel


"The parents of adventurous young meritocrats paid $5,490 (plus airfare) for two weeks studying 'Public Health and Development in the Andes.'"

"On that trip, the reporter, Donald G. McNeil Jr., got into a series of heated arguments with students, none of them Black, on the charged question of race. Their complaints would ultimately end his career as a high-profile public health reporter for The Times, and again put The Times at the center of the national argument over journalism and racism and labor.... The student at the center of this story is Sophie Shepherd, who isn’t among the teenagers who have spoken anonymously to other news or...
Tags: Law, America, New York Times, The Times, Nyt, Ivy League, Ben Smith, Times, Smith, Machu Picchu, Shepherd, Andes, Lee Fang, FANG, Sophie Shepherd, Andover


Georgia prosecutor calls Giuliani's election claims 'various overt acts for an illegal purpose' that could warrant a racketeering charge

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference on legal challenges to vote counting in Pennsylvania, Saturday Nov. 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. AP Photo/John Minchillo Giuliani could face racketeering charges in Georgia for election lies, The New York Times reported.  A District Attorney opened a criminal complaint into Trump's attempts to overturn the election.  Racketeering is usually associated with mob activity but can be applied ...
Tags: Politics, New York, Law, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Cnn, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Philadelphia, Biden, Times, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump


"For academics playing word games, this is fun. For gangs of 'woke' students — or Times employees, who have managed to 'cancel' a series of the paper’s top writers recently — it can produce a feeling of enormous power and self-importance."

"But if you’re Macron or any sensible European observer, seeing a United States in which playing the national anthem or displaying the flag is deemed 'offensive' and 'problematic,' in which professors are suspended or threatened for quoting Supreme Court opinions verbatim when they contain unapproved language and which has seen months of urban riots tearing apart some of America’s biggest cities, how could you not say 'no thanks'? By its fruit the tree is known, and the fruits of woke leftism ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, France, US, America, United States, Times, Ny Post, Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit, Macron, Race And Education, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Diversity Politics, Critical Race Theory


The New York Post publishes the Bret Stephens column that the New York Times spiked.

It's not that Stephens, a regular NYT columnist, can or would just give the rejected column to another newspaper to publish. The Post tells us the column — which defends the NYT reporter who got ousted for saying the n-word — "circulated among Times staffers and others" and the Post got hold of it "from one of them, not Stephens himself." Presumably, the Post publishes it because it is newsworthy — not as an opinion on the news but because the spiking of it is news, so we need to see what it is....
Tags: Post, New York Post, Law, Congress, America, Journalism, Rap, Conversation, House, New York Times, Shanghai, The Times, Peru, Nyt, State Department, Morality


Trump's top lawyer asks to delay the impeachment trial if its not finished by the beginning of Sabbath

The US Capitol, as seen from the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Trump's top defense lawyer asked the Senate to suspend the impeachment trial during the Sabbath. In a letter to Senate leaders, David Schoen said he is a religious Jew who observes the Sabbath. The office for Senator Chuck Schumer said it "respects" the request and will "accommodate it."  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. One of Former President Trump's impeachme...
Tags: Politics, Law, Senate, US, Trends, Cnn, Judaism, New York Times, News UK, Mitch McConnell, Capitol Hill, Times, Trump, Schumer, Office Building, Chuck Schumer


"As a law student, I worked in the mayor's office in Detroit during the 1967 riot, and I can tell you what happens to major cities with sustained increases in violent crime..."

"... Very large parts of them are destroyed. That's what I fear could happen again. It's all the more likely if liberal mayors and their cheerleaders in the press act as many did during the 'mostly peaceful' BLM protests. Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted that it was 'shameful' for federal police to use force to clear Lafayette Square on June 1. Those overrunning it tried to topple the statue of Andrew Jackson and started a fire in St. John's Church, 'the presidents' church,' just t...
Tags: Crime, Law, Washington, Police, Los Angeles, Military, New York Times, Protests, Nyt, Times, Detroit, Black Lives Matter, BLM, Trump, St John, Capitol


"'Originally, I thought the context in which I used this ugly word could be defended.' The science reporter... described the 'n-word' incident..."

"... as having occurred during a dinner discussion about the use of racial slurs, in which one student on the trip asked whether a classmate should have been suspended for using racist rhetoric in a video. 'To understand what was in the video, I asked if she had called someone else the slur or whether she was rapping or quoting a book title. In asking the question, I used the slur itself,' McNeil wrote. He apologized for 'extraordinarily bad judgment' to both the staff of the Times, singling out...
Tags: Law, Nyt, Times, Dean Baquet, McNeil, Donald McNeil, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults, NY Times Star


CASE-ing the Joint: The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (Guest Blog Post)

By Guest Blogger Tyler Ochoa [Eric’s note: Prof. Ochoa previously posted a 900 word summary of the CASE Act. This post does a 5,500 word deep dive into the law for those who want the details.] On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (CAA).  The headlines focused on the $600 relief checks that will be sent to help people who have lost jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic; but the massive legislation contains at least 12...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Icann, Copyright, United States, Caa, Times, Trump, Board, Copyright Office, U S District Court, Eric, District Court, FRCP, Ochoa


A son reported his father, who participated in the storming of the Capitol, to the FBI weeks before the siege, saying his father 'would always tell me that he's going to do something big'

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington Jose Luis Magana/AP A son alerted the FBI about his father weeks before he was a part of the pro-Trump mob who stormed the Capitol, The New York Times reported. Guy Reffitt was arrested on January 16 on charges of obstruction of justice and knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.  Reffitt allegedly threatened his son and daughter i...
Tags: Politics, Law, Congress, Washington, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Fbi, Washington Dc, New York Times, The Times, Times, Donald Trump, Trump, Capitol, US Capitol


"We must strongly eradicate the ‘puppet words’ and ‘puppet style’ in our society."

Said Kim Jong-un, quoted in "Kim Jong-un outlaws slang from South Korea" (The London Times). North Korean propaganda refers to South Korea as a puppet of the United States. Despite strict censorship and propaganda North Koreans have been increasingly exposed to South Korean culture in the past decade. People can watch foreign content on mobile phones, and smugglers and activists bring in films, dramas and news programmes in memory cards. Kim expressed special concern about the words “oppa” and ...
Tags: South Korea, London, Law, North Korea, Censorship, United States, Kim, Times, Slang, Kim Jong, Ann Althouse


"Besides hanging out with Tavi, going to all the fashion week shows, meeting famous designers, chatting with buyers about yachts, and, of course, wearing the kinds of clothes..."

"... young men (and women) would pretty much give a kidney for, the dynamic duo are so... beautifully fancy... they swallow attention like nobody's business. We mean, just look at them. Transfixing, aren't they? Gawker hails Peter II (never Jr.) and Harry as potential new role models for gay youth – which is interesting and encouraging, if perhaps a bit premature. After all, these guys were born into a helluva lot of power and privilege. Connecting with the young man who buys his eveningwear fro...
Tags: Fashion, Makeup, Mac, Law, Interview, America, Wealth, Walmart, Teenagers, Harry, Times, Gawker, Boredom, Stephanie Seymour, Dolce, Manolo Blahnik


"The Cornish hotel flying a flag for QAnon’s cult delusion/Conspiracy theories spawned in America are taking hold in unexpected corners of British society."

 Reports the London Times.The Camelot Castle Hotel in Tintagel, Cornwall, may be themed on Arthurian legends but the flag flown over its tower last year stood for a more modern myth.... Guests at the hotel, which displays a Q flag, said that the owner left conspiracy theory material in their bedrooms....  Since Mr Mappin, heir to the Mappin and Webb jewellery business, which holds a Royal Warrant, hoisted a Q flag above the battlements of Camelot Castle Hotel last January he has hosted a regular...
Tags: UK, London, Law, America, Metaphor, Cornwall, Times, Conspiracies, Trump, Bobby, Ben, Webb, Gardner, Ann Althouse, Camelot Castle Hotel, Tintagel Cornwall


"This was not a protest, this was a well-organized insurrection against our country that was organized by Donald Trump."

Said Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, Chair of the House Rules Committee, opening the debate this morning on the Article of Impeachment, quoted in "The House begins debating impeachment charge against Trump." (NYT). McGovern asserted that he looked into some people's eyes and "saw evil." I'm seeing the live vote embedded at the Times, and it is strictly along party lines... ... even though the text of the article says "Republicans were fracturing over the vote." And:Sena...
Tags: Eyes, Law, Putin, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Evil, House, Mitch McConnell, Times, Evidence, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Trump, McGovern, House Rules Committee, Jim McGovern


"In late December, Ms. Ponsetto was caught on video tackling Keyon Harrold Jr., the 14-year-old son of a prominent jazz musician, in the lobby of a boutique hotel in SoHo."

"She had falsely accused him of stealing her cellphone, and can be heard yelling, 'No, I’m not letting him walk away with my phone!' The video, which garnered widespread consternation on social media, was yet another example of Black people in America being confronted with baseless accusations while simply going about their lives. It drew comparisons to an incident in May, in which a white woman called 911 to falsely claim that a Black bird-watcher in Central Park had threatened her life. (Ms. P...
Tags: Law, America, Lawyers, Times, Evidence, Central Park, Soho, Gayle King, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Garner (the Word, Keyon Harrold Jr, Miya Ponsetto, Ponsetto, Gayle King Ponsetto


How the the 25th Amendment works to remove a sitting president

Then-President-elect Donald Trump stands with Vice President-elect Mike Pence at a news conference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images The 25th Amendment formally outlines the transition of power if the president is unable or unfit to serve. Section IV also allows the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to remove the president from office. Americans have been particularly interested in the amendment since President Donald Trump took off...
Tags: Google, Politics, News, Law, Congress, Life, Senate, White House, Trends, Cnn, Fbi, Commerce, Tennessee, New York Times, House Of Representatives, Treasury


I feel lured into talking about Hilaria Baldwin, but what do I want to say? What did I say about Rachel Dolezal... and is this the same... or worse... or better?

I thought I could get away with dropping this one seemingly juicy sentence from The Washington Examiner.... But while, say, the New York Times decided that Hilaria's cosplaying as a Latina stereotype was off-limits — even as they wrote growing profiles of her as well, including uncritically her "slight Spanish accent" — the paper of record has celebrated children having their college admissions revoked for a video of them singing the N-word along to a song when they were 15 as a "reckoning."  I...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Law, Friends, Boston, Spain, Rap, New York Times, Times, Alec Baldwin, Ross, Rachel Dolezal, Accents, Blackface, Groves, Washington Examiner


Jim Carrey's "SNL" performance as Joe Biden "brought a lot of attention to the show, but it ultimately garnered mixed reviews..."

"... with some critics saying that, despite Carrey's comedic talents, his Biden was missing the mark. 'It sounded like a great get at first. Here was a big-time star that could balance out the heft of Alec Baldwin's Trump. But after three episodes, Carrey still hasn't managed to break through,' Vanity Fair wrote in October. 'Maybe he's too physical a performer, or too needy a showman, to capture the flapjack earnestness of the former vice president.' The L.A. Times concurred writing in November ...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Jim Carrey, Snl, Biden, Times, Donald Trump, Vanity Fair, Alec Baldwin, Trump, Carrey, Ann Althouse, Garner (the Word


"New York Times Admits Its ‘Caliphate’ Podcast Fell for ISIS Hoaxer’s Bullshit/HOOK, LINE, SINKER."

"The newspaper says it didn’t properly scrutinize the claims of Shehroze Chaudhry, who has since been charged with making up his terrorism past."  Headline at The Daily Beast.  The New York Times on Friday released the findings of its internal investigation into star reporter Rukmini Callimachi’s reporting on ISIS and extremism in the Middle East.... Callimachi came under intense scrutiny after the main subject of her Peabody award-winning podcast, titled Caliphate, was charged in Canada earl...
Tags: Isis, Law, Journalism, Syria, Canada, New York Times, Nyt, Npr, Times, Louisville, Chaudhry, Dean Baquet, Baquet, Rukmini Callimachi, Ann Althouse, Callimachi


How Many Aircraft did Chuck Yeager Fly?

Living with an editor’s mindset is no easy thing, especially when faced with inconsistent “facts” in stories presented by different sources on a common topic. In this case it was the death of Chuck Yeager. Publicity throughout his life has made much of his signature aviation accomplishments, guiding the X-1 through the sonic barrier, surviving a high-altitude misadventure in the NF-104 Starfighter, but postings on his passing could not agree on how many different types of aircraft he flew or ho...
Tags: Google, General, Wikipedia, Nasa, Military, United States, New York Times, Aviation, Canberra, Meyer, Air Force, Times, Aerospace, Sabre, Martin, Northrop


Bill Barr might resign, reports NYT

Plot twist. the New York Times, sources close to Attorney General Bill Barr say he is exploring how to resign from the flaming dumpster fire that is the decomposing Trump administration, before it all ends next month. One source close to Barr who spoke to the Times said he could announce his departure before the end of the year. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, New York Times, Times, Trump, Barr, William Barr, Bill Barr


Attorney for Jared Kushner and a Trump fundraiser investigated by DOJ in alleged bribery-for-pardon scheme

Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (C) arrives with lawyer Abbe Lowell (L) for a meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill July 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images The US Department of Justice investigated an attorney for Jared Kushner in connection with an alleged bribery-for-pardon scheme, The New York Times reported. As Business Insider reported, a US judge released documents this week showing that federal investigators were concerned about ...
Tags: Politics, Law, White House, US, Trends, C, Washington Dc, New York Times, Social Security, The Times, Bribery, Department Of Justice, Times, Donald Trump, Doj, Charles Davis


"[Biden] spent most of his career as a bit of an outsider to Washington’s social world, his face pressed against the glass."

"The cool kids, including President Barack Obama, occasionally mocked him behind his back for his cornball earnestness. Mr. Trump’s obsession with the media took the form of constant, obstreperous complaints and news-making leaks, a style Mr. Biden has suggested he finds merely embarrassing. Mr. Biden sought their approval with a more diligent and solicitous approach. As vice president, for instance, he was particularly attentive to the wise men of Washington, especially the foreign policy colum...
Tags: Law, Obama, Washington, White House, China, India, Barack Obama, Journalism, Joe Biden, New York Times, Ben Smith, Biden, Times, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Trump


"Morris lived for many years with her gravestone standing in the corner of her library, the ne plus ultra of memento moris."

"She was an inveterate traveler but also prized her house in the Welsh village of Llanystumdwy; she wrote often about its snuggly, hyggelig qualities. Death for her may be something akin to merely being in, to borrow the words of the novelist Joshua Cohen, a bed with a lid. 'I am attracted to decline, to the melancholy spectacle of things that get old and die,' Morris told Leo Lerman in a Paris Review interview. She also joked that when she departed, the headlines would read, 'Sex Change Author ...
Tags: Travel, Death, Writing, Law, Wales, Aging, Looks, Transgender, Canada, Language, William Shakespeare, Lincoln, John, Times, Jan Morris, James



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