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Is the politics of crime and punishment now different than in our recent history?

The question in the title of this post is promoted by this recent Politico piece by Joshua Zeitz headlined "'Law and Order' has Worked for the GOP Before. This Crime Boom Might be Different." I recommend the piece in full, and here are a few excerpts: In the 1970s and 1980s, Republican candidates successfully used violent crime as an issue to attract white voters. Fused with concerns over the economy, busing and neighborhood integration, “law-and-order” politics dislodged millions of working- a...
Tags: Law, White House, Gop, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Democratic Party, Richard Nixon, Douglas A Berman, Joshua Zeitz

Biden Pushes for Long COVID Sufferers to Be Protected by Law

By Trevor HunnicuttWASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden said Monday the White House is pushing for people with long-term symptoms of COVID-19...
Tags: Law, White House, Joe Biden, Biden, Reuters, Trevor HunnicuttWASHINGTON

Coronavirus Update 7–23–2021: We talkin’ bout masks! We ain’t talkin’ bout the vaccine, we talkin’ bout masks.

I'm not proud of this but i just made a scene in public for the first time in my life… I walked into a Starbucks and they asked me to put a mask on! I yelled this is ridiculous, so I turned around and walked out. I know what you're thinking… My first mistake was walking into a Starbucks:)– Actor Kevin Sorbo, on LinkedIn, 7/20/21I came across the post written by the former Hercules actor a couple of nights ago while perusing my LinkedIn feed. Three things came to mind. 1/ I cannot believe more...
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Term limits emerge as popular proposal at latest meeting of court-reform commission

The Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court reconvened on Tuesday to hear from a new set of experts on various ideas for Supreme Court reform. Like the last meeting, various legal experts testified and answered questions from commissioners in a series of panels spread throughout the day. President Joe Biden appointed the 36-member commission to write a report on various court-reform options. The key topics included the confirmation process, term limits, transparency and disclosure, expandi...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Senate, White House, Court, Joe Biden, University Of Chicago, Jackson, Biden, Harvard Law School, Strauss, Latham Watkins, Mayer Brown, Brennan Center for Justice, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

Leading Democrats oppose Biden plan to end house arrest and potentially return inmates to prison after the pandemic

Prisoners stand outside the federal correctional institution in Englewood, Colo. AP Photo/David Zalubowski Since March 2020, more than 28,000 people have been released from federal prison due to COVID-19. Those released were assessed to face severe health risks if they contracted the coronavirus. Those released currently have to return to prison a month after the pandemic formally ends. See more stories on Insider's business page. Two leading Senate Democrats are urging the White House...
Tags: Politics, News, Law, Congress, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, New Jersey, Department Of Justice, Biden, Illinois, Criminal Justice, Charles Davis, Booker

New York Times reporting Biden Justice Department agrees with OLC memo stating prisoners transferred to home confinement must return to prison after pandemic ends

As reported in this new New York Times article, headlined "Biden Legal Team Decides Inmates Must Return to Prison After Covid Emergency," it appears that the US Department of Justice is not changing its view of the limits of congressional authority to move people to home confinement under the CARES Act. Here are the details: The Biden administration legal team has decided that thousands of federal convicts who were released to home confinement to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 will be re...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, New York Times, Biden, Justice Department, US Department of Justice, Faith and Freedom Coalition, OLC, Douglas A Berman, Justice Department 's Office of Legal Counsel, Andrew Bates, Biden Justice Department, Prez Biden, AG Garland, Biden Justice Department FAMM

Trump said he regrets not 'immediately' sending in the US military to quash nationwide unrest last summer

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to Air Force personnel during an event September 15, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. President Trump attended the event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. Alex Wong/Getty Images A new book from two Washington Post reporters reveals one of former President Trump's regrets. He told them he wishes he had sent in the military "immediately" to quell unrest last summer. The nationwide unrest followed the murder of George Floyd by ...
Tags: Politics, Maryland, Minneapolis, Washington Post, White House, US, Trends, Cnn, Military, United States, Washington Dc, Protests, Portland, Pentagon, The New York Times, Air Force

Trump says Gen. Mark Milley should be 'court-martialed' if he thought the former president potentially sought a coup

Flanked by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, US President Donald Trump meets with senior military leaders at the White House on October 7, 2019. Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS Trump said that Gen. Mark Milley should be "court-martialed" if the reports are true that he feared a potential coup. "There was no talk of a coup, there was no coup, it all never happened," the former president said. Milley has been the chairman of Joint Chief...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Washington Post, White House, Defense, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Fbi, Military, Washington Dc, Cia, Interior Department, Donald Trump, Trump

Arizona Democrats call for investigation after report that Trump, Giuliani pressured state elections officials

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images Phone records show that ex-President Trump and his allies pressured Arizona elections officials. "We need you to stop the counting," Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward told an official in Maricopa County. President Joe Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes. See more storie...
Tags: Politics, New York, Law, Washington, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, New York Times, Arizona, US Senate, Republican, Biden, Giuliani, Donald Trump

Let's read the full text of Trump's CPAC speech.

Here's the transcript of yesterday's speech. I'll just give you some highlights — things that jumped out at me as I read it, seeing things for the first time (that is, I didn't watch the speech):For generations, the American conservative union has helped lead the charge to defend our values, protect our country, and preserve our glorious American heritage. You see they’re taking our heritage away.... In a matter of mere months, Joe Biden has brought our country to the brink of ruin.... Now the B...
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"When Will Joe Biden Start Using His Clemency Powers?"

The question in the title of this post is the headline of this lengthy New York magazine article by Zak Cheney-Rice.  The obvious answer, of course, is "not soon enough," given that Prez Biden has gone his first six month, amid a global pandemic after campaigning as a reformer, without a single act of clemency.  But the piece strikes a slightly more hopeful tone, and here excerpts:  According to the New York Times, the Biden administration has signaled, as recently as this summer and in multipl...
Tags: New York, Law, White House, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Aclu, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Biden, Times, Donald Trump, Harry Truman, Justice Department, New York University, Trump, Nixon

The Pentagon has called off the $10 billion JEDI cloud-computing contract Microsoft and Amazon were arguing over

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO at a White House meeting in 2017. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Pentagon has canceled the $10 billion cloud-infrastructure plan it awarded Microsoft in 2019. The Pentagon cited "evolving requirements, increased cloud conversancy, and industry advances." Amazon filed a complaint accusing the Trump administration of influencing the award process. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Pentagon has canceled the $10 billion cloud-inf...
Tags: Amazon, Politics, News, Enterprise, Microsoft, White House, Satya Nadella, Trends, Department Of Defense, Military, Pentagon, Cnbc, Trump, Jedi, Tech Insider, Allana Akhtar

Camp Pendleton Marine on quest to get Afghan interpreter to U.S.

As a platoon squad leader in an area of Afghanistan known as a hotbed for Taliban fighters and drug traffickers, Tom Schueman was always positioned at the point of danger. And next to him in each mission, he said, was his Afghan interpreter, Zak. Zak, whose full name isn’t being used to protect his identity for safety, was then a 20-year-old school teacher who believed in a Taliban-free Afghanistan and had a thirst for adventure. His services were critical in assisting and protecting not only to...
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Darkhorse Battalion Marine on quest to get Afghan interpreter to U.S.

As a platoon squad leader in an area of Afghanistan known as a hotbed for Taliban fighters and drug traffickers, Tom Schueman was always positioned at the point of danger. And next to him in each mission, he said, was his Afghan interpreter, Zak. Zak, whose full name isn’t being used to protect his identity for safety, was then a 20-year-old school teacher who believed in a Taliban-free Afghanistan and had a thirst for adventure. His services were critical in assisting and protecting not only to...
Tags: Facebook, Isis, Texas, News, Nbc, Congress, White House, Virginia, Iraq, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Turkey, UPS, Afghanistan, Marine

There are more ways to cancel your student debt than you might think. Here are your options

A sign is displayed in front of The White House on June 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Paul Morigi/Getty Images The vast majority of student loan borrowers who file for bankruptcy don't seek to have their educational loans discharged. But of those that do, around 60% won some relief. While additional avenues exist, they can be very difficult to take advantage of in practice. Borrowers with permanent disabilities and borrowers who work in public-sector fields such as military service, la...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, Law, Congress, Navy, Washington, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Poverty, Economy, Biden, Smith, Social Security Administration, Irs

Encouraging(?) update on prospects for series of small federal sentencing reform bills

Politico has this new piece on the the prospects for (small) statutory sentencing reforms making their way through Congress soon.  Both the headline and contents of the article are generally encouraging, though one is always wise not to expect much from Congress these days.  The piece, headlined "As police reform talks sputter, bipartisan criminal justice bills advance," should be read in full by federal sentencing fans.  Here are a few highlights: Democrats don't want to borrow a thing from Do...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, White House, America, Gop, United States, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley, Drug Enforcement Administration, Chuck Schumer, Durbin, Dick Durbin D Ill

Biden’s court-reform commission hears from experts on term limits and judicial review

The debate over Supreme Court reform continued Wednesday as a White House commission heard testimony on a broad range of reform proposals, including adding seats to the court, shrinking its influence, increasing its transparency, and limiting the tenure of the justices. The all-day hearing was the second meeting of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, a bipartisan, 36-member commission that Biden appointed in response to calls from some Democrats to expand the ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, Harvard, United States, New Zealand, Biden, Arizona State University, Bowie, Noah Feldman, University of New South Wales, Howe, Michael Ramsey, University of San Diego School of Law

Afghanistan Lost

Panama City, Panama Mind burst, sans-edit Just go back to 2006 and read my dozen major dispatches on losing the war in Afghanistan. At that time, millions of people regularly read my Iraq and Afghanistan. And at any one time, about half hated me or said I was wrong. But now we can open the time capsule and see who was right and wrong on Iraq, Afghanistan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan-Korea relations, and Chinese information war. Start with my 2005 archives. Imagine investing in my report...
Tags: Asia, Chuck, Japan, Featured, White House, China, Iraq, Africa, US, America, Social Media, Iran, Afghanistan, Thailand, Military, United States

Biden calls for federal investigation into Miami condo collapse – live

White House spokeswoman says Biden wants inquiry to happenSupreme court declines to hear transgender bathroom caseBill Barr calls Donald Trump’s election fraud claims ‘bullshit’Revealed: far-right group includes military officers and politicians 7.19pm BST The Fox News anchor Chris Wallace made headlines of his own on Sunday, by pointing out to a senior Republican that he and his party recently voted against $350bn in funding for law enforcement.“Can’t you make the argument that it’s you and...
Tags: Law, White House, America, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, LGBT rights, Miami, Fox News, Biden, Donald Trump, US supreme court, Wallace, Chris Wallace, Barr

Win for trans rights as supreme court leaves school bathroom ruling in place – live

Justices decline to hear transgender bathroom caseBarr calls Donald Trump’s election fraud claims ‘bullshit’Revealed: far-right group includes military officers and politicians 6.18pm BST White House press secretary Jen Psaki fielded a question about Gwen Berry, the Olympic hammer thrower who turned away from the American flag during a medal ceremony at the US Olympic trials this weekend.“The anthem doesn’t speak for me,” Berry said. “It never has.”Asked about the olympian who turned her bac...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, LGBT rights, Biden, Donald Trump, US supreme court, Berry, Pelosi, Schumer

George Floyd's brother asks judge to give Derek Chauvin longest prison term possible: 'My family and I have been given a life sentence.'

Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, wipes away tears as he speaks during an interview with broadcaster Roland Martin at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Philonise Floyd said he has not been able to sleep since his brother George was killed last year. "George's life mattered," he said at a sentencing hearing Friday for Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree murder and other charges...
Tags: Law, Minneapolis, Washington, White House, Trends, Black Lives Matter, Charles Davis, George, Floyd, Minneapolis Minnesota, Roland Martin, Chauvin, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, Philonise Floyd, Derek Chauvin Chauvin

Biden Administration stresses reentry in its new public safety efforts

I was intrigued to see that the new "strategy" to combat gun violence announced today by the White House includes significant discussion of reentry issues.  This fact sheet, titled "Biden-Harris Administration Announces Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safety," includes a bunch of items under the heading "Help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully reenter their communities."  Here are the headings of items discussed thereunder: Investments to...
Tags: Law, White House, Cnn, Biden, Douglas A Berman, Biden Administration, Ensure Public Safety

Despite constitutional violation, court rejects broad relief for shareholders of mortgage giants

The Supreme Court on Wednesday had mostly bad news for shareholders of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in their lawsuit seeking to unwind a 2012 agreement that required the companies to transfer profits to the federal government. The justices unanimously agreed that one of the shareholders’ claims could not go forward. And although the court agreed, by a vote of 7-2, that the structure of the federal agency that regulates Fannie and Freddie is at least in part unconstitutional, ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Senate, White House, Joe Biden, Treasury, Collins, Yellen, Sonia Sotomayor, Freddie Mac, Treasury Department, Alito, CFPB, Sotomayor

Will any new sentencing issues be central to the new "comprehensive crime reduction strategy" soon to come from Prez Biden?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this new lengthy CNN piece headlined "Concerns rising inside White House over surge in violent crime."  Here are excerpts: A nationwide surge in violent crime has emerged as a growing area of concern inside the White House, where President Joe Biden and his aides have listened with alarm as local authorities warn a brutal summer of killing lies ahead. Biden plans to address the spike in shootings, armed robberies and vicious assaults on Wedn...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, Joe Biden, Cnn, Department Of Justice, Biden, Justice Department, Kamala Harris, Clinton, Democratic Party, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms, Rose Garden, Jen Psaki, Douglas A Berman, David Chipman

EPA and Army Announce Intent to Revise “Water of the United States” Rule

Last week the Environmental Protect Agency and Department of the Army announced the agencies’ intent to initiate new rulemaking that restores the Obama era waters of the United States rule that was in place pre-2015, and before the current Trump era rule. This proposed rule will impact large swaths of America not only those directing the course of a ship (as its name implies), but will restrict farming, real estate development, road building and other large areas of economic activity across the ...
Tags: Law, Obama, Congress, Colorado, White House, US, America, Environmental, United States, Army, Epa, Trump, Clean Water Act, Federal, Stuart Kaplow, Cuyahoga River

"When President Biden, standing at NATO headquarters on Monday, referred to President Vladimir V. Putin as 'a worthy adversary,' ears perked up in Moscow...."

"'Putin’s goal is to transition to a respectful adversarial relationship from the disrespectful one we have today,' said Vladimir Frolov, a Russian foreign affairs columnist. 'That seems to be in line with Biden’s objectives for a "predictable and stable relationship."'...  In his interview with NBC taped last week, Mr. Putin praised Mr. Biden as a 'professional' who had spent 'just about all his conscious life in politics.'"From (NYT).Praised? I don't think that was praise!  One day Biden cal...
Tags: Hollywood, Nbc, Law, Putin, White House, Russia, US, America, Fbi, Nato, Moscow, Geneva, Biden, Donald Trump, Helsinki, Trump

Justice Department files SCOTUS brief seeking to restore death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

As repoted in this Hill piece, the "Biden administration on Monday urged the Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty against the Boston Marathon bomber in an apparent break with the president's stated opposition to capital punishment."  Here are the details (with a link to the filing): In a 48-page brief, the Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the justices to reverse a Boston-based federal appeals court that vacated the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the lone surviving perpetrator of...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, White House, Boston, Boston Marathon, Biden, Doj, Justice Department, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Trump, First Circuit, Hill, U S Court of Appeals, Tsarnaev, The Hill, AG Barr

"The IG's conclusion could not be clearer: the media narrative was false from start to finish... "

"'[T]he evidence did not support a finding that the [U.S. Park Police] cleared the park on June 1, 2020, so that then President Trump could enter the park.' Instead... 'the evidence we reviewed showed that the USPP cleared the park to allow a contractor to safely install anti-scale fencing in response to destruction of Federal property and injury to officers that occurred on May 30 and May 31.' Crucially, 'the evidence established that relevant USPP officials had made those decisions and had beg...
Tags: Law, White House, Park, Glenn Greenwald, Propaganda, Trump, Lafayette Park, U S Park Police, Ann Althouse, Trump and the press, USPP

Jen Psaki says "we created this problem" — the problem on the southern border.

This is a strange little gaffe — or slipping out of the truth — from yesterday's White House Press Conference. You can hear it in the clip... ... and see it in the transcript:  Speaker 6: And I just had another on the vice-president visiting the border or not visiting the border. Republicans and Conservatives are going crazy on Twitter, sending pictures... sending video of her interview with Lester Holt saying I’ve not been to Europe either. Does the president think there is a scenario in whi...
Tags: Europe, Law, White House, Biden, Kamala Harris, Trump, Peter, Lester Holt, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Ann Althouse, Biden And Immigration

Reclaiming Responsible Gun Ownership From Anti-Second Amendment Extremists

Take Action Time to Act United States – -( Some anti-Second Amendment extremists have tried to play gun owners off against each other – a form of divide-and-conquer strategy. The Brady Campaign has notoriously used this approach over the years, saying it has no beef with “responsible gun owners,” just the “radical gun nuts” and the “gun lobby” who are endangering public safety. The thing is… Second Amendment supporters – including loyal Ammoland readers – believe in responsible...
Tags: Guns, White House, Reagan, Hunting, Gun Rights, Second Amendment, Nra, Brady, House Senate, Harold, Institute for Legislative Action, Gun Rights News, Brady Campaign, Tom Gresham, Glen Wunderlich, Harold Hutchison

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