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    Elon Musk has announced suspended Twitter accounts will be offered an 'amnesty' from next week. The head of the company, who completed a $44 billion takeover in October, polled Twitter users and the majority backed the move. The poll posted on Wednesday asked: 'Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?' Some 72.4 percent of voters said yes, while 27.6 percent said no.  There were 3,162,112 votes cast during the 24-hour poll. Musk said on Thursday: 'The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.' The poll follows another recent survey which asked whether former President Donald Trump should be reinstated. Musk polled Twitter users on whether suspended accounts should be offered an amnesty and the majority of voters chose yes. After a majority said yes, Trump's account was reactivated - and then he said he didn't see 'any reason' to rejoin anyway. Announcing that decision, Musk also used the Latin phrase 'Vox Populi, Vox Dei,' that roughly means 'the voice of the...
    Share this: The federal court-authorized search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate has brought renewed attention to the obscure but infamous law known as the Espionage Act of 1917. A section of the law was listed as one of three potential violations under Justice Department investigation. The Espionage Act has historically been employed most often by law-and-order conservatives. But the biggest uptick in its use occurred during the Obama administration, which used it as the hammer of choice for national security leakers and whistleblowers. Regardless of whom it is used to prosecute, it unfailingly prompts consternation and outrage. We are both attorneys who specialize in and teach national security law. While navigating the sound and fury over the Trump search, here are a few things to note about the Espionage Act.
    Former President Donald Trump will today demand tougher security at schools and better monitoring of mental health but will say that the actions of a deranged gunman are no reason to take firearms from law-abiding citizens. 'The existence of evil in our world is not a reason to disarm law-abiding citizens—the existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens,' he will tell members of the National Rifle Association, according to excerpts of his speech obtained by DailyMail.com. He is due to deliver his speech at the group's annual meeting in Houston, Texas, where protesters spent the day demanding tougher restrictions on guns in the wake of the Uvalde school massacre. Nineteen children and two teachers were shot dead by an 18-year-old gunman on Tuesday. 'Each precious young soul that was taken is an incomprehensible loss—stolen from us by a malice that no words can describe,' Trump is expected to say. While President Joe Biden has signaled a fresh push on guns, Trump laid the focus elsewhere.  'While we don’t yet know enough about this...
    A Swiss-born billionaire who funneled hundreds of millions to left-leaning US groups may have violated bans against political donations by foreign nationals, according to a lawsuit. Hansjorg Wyss, who has an estimated net worth of $5.1 billion and in lives in Wyoming, has become a major donor to liberal groups in recent years, but remains tight-lipped about his citizenship status. Foreign nationals who don't hold US green cards are barred from making direct donations to candidates for office or political action committees, but they are are allowed to contribute to advocacy groups that seek to sway public policy. In recently filed lawsuit, watchdog group Americans for Public Trust challenged that distinction, accusing the Federal Election Commission of acting too slowly on a complaint it filed against Wyss in May 2021. Hansjorg Wyss, who has an estimated net worth of $5.1 billion and in lives in Wyoming, has become a major donor to liberal groups, but remains tight-lipped about his citizenship status The lawsuit filed in US district court for Washington DC cites media interviews given by Wyss and a regulatory filing...
    The leaked draft of a majority Supreme Court decision by Justice Samuel Alito overturning Roe v. Wade means several things. First, it indicates that in the justices’ private conference, at least five members of the court voted to reverse the 1973 abortion precedent. They aren’t bound by that vote, which they can change up to the day the final opinion is released. Almost all first drafts undergo significant revision based on discussion and debate among the justices. So the second point to make is that Roe isn’t yet overturned, though it very likely will be. Could anything change that result? Only if two or more justices decide to flip the court the other way. That would probably mean Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts would have to end up joining forces with the court’s three liberals. The draft opinion is sufficiently strident in the way it rejects Roe that it remains possible that it will lose their votes. Kavanaugh could file a concurrence that would become the controlling opinion. And it is not utterly out of the question...
    Boris Johnson is to be fined for breaking the law by attending an illegal Partygate event, No10 confirmed today.  The Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are among a tranche of 30 more fixed penalty notices dished out by Scotland Yard today. It means Mr Johnson is the first serving Prime Minister to have been found to have broken the law while in Downing Street. The news will place huge pressure on the PM, who has faced called from opponents and within his own party to resign if sanctioned.  He has resisted giving a definite answer. Questions will also be raised over his honesty towards MPs. Last year he told the Commons that 'all guidance was followed completely in No 10'.     The Metropolitan Police did not disclose if Boris Johnson was among those to be sanctioned with a £50 fine. Downing Street initially indicated that he was not.  But this afternoon a No10 spokeswoman said: 'The Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have today received notification that the Metropolitan police intend to issue them with fixed penalty notices. We have no...
    A Georgetown University law professor who remains suspended from the elite school for claiming the next Supreme Court nominee would be a 'lesser black woman' says political discourse in the nation is broken. Newly-hired Ilya Shapiro, who was placed on administrative leave ahead of his February 1 start date, drew outrage within the school community over his apparent suggestion that the best nominee to replace Justice Stephen Breyer could not be a black woman. 'Objectively best pick for Biden is Sri Srinivasan, who is solid prog & v smart [sic],' he tweeted. 'Even has identify politics benefit of being first Asian (Indian) American. But alas doesn't fit into the latest intersectionality hierarchy so we'll get lesser black woman. Thank heaven for small favors?'  The embattled lawyer remained suspended this week, when he claimed it's become difficult to have meaningful political discussions.  'I just think that this is a moment where we can realize as a country - because I think this is bigger than me and Georgetown - that the way we go about discussing matters of great [importance] is...
    The House Ethics Committee is probing whether Democratic Rep. Marie Newman of Illinois promised a government job to Iymen Hamman Chehade in exchange for him not running against her in the 2020 primary. If that is the case, she would have broken federal law and House rules, the ethics panel said in a 13-page report released on Monday.   The panel said they had 'substantial reason' to believe Newman made such a move and recommended a further review from the Committee on Ethics. The report has a profound impact on the political futures of both. In October, Newman announced she would challenge fellow Democratic Rep. Sean Casten in the 6th congressional district after the state's redistricting process placed her ina district represented by Rep. Jesús 'Chuy' García of Chicago that is nearly 67% Latino.  And Chehade is running in the Democratic primary for the open seat in the newly created 3rd Congressional District. That district is Newman's old district. The ethics probe found that during the 2020 primary contest, Newman made Chehade 'certain promises about future employment in her congressional office' that were given...
    Missing a package? Shipment delayed? Maybe your package is among the thousands we found discarded along the tracks. This is but one area thieves have targeted trains. We were told this area was just cleaned up 30 days ago so what you see is all within the last month. @CBSLApic.twitter.com/43002DPyZa — John Schreiber (@John Schreiber) 1642116914 What else? In its story about the package thefts, KCBS-TV — citing sources — said locks used by Union Pacific are easy to cut. In addition, the station said L.A. police don’t respond to train robbery complaints save for the rare occasions they come from Union Pacific. The station said while its news crew was at the location, one person was seen running off with a container used to hold smaller packages and a Union Pacific officer was spotted chasing after two other people who appeared to be rifling through packages. Image source: KCBS-TV video screenshot KCBS — citing a source with knowledge of the issue — reported that Union Pacific cleaned up the area three months ago...
    Damselfishes and Mediterranean bream fishes or Sarpa salpa, in the Roustaud reef near La Ciotat, southern France. August 18, 2019.Boris Horvat/AFP This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On November 19, 1969, the CSS Hudson slipped through the frigid waters of Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia and out into the open ocean. The research vessel was embarking on what many of the marine scientists on board thought of as the last great, uncharted oceanic voyage: The first complete circumnavigation of the Americas. The ship was bound for Rio de Janeiro, where it would pick up more scientists before passing through Cape Horn—the southernmost point in the Americas—and then head north through the Pacific to traverse the ice-packed Northern Passage back to Halifax Harbour. Along the way, the Hudson would make frequent stops so its scientists could collect samples and take measurements. One of those scientists, Ray Sheldon, had boarded the Hudson in Valparaíso, Chile. A marine ecologist at Canada’s Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Sheldon was fascinated by the microscopic plankton that seemed to be everywhere in the ocean: How far...
    Watergate author Bob Woodward says key Trump insiders who met in the Willard Hotel the day before the Jan. 6th Capitol riot may have engaged in a conspiracy against the U.S. government and could be prosecuted. Woodward made the remark on MSNBC in an appearance with coauthor Robert Costa, where the pair outlined the extraordinary series of events amid then-President Donald Trump's election overturn effort.  'It's calculated,' said Woodward.  Interviewer Mike Brzezinski then called it a 'calculated set of meetings,' to which Woodard agreed. 'Yes. And and phone calls and agitation. Of course, there's no better agitator than Steve Bannon and we talked recently with a Republican, former Republican head of the criminal division in the Justice Department, who said there is a lay down case just in what we know.'  Journalist Bob Woodward described a Trump 'war room' that convened at the Willard Hotel the day before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, when Congress was to meet to count the electoral votes Journalist and author Bob Woodward described a 'calculated' meeting in the Willard Hotel, and cited a...
    BORIS Johnson faces an official probe into whether the refurbishment of his No11 flat broke the law. In a bombshell announcement, the Electoral Commission watchdog announced a formal investigation into the doing up of his private residence and that there are grounds to believe an offence may have occurred. 4The PM faces a probe by the Electoral CommissionCredit: Reuters 4Boris is facing questions about his Downing Street flatCredit: AP 4The Downing Street flat had a refurb last yearCredit: AP If found guilty, the PM could face huge fines, or the police could even be involved if there's a serious breach of the law. The move is a hammer blow to BoJo just days before crunch local elections, and will heap fresh pressure on him to finally come clean on the details of the murky funding arrangements behind the plush makeover. The PM has been battered by a massive political storm over claims he went cap in hand to Tory donors to stump up megabucks so he could plaster No11 in £800-a-roll wallpaper and trendy pink sofas. Former aide Dominic Cummings...
    Trump speaks during an event to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.Matt Dunham/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.During the Trump administration, Alison Peck started to see more of her cases have an outcome she describes as “a door just slammed” in the clients’ faces. A law professor and co-director of the Immigration Law Clinic at West Virginia University College of Law, Peck grew concerned that paths to immigration relief previously available to them were no longer an option. The explanation for it was an increasingly common practice whereby the US Attorney General, who is a political appointee, would self-refer cases previously decided by an immigration judge and then use them as vehicles for broad policy changes. These precedent-setting determinations included restricting asylum for victims of domestic violence and gang violence, and limiting immigration judges’ power to manage their dockets by temporarily closing low-priority cases. Some of Peck’s clients were impacted by both decisions. “It was very distressing to see this...
    Joe Biden may have broken the law by halting construction of the border wall, it emerged on Tuesday, as the Government Accountability Office launched an inquiry. The president campaigned on the promise of immediately ending the building work along the U.S.-Mexico border, and once in office he kept his promise. On Tuesday the GAO confirmed that they were investigating whether Biden was legally allowed to end the construction, because the funding had already been approved.  The news of the GAO investigation came amid an escalating crisis on the border, where migrant arrivals are surging and the Biden administration is struggling to cope.  Migrants from Central America are detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents as they turn themselves in to request asylum, after crossing into El Paso Earlier on Tuesday US Customs and Border Protection was been shamed into releasing its own photos from inside crowded migrant facilities,   after a Texas Democrat leapfrogged the agency and shared images of the 'terrible conditions for children' at the border. The agency finally released photos on Tuesday where children are seen packed inside...
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