Citizen Drive

16 Jun 19
Realist Review

Written by Samuel Leiter In 2019, we sit on the precipice of the first transition in international politics since the end of the Cold War. The United States’ position as the pre-eminent global power is beingquestioned. Donald Trump’s boisterous threats to end American alliances and the rise of leaders who repudiate the existing international order reflect that America’s world order and unipolar moment are in their twilight […]

16 Jun 19
Anderson Valley Advertiser

SEARCHING FOR LIMB CASTS by Katy Tahja “What’s a Limb Cast?” Any geologist or rockhound can tell you. If you bury any or all of a tree in hot volcanic ash the wood will burn away but leave a cast, or impression, that then fills in over the ages with agate. The agate can come […]

16 Jun 19
WZU EXPLORE

Here is a recap of my 12 day trip to South Africa – one that was filled with adventure, exquisite scenery and encounters with wildlife I’ve only seen in movies before. Best of all, I was able to share this incredible experience alongside family and friends. As usual, before we dive into the trip details, […]

16 Jun 19
jmgcziborr

Chapter One Dwarves prepared for battle. The army stood in tunnels that were in complete darkness; they had no lanterns or torches lit, instead, they relied on their innate ability to see in the pitch blackness. They waited for the enemy to come. The Thenges, dwarven militia, were a motley mass of warriors each with […]

16 Jun 19
News Africa Now

Hong Kong media reported on Saturday the city’s government would suspend a proposed law on extradition bill to mainland China that sparked widespread anger and violent protests, with leader Carrie Lam planning to address reporters later in the day. Cracks began to appear on Friday in the support base for the extradition bill with several […]

16 Jun 19
The Best Rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump’s reckoning, an Iran tamed by him no longer cries “death to America,” the border wall with Mexico is proceeding apace, the estate tax has been lifted off the backs of farmers, the remains of U.S. soldiers from North Korea are coming home and China is opening its wallet…

16 Jun 19
Productivity Hub

What’s happening: The Founding Fathers laid out in the Constitution what seems like a straightforward task: Every 10 years, the government must count the number of people living in the United States for a national census. How to conduct that task, however, has been a source of intense debate since the beginning. The latest fight […]

16 Jun 19
An Inelegant Viceroy

Dearest friends, I cantered on over to the Crimson Crustacean, a chain cafeteria which is common ‘cross this continent, to chow on cooked clawed creatures and cows. Some of you may be saying, Monsieur, that’s not classy. To you, I say, those who put class over cash in the long run find themselves parted of […]

16 Jun 19
Andelino's Weblog

Is there anything “Mensa” Joe Biden can’t do? First he’s teaching Detroit’s “illiterate” black single moms “from the hood” the easy-peasy art of computer coding, and now he’s promising to “conquer” cancer. Good thing we have “Mensa” Joe Biden, otherwise “cancer” might never be cured. Apparently, there’s nothing that can’t be “cured” if only voters put “Mensa” Joe Biden on […]

16 Jun 19
GREENGROUND IT

Huge technology policy questions are looming for whoever takes the top jobs at the European Union in the coming months. Decisions that could radically reshape tech business models, reconfigure the competitive landscape and change the relationship between Internet users and the content and services they consume. In short, the entire future of the tech industry […]

16 Jun 19
Uncharted Dives

GALAXY STAR HOTEL ORLANDO, Fla 28°25’1.92″ N -81°27’35.43″ W Spartan Conroy looks less like a salsa dance instructor than he does a pot-bellied self-published science-fiction author who works out of a trailer… and for good reason: Spartan Conroy’s day job is writing intergalactic space-smut out of his doublewide. Nevertheless, by night the author can be […]

16 Jun 19
Archy Worldys

After mass protests in Hong Kong After heavy protests, Hong Kong's head of government repeals plans for the controversial law. Are the protesters content with that? Announced Suspension of Extradition Law: Hong Kong Prime Minister Carrie Lam Photo: ap HONG KONG dpa | After mass protests, Hong Kong has suspended plans for a controversial law […]

16 Jun 19
The Denver Post
Voting rights activists argue that newly discovered 2015 correspondence between a GOP redistricting expert and a current Census Bureau official bolster arguments that discrimination motivated efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 population survey. The plaintiffs, who successfully challenged the question in a Maryland federal court, said in a filing late Friday that the email exchange between the late Republican consultant Thomas Hofeller and the Census Bureau official was discovered earlier this week. They say the documents give a federal judge, who previously ruled in their favor, latitude to re-examine whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross intended to discriminate against minorities by adding the citizenship question to the 2020 census. While U.S. District Judge George Hazel issued a ruling in April to block the addition of the census question, he said the Maryland plaintiffs failed to prove that their equal protection rights were violated because they hadn’t shown that Ross and other officials acted with discriminatory intent. Plaintiffs, citing the new documents, say the judge should reconsider on the equal protection question. “The trial record and the Hofeller documents both reveal that the central purpose of adding a citizenship question was to deprive Hispanics and noncitizens of political representation,” the plaintiffs argue, adding that the evidence “explains precisely why Secretary Ross pressed ahead with adding the citizenship question in the face of … evidence that it would cause a disproportionate undercount of noncitizens and Hispanics.” Trump administration lawyers argued in filings before Hazel this week that the newly discovered documents don’t justify the “extraordinary request” to reopen a case already decided in the plaintiffs’ favor. The Commerce Department issued a statement Saturday saying that Hofeller played no role in Ross’s decision to add the citizenship question: “All of Plaintiffs’ conspiracy theories are outlandish and should be disregarded.” The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering the citizenship question after Hazel’s ruling and similar ones by judges in New York and California who concluded the question was improperly added to the U.S. census for what would be the first time since 1950. The high court could rule by July. Voting rights groups have argued that the citizenship question would serve to strengthen GOP congressional representation and funding for areas where mostly Republicans reside by suppressing the count of immigrants. States with large numbers of immigrants tend to vote Democratic. The U.S. Constitution specifies that congressional districts should be based on how many people — not citizens — live in an area. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The Maryland plaintiffs argued in a June 3 filing that the new trove of Hofeller documents, first revealed in late May as part of the New York case, show that he played a role in drafting Justice Department documents regarding the citizenship question, and that Hofeller had explained in a separate memo that the addition would help “Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites.” The Hofeller documents were discovered when his estranged daughter found four external computer hard drives and 18 thumb drives in her father’s Raleigh, North Carolina, home after his death last summer. The challengers to the citizenship question have also cited the documents in New York federal court and at the Supreme Court in their effort to keep the question off the 2020 census. The newer documents, unearthed this week during a further forensic analysis, show how far back the discussions about adding the citizenship question go, the plaintiffs argue. Attached to their Friday filing is a January 2015 email from Christa Jones to Hoffeler saying that a 2015 test of census data collection presented “an opportunity to mention citizenship as well.” Jones is now chief of staff to the deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau. The plaintiffs argue that “newly discovered documents suggest that Hofeller had also long been in contact with a highly-ranked Census employee, who knew of Hofeller’s interest in a citizenship question (and in fact suggested opportunities for him to raise that interest with the Census Bureau).” The Justice Department has denied that the new documents show discriminatory intent. A spokeswoman declined further comment Saturday. A spokesman for the Census Bureau didn’t respond to a question seeking comment. The Justice Department lawyers wrote in a filing in the Maryland case that “there is no basis to revisit this Court’s prior determination that it could not ‘connect the dots’ between the Secretary’s decision and evidence of third parties’ animus.” They also argue that the evidence cited is not new, wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the case and could have been previously brought to the court’s attention “if Plaintiffs had exercised due diligence.” ____ Associated Press writer Mark Sherman in Washington contributed to this report. ____ Follow Drew at http://www.twitter.com/JonathanLDrew ____ This story has been corrected to reflect that Jones reports to the deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau.
16 Jun 19
Arcynewsy

July 20, 2019 marks 50 years since the man first touched the Moon, one of the greatest achievements in human history, an unmatched company of technology, engineering and politics. But what giant steps has brought humanity since then? Well, we landed on Mars, we reached the outer parts of our solar system and we just […]