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Everything old is new again, and court-packing is no exception. In 1937, faced with a conservative Supreme Court that consistently invalidated his New Deal legislation, President Roosevelt announced a plan to increase the size of the court and add justices who would rule in his favor. It was a bridge too far. While Roosevelt’s plan [...]

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The most recent disciplinary order issued against a federal judge vividly demonstrates a major shortcoming of the federal judicial disciplinary system—transparency. In September, the Judicial Council of the Tenth Circuit publicly reprimanded Kansas federal district court judge Carlos Murguia. The judge’s offenses included “sexually harassing Judiciary employees,” habitually tardiness, and an extramarital affair. To the detriment [...]

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) said Thursday that it will end financing for fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021. Over the last five years the EIB has provided more than €65 billion of financing for renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy distribution. “We will stop financing fossil fuels and we will launch [...]

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Haiti has experienced many protests this year. The protests have primarily focused on a myriad of economic concerns and were initially sparked by a fuel crisis within the country. The underlying impetus of these protests, however, are allegations that many senior officials in the Haitian government, including President Jovenel Moïse, have been implicated in the [...]

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Germany lawmakers approved the Measles Protection Act on Thursday, making measles vaccinations compulsory for children. In 2018 there were 12,352 reported cases of measles throughout Europe. There were 544 reported cases of measles in Germany. In 2019 there have been 501 cases reported in Germany by mid-October. Even though 97.1 percent of first-graders have received [...]

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Human rights groups filed a criminal lawsuit in Argentina on Wednesday, alleging that the government and military of Myanmar, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, have committed crimes against humanity and genocide against the ethnic Rohingya minority. The Rohingya are a Muslim minority group in the Buddhist majority nation, residing largely in Rakhine state, [...]

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The Ohio House on Wednesday passed HB 164, titled the “Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019.” If enacted into law, this bill would protect students’ religious expressions in schools, whether they are students in public, STEM, community, or college-preparatory boarding schools. It would also ensure that activities involving religious expression are treated in the “same [...]

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US President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to bar a Manhattan grand jury subpoena for his tax returns and financial records. This follows the denial by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday of the president’s petition for a rehearing en banc on the subpoena. In [...]

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