An inherent feature of democracy is majority rule. And with that, as you may recall from civics, comes the risk of tyranny of the majority—the danger that a controlling popular viewpoint will oppress opposing views in society. Foreseeing this, the Framers set up a number of constitutional mechanisms to protect minority interests. Among these early institutional protections [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois  ruled  Thursday that the court will not stop the extradition of former Lithuanian judge Neringa Venckiene. The charges stem from Venckiene’s allegations  that powerful Lithuanian officials were involved in a pedophile ring. The charges against her include stalking, disobeying a court order and assaulting a police [...]

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court  found  Wednesday that a proposed bill redefining the definition of residency in New Hampshire is constitutional under both the state and US Constitutions despite the fact that it would require those who declare themselves residents in order to vote to abide by other requirements of residency such as obtaining a New [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ)  announced Thursday that it has indicted  12 Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) officers for hacking the emails of employees and volunteers of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, including that of campaign chairman John Podesta. The indictment, approved by Special Prosecute Robert Mueller, charged the officers with conspiracy to commit an offense [...]

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Amnesty International called Thursday for an investigation into possible war crimes in Yemen. The group published a report  detailing the stories of men in southern Yemen detention facilities. The report documents “how scores of men have been subjected to enforced disappearance after being arbitrarily arrested and detained by United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Yemeni forces [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled Tuesday that there is sufficient evidence that Monsanto’s popular weed killer, Roundup, might be carcinogenic, allowing lawsuits to move forward. Judge Vince Chhabria’s order cites different scientific tests and testimony from multiple doctors and scientists. These reports show that the company [...]

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The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)  announced  Wednesday that it intends to fine Facebook  a maximum £500,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act of 1998 . The announcement follows an investigation  into whether campaigns on both sides of the EU membership issue inappropriately used personal data. Facebook with Cambridge Analytica , among other organizations, have been the focus of [...]

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