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Louisiana Bars Lose Appeal in Fight Against Forced COVID-19 Closures

Louisiana Bars Lose Appeal in Fight Against Forced COVID-19 ClosuresLouisiana bar owners fighting coronavirus-related closures of their businesses lost an appeal at a federal appeals court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 13 upheld rulings from two lower court judges who last year refused to block … ….. Read More.INSURANCE JOURNAL – General | Consumers & ShoppingFri, January 15, 20211 day ago


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The Insurrection at the Capitol Has Renewed Democrats’ Calls for Police Reform

The Insurrection at the Capitol Has Renewed Democrats’ Calls for Police ReformThings could have turned out very differently for Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) if she hadn’t taken a Zoom call in her office last Wednesday afternoon. The California representative had been on the House floor listening to debate over the counting of the Electoral College vote when she excused herself, just as a violent mob of insurrections, egged on by President Trump, began swarming the Capitol. Bass watched the scene from her office window as she spoke with Capitol Police. An officer told her rioters had begun to tear up the stage that had been set for Joe Biden’s inauguration and asked her to shelter in place. Unlike many of her colleagues, Bass didn’t fear for her life—though she felt fortunate she hadn’t run into the insurrectionists on her walk. Instead, she was consumed with rage. Law enforcement stood at…


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America’s Second-Worst Scenario

America’s Second-Worst ScenarioThe next time an insurgent mob arrives to sack the Capitol, if one happens to try between now and Inauguration Day, mere strength of numbers will not overwhelm the defenses. In the 10 days since the January 6 assault on Congress, the Secret Service has overseen the establishment of an instant “green zone,” fortified by eight-foot steel barriers and patrolled by some 20,000 National Guardsmen. Those are real bullets in the magazines of their Army-issued M-4 assault rifles, not at all the standard gear for maintaining civic order.A healthy democracy does not need a division-size force to safeguard the incoming president in its capital. Generals and admirals in a thriving republic do not have to enjoin the troops against “violence, sedition and insurrection” or reaffirm that “there’s no role for the U.S. military in determining the outcome of a U.S. election.” A nation secure in the peaceful transfer…


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A New Report Casts Doubt on Both Fears and Hopes About the Consequences of Abolishing Qualified Immu...

A New Report Casts Doubt on Both Fears and Hopes About the Consequences of Abolishing Qualified Immu…George Floyd’s horrific death at the hands of Minneapolis police last year focused national attention on qualified immunity, the court-invented doctrine that can shield cops from federal civil rights lawsuits even for outrageous misconduct. Although the officers involved in Floyd’s death face criminal charges, qualified immunity is so expansive that it could prevent his family from suing them. As that reality sunk in, calls to restrict or abolish the doctrine intensified. While Republican opposition blocked reform at the federal level, Colorado and Connecticut passed legislation that made it easier to sue abusive police officers under state law. Since those reforms provide a preview of what might happen if Congress (or the Supreme Court) did something similar, a recent analysis mandated by Connecticut’s law has important implications for the debate about qualified immunity. The report…


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Supreme Court’s liberal justices lash out at unprecedented ‘rush’ of executions as...

Supreme Court’s liberal justices lash out at unprecedented ‘rush’ of executions as…As the country focused on the aftermath of riots in the US Capitol and the unprecedented second impeachment of President Donald Trump, the liberal justices of the Supreme Court spent Trump’s last full week in office battling his administration’s long-term objective to execute 13 federal death row inmates in six months. ….. Read More.CNN – Politics | Politics & GovernmentSat, January 16, 20216 hours ago


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Derelict, dangerous and debarred: Millions in PPP funds given to banned companies

Derelict, dangerous and debarred: Millions in PPP funds given to banned companiesNBC News got loan data under the Freedom of Information Act after a court ruling and identified at least 60 debarred businesses that got PPP loans. ….. Read More.NBC NEWS – Top Stories | U.S. National NewsSat, January 16, 20212 hours ago


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