US to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Resumption of aid suspended last year will help "counter-terrorism" operations in Sinai Peninsula, Pentagon says.
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US condemns S Sudan massacre as ‘abomination’

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

White House calls on both sides in civil war to bring to justice those who carried out "horrific" killings in Bentiu.
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By Bill Blum

The current Supreme Court has consistently decided for states’ rights and majority rule, which could be a Continue →

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Qatar criticised for domestic workers’ abuse

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Rights group condemns forced labour and exploitation, citing "shocking testimonies" in 2022 World Cup host nation.
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Ukraine orders military action in the east

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Acting president orders new operation against rebels after a local politician was found dead with signs of torture.
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France to stop citizens joining Syria war

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Proposed measures include a dedicated hotline and stripping people of French nationality as deterrence and punishment.
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Europe Treaty on Violence Against Women to Take Effect

by Human Rights Watch on April 22, 2014

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Bangladesh: Rana Plaza Victims Urgently Need Assistance

by Human Rights Watch on April 22, 2014

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Rio ‘pacified’ slum hit by violence

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

One person killed in protests sparked by death of 25-year-old local from Pavao-Pavaozinho, a 'pacified' slum.
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Petition of the day

by Maureen Johnston on April 22, 2014

The petition of the day is:

Amgen Inc. v. Harris 13-888

Issue: (1) Whether the Ninth Circuit erred in holding that respondents, in seeking to prove their claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), could invoke the presumption of class-wide reliance approved by this Continue →

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Opinion analysis: Big new role for anonymous tipsters

by Lyle Denniston on April 22, 2014

Analysis

Starting with one unproved claim from an unknown source, letting it lead to a supposition, and then allowing it to justify taking action, the Supreme Court in a closely divided ruling Tuesday gave police broad new authority to turn anonymous tips into traffic stops, Continue →

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This morning, a divided Court upheld an amendment to the Michigan constitution that prohibits the use of affirmative action by public universities in admissions.  Justice Kennedy announced the judgment of the Court in an opinion that was joined by the Continue →

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Evening round-up: Today’s oral arguments

by Andrew Hamm on April 22, 2014

Today the Court heard oral argument in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus and American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo.  Writing for this blog, Mark Walsh provides an “’view’ from the Court” for this big day.  Early coverage in the first Continue →

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SCOTUS’s Recycled Outtakes?

by Rick Hasen on April 22, 2014

Gerard N. Magliocca, writing about today’s Schuette decision, says “The opinions are out, and they are extremely interesting.  (One gets the impression that some of this material was drafted last year for Fischer and left on the cutting room floor.).” Continue →
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NYT Room for Debate: Do the Rich Call the Shots?

by Rick Hasen on April 22, 2014

From the intro: A recent study by Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page examining 30 years of opinion surveys and policy decisions by the federal government found that, “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized Continue →
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Existential Bummer

by dexterszyd on April 22, 2014

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Dahlia SCOTUS Dispatch on False Speech Case

by Rick Hasen on April 22, 2014

Here, at Slate. … Continue reading →
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N Korea urged to stop new nuclear tests

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

US urges Pyongyang to comply with international obligations and commitments, as Obama visits Asia on four-nation tour.
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It has been all of thirty years since George Orwell’s “1984,” but imagery from that novel can still be scary, indeed.  The image of a “Ministry of Truth” was floated in the Supreme Court’s chamber on Tuesday, and it drew the Justices away Continue →

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US to examine Syria chlorine-attack claim

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

State Department confirms indications of use of toxic industrial chemical in Kfar Zeita town in Hama province.
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Thai parties fail to agree on new elections

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Talks on a roadmap to elections end with no breakthrough after the opposition withdraw.
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Not Time to Turn Virtual War Into a Real One

by editor@truthdig.com on April 22, 2014

By William Pfaff

A correspondent of the conservative Le Figaro, Adrien Jaulmes in Donetsk, reports Tuesday that what is taking Continue →

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South Korea ferry death toll reaches 121

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

More bodies found but 181 remain missing, as rescue operations are ramped up under better weather conditions.
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Palestinian factions arrive for Gaza talks

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Rival Palestinian groups are in Gaza for talks aimed at ending "ugly split" that has fractured relations since 2006.
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S Sudan rebel leader rejects massacre claims

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Rebel commander Riek Machar says his forces were not behind the killing of hundreds in the contested town of Bentiu.
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Kathleen M. Sullivan for respondent (Art Lien)

It’s a blessing and a curse.  One advantage of retaining experienced counsel for a Supreme Court argument is the likelihood that the Justices well might listen more carefully before dismissing what counsel has to say.  But Monday’s argument in POM Continue →

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Palestine warns Israel against talks failure

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Palestinian president says Tel Aviv must take on Palestinian economic burden if peace talks fail.
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North Korea: Critical Juncture on Eve of Obama Asia Trip

by Human Rights Watch on April 22, 2014

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Al Jazeera journalists’ trial adjourned again

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 22, 2014

Correspondent Peter Greste, and producers Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have already spent 115 days in Egyptian jail.
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Flush Forward: Harvesting Renewable Energy From Toilets (Video)

by editor@truthdig.com on April 22, 2014

Here’s a bit of Earth Day news we might one day use: Researchers in South Korea have developed a method of harvesting electricity from the motion of water.

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Argument analysis: Slipping down the digital slope

by Lyle Denniston on April 22, 2014

Paul Clement for petitioners (Art Lien)

Analysis

In the digital age, perhaps only someone as old as Justice Stephen G. Breyer (or older) would fret about what might happen to a store that sells “phonograph records.”  It is doubtful, in the extreme, whether there are any of those Continue →

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Allen Dickerson, Legal Director of the Center for Competitive Politics (with whom I’ve had countless but respectful disagreements over the years) writes at CCP’s blog: In a similar vein, Mr. Adams takes issue with a listserv run by Professor Rick Continue →
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NSA Targeted Barack Obama Before He Became A Senator

by Repo Our Republic on April 22, 2014

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* A Report by Fox News On the Wayne and Helen Hage Story. Wayne Hage Jr.

Enemies Of The State - The Sagebrush Rebellion http://youtu.be/67yR-Gj5u70

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“Dysfunction and Belief at the FEC”

by Rick Hasen on April 22, 2014

David Mason: Former FEC GC Larry Noble has offered his take on the public dispute between FEC Vice Chair Ann Ravel and the FEC’s Republican commissioners.  Noble ultimately calls for “fundamental changes” at the FEC “including the appointment of commissioners Continue →
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In Adam Liptak’s analysis of today’s Supreme Court decision in Shuette, he notes: “But Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in the longest and most significant dissent of her career, said the Constitution required special vigilance in light of the history of slavery, Continue →
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It’s the second-to-last week of oral arguments of the Term, and some of the last big cases are being argued. The courtroom is packed and filled with anticipation, not so much for the first case to be argued today but Continue →

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“Is It Ripe?”

by Rick Hasen on April 22, 2014

Ron Collins on Susan B. Anthony. … Continue reading →
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