Yesterday I had a post noting an apparent small error in Justice Ginsburg’s dissent in the Texas voter id case. The Justice said a Veterans ID card was not acceptable for voting, but it appears that it is acceptable. Today … Continue reading →
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Ginsburg edits her voting rights dissent

by Lyle Denniston on October 22, 2014

Ginsburg edits her voting rights dissent

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has issued a new version of her dissent, released early Saturday morning in a Texas voting rights case, to fix an error about one kind of ID card that voters can use to qualify to vote.  The revised dissenting opinion, in full, can be Continue →

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“The Money Midterms”

by Rick Hasen on October 22, 2014

New Yorker: And yet Wertheimer told me this fall that he smells a storm coming. He said, “The world changes on this issue when you get scandals”—the political pratfalls that leave lawmakers no choice but to enact new protections. “What … Continue reading →
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    In a move that will draw a collective cheer from thousands of women whose lives have been destroyed by brutal sexual violence, the European Parliament announced that Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege won the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Human Rights Watch analyst Anneke Van Woudenberg writes: Continue →

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Wow: Would you rather have Rick Scott in Florida overseeing the voting mechanism, or Charlie Crist? Would you rather have Scott Walker in Wisconsin overseeing the voting mechanism, or would you rather have Mary Burke? Who would you rather have … Continue reading →
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Israel is sick and needs treatment says president

by sarahbenton on October 22, 2014

1) Mondoweiss on President Rivlin’s speech, 2) Times of Israel report of the conference.

President Reuven Rivlin, above, has been more overtly hostile to a Palestinian state than his predecessor Shimon Peres, but appears to be more perturbed about the effects of the status quo on Israelis.

Israeli president’s diagnosis — ‘Israel Continue →

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Wind capacity could increase nearly seven-fold by 2030, reaching a total of more than 2,000 gigawatts and meeting almost 20 percent of electricity demand, according to a new report. Released on Wednesday, the Global Wind Energy Outlook 2014 says that while wind power is already in 90 Continue →

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To many Ukrainians who flooded Kiev last winter to demand change, this month’s parliamentary ballot is a chance to get the revolution back on track, Bloomberg reports: While the nation’s new rulers sealed a European integration pact, the sweeping change the protesters demanded as they ousted Viktor Yanukovych hasn’t materialized. Continue →

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Blaming Israel for MidEast violence

by sarahbenton on October 22, 2014

The opinion piece in the Jordan Times is followed by a report from the Daily Telegraph.

Anti-American protest in Cairo, 2013. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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By Hassan A. Barari, Jordan Times October 20, 2014

Whether the perpetuation of the Arab-Israeli conflict destabilises the Middle East or not is an unresolved debate in Continue →

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France: Press Rights With Visiting Azerbaijani President

by Human Rights Watch on October 22, 2014

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Addressing a Budget Blind Spot

by Jessie Calkins on October 22, 2014

Stack of dollars

by Kathy Crandall Robinson, WAND Senior Public Policy Director

Recently we’ve been reviewing our family budget and I’ve had to come to grips with the fact that I spend too much on something that has become a rather mindless habit – that daily trip for my very fancy latte. This habit Continue →

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U.S. welcomes release of jailed Vietnam blogger

by Demdigest on October 22, 2014

The U.S. government on Tuesday welcomed Vietnam’s decision to release jailed blogger Nguyen Van Hai, who staged a hunger strike to protest treatment of political prisoners, and said he was set to travel to the United States, Reuters reports: Hai, better known by the pen name Dieu Cay, was set Continue →

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