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Texas, Missouri File Motion to Compel Biden Admin to Reinstate ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

The U.S. flag flies at half staff at a port of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border in Brownsville, Texas, on Feb. 24, 2021. (John Moore/Getty Images) The states of Texas and Missouri filed a motion on Thursday seeking a court order to force the Biden administration to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, accusing the administration of having ignored the Supreme Court’s order last month to do so.
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Oswego takes on Port in state Supreme Court

OSWEGO – Watching the points and counterpoints of a Supreme Court hearing or the uppercuts and body blows of a pay-per-view prizefight, one sees the similarities, and on Friday, Sept. 17, the heavyweights representing the city and the Port of Oswego Authority went toe-to-toe for 10 tough rounds in the county courthouse on East Second Street.
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The urgency of the franchise

ABOVE PHOTO: Cathy Hook, of Upper Marlboro, Md., holds a poster of John Lewis during a rally for voting rights, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) During last week’s annual gathering of the Congressional Black Caucus, two panels devoted to the John Lewis Voting...

The countermajoritarian difficulties

Supreme Court justices aren’t giving silly speeches asserting that their institution is entitled to a high and fixed level of normative legitimacy irrespective of what it does in a vacuum:. Americans’ opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court have worsened, with 40%, down from 49% in July, saying they approve of...

Alverno Heights Academy Upper School Students Take the Oath of Office

Alverno Heights Academy Upper School student leaders took their official oath of office at Wednesday’s Inauguration Ceremony in the presence of their parents, teachers and fellow students. After last year’s virtual inaugural ceremony conducted via Zoom, it was empowering to see students take their oath in person. Rather than the traditional “Associated Student Body” model, Alverno Heights Academy’s government is modeled after the United States Government complete with a Alverno Constitution and citizens—the Alverno students.

The Supreme Court (2020)

When, why, and how did the Supreme Court get the final say in the law of the land? The question of the Court's role, and whether its decisions should reign above all the other branches of government, has been hotly debated for centuries. And that's resulted in a Supreme Court more powerful than anything the Founding Fathers could have imagined possible.
Fast Company

A plea to Facebook: Everyone knows you’re villains. Just embrace it

Facebook is through apologizing, and that’s a good thing. What the vast social media empire is doing instead, however, is not. A bombshell exposé in the New York Times this week, picking up from where last week’s bombshell Wall Street Journal exposé left off, reveals a trove of details about Facebook’s aggressive new PR initiative: Project Amplify. Cooked up at an internal meeting in January, this gambit involves reining in the company’s tendency to apologize on a semi-regular basis—for violating user privacy, spreading misinformation and promoting hate speech—while also pushing pro-Facebook media directly onto users’ feeds. While it’s commendable that Facebook appears to realize its apologies have long since become rote and meaningless, the company betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of what’s supposed to happen after one stops apologizing for their behavior. Typically, in such a position, one would either quietly commit to sweeping positive changes . . . or embrace villainy outright. Given Facebook’s track record, along with many of its current positions, the latter is clearly the more suitable path for the company.

New Tillis-Leahy Bills to Boost Innovation: The Good, the Bad and the Nonsense

In addition to updating the patent pro bono program and establishing community outreach programs, the UAIA would establish a pilot program that would give first-time patent applicants a patentability assessment they could use to determine the viability of filing any patent application. How that would differ from a patent search and assessment from a patent practitioner would remain to be seen, although the terms of the bill, which mentions a possible referral to the patent pro bono program, seems to envision some kind of means testing. The UAIA would also allow the USPTO Director to reduce small entity fees to 75 cents on the dollar and micro-entity fees to 90 cents on the dollar compared to the full fare fees for large entities.

Vermont pro-choice groups push for constitutional protection

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WFFF) — In the wake of a Supreme Court move allowing the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws to take effect in Texas, some Vermont lawmakers believe the ongoing effort to amend the Vermont Constitution is the most significant step they can take to guarantee access to abortion in the Green Mountain State.
Boston Globe

Justice Dept. urges Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department urged the Supreme Court on Monday to reaffirm Roe v. Wade when it hears a case challenging Mississippi’s restrictive abortion law later this year, arguing that any other decision would uphold an unconstitutional law and undermine a doctrine that gives power to Supreme Court precedents.

Oversight Committee to Hold Hearing on Threats to Abortion Rights and Access

Washington D.C. (September 21, 2021)—On Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a hearing to examine the threat to abortion rights and access posed by extreme anti-choice state governments and a Supreme Court that is hostile to reproductive rights. The hearing will also evaluate actions the federal government can take to protect the right to abortion and expand access in light of these existential threats —including passing the Women’s Health Protection Act and putting an end to the Hyde Amendment.

Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tests positive for Covid

Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga has tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. He is the second case of Covid-19 infection among the Brazilian delegation to the UN General Assembly. Mr. Queiroga attended the plenary session at the UN Headquarters today. According to CNN Brasil, however, he used a face...

Karnataka Assembly signals bill to protect unauthorized temples in public places

The Karnataka Assembly adopted the Karnataka Religious Structures (Protection) Bill today, a day after introducing it. The bill was passed by voice vote tonight. The government introduced the bill after coming under attack within the BJP as well as Congress and various pro-Hindu organizations following the demolition of a temple in Nanjangud in Mysuru a few days ago.
Columbia Missourian

Celebrating our Constitution

The U.S. Constitution is an amazing document that has grown with our country and shaped our progress for the past 234 years. “When our democracy is tested, we draw strength from the Constitution to see us through,” reads a proclamation from President Joe Biden in celebration of Constitution Week. “When we look ahead in our uniquely American way — restless, bold, and optimistic — our Constitution is the bedrock we build upon to make our Nation more equal, more just, and more prosperous for all our people.”