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Colin Kaepernick to publish memoir

Variety: The activist and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback announced plans to release the book through Kaepernick Publishing, his own newly launched publishing company that is meant to “reinforce the importance of Black ownership” and “give power to Black and Brown voices globally, offering unprecedented ownership options to collaborators and bringing greater diversity and representation […]

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Trump’s behavior regarding Russia has always presented a serious security concern

Longtime conservative Republican Tom Nichols in USA Today, “All signs point the same way: Vladimir Putin has compromising information on Donald Trump”: Trump’s behavior regarding Russia has always presented a serious security concern. But when Trump fires the director of the FBI, and then brags about it to actual Russians, only the most stupid or […]

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Congress Criticizes FBI Quest for iPhone ‘Backdoor’

Ed Hardy writing at Cult of Mac: Congress has called the FBI on the carpet for its attempt to require Apple to build a backdoor into the iPhone. A letter went out today from a bi-partisan group of representatives accusing the law enforcement agency of over-stating difficulties in unlocked iPhones involved in crimes. The ten […]

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Absent warrant standard, police could monitor anyone via location data

ARS Technica: This case, Carpenter v. United States, asks a simple question: is it OK for police to seize and search 127 days of cell-site location information (CSLI) without a warrant? Previously, lower courts have said that such practices are compatible with current law. But the fact that the Supreme Court agreed to hear the […]

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All are equal, but not all are treated equally

Rabbi Shai Held writing at CNN: If you’re white and you don’t believe that white privilege is real, talk to an African-American parent about “the conversation,” in which they teach their children to be cautious and tentative around officers of the law.

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Fundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections

I find this particularly compelling, and it dispenses with dissenting arguments in toto: Of course, the Constitution contemplates that democracy is the appropriate process for change, so long as that process does not abridge fundamental rights. Last Term, a plurality of this Court reaffirmed the importance of the democratic principle in Schuette v. BAMN, 572 […]

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Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

Associated Press on Twitter: MORE: The Supreme Court’s ruling means 14 states will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage Tennessee being one of those 14 states. Not to pat myself on the back, but I’ve been calling this one for a decade on Equal Protection grounds, even before that awful ‘Tennessee Marriage […]

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Ohio Senate Puts End to ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill

Associated Press: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of the Ohio Senate put a stop Tuesday to a bill that would have imposed the most stringent restriction on abortions in the nation. The chamber doesn’t plan to vote on the so-called “heartbeat bill” before the end of the legislative session next month, Republican Senate President […]

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Steinberg: Mourdock’s mistake is speaking for God

Neil Steinberg, writing at the Chicago Sun-Times, gets it: This flies by some Republicans, and they trip over it. Particularly when it comes to abortion. They are so lost in their own religious belief — that a fetus is a baby, that God is against abortion, contraception, often sex itself — that the idea that […]

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