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Donald Trump’s 50-Year Mission to Discredit the Justice System

Politico – ‘This to Him Is the Grand Finale’: “…This country has never seen and therefore is utterly unprepared for what it’s about to endure in the wrenching weeks and months ahead — active challenges based on post-Civil War constitutional amendments to bar insurrectionists from the ballot; existentially important questions about presidential immunity almost certainly… Continue Reading

New RECAP Archive Search Is Now Live

“In 2016, we launched a major new search engine for the RECAP Archive. Since then, it has grown in usage and size, measuring in at over four hundred million items and receiving about thirty thousand queries per day. Today, after nearly a year of work, and several months in beta, we’re launching a brand-new search… Continue Reading

Facial Recognition Technology Current Capabilities, Future Prospects, and Governance

National Academies: “Advances in Facial Recognition Technology Have Outpaced Laws, Regulations; New Report Recommends Federal Government Take Action on Privacy, Equity, and Civil Liberties Concerns. Some uses of facial recognition technology raise significant concerns that merit a swift government response, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report… Continue Reading

How Many of Your State’s Lawmakers Are Women?

ProPublica – If You Live in the Southeast, It Could Be Just 1 in 5. A record number of women were elected to statehouses last year. But in the Southeast, where some legislatures are more than 80% male, representation is lagging as lawmakers pass bills that most impact women, like near-total abortion bans… Seven states,… Continue Reading

How a Good Government Bill Becomes a Law

PopVox – “On Thursday, the House of Representatives did something unusual: it passed a small, bipartisan bill with a substantive and positive impact on policy. The PRESS Act, co-sponsored by Rep. Kevin Kiley [R, CA], Jamie Raskin [D, MD], and eighteen others, is a reporter shield law. The District of Columbia and every state except… Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms That Texas Book Ban Law is Unconstitutional

Association of American Publishers: “The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today affirmed the preliminary injunction of the “Reader Act” (formerly HB 900) granted by Judge Alan D. Albright of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division in a written opinion issued on September 18, 2023.  The law would have required independent bookstores, national… Continue Reading

Scathing DOJ Report on Uvalde Texas School Shooting

“The Justice Department released a report on its critical incident review of the law enforcement response to the tragic school shooting at Robb Elementary School. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced the review shortly after the tragedy on May 24, 2022, in which 19 children and two teachers died at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde,… Continue Reading

New Digital Tool Provides State-by-State Analysis of High Court Rulings on Abortion

Center for Reproductive Rights: “Since the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated the federal constitutional right to abortion in its 2022 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, states have become the battlegrounds for abortion rights. State courts are deciding whether and how their own constitutions protect abortion rights, some for the first time. Plus, voters… Continue Reading

Facebook and Instagram’s algorithms facilitated child sexual harassment

Engadget: “Last December the state of New Mexico sued Meta for failing to protect children, claiming that Facebook and Instagram algorithms recommended sexual content to minors. Now, an unredacted internal Meta presentation has been revealed, with the company’s own employees estimating that 100,000 child users were harassed daily, The Wall Street Journal reported. According to… Continue Reading

Politico’s new feature creates AI-generated summaries of federal bills for subscribers

“Politico Pro paid subscribers will now see “thousands more Federal bill summaries” generated by AI. The new Legislative Compass feature delivers both brief and in-depth bill summaries of federal bills, which Politico says should help public policy professionals respond to legislative changes faster. The news comes after Politico’s parent company, Axel Springer, and OpenAI announced… Continue Reading

Gorsuch urged to recuse himself from supreme court case over ties to oil baron

The Guardian: “Philip Anschutz has hosted rightwing justice at resort and stands to benefit if court strips power from federal regulatory agencies. Two days before oral arguments in a US supreme court case set to have a major impact on federal health and environmental regulation, a leading government watchdog called on Neil Gorsuch to recuse… Continue Reading

The Sad Truth of the FTC’s ‘Historic’ Privacy Win

Wired: “The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement last week with an American data broker known to sell location data gathered from hundreds of phone apps to the US government, among others. According to the agency, the company ignored in some cases the requests of consumers not to do so, and more broadly… Continue Reading