Coronavirus cases have been rising in Michigan for several days and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has blamed just about everyone but herself. Through a press conference and television interviews, Whitmer has blamed former President Donald Trump, the state Supreme Court, the Republican-controlled legislature, once-compliant residents, and even those returning from spring break travel for the increase. On Thursday, the governor appeared on MSNBC and pointed her finger at her political opponents for the situation. Gov. Whitmer on whether she has the political ability to slow Michigan's Covid surge: "We are so incredibly divided after the politics of the last 14 months. … I’m still trying to get the legislator to deploy resources that the Trump administration sent us." pic.twitter.com/eWMjK4H5gL — All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) April 16, 2021 When asked if she had the “political ability” to regress and impose new restrictions, Whitmer responded , “I was sued by … [Read more...] about Gretchen Whitmer Blames Trump, State Supreme Court, Legislature, Residents, Spring Breakers, Elderly for Virus Rise
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Republican attorneys general (AGs) across the country are prepared to fight the recently introduced court-packing legislation, as indicated by their vocal statements of opposition to it, endorsements of the Keep Nine amendment, and vows to explore legal routes to challenge the legislation. In interviews with Breitbart News, several AGs expressed they were firmly against the court-packing bill, unveiled Thursday as the Judiciary Act of 2021 by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), and other Democrats. “This is an effort for the Democrats to try to add numbers to the Court to be able to validate the most liberal agenda that we’ve seen out of Congress in clearly my lifetime,” Alabama AG Steve Marshall told Breitbart News. Missouri AG Eric Schmitt called it “a total affront to our Republic” and “counterintuitive to the Founders’ vision.” Talk of court packing first resurfaced last fall amid the swift confirmation process of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the third justice … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Republican Attorneys General Plan to Fight ‘Insane’ Court-Packing Battle
The internet needs reform. Section 230 of the Federal Communications Decency Act insulates internet companies from content liability. Its famous 26 words are that: "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider." The immunity is not specific. If your teen-age daughter is the target of internet bullying, “slut shaming,” a sex crime or even murder, the platform on which she met her tormentor is immune from responsibility. If you are the victim of fraud on the internet, cyberstalking, blackmail or extortion, the vehicle for criminal communication is immune from responsibility. If your privacy is invaded because you have given Facebook or Google too much data, it’s on you. You traded your data for a free membership. Section 230 has its roots in common law principles. The proprietor of a kiosk or bulletin board was never liable for defamatory content tacked or … [Read more...] about Is the antidote to bad speech more speech or more regulation?
Sign up to get our new weekly column as a newsletter. We're looking back at the strongest, smartest opinion takes of the week from CNN and other outlets. (CNN) Tom Stoppard's play, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," begins with the two minor characters from "Hamlet" betting on the toss of a coin. It comes up heads ... and heads ... and heads -- 92 times in a row -- and Guildenstern has to keep handing over his money. "I'm afraid it isn't your day," says Rosencrantz. "Life is a gamble, at terrible odds," says another character near the end of the 1966 play , "if it was a bet you wouldn't take it." This week President Joe Biden continued taking some hard bets, hoping the coins will land his way. He set the pattern in January, days before he took office, by outlining a huge Covid relief package amounting to $1.9 trillion and then topped it last month with a proposal for a $2 trillion infrastructure bill. On Wednesday he made another … [Read more...] about Joe Biden’s audacious gambles
The status quo is killing us Re: “Mass incarceration, racial disparities are harming Coloradans,” April 8 commentary You might know Michael Marshall as the mentally ill, homeless man killed by sheriff’s deputies in the Denver jail, but to me he was Uncle Mike. Son of John Marshall and Hattie Lee Black-Marshall, Uncle Mike was a loving man, willing to do what he could for his family and other people experiencing homelessness. He had a contagious laugh and presence that brought joy at holidays and Sunday dinners. Because he lived with schizophrenia and the stigma that goes along with mental illness and poverty, you’ll never get to meet the man I loved, but you can honor his memory by supporting Senate Bill 62. Jails should be for people who are a danger to others. Yet, too many people like my uncle are jailed because they are experiencing homelessness, mental illness, substance use disorder, or can’t afford to buy their freedom. Uncle Mike was jailed for an alleged low-level … [Read more...] about Letters: The status quo is killing us (4/18/21)