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Fourth Circuit: It's not okay to handcuff school children, but go ahead and do it anyway

Fourth Circuit: It's not okay to handcuff school children, but go ahead and do it anyway

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Two girls got into a fight on the school bus on their way to East Salisbury Elementary School in Salisbury, Maryland. The bus driver suspended them both from the bus for three days, but the school decided more was needed. They called their school resource officer, sheriff’s deputy Rosemary Dolgos, who spoke with both girls. After determining that one girl, A.W., had slight bruising, Dolgos moved on to speak with the second, E.W., about the fight. Because E.W. didn’t seem concerned enough, Dolgos opted to teach the fourth-grader a lesson by handcuffing her. Dolgos told E.W. that she was there to discuss what took place on the bus. But, in Dolgos’s estimation, “E.W. [did not] seem to care.” J.A. 23. E.W. explained, “A.W. stepped on my shoe so I kicked her and started to hit her.” J.A. 23.
Rick Gates prepares to plead guilty … but what does Mueller get?

Rick Gates prepares to plead guilty … but what does Mueller get?

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Former Trump aide Rick Gates is charged with 12 counts that include lying to the FBI, failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, and … PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR., and RICHARD W. GATES III, together with others, knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful governmental functions of a government agency, namely the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury, and to commit offenses against the United States … That charge of conspiracy against the United States contains six separate counts. A conviction on all charges would be expected to land Gates behind bars for decades. But over the last few weeks there have been repeated stories about Gates’ wrangling with his defense attorneys a
Donald Trump Jr. is making a 'foreign policy' speech in India—in between selling condos

Donald Trump Jr. is making a 'foreign policy' speech in India—in between selling condos

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If you missed it when Donald Trump Jr. was made an official ambassador of the United States … you didn’t miss it. Because it didn’t happen. But that’s not stopping Son-of-Trump from delivering what is being billed as “a foreign policy speech” in the middle of a real estate trip. Indian newspapers have been running full-page, glossy advertisements hyping his arrival and the latest Trump Tower project under the headline: “Trump is here — Are you Invited?” The ads also invited home buyers to plunk down a booking fee (about $38,000) to “join Mr. Donald Trump Jr. for conversation and dinner.” Public relations executives working with the two local developers arranging the Trump dinner declined to give specifics about the event. Just how thoroughly is Trump Jr. mingling the business of the Tr
Update: Henry Montgomery won his Supreme Court case—but not his freedom

Update: Henry Montgomery won his Supreme Court case—but not his freedom

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The Associated Press has reported that 71-year-old Henry Montgomery, whose appeal led the Supreme Court to ban mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles, has been denied parole. Montgomery has been incarcerated since age 17, when he shot sheriff’s deputy Charles Hurt.  A three-member panel from the state parole board voted 2 to 1 to keep Henry Montgomery imprisoned. The hearing was his first chance at freedom since his conviction decades ago. Montgomery now must wait another two years before he can request another parole hearing. A vote to free him would have had to be unanimous. Montgomery won the right to seek parole for himself and about 2,000 other people who were sentenced to life without parole for offenses committed as juveniles. All signs pointed to Montgomery h
Open thread for night owls. Ghosh and Scott: Russia's election interference is Digital Marketing 101

Open thread for night owls. Ghosh and Scott: Russia's election interference is Digital Marketing 101

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Dipayan Ghosh and Ben Scott at The Atlantic write—Russia's Election Interference Is Digital Marketing 101: [...] Consider two things. First: While the Russians created fake accounts to pose as Americans on social media and buy ads, the technologies they deployed are all commonplace in the digital-marketing industry—this was no 007-style spycraft. Second: These days, Americans live in divisive, partisan information environments, chock-full of incendiary rhetoric. They have very low standards about the sources they accept as accurate, and yet aren’t great at parsing fact from fiction on the Internet. Even “digital natives”— young people most at home in an online information environment—have proven inept at judging credibility. In other words, when the Russians set out to poison American po
Lawrence O’Donnell Crushes The Fox News Obama/Trump Hypocrisy

Lawrence O’Donnell Crushes The Fox News Obama/Trump Hypocrisy

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Lawrence O’Donnell asked a question that exposed Fox as not a news organization when he asked what would Fox News do if Obama used the same language as Trump? Video: @Lawrence asks how would Fox News react if Obama acted like Trump? pic.twitter.com/s4l1iJxE0Z — Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 20, 2018 O’Donnell said, “The President […] The post Lawrence O’Donnell Crushes The Fox News Obama/Trump Hypocrisy appeared first on Politicus USA.
New data shows Republicans on verge of falling to third-party status in California

New data shows Republicans on verge of falling to third-party status in California

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On Friday, the office of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla posted updated voter registration statistics in advance of the state’s June 5 primary, and the data shows a continuation of the same bleak trend line for Golden State Republicans that we’ve written about in prior cycles: The GOP is simply hemorrhaging voters, both in raw numbers and as a percentage of registered voters. Overall, just over 4.8 million Californians are currently registered as Republicans, representing 25.4 percent of the total electorate. That’s a loss of almost half a million voters—and a huge drop from the party’s 36 percent share—since the end of 1997, the first year for which statistics are available. And that drop comes despite the fact that California’s population has jumped from 32.5 million to 39.3
Virginia House backs Medicaid expansion, with a bad twist

Virginia House backs Medicaid expansion, with a bad twist

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Campaign Action The Virginia House has included a Medicaid expansion in its budget for the next year, though the Senate budget does not include it. That's problem No. 1—they're going to have to fight that one out. But there's a bigger problem. Under the House Appropriations plan, Medicaid eligibility would be extended to couples making about $16,000 per year and families of four making about $25,000 per year. Virginia would also seek a waiver from the Trump administration in order to institute a work requirement for many Medicaid beneficiaries. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, has agreed to that provision and praised the expansion plan. Northam needs to do a little more digging before he signs off on that work requirement waiver. First of all, it's currently subject to litigation and