DOJ Wants to Suspend Constitutional Rights for Coronavirus Emergency – Rolling Stone

The DOJ has requested Congress allow any chief judge of a district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation,” according to draft language obtained by Politico. This would be applicable to “any statutes or rules of … More DOJ Wants to Suspend Constitutional Rights for Coronavirus Emergency – Rolling Stone

Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in theaters nationwide | TheHill

A documentary details Thomas’s rise to the high court, where he embraces the concept of “natural law” in the Declaration of Independence. Thomas saw Boston’s “social experiment” busing program taking black kids to schools in white neighborhoods that were “as bad or worse” than local ones. He found the racial preferences that got him into … More Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in theaters nationwide | TheHill

Children’s climate change lawsuit: The 9th Circuit has dismissed Juliana v. US – Vox

A three-judge panel in the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to dismiss the Juliana v. US lawsuit on Friday, a seminal case involving 21 young people who sued the federal government for violating their right to a safe climate. The decision is a blow to climate activists and shows the limits of … More Children’s climate change lawsuit: The 9th Circuit has dismissed Juliana v. US – Vox

Supreme Court: Chief Justice Roberts’ absurd plan to save democracy – Vox

Roberts’s most famous opinion may be the one he wrote in NFIB v. Sebelius (2012), which largely upheld the Affordable Care Act. The chief broke with his four Republican colleagues, each of whom voted to strike down the entire law. In the process, he laid out a fairly robust theory explaining why eliminating a health … More Supreme Court: Chief Justice Roberts’ absurd plan to save democracy – Vox

Betsy DeVos defends plan for offering only some debt relief to defrauded students – CNNPolitics

“I know fraud when I see it, and these students were misled and cheated — and the fact that some of them may be making money doesn’t mean that they weren’t defrauded,” said Democratic Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, a former consumer protection lawyer. Bonamici asked DeVos how she can reassure borrowers who filed claims … More Betsy DeVos defends plan for offering only some debt relief to defrauded students – CNNPolitics

Top hotels sued for ‘industry-wide failures’ to prevent U.S. sex trafficking – Reuters

Twelve hotel chains were named and accused of knowing and ignoring warning signs that women and children were sold as sex slaves on their premises, according to the filing, a consolidation of 13 existing cases, in U.S. federal court in Columbus, Ohio. The filing marked the first time the hotel industry – which has long … More Top hotels sued for ‘industry-wide failures’ to prevent U.S. sex trafficking – Reuters

The student loan crisis could finally be addressed in 2020

Student debt has become a central issue in the 2020 presidential campaign. Legislation is being introduced to address the crisis. And the U.S. Department of Education is also considering some big changes for borrowers. Outstanding education debt has outpaced credit card and auto debt. The average college graduate leaves school $30,000 in the red today, … More The student loan crisis could finally be addressed in 2020

Your Health Data Isn’t as Safe as You Think

Mr. Wilbanks, with Sage Bionetworks, says Google will be in a good position to start selling actuarial tables to insurance companies—like predictions on when a white male in his 40s with certain characteristics might be likely to get sick and expensive. When it comes to life and disability insurance, antidiscrimination laws are weak, he says. … More Your Health Data Isn’t as Safe as You Think

How mica mined by kids in Madagascar ends up in products used by millions of Americans.

The boy is 10 years old, but he doesn’t go to school. He works for much of the day — and sometimes through the night — crawling through pitch-black tunnels inside the makeshift mine, his fingers picking through the earth, collecting and sorting shards of mica. The minerals he picks up will soon make their … More How mica mined by kids in Madagascar ends up in products used by millions of Americans.