We appear to be back to a Trump-centric news cycle.
- Why is North Korea Talking?
- DACA Roll-Back Rolled-Back
Some analysts had warned that President Trump’s bombastic tweets were putting us closer to war with North Korea, while Trump tweeted regularly that those “experts” were idiots. Now South Korean President Moon Jae-in has given President Trump “big credit” for pushing the harder line and getting North Korea to engage in talks.
Reality: Do a search for articles claiming Trump was pushing us towards war. And then one for articles mentioning that South Korea credited Trump for the talks. With one surprising exception, the first list starts with far-left media and the second with mostly moderate media. Ideally, in an unbiased world, there should be either more overlap or fewer publications on the wrong side of last month’s history.
Judge William Alsup of the Federal District Court in California blocked the DACA shutdown.
Judge Alsup has already taken “unusual moves” in being an activist to protect DACA, testifying to SCOTUS about his discovery orders in December on this same issue.
- He blocked it on Hardship grounds, e.g. loans and colleges.
- This isn’t really a shock from this judge; two weeks ago he stated that ending DACA would cause a hardship. It wasn’t major news at the time solely because it was a comment, not a ruling. (Of course, it’s causing a hardship for non-citizens or undocumented immigrants, which is the point.)
- However it is a surprise in that he is claiming authority to continue a non-law that is probably unConstitutional itself. Remember, DACA was an Obama executive action without Congressional standing.
- This was the Federal District court in California. President Trump has suggested this is to ensure it is appealed to the 9th Circuit Court, considered the most left and least reliable court.
- The 9th Court is the most over-turned in raw quantity, partly because it’s the largest.
- It’s near the top in percentage of reversals on appeal. This case, being based on an executive action, seems likely to continue that.
Yes, some. They cannot vote, but Zadvydas vs. Davis in 2001 ruled that the due process clause applies. And in 2008, the Boumediene v. Bush case about Guantanamo Bay detentions ruled that enemy combatants held at a U.S. military base are entitled to Consitutional Protections. In U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark, an 1898 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the term “person” under the Fifth Amendment applied to aliens living in the U.S.
In short, the Constitution protects everyone on U.S. soil or bases.
Gerrymandering is the drawing of electoral districts to ensure a certain outcome. The party-in-charge at the time of census, which is what triggers redrawing the districts, tends to try to protect its majority.
Several states have been in the news for suits over gerrymandering, but this week we got a ruling… North Carolina has been ordered to reduce the disparity that Republicans put in place.
Wisconsin also has a suit against Republican gerrymandering, while Republicans filed a similar suit against Democrats in Maryland, which will be heard by the Supreme Court this term.
Democrats and Republicans see this the same way… they just object when the other party does it: