February 2017


What Happens When an Eight-Justice Supreme Court Splits 4-4?

Eight-member court is not that rare, experts say In the political battle over confirming Senate majority leader and other Republicans said they believed the next president, not Obama, should choose the justice who will determine the political balance of the court. The Republicans have made clear that they do not want to confirm anyone and […]

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Dakota Access pipeline moves to final stage in army corps approval process

The acting secretary of the army has directed the army corps of engineers to grant the easement necessary to finish the billion-dollar project The Dakota Access pipeline is in the final process of getting approvals to complete construction across the Missouri river, according to North Dakota senator John Hoeven. The acting secretary of the army […]

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The battle for Mosul: ‘I have never seen such hard fighting like this’

Iraqi forces have been trying to oust Isis since October but they must fight among, protect and win over the many thousands of civilians in the city, finds Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in a report made in collaboration with PBSs Frontline Rasoul, a 26-year-old radio operator, stood in a narrow street in east Mosul a mile from […]

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Troy Deeney scores Watford winner as Arsenal title hopes fade

Youns Kaboul and Troy Deeney scored the goals that gave Watford their first league win in eight games, beating Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates As he serves his touchline ban, Arsne Wenger has commented upon his improved vantage point from in the stands. The panoramic, according to the Arsenal manager, affords him a better view […]

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Urban burqa: challenging ‘knee-jerk’ judgments in pictures

Australian photographer Fabian Muirs 2014 series Blue Burqa in a Sunburnt Country was a response to the Abbott governments proposal to impose a burqa ban. In 2017, Muirs Sydney-shot sequel, Urban Burqa, comes into a much changed world. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/feb/01/urban-burqa-challenging-knee-jerk-judgments-in-pictures

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White House statement on acting attorney general

(CNN)From the White House: Statement on the Appointment of Dana Boente as Acting Attorney General The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department […]

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How the conservative media has reported Trump’s immigration ban

Breitbart and the Daily Caller among sites rejecting labeling of executive order as Muslim ban and linking move to actions by Barack Obama Donald Trump suspending refugee admission and banning entry to the US from certain Muslim-majority countries for a number of days. But how was Trumps executive order and the ensuing chaos covered by […]

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