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Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Mueller probe appears to be in the home stretch. Some Trump aides and advisers have been making that claim for more than a year, with little basis. But the signs are mounting that it's finally happening. read more


Friday, March 15, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders was attacked by a glass shower door on Friday morning and received seven stitches, his campaign announced. But the 2020 candidate was given a "clean bill of health" and will attend all of his previously scheduled campaign events over the next couple days.

Arianna Jones, a Sanders spokeswoman, said "out of precaution, he went to a walk-in clinic" to have the cut checked out. "The senator has proceeded with all of his scheduled events -- joining a group of approximately 20 local clergy for breakfast this morning -- and looks forward to joining a roundtable with South Carolinians this afternoon to discuss how we can provide high quality affordable health care for all," she added, "especially when you are being oppressed by Mr. Clean."


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A chummy discussion between Vice President Mike Pence and former vice president Dick Cheney quickly turned into a vigorous back-and-forth over President Donald Trump's foreign policy at a private gathering on Saturday, with Cheney comparing the president's instincts to those of his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama. At the closed-door retreat hosted by the American Enterprise Institute on March 9 in Sea Island, Georgia, Cheney respectfully but repeatedly and firmly pressed Pence on a number of the president's foreign policy moves, from taking a harder line toward U.S. allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to deciding to withdraw troops from Syria "in the middle of a phone call."


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Like many other Venezuelans, they were sick and tired of the blackout. Colombian authorities say 10 people close to President Nicolas Maduro tried to enter the country Monday seeking relief from the power outage. According to officials, the embattled leader's cousin, Argimiro Maduro, along with his spouse, children and extended relatives complained the heat was unbearable and said they wanted to spend five days in Riohacha until service is restored.

The neighboring Andean nation recently compiled a list of more than 300 people with close ties to Maduro that will not be allowed into Colombia. Colombia Migration Director Christian Kruger says the relatives were on the no-entry list, saying that "Colombia will not allow Maduro's relatives to vacation while avoiding the reality of a people in agony."


Monday, March 11, 2019

Venezuela's worst power and communications outage on Friday deepened a sense of isolation and decay, endangering hospital patients, forcing schools and businesses to close and cutting people off from their families, friends and the outside world.


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"Born to be Wild" would be more appropriate for the Psychedelic Warlord.

Interesting, this could be one of the first tests to see how "partisan" the Supreme Court is with the additions of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

The "Enumeration clause" is found in Article I, 1, § 2, cl. 3 of Constitution. After taking into account the removal and additions that have occurred with later amendments, it reads as follows: "Representatives ... shall be apportioned among the several States ... according to their respective Numbers ... . The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct." The Enumeration Clause has to be read in conjunction with Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which states that "Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed."

The Constitution uses the word "numbers" or "persons" -- not "citizens," or "legal residents," or "those lawfully present", which is the argument that the lower courts relied on in rejecting the addition of the citizenship question to the upcoming Census. Complicating matters is the fact that the Constitution wholly and explicitly empowers Congress to sort out the details of the Census.

Notably, the strict constructionists on the Court will have to ignore the plain text of the Constitution and cite enabling legislation if they want to uphold the addition of the citizenship question to the Census, in effect accepting an argument that the name of first census act used the word "inhabitant" and that the contemporaneous definition of that word were persons entitled to the privileges conferred by the state, which would exclude unlawful residents. The word "inhabitant," is not used in the Constitution's Enumeration clause, but is instead used when describing qualifications of Representatives and Senators (the "Qualification Clause"). To get to the result that the Administration wants, the Court will have to read the Enumeration Clause as inclusive of the definitions of the Qualification Clause.

What this effectively means is that the roles of the Court will be most likely reversed here, with the strict constructionists needing to adopt a more expansive reading of the Enumeration Clause to add the question and the loose constructionists demanding a narrower reading of the Enumeration Clause to eliminate it.

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