Poland comes under fire over challenge to primacy of EU law

Polish prime minister warns of EU mission creep Von der Leyen: Poland poses ‘direct challenge to EU legal order’ Three options: legal, financial, suspending voting rights EU justice commissioner says bloc to act within weeks Poland’s prime minister came under repeated criticism during a tense debate in the European Parliament on Tuesday, with the EU’sContinue reading “Poland comes under fire over challenge to primacy of EU law”

Brazil pandemic probe to recommend Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, senator says

A Brazilian Senate probe into the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic will recommend in its final report due next week that President Jair Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, the senator leading the inquiry said on Friday, though it remains highly unlikely that he will face a trial on any such charges. Renan Calheiros saidContinue reading “Brazil pandemic probe to recommend Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, senator says”

Frederick Douglass: Crash Course Black American History #17

Clint Smith teaches you about one of the most famous writers, orators, and advocates of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born in slavery, escaped to the North, and became one of the most influential people of his time. Douglass wrote about the experience of slavery in a way that captured the attention ofContinue reading “Frederick Douglass: Crash Course Black American History #17”

The Dred Scott Decision: Crash Course Black American History #16

In this video, we’ll learn about the US Supreme Court decision in Scott vs Sanford, handed down in 1857. The case ultimately rejected the idea that Black people could be citizens of the United States, and this helped entrench the institution of slavery, denied a host of rights to a huge number of people (bothContinue reading “The Dred Scott Decision: Crash Course Black American History #16”

Missouri executes man said to be disabled, despite pope’s call for clemency

Missouri executed convicted murderer Ernest Johnson on Tuesday evening after both Governor Mike Parson and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant the clemency sought by Pope Francis, among others, on the grounds that Johnson was intellectually disabled. Johnson, 61, was found guilty by a jury of murdering three convenience-store employees in 1994. He wasContinue reading “Missouri executes man said to be disabled, despite pope’s call for clemency”

U.S. judge blocks enforcement of near-total abortion ban in Texas

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked a near-total ban on abortion in Texas, the toughest such law in the United States, in a challenge brought by President Joe Biden’s administration after the U.S. Supreme Court had allowed it to go into effect. The action by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin prevents theContinue reading “U.S. judge blocks enforcement of near-total abortion ban in Texas”

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte announces retirement from politics

Rodrigo Duterte’s vice-presidential run would have been challenged on constitutional grounds by his opponents He said his decision not to run was in response to the public’s wishes The International Criminal Court is currently investigating killings by Mr Duterte’s administration after he took power The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has announced he is retiring fromContinue reading “Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte announces retirement from politics”

Brett Kavanaugh: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2018)

John Oliver discusses the ongoing controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh, the sexual assault allegations against him, his Supreme Court nomination, and what that could all mean for the highest (mostly-dog) court in the land.

Supreme Court approval drops to historic low of 40%

Survey conducted as court refused to block new Texas abortion law The US Supreme Court’s approval rating has dropped to a historic low of just 40 per cent, according to a new poll. America’s highest court is disapproved of by 53 per cent of respondents, says the September poll conducted by Gallup. Since 2001 the court’s approval rating hadContinue reading “Supreme Court approval drops to historic low of 40%”

Trump considering attending ‘mega-rally’ in Brazil to endorse Bolsonaro’s re-election: report

On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that former President Donald Trump is considering getting involved in the re-election effort of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — out of gratitude for Bolsonaro being one of the only world leaders to stand by him as he promoted his “Stop the Steal” conspiracy theories around his own election loss. “ThisContinue reading “Trump considering attending ‘mega-rally’ in Brazil to endorse Bolsonaro’s re-election: report”

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