A Taxonomy to Assess the Usefulness of Amicus Briefs

In recent years, the number of amicus briefs submitted to the Supreme Court, as well as to the lower courts, has increased. Generally, at the beginning of every brief is a “Statement of Interest,” which explains why the brief was filed. The statement of interest tends to convey two broad ideas. First, the brief purports to introduce some argument that is different than the arguments presented by the parties. An amicus brief that merely repeats what the parties argued is not very helpful. Second, the brief is signed by people who bring novel perspectives to the case.

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America’s car crash epidemic

Driving is the most dangerous thing most Americans do every day. Virtually every American knows someone who’s been injured in a car crash, and each year cars kill about as many people as guns and severely injure millions.
It’s a public health crisis in any year, and somehow, the pandemic has only made it more acute. Even as Americans have been driving less in the past year or so, car crash deaths (including both occupants of vehicles and pedestrians) have surged.

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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Reels Her Bureaucracy Back Into The Swamp

DENVER, Col. — President Joe Biden’s Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Friday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) headquarters will return to Washington D.C.
The decision comes as a partial reversal of the Trump administration’s 2019 relocation of the BLM command post among the lands the agency manages. The new office space in Grand Junction, Colorado, according to Haaland’s plan, will now serve as the BLM’s western headquarters while principal positions are brought back to Washington.

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Rush to Judgment: An autopsy of a racial power grab in Coronado

Rush To Judgment
Racial justice activists rushed to judge the championship basketball team of Coronado, CA as racist, but are they really?

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The one thing guaranteed when one uses race as a means to power is absurdity. The actual truth is ignored for the optics that can be spun to serve those pursuing power. And the absurdity arises from the simple fact that many folks see the actual truth plainly but choose to ignore it for the power that the optics promise.

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A 99-Year-Old Veteran Traveler Recalls the Maiden Voyage of the Queen Mary

Heather Beagley was an impressionable 14-year old English schoolgirl when her family embarked on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary. On May 27, 1936, the magnificent Cunard flagship set out for the first time from Southampton, via Cherbourg in France, to New York. Heather is now 99 years old, but her vivid memories of that unique journey are fresh and vital. She recently gave a talk to the fellow residents of her seniors’ care home in Hertfordshire, England.
“It was rather like going to the moon today,” Heather recalled. “The excitement, of course, was tremendous.

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Rush to Judgment: An autopsy of a racial power grab in Coronado

Rush To Judgment
Racial justice activists rushed to judge the championship basketball team of Coronado, CA as racist, but are they really?

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!
The one thing guaranteed when one uses race as a means to power is absurdity. The actual truth is ignored for the optics that can be spun to serve those pursuing power. And the absurdity arises from the simple fact that many folks see the actual truth plainly but choose to ignore it for the power that the optics promise.

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Elizabeth Adams Was Hollywood’s Favorite Madam Before Heidi Fleiss

The biggest power players in today’s Hollywood are pretty obvious: the money mavens and creative minds behind the studios and streaming platforms that have been keeping us afloat with pandemic binges. The list is predictable…and incredibly boring considering the juicy history of 20th-century Hollywood.
If you time travelled just a few decades into the past, you would encounter influential characters of a different ilk, women like Elizabeth Adams who worked in the shadows and from the comfort of her plush satin bed and who tallied her power in the secrets she held.

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Elizabeth Adams Was Hollywood’s Favorite Madam Before Heidi Fleiss

The biggest power players in today’s Hollywood are pretty obvious: the money mavens and creative minds behind the studios and streaming platforms that have been keeping us afloat with pandemic binges. The list is predictable…and incredibly boring considering the juicy history of 20th-century Hollywood.
If you time travelled just a few decades into the past, you would encounter influential characters of a different ilk, women like Elizabeth Adams who worked in the shadows and from the comfort of her plush satin bed and who tallied her power in the secrets she held.

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San Francisco Mayor Filmed Violating Own Mask Mandate at Party with BLM Cofounder

San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks during a rally against the death of George Floyd, in San Francisco, Calif., June 1, 2020. (Stephen Lam/Reuters)
San Francisco mayor London Breed was filmed partying indoors without a mask at a nightclub in the city’s Tenderloin district on Wednesday, breaking the city mask mandate.
San Francisco’s mandate states that all residents, including those who are vaccinated against COVID-19, must wear a mask indoors except while actively eating and drinking.

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Do We Really Need New Anti-Asian Hate Crime Laws?

In March, a man opened fire at Young’s Asian Massage, just north of Atlanta. Later, he shot up two more Atlanta-area Asian spas. All told, eight people were killed. Six of them were Asian women.
Was this a hate crime?
Clearly, it targeted a certain sort of business. In the immediate aftermath, people chalked the killings up to anti-Asian sentiment. Many were quick to implicate the Trump administration’s anti-Chinese rhetoric during the COVID-19 pandemic. After all, the shootings came amid a much-discussed uptick in alleged anti-Asian crimes.

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