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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Germany is on the edge of a radical shift to the Left

Next Sunday, Germans will go to the polls to elect a new federal government.
According to the latest polls, Germany’s most leftward coalition option, dubbed “Red-Red-Green,” is now very much viable. It would consist of the resurgent, center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), the rising center-left Greens, and the Left Party (the renamed Socialist Unity Party of East Germany).
Red-Red-Green is a real possibility not because the Left Party somehow suddenly saw an enormous increase in support. It didn’t.

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I entered the evangelical church hoping to change it. Instead, it got worse — and now it’s changing America

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During my undergrad years at U Mass Dartmouth I had the great privilege of being mentored by Dr Juli Parker, who was director of the Women’s center, now called the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality. It was there, more than 20 years ago, that I was shown a small piece of what so many women face in this country. As the only football player volunteer at the center, I observed two very different worlds.

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I entered the evangelical church hoping to change it. Instead, it got worse — and now it’s changing America

Image via Trump White House.

During my undergrad years at U Mass Dartmouth I had the great privilege of being mentored by Dr Juli Parker, who was director of the Women’s center, now called the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality. It was there, more than 20 years ago, that I was shown a small piece of what so many women face in this country. As the only football player volunteer at the center, I observed two very different worlds.

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Roald Amundsen Didn’t Reach the Poles by Being a Nice Guy

The great polar explorer Roald Amundsen stood by himself on the frozen Arctic shore, staring into the distance. He was fifty-three years old—but looked seventy-five—and bankrupt.
On the ice in front of him, the men of the Amundsen-Ellsworth polar flight had broken open the large, long wooden crates that contained the two flying boats. Now their job was to reassemble the craft, laboring in subzero temperatures with little more than a block and tackle, the coal miners from the Kings Bay Mine ready to provide the muscle power when they needed it.

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Here’s How Schumer Is Trying to Gaslight the GOP on Debt

“I can’t believe the Republicans will let the nation default” by not raising the debt limit, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently asserted at a news conference, accompanied by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Schumer’s rhetoric is pure partisan gaslighting. After all, Democrats control the White House, Senate and the House of Representatives. They could have raised the debt limit by themselves without needing a single Republican vote.
All the Democrats had to do was include debt limit instructions in either of the two budget resolutions that they passed this year.

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Andy Puzder: Biden ignores science on abortion – he follows the politics on question of when life begins

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The Supreme Court recently declined on procedural grounds to enjoin a Texas law prohibiting abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. The court stated unequivocally that its decision was  “not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas’s law.”  
Nonetheless, President Biden immediately decried the decision as “an unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade.” Well, it was certainly better than talking about Afghanistan, the jobs numbers, inflation or the border.

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Conservative Baptist Pastor Sees “No Credible Religious Argument” Against Vaccines

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The Biden administration recently announced a widespread vaccine mandate. While the guidelines will encourage more federal workers and health care staff to seek the shots, they’ve also pushed some of the last vaccine holdouts to seek religious exemptions, whether or not they actually needed them. But these objectors might run into some unexpected trouble—some big-name church leaders are not signing off on the exemptions.

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Exhausted Restaurant Workers Now Face the Risk of Vicious Anti-Vaxxers

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One person is in the hospital after a brawl broke out Thursday afternoon at a restaurant in Manhattan over the city’s vaccine mandate. The city is requiring that patrons show proof of vaccination before entering certain businesses, like restaurants. Businesses that fail to comply could face a $1000 fine.

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