Pelosi and Schumer to deal directly with Republicans in bid to avert shutdownTrump suggests he’s unwilling to negotiate on healthcare and immigrationDemocrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer boycotted a meeting between congressional leaders and Donald Trump after the president said “I don’t see a deal”, suggesting he would not negotiate with them on spending, healthcare and immigration. Related: Trump makes ‘Pocahontas’ joke at ceremony honoring Navajo veterans Continue reading…

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If we start to believe that sexual harassment and rape is a result of the way men are we cede something crucial: the belief that things can be betterOne of the many myths about feminists is that we believe all men are potential rapists – that men are inherently dangerous, their sexuality naturally predatory. It’s an absurd stereotype that runs counter to decades of feminist activism. After all, if you believe men’s natural instinct is to harass or rape, what you are really arguing is that harassment and rape are normal.It’s true that the seemingly never-ending snowball of accusations against powerful men can feel as if there is an abuser around every corner. It’s also true that sexual harassment and assault are systemic and pervasive. But if we start to believe that this is just the way men are – that this kind of behavior is simply to be expected – we cede something crucial: the belief that things can be better. Continue reading…

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Our racially monolithic media is particularly ill equipped to cover an increasingly non-white world, as the New York Times’ profile of a Nazi showsThe well-deserved outcry regarding the New York Times’ insufficiently critical profile about a Nazi in the American heartland has exposed a commonly held myth about journalism: that our profession is objective. This is a lie.When a reporter at the American “paper of record” can admit that his story didn’t hold up and their editor chose to assign significant resources towards it and published it anyway, journalism is clearly not based on meritocracy or neutrality. Continue reading…

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President attacks players who knelt for national anthem at weekendTrump believes actions are disrespectful to the United StatesDonald Trump has mounted his fourth attack on the NFL in eight days, continuing his long campaign against the protest movement among the league’s players.“At least 24 players kneeling this weekend at NFL stadiums that are now having a very hard time filling up,” the president tweeted on Tuesday morning. “The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!” Continue reading…

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After mass shootings, survivors and victims’ families face a second round of attacks online – and fighting back is ‘like trying to kill roaches with a fly swatter’Mike Cronk was sitting half-naked on a street corner, hands covered in blood, when the TV news reporter approached. The 48-year-old, who had used his shirt to try to plug a bullet wound in his friend’s chest, recounted in a live interview how a young man he did not know had just died in his arms.Cronk’s story of surviving the worst mass shooting in modern US history went viral, but many people online weren’t calling him a hero. On YouTube, dozens of videos, viewed by hundreds of thousands of people, claimed Cronk was an actor hired to play the part of a victim in the Las Vegas mass shooting on 1 October. Continue reading…

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Trump’s pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau faces a rival incumbent but it only seems to be delaying a tidal shift at the banking agency The battle between two supposed directors of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is making for compelling optics but only seems to be delaying a tidal shift at the powerful consumer watchdog. Related: Trump’s consumer agency pick serves doughnuts and plea to ‘disregard’ acting head Continue reading…

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Recent Articles of Interest

From SSRN:Philip J. Candreva, Playground or Church? Implications for Public Administration from Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, (Public Administration Review, Forthcoming).Julie Ringelheim, State Religious Neutrality as a Common European Standards? Reappraising the European Court of Human Rights Approach, (Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 6, no.1, p. 1-24 (2017)).Scott W. Gaylord, Is a Cake Worth a Thousand Words? Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Impact of Antidiscrimination Laws on the Marketplace of Ideas, (Tennessee Law Review, Vol. 85, Forthcoming).Mark Strasser, Obergefell’s Legacy, (24 Duke Journal of Gender Law

According to a report yesterday from BBC News, the government of Pakistan has deployed troops to the city of Islamabad to deal with protesters who have been blocking a key highway interchange for several weeks.  Protesters from the Islamist Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Party  are demanding the firing of Law Minister Zahid Hamid, claiming that he is guilty of blasphemy because of a provision in his 2017 Election Reform Bill passed by the National Assembly.Here is the issue, as explained by Daily Pakistan. Under prior law, the nomination form that a candidate for office was required to complete included the following for all Muslim candidates:I, the above mentioned candidate, solemnly swear that–(i) I believe in the absolute and unqualified finality of the Prophethood of Muhammad (Peace be upon him), the last of the prophets and that I am not the follower of anyone who claims to be a Prophet in any sense of the word or of any description whatsoever after Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), and that I do not recognize such a claimant to be Prophet or a religious reformer, nor do I belong to the Qadiani group or the Lahori group or call myself an Ahmadi.In the 2017 legislation, this statement became an unsworn declaration by the candidate. Hamid said that this was a clerical error, and earlier this month Pakistan’s National Assembly amended the 2017 Bill to restore this anti-Ahmadi provision as a sworn statement in the candidate nomination form. (TheNation).  That apparently did not assuage protesters’ objections.  AP reports that at least 6 people were killed and 200 wounded in clashes yesterday between police and protesters in Islamabad.  Other opposition members of Parliament have different kinds of objections to other parts of the 2017 Bill.UPDATE: Reuters (11/28) reports on the negotiated settlement of the conflict, though the military’s role in the negotiations has raised questions.

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Earlier this week, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development issued a letter (full text) (press release)  criticizing the current version of the Senate’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  The letter calls for the Senate to amend its draft