Will a parliamentary hearing make Singapore PM’s problems go away?

June 21, 2017

(CNN)Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong is on the back foot. Parliamentary showdown At first blush, the prime minister seemed to have scored some brownie points in lowering the political temperature. But as Singaporeans mull it over, questions began to surface. Why is parliament being dragged into this? This is a fight to be settled in a court of law or during an open inquiry, said former ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) MP Tan Cheng Bock, who is challenging …

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Rock band The Slants’ victory in court secures your rights

June 20, 2017

(CNN)In the 1971 free speech case, Cohen v. California, the Supreme court said, “One man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric.” That rings very true today. Now, I get to say: “I told you so.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook Justice Kennedy summed it up perfectly: “By mandating positivity, the law here might silence dissent and distort the marketplace of ideas.” Today, because of a little-known band and a naughty word, you are all more …

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Catastrophe Looms If NGOs Are Forced To Halt Rescue Missions In Mediterranean, Report Warns

June 18, 2017

… Africa to the Libyan coast. heated Twitter exchange with little choice but to attempt the crossing, whether rescue missions were operating or not. launched into ties between the humanitarian groups and Libyan smugglers. Three months later, Carmelo Zuccaro said in court he had found no evidence proving the hypothesis. While far more measured in his analysis, Humanitarian organizations carrying out search and rescue at sea are saving tens of thousands of people from drowning every year. …

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German court issues injunction to Google over the ‘right to be forgotten’

June 17, 2017

Google is in hot water in Germany.Image: filip SINGER/EPA/REX/Shutterstock A German court doesn’t believe Google knows what it means to be “forgotten.” The Higher Regional court of Munich recently yelled at Google via legal injunction, The Next Web reports, telling the company it’s not doing enough to comply with the European Union’s “right to be forgotten.” SEE ALSO: New York Times is using Googles AI to expand online comments That right which dates …

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Rosenstein must recuse himself from involvement in Mueller probe

June 17, 2017

… justification for Comey’s surprise termination. Join us on Twitter and Facebook The solicitor general, the lawyer who represents the United States in cases before the Supreme court, had better stay close to the phone. (Trump has nominated Noel Francisco for that post; the acting solicitor general is Jeffrey Wall.) Like his famous predecessor, the Nixon administration’s Robert Bork, who played a key role in the “Saturday Night Massacre,” the solicitor general …

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Muslims keep alive Calcutta’s Jewish schools, stores and traditions

June 16, 2017

Calcutta, India (CNN)When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Calcutta’s Jewish Girls School in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims. They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israel, America or Europe “with their folks.” A new age for India’s Anglo-Indians …

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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

… traditional form with a single document outlining a constitutional charter. However, most other modern states in the world do have one of these. Instead the UK’s unwritten constitution has evolved over the centuries from an amalgamation of Acts of Parliament, court rulings that lay down precedents for future decisions and accepted conventions. Two of its historic building blocks are the 1689 Bill of Rights which established the supremacy of Parliament over the Crown and Magna Carta of …

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Is Reality Winner A Leaker, A Whistleblower Or Something Else?

June 9, 2017

… the source, her intentions will do her no good in court, no matter how noble she may consider them, according to attorney Edward McMahon, who represented a CIA officer convicted in 2015 of leaking to the New York Times details about the agencys attempts to interfere with Irans nuclear program. To win a conviction, prosecutors must prove that the information Winner divulged was closely held, pertains to the national defense and was given to someone unauthorized to receive it. Not every …

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Frank Lloyd Wright: What his 5 best buildings tell us about his life and work

June 8, 2017

… doubted this, even in the face of personal loss and downright tragedy. Asked for his occupation in a court of law, Wright replied “The world’s greatest architect.” His (third) wife remonstrated him. “I had no choice, Olgivanna,” he told her. “I was under oath.” “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive” is on June 12 to Oct. 1, 2017 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended …

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EPA Inspector General Probing Whether Agency Staffer Colluded With Monsanto

June 7, 2017

… records and looking through his emails, Hubbard said. Another step could involve looping in investigators at the , or obtaining subpoenas that would grant access to Rowlands bank records. You want to start looking at money trails, Hubbard said. Has he benefited from Monsanto? Was the money changing hands with him or his significant other? The court cases against Monsanto have rippled across the Atlantic, sparking debate in Europe, where governments are considering whether to renew an …

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With A Flick Of His Mood, Trump Throws Allies Off Balance

June 7, 2017

… instead repeatedly slammed Khan for urging Londoners to remain calm. Trump also used the terrorist attack to argue for the need of his court-halted executive order to temporarily bar citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S. Trumps rhetoric forced British Prime Minister Theresa May, who has faced repeated criticism for being too tolerant of the U.S. leader, to come to Khans defense. Other British politicians also publicly supported the London mayor, who has argued …

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A comprehensive look at the antics of national court jester Sean Spicer

June 5, 2017

Sean Spicer drinking his iced coffee from what appears to be a small coffee stirrer, not a straw.Image: REX/Shutterstock Throughout President Trump’s brief time in office, an MVP has stood out in the administration like a head emerging from some neatly trimmed bushes: Sean Michael Spicer. In just a few months, Trump’s White House Press Secretary has distinguished himself as America’s very own court jester, distracting from the political chaos by providing the nation with an …

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Key Witnesses In A California Jailhouse Snitch Scandal Refuse to Testify

June 3, 2017

SANTA ANA, Calif. Six years ago, Scott Dekraai walked into a hair salon in Seal Beach and gunned down eight people, including his ex-wife. No one is disputing that. But what remains in dispute is his sentence as the court struggles to untangle a secretive jailhouse informant program that this week saw key witnesses either refuse to testify or plead ignorance. Hearings ordered two weeks ago by Orange County Superior court Judge Thomas Goethals have focused on misconduct involving the informant …

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Flight delay? Get reimbursed with this clever app

June 1, 2017

woman at the airport. waiting hall. flight delay; Shutterstock ID 373732249Image: Shutterstock / Evgeny Bakharev When it launched in 2013, here.) The average claim is resolved in twoto threemonths, saidZillmer. And just asin its early days, the company will settle up with its customers by taking25 percent of any secured compensation. When claims require full-blown legal action, the cut jumps to 50 percentbut consumers are not required to pay out of pocket to be represented in court. No matter …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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General election 2017: Lib Dems warn over crime database access – BBC News

May 29, 2017

… in the fight against crime and terrorism”. But Mr Clegg said the UK would be “severing our ties” with the system by refusing to accept rulings of the European court of Justice after Brexit. “It is hard to overstate the importance of this database,” said Mr Clegg, the former deputy prime minister. “We check it 16 times a second, looking for security threats that have been flagged to us by other European countries. And we use it to tell other countries to stop …

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Waymo Hunt for Smoking Gun Turns to Uber Acquisition Report

… a court filing. "Indeed, the withheld report may be the only source of much of this information." ‘Red Flag’ U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley said at a hearing Thursday in San Francisco that based on her closed-door review of the document, it’s important to the case and would need to be shared with Waymo unless there’s good reason to keep it secret. She didn’t reach any conclusion about whether Uber was justified in withholding it. Corley …

May 27, 2017
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DJI will limit drone flight if you don’t register with them

… register with their local aviation authorities. That is, DJI spokesperson Adam Lisberg told me via email, “between you and your conscience.” The fact that the FAA’s hobbyist drone registration process was stuck down this week by the U.S. court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is purely coincidence. The real impetus for the change is DJI’s newest drone, the super-small, gesture-based, $499 Spark, which the company unveiled on Wednesday. …

May 26, 2017
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Police probe UK links to Magnitsky money – BBC News

… founder Bill Browder, who was himself tried in absentia. What happened to Sergei Magnitsky? William Browder: The man behind the Magnitsky List The US Justice Department highlighted the UK connection to suspected illicit funds after investigating how proceeds of the Russian tax fraud were allegedly laundered into luxury apartments in New York. US court documents, seen by the BBC, show alleged wire transfers from the Russian organised crime group going into the UK bank account of Renaissance …

May 20, 2017
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Bush, Obama Lawyers Slam Trump’s Possible Meddling In FBI Russia Probe

… appropriate to a minor disciplinary matter in a corporation, Mukasey said. Its not appropriate to a criminal investigation. The former officials, both now in private practice,had been invited to speak at a panel on presidential power hosted by The Federalist Society, a conservative group that was key in helping Trump select and install Justice Neil Gorsuch on the U.S. Supreme court. Mukasey and Eggleston were asked to address a range of subjects related to the executive branch and its place …

May 18, 2017
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