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This post is the fifth of a five-part on litigation about mail voting during the 2020 general election. This series is part of with the . The potential disruption of in-person voting because of the coronavirus pandemic has prompted. from state governments. Some states, such as California, Nevada, New Jersey and Vermont, announced plans to send mail-in ballots to all registered voters. Other states, such as. , expanded the list of acceptable excuses for using absentee ballots to include fear of the coronavirus. But not everyone supports the expansion of vote-by-mail or relaxation of rules concerning the use of absentee ballots. In several states, including potential battleground Texas, state officials have refused to expand vote-by-mail access.
This post is the fourth of a five-part. on litigation about mail voting during the 2020 general election. This series is part of. with the. . The first three parts of this series reviewed litigation over rules for applying to vote by mail, eligibility requirements for vote by mail, the date by which mail ballots must be received, how mail-in ballots must be submitted and who can help a voter in the process. This part examines litigation over how election officials verify that the person who casts a mail ballot is the intended voter and when officials may reject ballots that do not meet the verification requirements. Every state has a process for verifying the identity of the voter who casts an absentee ballot. Election officials use these proc.
Life is not cheap in the women’s detainee camps for Islamic State-affiliated families in northeastern Syria. It costs around $500 a month for a family of four to survive (to buy food and other basic necessities), and being smuggled out is even more expensive—around $15,000. But detained women consistently manage to get the funds to survive and sometimes even to escape. So how are women getting that money? I tried to answer that very question. For almost a year, I monitored more than 30 Islamic State online fundraiser campaigns and interviewed more than 20 Islamic State-affiliated women currently in camps. The answers were ultimately mixed. Some women are receiving financial support from extended families who often risk being imprisoned them.
Before the end of October, Alpha Condé, the 82-year-old president of Guinea. ,. and Alassane Ouattara, the 78-year-old president of Côte d’Ivoire, will have contested elections to grant them a third term in office. Each has found a way to circumvent constitutional rules that limit presidents to two terms. Guinea’s election was held on Oct. 18 and Condé. on Oct. 24; Ouattara is likely heading for the same result following elections on Oct. 31. More than 20 Guineans have been. in postelection fighting, and there are grave concerns about the. in Côte d’Ivoire. Over the past two decades, dozens of leaders around the world have sought to evade term limits and extend their hold on power. African heads of state are most often seen as the culprits—since.
Fault Lines welcomes Ambassador Atul Keshap, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. What are the trends to follow in the region? How should the United States be responding to the challenge of China? How is the relationship with Japan evolving under a new prime minister? Ambassador Keshap and host Lester Munson, answer these questions and many more on this week’s episode of Fault Lines! Subscribe on , , or to hear about the topics dominating headlines, as well as to gain glimpses into the news stories you may have missed every week. An upcoming event for your calendar: November 2 nd at 1 p.m., ET, The National Security Institute will be hosting a live recording of Fault Lines to celebr.
The phrase “telecommuting” was first coined in the early 1970s by a NASA employee named Jack Nilles. Nilles claimed telecommuting could offset traffic congestion, promote resource conservation, and be a major convenience for those so engaged. In addition to the societal and environmental benefits, CEOs of major companies said it increased productivity and offered greater flexibility for workers, as workplaces across the country adopted it as an option. But when COVID-19 hit, telework quickly went from an option to a necessity. Overnight, more than half of Americans went to work over Zoom. Months into the pandemic, we’re starting to see the consequences. But in the current environment, many major companies have announced that their employees.
D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled yesterday evening that the U.S. Postal Service must inform its employees that, contrary to a restriction imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, they should perform late and extra trips to collect mail. Politico, Sullivan’s ruling coincides with a record number of mail-in ballots cast during the presidential election. The New York Times. live updates of today’s tech hearing before the. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. , where executives from Google, Facebook and Twitter fended off Republicans’ accusations of censorship.
Early in March, the COVID-19 pandemic began burning a furious path across the U.S., shuttering schools, and sending 50 million students home. Some of the nation’s largest public school districts, including New York City and Los Angeles, were the first to close their doors for the remainder of the academic year. Many parents were forced to become educators for the first time in their lives. And school districts quickly tried to become fully equipped for distance learning—an experiment that laid bare the digital divide in America, and exposed a modern inequality exacerbated by the virus. With June, students, parents, and teachers got a brief respite from the demands of distance learning. But the pandemic summer moved quickly. By September, sc.
This post is the third of a five-part. on litigation about mail voting during the 2020 general election. This series is part of. with the. . This election will see. of mail-in ballots than any general election in U.S. history. What’s more, many voters will be using mail-in ballots for the. . Millions of voters will thus fill out ballots using an unfamiliar process and then deliver them using infrastructure that, in many cases, was. such a massive increase in volume. Among the many challenges of coping with this reality, states confront two problems associated with the return of mail ballots. First, they must develop a ballot collection system that can handle the rapid growth in mail-in balloting. Some states have chosen to. the infrastructure for
This post is the second of a five-part. on litigation about mail voting during the 2020 general election. This series is part of. with the. . As the coronavirus pandemic has wrought unprecedented change on the U.S. election system in general and on mail voting in particular, voters and advocates have challenged nearly every aspect of the vote-by-mail process. This post surveys litigation brought since March 2020, challenging vote-by-mail ballot submission rules and procedures that voting rights advocates argue burden the right to vote. Specifically, this post discusses four types of legal battles playing out across the country aimed at removing barriers for voters who cast their ballots by mail. The lawsuits challenge Election Day ballot recei.
In this episode, I interview , Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about his recent report, “.” The theme of the report is what the U.S. can salvage from the wreckage of the 1990s Magaziner Consensus about the democratizing and beneficent influence of Silicon Valley. I suggest that it really ought to be called “Digital Dunkirk,” rather than invoking a swaggering “weaponization” theme. Rob and I disagree about the details but not the broad outlines of his proposal. In the news roundup, we finally have a to pore over, and I bring Steptoe’s on to explain what the complaint means. Bottom line: it’s a minimalist stub of a case, unlikely to frighten Google or produce structural changes in the market. Unless a new administration (or.
Editor’s Note:. Lawfare. is not a public health law site, and normally, we would not run a piece on food and drug law and the authority of the FDA. This post, however, involves a matter. core to. Lawfare. ’s concerns: the authority of the president to direct the conduct of a federal agency in apparent defiance of clear statutory language. Over the past several months, President Trump has. repeatedly that a novel coronavirus vaccine could be made available before the 2020 presidential election. All along, vaccine experts have thought this timeline very unlikely, and the recent release of information about the design of some of the most promising vaccine candidates confirms that. trial results. , at the earliest, later in the. f. all. The U.S. Food and.
In partnership with the. ,. Lawfare. is publishing a series assessing the threat of foreign influence operations targeting the United States. Contributors debate whether the threat of such operations is overblown, voicing a range of views on the issue. For more information on the series, click. . After 2016, the issue of foreign influence and social media manipulation seized the public’s attention. Broadcast media have aired hundreds of segments on the dangers of shadowy Russian bots and trolls. Meanwhile, a vast new research community—according to the. , more than 400 distinct organizations and initiatives—has sprouted to study every dimension of the problem. The result has been a perpetual national conversation about information operations ori.
The anonymous corporate ownership of shell companies crosses the boundaries of countries and of industries. Some implications are visible to the naked eye: Across the world, luxury buildings. in high-demand cities. Others are instead reflected in what cannot be seen: Millions of pieces of fine art (including a Rothko, a da Vinci, a Van Gogh and an estimated thousand works by Picasso). in one tax-free warehouse complex, unseen and unappreciated by human eyes. According to. , the equivalent of 10 percent of the world’s global gross domestic product is stored in offshore financial centers and held by anonymous shell companies, collectively costing governments. in tax revenue each year. The problem of anonymous corporate ownership is transnational.
There is a human rights crisis going on in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. The Chinese government has been rounding up minority groups, most notably the Uighurs, and putting them into forced labor and reeducation camps. The government has gone to great lengths to keep Xinjiang away from international attention, and it has had some success in doing so. Jordan Schneider, the host of Lawfare 's ChinaTalk podcast, wrote on Lawfare last week outlining how the U.S. can respond and push back on the Chinese government's abuses in the region. During a live event for ChinaTalk, Jacob Schulz talked through Xinjiang and potential U.S. responses with Schneider and Sheena Greitens, an associate professor at UT Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Amy Coney Barrett, formerly a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, was confirmed to the Supreme Court yesterday evening by a 52-48 vote. NBC News. that all Republican senators voted to confirm her except Maine’s Susan Collins. The Supreme Court also held yesterday that mail-in ballots in Wisconsin cannot be counted after Election Day,. the New York Times. In a concurring opinion that alarmed civil rights lawyers, Justice Kavanaugh. that mail-in deadlines were devised to. “to avoid the chaos … that can ensue if thousands of absentee ballots flow in after election day and potentially flip the results of an election.” Daniel Jacobson, a former White House lawyer, pushed back on Kavanaugh’s characterization of ‘flipping’ resu.

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