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3 Stories You Should Read 06/19/2020: Federal Judges, Facebook, Brexit

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In the category of:  Is it over yet?

Remember Brexit? It’s still not over.

The UK and the EU are facing a pandemic, economic crisis, and *checks notes* yes, Brexit.

Brexit is probably not at the top of anyone’s mind in the middle of a historic pandemic, but both Europe and the United Kingdom are agreeing it’s time to start talking about it again.

The United Kingdom officially exited the European Union in January, but the divorce was far from finalized.

The UK’s departure kicked off the next, harder phase of Brexit: figuring out the future relationship between the EU and the UK. Right now, the UK and the EU are still in a transition period as they try to forge that new partnership.

And the two sides are very much still working the entire thing out.



In the category of: Nope, nope, and more nope

Facebook takes down Trump ads ‘for violating our policy against organized hate’

Facebook (FB) on Thursday said it had taken action against ads run by President Trump’s re-election campaign for breaching its policies on hate. The ads, which attacked what the Trump campaign described as “Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups,” featured an upside-down triangle.

The Anti-Defamation League said Thursday the triangle “is practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps.”
“We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate. Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol,” Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesperson, told CNN Business.
The hate group to which Facebook was referring in its statement is Nazis, the company confirmed.

In the category of:  Beyond repair??

Trump is about to land his 200th judge, a lasting legacy poised to reshape U.S. law

Most of his nominees are likely to remain on the bench for decades to come — with an impact, noted one conservative, that “will last generations.”

Trump’s picks are true believers in Justice Antonin Scalia’s philosophy that “judges should be bound by the original intent of the Constitution,” referring to the conservative icon who helped steer the legal debate to the right during his three decades on the Supreme Court. Scalia died in 2016.

The judges were picked as part of an ideological war against the progressive vision of a “living Constitution,” a belief that the document was crafted with broad language to adapt to changes in society that the framers could not have foreseen.

While liberals were relieved this week by two Supreme Court decisions, one that upheld LGBTQ workplace rights and the other temporarily keeping alive the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for young immigrants, conservative legal experts said the two decisions were narrow and don’t set back the movement’s larger goals.



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