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U.S. civil rights commission to investigate ‘stand your ground’ laws for racial bias

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The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights voted on Friday to review so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws nationwide to determine if they have a racial bias.

According to Ryan J. Reilly of Talking Points Memo, the commission voted 5-3 in favor of reviewing laws like the one cited as a defense by George Zimmerman, the man accused of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin. The laws, which permit citizens to use deadly force when they feel threatened, have come under intense scrutiny since Martin’s death.

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All four Democratic appointees on the panel, along with one Republican appointee voted in favor of the investigation.

“Ultimately we need to know whether or not, all other factors being equal, the race of the victim or the perpetrator plays a role in determining the application of these laws,” Commissioner Michael Yaki said, according to TPM.

At least 23 states have some form of legislation resembling Florida’s now infamous law and, because of vague wording, the exact limits on such laws are oftentimes unclear. A Texas man, for example, argued in court Wednesday that he was “standing his ground” when he shot and killed a school teacher over a noise complaint.

 

 

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Adam Schiff moves to implicate Pence in the Ukraine scandal as Republicans go off the rails

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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Why saying ‘OK boomer’ at work is considered age discrimination – but millennial put-downs aren’t

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The phrase “OK boomer” has become a catch-all put-down that Generation Zers and young millennials have been using to dismiss retrograde arguments made by baby boomers, the generation of Americans who are currently 55 to 73 years old.

Though it originated online and primarily is fueling memes, Twitter feuds and a flurry of commentary, it has begun migrating to real life. Earlier this month, a New Zealand lawmaker lobbed the insult at an older legislator who had dismissed her argument about climate change.

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Republicans are getting scared about Gordon Sondland’s Wednesday impeachment testimony: report

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland may be the most dangerous witness for President Donald Trump in the impeachment hearings so far, and that's in part because he has a lot to lose.

And according to CNN's Shimon Prokuecz, his scheduled testimony for Wednesday morning is making Republicans nervous:

Multiple GOP sources say they are most worried about what Gordon Sondland will do tomorrow - and whether he will turn on the President. The fear, Republicans say, is that he could undercut the last GOP defense. @mkraju

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