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Justice Clarence Thomas breaks three years of silence on Supreme Court to challenge discrimination case

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Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has broken a three-year silent streak on the Supreme Court.

Thomas made his first remarks on this court since 2016 while hearing a case which alleges the state of Mississippi attempted to exclude black jurors from a black man’s murder trial, according to The New York Times.

As [Curtis Flower’s] lawyer concluded her argument, Justice Clarence Thomas asked his first questions from the bench since 2016. He wanted to know whether the defense lawyer in the sixth trial had struck any jurors.

The lawyer said yes, and Justice Thomas asked what race those jurors were. White, she said.

The Times noted that until Thomas’ spoke up, the other justices “seemed united in their view that a white Mississippi prosecutor had violated the Constitution in his determined efforts to exclude black jurors.”

Three years is not Thomas’s longest streak without speaking on the court. Prior to asking a question in 2016, Thomas set the record for silence on the court by not talking for a decade.

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REVEALED: This wealthy New York family has been funneling millions to the anti-vax movement

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The Washington Post has published a major exposé about a wealthy New York family who has bankrolled a massive campaign to spread misinformation about vaccinations to the tune of millions of dollars.

According to the Post, hedge fund manager and philanthropist Bernard Selz and his wife Lisa Selz have donated at least $3 million to organizations that stoke fears about vaccinations causing autism, while also downplaying the threat that measles poses to young children.

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Trump got talked out of war with Iran — by a Fox News host: report

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President Donald Trump has surrounded himself with war hawks who have been clamoring their whole careers for war with Iran, like National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Yet the president has consistently said he opposes war with Iran, even as his administration's self-inflicted escalation brings the region to breaking point.

So why is Trump at odds with his advisers? According to The Daily Beast, there is another person informally advising him against a military engagement: Fox News talk show host Tucker Carlson.

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One Trump tax cut was meant to help the poor — but at least one billionaire ended up winning big

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Under a six-lane span of freeway leading into downtown Baltimore sit what may be the most valuable parking spaces in America.

Lying near a development project controlled by Under Armour’s billionaire CEO Kevin Plank, one of Maryland’s richest men, and Goldman Sachs, the little sliver of land will allow Plank and the other investors to claim what could amount to millions in tax breaks for the project, known as Port Covington.

They have President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax overhaul law to thank. The new law has a provision meant to spur investment into underdeveloped areas, called “opportunity zones.” The idea is to grant lucrative tax breaks to encourage new investment in poor areas around the country, carefully selected by each state’s governor.

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