Quick Glance: Vietnam imprisons fifth climate activist in concerning trend
- Hoang Thi Minh Hong was convicted in a three-hour trial in Ho Chin Minh City.
- Human rights groups say this was a predetermined outcome in a politically motivated case.
- The Vietnamese government is interpreting vague laws in the harshest way for the cases of these activists.
- It also seems clear that the Vietnamese government, despite its commitment to a just energy transition, will not tolerate the independent views of civil society organizations.
Quick Glance: Biden and Trump compete for the favor of workers in Michigan
- President Biden and former President Trump emphasize the importance of the working class in Michigan.
- Trump won the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania in 2016, which Biden reclaimed in 2020.
- Biden won the union vote in Michigan with 62% in 2020.
- In 2012, Obama won nonwhite working-class voters by a large margin.
Quick Glance: North Texas federal employees prepare for upcoming government shutdown
- Federal employees in North Texas seeking assistance from local food banks and community centers.
- A shutdown is unnecessary and avoidable, hopefully it doesn't happen.
- Sen. Patty Murray blocked the proposal but argued for continued pay for all federal workers.
- Ted Cruz would pause his paychecks in the event of a shutdown.
Quick Glance: Visa-Free Travel for Israelis Announced
- Israel will join the US Visa Waiver Program, allowing Israeli citizens to enter the United States without a visa and vice versa, according to the Biden administration.
- Israeli citizens are expected to enter the US visa-free by November 30, according to an official.
- They can stay for up to 90 days under the program.
- Although officials say these issues have been settled, earlier this month, 15 Democratic senators urged Secretary of State Antony Blinken not to nominate Israel for the program based on the treatment of Palestinian-Americans when traveling to Israel.
Quick Glance: Supreme Court Could Trigger Billions in Corporate Tax Cuts with a Single Decision
- A new report warns of significant tax gifts for corporations and a potential $340 billion deficit in the federal budget due to an upcoming SCOTUS case in December.
- According to estimates, nearly 400 multinational corporations could collectively receive over $270 billion in tax relief if the conservative-dominated U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in Moore v. United States.
- The Roosevelt Institute and ITEP also discovered that Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito own shares in 19 companies that could receive a total of $30 billion in tax breaks if the judges invalidate the 2017 law's mandatory repatriation tax.
- The case has implications beyond the repatriation tax, potentially allowing the Supreme Court to become a major tax policymaker and creating uncertainty about the ability to tax large corporations and the wealthy.
Quick Glance: Trump found liable for fraud in New York civil lawsuit
- The court determined that the documents presented here contain fraudulent valuations that the defendants used in their business.
- Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Mr. Trump last September, accusing him, his two adult sons, and the Trump Organization of lying about his net worth and asset values between 2011 and 2021.
- Mr. Trump previously denied any wrongdoing and dismissed the New York case as another politically motivated "witch hunt" brought by a biased prosecutor.
- As part of the Tuesday decision, the Trump Organization was instructed to cancel its business licenses in New York and propose independent monitors within 10 days to oversee the process.
Quick Glance: Calls for Bob Menendez's Resignation
- Senator Bob Menendez to make first remarks following indictment
- Democratic senators call for Bob Menendez's resignation
- Many Democratic officials in New Jersey also call for Menendez's resignation
- Democratic Representative Andy Kim to challenge Menendez
Quick Glance: Proposals for three Alabama district maps to strengthen black voters' rights
- A court-appointed special master presented three proposals on Monday to enhance the black voting-age population in a newly configured district in Alabama.
- This is the latest development in a closely watched redistricting case with implications for control of the US House of Representatives in the upcoming elections.
- Two other plans for the district would result in a black population of 48.7% or 48.5%.
- All of these exceed the approximately 40% black population in the second district, which had been rejected by federal judges as improperly diluting black political power in this Deep South state.
Quick Glance: Trump pretends to support workers amid UAW strike
- The former president is undeniably trying to impress Michigan workers.
- Trump repeatedly boasted about his extensive infrastructure plans, promoting one infrastructure week after another.
- Trump successfully passed a significant legislation: $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that primarily benefited the wealthy and corporations, while providing minimal benefits to workers like the UAW members on strike.
- When it comes to unions, Trump doesn't genuinely support them - what he supports is union members supporting him.
Quick Glance: Nebraska Mother Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Providing Abortion Pills to Daughter
- Nebraska mother gives her underage daughter abortion pills and assists in burning and burying the fetus.
- Madison County District Judge Mark Johnson sentences her to two years in prison.
- Daughter Celeste Burgess, now 19, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and two years of probation in July.
- The sentencing follows the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Quick Glance: Brazil's Supreme Court Rejects Time Limit on Indigenous Land Claims
- Brazil's Supreme Court voted overwhelmingly against a time limit on Indigenous land claims.
- Nine out of eleven justices rejected the deadline, stating that it contradicted constitutional guarantees on Indigenous rights to ancestral lands.
- The ruling is a significant victory for Brazil's Indigenous peoples and a blow to the agribusiness lobby.
- The decision will help resolve approximately 300 pending land recognition claims, protecting Indigenous communities from land-grabbers and illegal activities.
Quick Glance: 9/11 defendant ruled unfit for trial due to torture-induced psychosis
- A military judge in Guantanamo Bay has declared one of the 9/11 defendants unfit for trial after a military medical panel determined that the man's sustained abuse in CIA custody has left him permanently psychotic.
- Pre-trial hearings for the remaining defendants resumed on Friday in the military courtroom at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.
- No trial date has been set for the case, which has been delayed by logistical issues, high turnover, and legal challenges.
- A military medical panel last month diagnosed al-Shibh with post-traumatic stress disorder and secondary psychosis, attributing it to his torture and solitary confinement during his four years in CIA custody following his 2002 arrest.
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