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The U.S. Supreme Court's Border Wall Fiasco

By Leah Litman and Kyle Skinner/Take Care

It was just over a month ago that the Supreme Court stayed the injunction prohibiting President Trump from reappropriating funds to construct the border wall. The stay has largely gotten lost in the never-ending cycle of Trump administration news - and like many of those stories, this one dropped late on a Friday evening: By a 5-4* vote, with the conservatives in the majority, the Court allowed the president to reappropriate funds that were originally set aside for the military. The decision will allow construction on the wall to begin.

Since this case was neither fully briefed nor argued, the Court did not issue a full opinion explaining its decision. Instead, the Court released a summary order suggesting there were several reasons for granting the stay. But it provided only one reason to think that the challengers would ultimately lose: "[T]he plaintiffs have no cause of action to obtain review of the Acting Secretary's compliance with Section 8005, the statutory provision that allows the Defense Secretary to transfer funds, when doing so 'is necessary in the national interest,' and the funds will be used 'for military functions (except military construction).'"

Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan would have denied the stay request entirely. And the asterisk to the 5-4 vote breakdown is that *Justice Breyer would have stayed the decision announcing the injunction, but only with respect to the government's ability "to finalize the contracts at issue," "not to begin construction" on the wall.

The Court's decision is troubling for many reasons. We will focus on just two of them.

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Posted on September 13, 2019

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Posted on April 1, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court's Border Wall Fiasco

By Leah Litman and Kyle Skinner/Take Care
It is not just that the Court is siding, again and again, with Republicans and the Trump administration that causes us worry. It is that it does so on such specious grounds.

Posted on September 13, 2019

37 Million Americans Still Face Hunger, Including More Than 11 Million Children

By Feeding America
Among people who are food insecure, approximately one-third have incomes above 185% of the federal poverty line, and most do not quality for any federal nutrition assistance programs.

Posted on September 5, 2019

State Terrorism Task Force Distributes STOP The Bleed Kits To Every Illinois School

By The llinois Emergency Management Agency
A STOP the Bleed kit contains a C-A-T tourniquet, QuikClot Bleeding Control Dressing, Emergency Trauma Dressing, MicroShield Mask, Nitrile gloves, Trauma shears, Permanent marker and Instruction card.

Posted on September 4, 2019

Free Speech Warriors Or Police

By Leah Litman/Take Care
There aren't enough chefs' kisses in the world for this kind of shallow hypocrisy.

Posted on August 29, 2019

Joe Biden's Imagination

By Andy Warcrime
"Let's get real, people - imagine if a race of super-intelligent creatures from another dimension conquered the Earth."

Posted on August 25, 2019

The Importance Of The 1619 Project

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
Slavery was instrumental in the formation of the United States. It's crucial that we understand its inner workings and aftereffects; only then can we create a moral, economic and social roadmap to achieving our democratic ideals.

Posted on August 20, 2019

Stop Referring To Corporatists As 'Centrists' And 'Moderates'

By Ernest A. Canning/Common Dreams
Once more, ostensibly objective moderators carefully script questions to ensure Democratic debates are conducted within an industry-preferred frame.

Posted on August 9, 2019

The Long-Term Costs Of Trump's Racism

By Kyle Skinner and Leah Litman/TakeCare
The real danger: no longer saying the quiet parts out loud but pursuing the same ends.

Posted on August 6, 2019

MUSIC - How Africa Adopted Jimmie Rodgers.
TV - Sinclair, ABC Light AOC On Fire.
POLITICS - SCOTUS's Border Wall Fiasco.
SPORTS - Black Athletes' Underused Trump Card.

BOOKS - The Hidden Places Of World War 2.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Wisconsin Is America's Goatland.

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