Why Trump's election fraud claims aren't showing up in his lawsuits challenging the results by Steven Mulroy for The Conversation 11/22/20
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Rule 3.1 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, some version of which applies in all states, forbids a lawyer from bringing a claim or argument “ unless there is a basis in law and fact for doing so that is not frivolous.”
The bar requires lawyers to “inform themselves about the facts of their clients’ cases and the applicable law” and “determine that they can make good faith arguments” supporting their clients’ positions.
At least outside the context of criminal defense, lawyers must be able to honestly represent to the court that they have a basis for believing they have a path to getting relief either based on existing law or “a good faith argument for an extension, modification or reversal of existing law.”
The many stories of Diwali share a common theme of triumph of justice by Natasha Mikles for the Conversation, 11/15/20
There are many stories around what exactly Diwali commemorates and why it is celebrated.
Among Hindu families, many claim the festival celebrates the defeat of the evil demon king Ravana by Rama ‐ an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu and the hero of India's Ramayana epic. In the most famous part of this epic tale, Rama's wife is abducted by the demon Ravana, and Rama must journey to the land of Lanka to save her with the assistance of his brother.
A different tradition states that the festival commemorates the defeat of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna. Like Rama, Krishna is an incarnation of the god Vishnu, who has come to assist humanity in its time of need.
Biden wins ‐ experts on what it means for race relations, US foreign policy and the Supreme Court by Brian J Purnell, Morgan Marietta and Neta C. Crawford for The Conversation 11/8/20
He bungled the hearings that brought Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court by allowing Republican senators to dismiss Anita Hill's damning testimony of Thomas' sexual harassment and by failing to allow other Black women to testify.
But that was then.
During the 2020 campaign, President‐elect Biden consistently spoke about problems stemming from systemic racism. Many voters will be hoping that his actions over the next four years must match his campaign words.
One area that the Biden administration will surely address is policing and racial justice. The Justice Department can bring accountability to police reform by returning to practices the Obama administration put in place to monitor and reform police departments, such as the use of consent degrees. More difficult reforms require redressing how mass incarceration caused widespread voter disenfranchisement in Black American and Latino communities.
US election: Identity politics overwhelms Covid pandemic as factor in presidential race by Elaine Fletcher, 11/8/2020
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Nor did healthcare seem to rate as high a concern either ‐ even though some 20 million Americans stand to lose their health care coverage if the Affordable Care Act is finally overturned by a second-term Trump administration either through action in the Supreme Court or Congress.
Massive 'Covid rebuke' didn't happen: While the mounting toll from the coronavirus has certainly played a role in a higher support for retirees and suburbanites for Biden in some places, a huge Covid-driven “rebuke” of President Donald Trump just did not occur at the magnitude that Democrats had expected.
This was already apparent in the early hours of Tuesday evening, even before returns were being counted. A CNN exit poll found that about one-third of Americans considered the economy the most critical election issue. Only one in six considered the pandemic, and one in 10 cited healthcare policy or violence, as their top issues. One in five people cited racial inequality.
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