Biden criticizes the Supreme Court

Biden has repeatedly fired on the court since June, when he overturned Roe v. Wade, the historic decision on abortion. The court now has a 6-3 Conservative supermajority.

In public comments last month, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. defended the Supreme Court’s power to interpret the Constitution.

“You don’t want the political branches telling you what the law is, and you don’t want public opinion to be the guide on the appropriate decision,” he said.

During his presidency, Donald Trump has bristled with several court rulings, some about politics, others about his false claims about a rigged election in 2020. When the court in December 2020 dismissed Trump’s legal challenge seeking to overturn the election, Trump tweeted: “The Supreme Court has really let us down. No wisdom, no courage!

Earlier in his remarks Tuesday night, Biden sought to frame the choices voters will face next month.

“We are less than 30 days away from the midterm elections and the stakes are clear,” he said. “The right to choose is on the ballot. Your social security that you’ve paid for all your life is on the ballot. The safety of our children and gun violence are on the ballot. Literally, the survival of the planet is . . . on the ballot. And your right to vote. And democracy itself is. . . on the ballot.

Washington Post

Judge orders Trump’s impeachment in defamation lawsuit

NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump will have to answer questions under oath next week in a defamation lawsuit brought by a writer who claims he raped her in the mid-1990s, a judge ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan denied a request by Trump’s attorneys to delay scheduled testimony. The deposition is now scheduled for October 19.

The decision came amid a lawsuit filed by longtime Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll, who claims Trump raped her in the dressing room of an upscale Manhattan department store. Trump denied it. Carroll is expected to be dropped off Friday.

Trump attorney Alina Habba said in a statement, “We look forward to formally establishing that this case is, and always has been, entirely without merit.”

Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s attorney, said she was pleased with the decision and looked forward to filing the new claims next month “and getting to trial with all expeditiousness.”

Trump’s legal team tried various legal tactics to delay the trial and prevent him from being questioned by Carroll’s attorneys, but Judge Kaplan wrote it was time to move on, especially considering given the “advanced age” of Carroll, 78, and Trump, 76. , and possibly other witnesses.

“Defendant should not be allowed to run time against Plaintiff’s attempt to obtain redress for what would have been a grievous wrong,” he wrote.

Carroll’s lawsuit claims Trump damaged her reputation in 2019 when he denied raping her. Trump’s legal team tried to crush the lawsuit, arguing the Republican was just doing his job as president when he denied the allegations, including when he dismissed his accuser as “not my type.”

This is a key question because if Trump was acting within the scope of his duties as a federal employee, the US government would become the defendant in the case.

The United States Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit last month ruled in a split decision that Trump was a federal employee when he commented on Carroll’s claims. But he asked another court in Washington to decide whether Trump’s public statements took place in the course of his employment.

Kaplan, the judge, said Trump repeatedly tried to delay the collection of evidence in the trial.

“Given his conduct thus far in this matter, Mr. Trump’s position regarding the burden of discovery is inexcusable,” he wrote. “As this Court has already observed, Mr. Trump has argued this case since it began in 2019 with the effect and probably the purpose of delaying it.”

Associated Press

Literary Award of the Name of Michelle Obama

NEW YORK — A literary honor will now bear the name of a uniquely best-selling author: the Michelle Obama Prize for Memoirs.

On Wednesday, Penguin Random House announced the title change of the award in its decades-old Creative Writing Awards program, which also includes named categories for Amanda Gorman (poetry) and Maya Angelou (spoken word). Each year, the Obama Prize will provide a $10,000 college scholarship to a high school student from a public school, based on an autobiographical composition in English.

Obama’s memoir “Becoming” was published in 2018 and has sold over 17 million copies worldwide, easily the most popular book by a modern White House resident. The former first lady’s next book, “The Light We Carry,” will be released next month.

“I know firsthand how nerve-wracking it can be to share the most intimate stories of your life with the world,” Obama said in a statement released by Penguin Random House.

“But after publishing my memoir ‘Becoming’, I learned that writing your own story can be a powerful tool. When we share the wholeness of ourselves, we offer others the opportunity to not only see us as we are, but perhaps even to think of themselves in a new way,” she said. “It allows us to tap into the things that set us apart and helps us see the world for the nuanced, messy, beautiful place that it is. That’s why I’m so excited about this new award, and I can’t wait to read what this next generation of young writers will share with all of us.

The Creative Writing Awards program was established in 1993 and has given away more than $2.8 million to public high school students. The awards are now co-administered with grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books.

Associated Press

Ads Target GOP Candidates for Secretary of State

The usually sleepy Republican candidates for Secretary of State are being hit with a $46 million barrage of ads highlighting their support for conspiracy theories, demonic possession allegations and attempts to cancel the 2020 election.

In one ad, candidate for Minnesota secretary of state Kim Crockett calls herself the “chief election denier.” In Michigan, an ad shows the appointed Secretary of State Kristina Karamo saying that casual sex can lead to demonic possession. And in Arizona, an ad highlights Mark Finchem’s ties to QAnon, a conspiracy theory about a satanic worship cabal.

The ads come as polls show voters citing threats to democracy as a top issue, alongside inflation, abortion rights and immigration. Democrats, who worry about state officials’ potential to disrupt future elections, have dramatically increased spending in the races for secretary of state and attorney general.

The targets of candidate ads and PACs associated with the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State, the Republican Accountability Project, and the iVote Fund, among others, include some of the most extreme Holocaust deniers on the ballot: the governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, Doug Mastriano, candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, and Finchem. Both Mastriano and Finchem were on the steps of the Capitol during the January 6 attack.

Bloomberg News

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