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Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that involve, among other things, challenges to Arizona voting policies, such as its out-of-precinct policy, which does not count provisional ballots cast in person on Election Day outside of the voter’s designated precinct, and its ballot-collection law, which permits only certain people to handle another person’s completed early ballot; whether Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act compels states to authorize any voting practice th...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, Arkansas, Connecticut, Arizona, Treasury, Democratic National Committee, U S Court of Appeals, U S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 3rd Circuit, Cases in the Pipeline, U S Department of the Treasury, Arizona Republican Party, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Laturner

Tom Cotton's 'Send in the troops' op-ed is just wrong

Peter Bergen writes that the controversial New York Times opinion piece by the Arkansas senator failed to make a persuasive case for military intervention in American cities and suffered from factual inaccuracies and historical analogies that make scant sense.
Tags: Cnn, Arkansas, New York Times, Tom Cotton, Peter Bergen

How to Support Black Journalists

This week, the New York Times chose to publish a deeply problematic and dangerous op-ed by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton in which he advocated for the use of military force against protesters. As so many journalists have noted, the decision to run this piece, without context, without fact-checking Cotton’s many…Read more...
Tags: Journalism, Cotton, Arkansas, New York Times, Lifehacks, Black Lives Matter, Tom Cotton

Jack Dorsey appears to have unfollowed the New York Times on Twitter after it published a controversial op-ed calling for military action amid protests (TWTR)

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appears to have unfollowed The New York Times after the paper published a controversial op-ed from Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton calling for military action amid the George Floyd protests. Several New York Times employees also spoke out against the newspaper's decision to run the column on Wednesday evening. New York Times Opinion Editor James Bennet defended the publication's decision, saying that the section "owes it to our readers to show them counter-arguments." Dorsey a...
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How Jazz Helped Fuel the 1960s Civil Rights Movement

Oh, Lord, don’t let ‘em shoot us! Oh, Lord, don’t let ‘em stab us! Oh, Lord, don’t let ‘em tar and feather us! Oh, Lord, no more swastikas! Oh, Lord, no more Ku Klux Klan! —Charles Mingus, “Fables of Faubus” In 1957, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus decided that integration—mandated three years earlier by Brown v. Board of Ed.—constituted such a state of emergency that he mobilized the National Guard to prevent nine black students from going to school. An outraged Charles Mingus responded ...
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Times Opinion Editor Defends Publishing Tom Cotton's ‘Send In the Troops’ Op-Ed

Staff members at the newspaper, including a Pulitzer winner, denounced an opinion essay by Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, calling for a military response to protests.
Tags: News, Social Media, Cotton, Newspapers, Arkansas, New York Times, Black People, Bennet, Demonstrations, James, Black Lives Matter Movement, Tom, Floyd, Tom Cotton, Dean, Baquet

America could move weapons stored on British soil if UK persists with Huawei, US senator warns

America could move weapons stored on British soil if the UK allows Huawei to build its 5G network, a US senator has warned. Tom Cotton, the Republican senator for Arkansas who was called as a witness before the Defence Select Committee, warned that the case for America keeping some US Air Force assets, such as F-35 fighters, in the UK could be weakened if it goes ahead with Huawei, as it would pose a security risk. “We have to make a decision about deploying those [F-35 fighters] to many countri...
Tags: UK, England, News, China, US, America, Cotton, Arkansas, Huawei, PLA, US Air Force, Tom Cotton, People s Liberation Army, Defence Select Committee, Huawei US

Right-Wing Commentariat Cheers Trump’s ‘Domination’ Strategy Against Protesters

After calling on governors to “dominate” protesters in their cities Monday, President Trump put on a show. After Bill Barr reportedly ordered authorities to aggressively clear peaceful protesters from in front of the White House with tear gas, Trump marched forth with senior administration and military officials in tow, for the already-infamous  photo-op at St. John’s Church near the White House. “It’s a triumphant moment of hope over fear,” said the recently resigned ambassador to Germany ...
Tags: News, Guantanamo Bay, Washington, White House, Germany, Defense, US, Arkansas, Middle East, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Fox News, Secret Service, Al Qaeda, Trump, Tom

Can a robot decide my medical treatment?

In an attempt to manage soaring health care costs, some government officials and health care companies are turning to algorithms to determine how to allocate limited benefits, who to provide care to first, or whether a person should receive care at all. The intent behind those tools might be reasonable, but critics of the automated decision-making systems say they can amplify the damage of errors, and entrench bias, with sometimes severe consequences. What could go wrong?  Here’s one example: In...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Arkansas, Neural

SIG SAUER Delivers Next Generation Squad Weapons to U.S. Army

U.S.A. –-( SIG SAUER, Inc. is proud to announce the recent delivery of the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) system to the U.S. Army, consisting of lightweight high-performance 6.8mm hybrid ammunition, NGSW-AR lightweight machine guns, NGSW-R rifles, and suppressors. “The SIG SAUER Next Generation Squad Weapons system is the only submission entirely designed, engineered and manufactured by a single American company. We are proud to deliver this comprehensive solution to the U...
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Federal judge upholds use of sedative in Arkansas executions

A federal judge on Monday upheld Arkansas’ execution process, ruling that the state can continue to use a sedative in lethal injections that other states have backed away from and rejecting claims that its use amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled the use of midazolam in lethal injections is constitutional and dismissed claims that less painful methods of execution are available. “The Court cannot conclude that plaintiffs have proven that the Arkans...
Tags: News, Arkansas, Baker, Kristine Baker, Arkansas Midazolam Protocol

Cotton Urges Trump To Deploy Military Forces Against ‘Anarchist’ Protesters

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) echoed President Trump’s threat to deploy the “unlimited power” of the military amid mounting protests over the death of George Floyd, during an interview on “Fox and Friends” on Monday. After commending the President for saying that he will declare “ANTIFA” as a terrorist organization, Cotton said that he finds the video of Floyd’s death “deeply disturbing.” The Arkansas senator then called on the Justice Department to investigate Floyd’s death, insisting that “the anar...
Tags: News, Cotton, Fox, Arkansas, Protests, Justice Department, Trump, Floyd, Tom Cotton, 101st Airborne, Antifa, Tom Cotton R AR, Summer Concepcion, TV Clip, George Floyd

Covid-19 and the Rural Fear of ‘Taking Advantage’

In my community, angst over the idea that some might receive too much help is shaping reactions to pandemic relief.
Tags: Food, News, Unemployment, United States, Arkansas, Income, Unemployment Insurance, Recession and Depression, Labor and Jobs, Welfare (US, Little Rock (Ark, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Van Buren (Ark

Bars across Arkansas were allowed to reopen this week. 2 bar owners in the state told us why they're not doing it.

Bars in Arkansas were allowed to reopen from Tuesday, despite the state's recording a new rise in coronavirus cases recently.
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Reports: 2 horses trained by Bob Baffert fail drug tests

By BETH HARRIS LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two horses from the barn of two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have tested positive for a banned substance, according to published reports. The New York Times and Louisville Courier-Journal on Tuesday cited unidentified sources in reporting the positive tests occurred during the recent meet at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. According to the Times, one of the horses to test positive was Charlatan, an undefeated colt considered to be a top contender for ...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Arkansas, New York Times, Commission, Horse racing, Times, Belmont Stakes, Kentucky Derby, The Associated Press, Bob Baffert, Louisville Courier Journal, Baffert

Scandit raises $80M as COVID-19 drives demand for contactless deliveries

Enterprise barcode scanner company Scandit has closed an $80 million Series C round, led by Silicon Valley VC firm G2VP. Atomico, GV, Kreos, NGP Capital, Salesforce Ventures and Swisscom Ventures also participated in the round — which brings its total raised to date to $123M. The Zurich-based firm offers a platform that combines computer vision and machine learning tech with barcode scanning, text recognition (OCR), object recognition and augmented reality which is designed for any camera-equ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Mobile, Wearables, Europe, Hardware, Enterprise, Global, Tech, Smartphones, Arkansas, Healthcare, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Toyota, 7-eleven, North America

Other Fiction Gerstäcker, Friedrich: Der Polizeiagent [German] v 1.0 22.03.2020

Friedrich Gerstäcker (* 10. Mai 1816 in Hamburg; † 31. Mai 1872 in Braunschweig) war ein deutscher Schriftsteller. Er ist vor allem durch seine Bücher über Nordamerika bekannt; seine Bestseller waren Die Regulatoren in Arkansas (1846) und Die Flußpiraten des Mississippi (1847)[Wikipedia] hier aus der Zeitschrift >Daheim< 1865 7-12 >Der Polizeiagent< Attached Files Der Polizeiagent.epub (272.0 KB)
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Bars in Arkansas reopen as state experiences second peak of Covid cases

During usual times, The Piano Bar in Fayetteville, Arkansas, is jammed with people standing shoulder to shoulder. Singing "Sweet Caroline" at the top of their lungs, they punch the fog-machine air with their drinks, shouting out the "bom bom bom" part of the song as performers duke it out on two pianos well into the middle of the night.
Tags: Cnn, Arkansas, Caroline, Fayetteville Arkansas

IRS has distributed 152 million COVID-19 relief payments worth $258 billion

There are a lot of footprints on many U.S. beaches this Memorial Day weekend as folks seek seashores after weeks of staying home due to the coronavirus. (Photo by Wendy Wei via Pexels) This Memorial Day long weekend is a big one for numbers. As most states have relaxed at least some COVID-19 stay home orders, Americans are taking advantage of more openings to celebrate this unofficial start of summer. They are, naturally, heading to spots that offer traditional seasonal activities. There'...
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United We Mask: GOPers View Mask-Wearing As Key To Reopening Economy

Three prominent Republicans bolstered North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s (R) to end the “political” divide on mask-wearing requirements during Sunday morning interviews. Unlike President Trump’s refusal to wear a mask while touring a Ford plant outside of Michigan on Thursday — despite White House staffers being ordered to do so after two aides tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this month — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) ar...
Tags: Florida, News, White House, Cnn, North Dakota, Arkansas, Ford, Ohio, Michigan, Mask, Msnbc, Trump, Hutchinson, Scott, Chuck Todd, Asa Hutchinson

Churches and the Spread of COVID-19

Donald Trump has threatened to override governors who have limited church gatherings. He can’t do that legally and he shouldn’t try. Furthermore, governors should resist the calls of some church leaders to remove restrictions. Going to church is not like shopping or even eating out. With this post, I want to list situations where churches have met together and spread the virus. Some are widely known. In South Korea, much of the spread was due to a new religious movement where a single infected p...
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Arkansas Gov. Defends Easing COVID Rules After Largest Single-Day Case Rise

Asa Hutchinson said people can’t “cloister” themselves at home.
Tags: News, Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson

Gophers land talented Turkish guard David Mutaf for the 2020 class

The 6-foot-6 guard from Istanbul was a member of Turkey's junior national team. He picked Minnesota over Arkansas, but was also being recruited by SEC, Big East and Pac-12 schools.
Tags: Minnesota, Turkey, Arkansas, SEC, Istanbul, David Mutaf

Birx Punts To CDC Guidelines When Pressed On Trump’s Demand To Reopen Churches

White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx pointed to CDC guidelines when pressed on President Trump’s demand for houses of worship to reopen, during Sunday morning interviews. After Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace mentioned the spread of COVID-19 from people going to houses of worship in Arkansas and California, he then asked Birx whether it is now safe to open all houses of worship across the country. Birx replied that “two things” happened during Friday’s press conference whe...
Tags: News, Abc, California, Cdc, White House, America, Arkansas, Abc News, Churches, Trump, Chris Wallace, Martha Raddatz, Pres Trump, Summer Concepcion, TV Clip, Coronavirus

Coronavirus live updates: Health officials urge caution on Memorial Day weekend; swim party linked to Arkansas cases

Health officials were urging caution over Memorial Day weekend as millions of Americans were beginning to emerge from stay-at-home orders.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Longtime college coach, Hall of Famer Eddie Sutton dies at 84

Eddie Sutton spent 37 years coaching across college basketball, including two wildly successful stints at Arkansas and Oklahoma State.
Tags: News, Sports, Arkansas, Eddie Sutton, Hall of Famer Eddie Sutton

A cluster of coronavirus cases was reported in Arkansas after a swim party

Several people who attended a high school swim party in Arkansas have contracted Covid-19, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said.
Tags: Cnn, Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson