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The world's eyes are on a US child abduction case. The supreme court will decide how to apply international law in the case of a mother taking her daughter from Italy to the US to flee her allegedly abusive ex-husband.

A case about international child abduction law has the world watching SCOTUS

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea that your once true love will take off with your child to another land.

This week the US Supreme Court will consider just such a horror story, the tale of a small child separated from her mother and at the center of an international custody dispute of global significance.

Trump and the courts

Objectivity is on trial in Trump's impeachment hearings. A republican congressman sought to undermine a panel of four legal experts by asking whether they voted for Donald Trump—attacking a core principle of the judiciary system that people can put biases aside and act impartially.

The concept of objectivity is under attack at the Trump impeachment hearings

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars testifying, questioning their objectivity and suggesting that they could not possibly be unbiased if they didn't reveal how they voted in the last presidential elections. And with each observer they manage to convince of this impossibility, we all lose a little bit more.

Trump's taxes will stay secret, for now. Trump argues that, as the president, his financial records are special. Lower courts have disagreed—but the US Supreme Court has granted the president's legal team more time to work on their petition.

The Supreme Court grants Trump’s emergency stay in financial records case

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't signaling her approval of Trump's legal stance, just giving him time to file a petition for review, and it happened to be her because the justices rotate duties with respect to emergency applications. Now the House of Representatives must respond by Dec. 11 and the justices will ultimately have to decide if they want to walk into this political landmine and accept review of three financial matters dealing with Trump's records and his claims the executive is special.

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Reshaping society

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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Here's How Facebook Is Trying to Moderate Its Two Billion Users

Here's How Facebook Is Trying to Moderate Its Two Billion Users

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  • Fascinating dive but it’s ridiculous that it says nothing about Facebook’s margins which have been above 26% since 4Q15 (even reaching 45% in 2017). Facebook could do more about fraud and fake news and hate speech; they have just prioritized making as much money as possible.

  • I’m only about 1/4 through this piece and already applauding it’s thoroughness and dispassionate analysis. Lead on - and I’ll read on!

  • Facebook and the other platforms should start by getting rid of its political bias.

    For one thing, they need to define EXAXTLY what is and is not "hate speech". Right now, too much of it seems to be conservative speech.

    They would be smart to adopt the First Amendment and the case law that covers

    Facebook and the other platforms should start by getting rid of its political bias.

    For one thing, they need to define EXAXTLY what is and is not "hate speech". Right now, too much of it seems to be conservative speech.

    They would be smart to adopt the First Amendment and the case law that covers it.

    Conversation and debate, not censorship.

  • In my opinion, most of these problems are made worse by Facebook's inability to take a clear stand. Whether it chooses to lean towards complete free speech or lean towards heavier regulation, people need to know what to expect. It cannot expect that everyone will be happy. Apple and both it's stand on

    In my opinion, most of these problems are made worse by Facebook's inability to take a clear stand. Whether it chooses to lean towards complete free speech or lean towards heavier regulation, people need to know what to expect. It cannot expect that everyone will be happy. Apple and both it's stand on privacy and its internal secrecy are good examples (Starbucks is another example). Some like it, others don't. Everyone knows what to expect and it doesn't seem simply like it sways it's decisions based on who it's talking to or the PR repercussions of the problems it's facing.