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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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CNN sues President Trump and top White House aides for barring Jim Acosta

CNN sues President Trump and top White House aides for barring Jim Acosta

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Contributions

  • Good for CNN! We need more people and news outlets to come together and say that this is wrong. We need to protect free speech right now, more than ever.

  • Good Lord, like it or not, Mr. Trump is OUR president and he’s done something that you and I will never do and only a few will ever do...becoming president of the United States of America, and that alone deserves respect. Mr. Acosta was out of line and I praise Mr. Trump for taking steps that needed

    Good Lord, like it or not, Mr. Trump is OUR president and he’s done something that you and I will never do and only a few will ever do...becoming president of the United States of America, and that alone deserves respect. Mr. Acosta was out of line and I praise Mr. Trump for taking steps that needed to be taken. I can’t believe the attitude of some people in this day and age. As Rodney Dangerfield would say... "I don't get no respect!"

  • Oh CNN, you would think you would understand the law. No individual has the right to be on the White House Press Corps. I think a little civility a reasonable criteria to continue. A violation of the first Amendment, I don’t think so, they could send another reporter. It is a grandstand play, which will

    Oh CNN, you would think you would understand the law. No individual has the right to be on the White House Press Corps. I think a little civility a reasonable criteria to continue. A violation of the first Amendment, I don’t think so, they could send another reporter. It is a grandstand play, which will disappear into the loins of history...

  • CNN of course is right: Trump and his divisive language and actions actually are bad for press freedom. Still that is not enough reason for suing him as it is exactly what the President wants. Trump thrives in polarization and loves shifting media attention away from stories like the Mueller investigation

    CNN of course is right: Trump and his divisive language and actions actually are bad for press freedom. Still that is not enough reason for suing him as it is exactly what the President wants. Trump thrives in polarization and loves shifting media attention away from stories like the Mueller investigation (Sessions!) or him sending thousands of US soldiers to the border - without any real threat. So the only one who will benefit from the lawsuit imho is Trump.

  • Will be curious where this goes. But clearly CNN is letting us know they’re not taking this lying down. They are willing to fight. Whether it actually does anything - that we will have to see.

  • The “president” has no respect for the office, the country, the democracy, and the people. He is a cheating lying deceiving horrible excuse of a man. People asking to respect him are either blind with stupidity or as bad as he is. Wake up !!

  • If the president were more diplomatic in demeanor and IF he actually took anyone but himself seriously, he would be eager to answer questions like those off Mr. Acosta. Let’s face face it, he regularly exhibits the behavior of an autocrat and did so in this case. Hopefully the court will rule in Acosta’s

    If the president were more diplomatic in demeanor and IF he actually took anyone but himself seriously, he would be eager to answer questions like those off Mr. Acosta. Let’s face face it, he regularly exhibits the behavior of an autocrat and did so in this case. Hopefully the court will rule in Acosta’s favor and re-admit him and grant him full Press credentials once again.

  • So was it really like "you are fired"?

  • Fascinating the CNN legal team is asserting Acosta's fifth amendment rights were violated. I'd love to read their filing! I wonder if they are alleging having one's credentials revoked is a punishment rendered by the state without standing before a grand jury?

  • Okay... So CNN is willing to sue for Acosta to be reinstated to press conferences and take the risk of everyone else paying the price. The President may decide that being transparent is not in his best interest from this point forward. Does CNN not have another correspondant that has security clearance?

  • Wouldn’t it be less troublesome and costly to send Acosta to “Remedial Reporting 101” for training in how to ask a tough question, get an answer, avoid partisan controversy & preserve your credibility? This isn’t about the freedom to ask aggressive questions. It’s about requiring minimum standards of

    Wouldn’t it be less troublesome and costly to send Acosta to “Remedial Reporting 101” for training in how to ask a tough question, get an answer, avoid partisan controversy & preserve your credibility? This isn’t about the freedom to ask aggressive questions. It’s about requiring minimum standards of professional behavior at a working news event. As a former DC news bureau chief and editor of a large newspaper, I didn’t need to demand that of our reporters. They required it of themselves.

  • Mr. Acosta started his “questioning” as a challenge. Really challenging the President of the Unites States on live tv and then refusing to give up the microphone? This is not his first round of grandstanding, so how many times can you allow this to go on? I don’t care who has the office you don’t do

    Mr. Acosta started his “questioning” as a challenge. Really challenging the President of the Unites States on live tv and then refusing to give up the microphone? This is not his first round of grandstanding, so how many times can you allow this to go on? I don’t care who has the office you don’t do this. Yeah, sometimes I wish President Trump wasn’t as brash and abrasive as he is, but the press isn’t use to the counter punching. The next two years are going to be very interesting. God help us!

  • Now cnn believe’s they can dictate who is allowed in the White House, what a joke. Hey cnn how about dictating to your reporter trash what is common courtesy and respect for the office of the presidency?