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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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The shutdown cost the economy $11 billion including a permanent $3 billion loss, government says

The shutdown cost the economy $11 billion including a permanent $3 billion loss, government says

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  • The cost of the shutdown is staggering and wasteful.

    Moreover, the US has had three mass shootings recently in Florida, Pennsylvania, Louisiana. None of the assailants were brown or Muslim.

    The wall will not protect us from the greatest threat to America. It’s already here.

  • Brexit is one thing, but the US regularly shuts down its own gov’t as a political technique. Both sides are culpable and the only victim are real people. Shameful.

  • Very thin article, with little depth. I would like to know what makes up the permanent loss... I have real problems with the governments analysis of costs. For instance the cost of war includes wages of the warriors, even if this is a fixed cost, whether in battle or not, it is not a cost increase. The

    Very thin article, with little depth. I would like to know what makes up the permanent loss... I have real problems with the governments analysis of costs. For instance the cost of war includes wages of the warriors, even if this is a fixed cost, whether in battle or not, it is not a cost increase. The report may be nonpartisan, but that doesn’t mean, it is any more accurate than an old musket!

  • It serves as a stark warning to Democrats. They refused to fund a standard budget that contained no greater amount of barrier funding than they have repeatedly approved in the past and it ended up costing more than it would have just to approve the damned wall in the first place. It was never about a

    It serves as a stark warning to Democrats. They refused to fund a standard budget that contained no greater amount of barrier funding than they have repeatedly approved in the past and it ended up costing more than it would have just to approve the damned wall in the first place. It was never about a wall, it was about denying Trump a win.

  • The money for the wall Trump wants from Congress is a waste of tax payers money. As any government project the projected cost will be much higher than the $5 Billion Trump wants. We, haven't even seen what it will cost to maintain the wall infrastructure and then we're going to have to look at what additional

    The money for the wall Trump wants from Congress is a waste of tax payers money. As any government project the projected cost will be much higher than the $5 Billion Trump wants. We, haven't even seen what it will cost to maintain the wall infrastructure and then we're going to have to look at what additional cost it's going to be to have live people for trolling the wall. Now if you remember the Republican Party reduce the money to border security. So that means millions of dollars a year just for the Personnel to patrol and monitor the wall. I don't understand why he needs all this money for a wall one for a quarter of the cost we could be secure on our borders by employing the technology available to us.

  • The wall: build it, don’t build it...

    The cost of a shutdown is $100 million per day. I would love to see a spreadsheet on where all that money takes flight.

  • Instead of putting a dollar amount on the shutdown, the continued disfunction of our political system says it was all a waste. Until each of us can reflect on what got us to this place, who we vote for, what we watch on TV or view online; we will all lose.

    What disturbs me the most is how this has

    Instead of putting a dollar amount on the shutdown, the continued disfunction of our political system says it was all a waste. Until each of us can reflect on what got us to this place, who we vote for, what we watch on TV or view online; we will all lose.

    What disturbs me the most is how this has caused distrust and angst within neighborhoods and families.

    We are better than this.

  • Actually, the wall would protect us, not just from terrorists but also from the drugs and violent illegal immigrants. Maybe not all of them but most.

  • William Wood, I believe the $3B permanently lost was attributable to government contractors lost income for which they have no recourse. And you are right about not trusting the numbers. They should be even higher if you consider the real 'trickle down' effects!

  • Im sorry...have to go with fake news here. I agree, this article is totally devoid of any real factual data. Let's also consider that absolutely nothing is presented on what had to be billions in pay not given to 1 in 2 Americans. Yes folks, that's why this shutdown is big news. Our government employs

    Im sorry...have to go with fake news here. I agree, this article is totally devoid of any real factual data. Let's also consider that absolutely nothing is presented on what had to be billions in pay not given to 1 in 2 Americans. Yes folks, that's why this shutdown is big news. Our government employs 1 in 2 people. Think maybe we've let things get a wee out of hand?

  • Big deal!!! They waste $500,000,000,000 every year on a military budget that is 10X that of any other country on earth. For what?? Killing and perpetuating needless wars and destruction across the globe! $11 billion is a drop in the bucket! Where are all the articles on the national debt and military spending every year??

  • This is what happens when government plays political football with its people!

  • The political implications are tough to continue to analyze when you know people personally impacted by the shutdown. The money this costs everyday folks on a micro-level is also important to consider.

  • A quick google search and you can discover there are approximately 8+ million government employees. The US government is the largest employer probably in the world. Some quick math and you can put an approx number on salaries, even at a guesstimate level. Add retirement, healthcare etc... and you can

    A quick google search and you can discover there are approximately 8+ million government employees. The US government is the largest employer probably in the world. Some quick math and you can put an approx number on salaries, even at a guesstimate level. Add retirement, healthcare etc... and you can see how much in trouble the US government is placing this country.

    A fraction of the US government employees just went through a very tough time, But The fact that the press is announcing just how badly our government functions, is also a clear indication that the press is also a part of the problem.

  • To the commenter William Wood - The loss described in the article (esp the $3B loss) is the loss of productivity which cannot be recovered. This is because the workers are going to be paid back for the time furloughed, ie, for the time they didn’t work. Just clarifying.

  • ...or 2.6 walls

  • If we use Trump's financial logic (ie funding a wall with NAFTA non money) they could have paid for his wall twice if he had let the government open.

  • Which technically makes Trump the worst business leader in human history.

  • Did it impact the Air Pelosi budget?

  • I suspect that at the permanent lose of $3 billion is probably close to accurate as the catch up for the 800,000 employees pay and benefits. No matter the number it was a waste of valuable time , the destruction of the lives of some low paid government contractors who will not get back pay. Congress

    I suspect that at the permanent lose of $3 billion is probably close to accurate as the catch up for the 800,000 employees pay and benefits. No matter the number it was a waste of valuable time , the destruction of the lives of some low paid government contractors who will not get back pay. Congress should end the shutdown mechanism, if an appropriations bill passes it should be deemed to be final. So many lawmakers vote for an appropriations but then tie things up over the second vote so they can have it both ways. Stupid. No well operating business would do the same.

  • So even though he only needed 5.7 billion to build wall, they spent 11 billion just for political reasons.

  • Said the Congressional Budget Office. Numbers unconfirmed until the GDP reports. 20 trillion economy. So laughable how the activist media reports based on estimates. Larry Kudlow wouldn't comment on it to today's press conference. Maybe focus on Veneuzuela sanctions and roving dictator Maduro.

  • Good Grief!

  • Ironically, what is wasteful is the countless and continuous billions of dollars spent on unnecessary government jobs which have been revealed from this shutdown event.

  • Why should anybody be surprised? It is no secret that our president uses bankruptcy and stiffing his contractors, vendors, and employees as a business model. Did any really believe he wouldn’t try a disastrous idea like this on the nation? Come on!! Get real. For him the entire US is ripe for these stunts

    Why should anybody be surprised? It is no secret that our president uses bankruptcy and stiffing his contractors, vendors, and employees as a business model. Did any really believe he wouldn’t try a disastrous idea like this on the nation? Come on!! Get real. For him the entire US is ripe for these stunts. Hoping otherwise is living in fairytales. If you were fooled, wake up! This man is not our friend.

  • Disaster relief expected to decline and interest rates not to rise? Who wants to bet?

  • This article doest cite one specific entity that lost money. Total speculation 110%.

  • Sooooooo do you think.. You can think At All....Don...

  • I can’t imagine the situation as a Japanese.

  • Nothing like having a PAID VACATION! Hmmm we all were aware from past experiences that they'd be paid, uncomfortable position to be in, but reality is 99% of the world sufferers this fate daily!

  • Infuriating.

  • Fake news with way over exaggerated numbers! Government workers do not produce or manufacture any goods involved in economy and get paid from tax payers money!! Since Trump took an office he has fired a lot of government workers from WH and economy isn't staggering because of it

  • A "stark warning to Democrats" for standing in the way of Trump's wall? How could the Democrats be an obstacle if Mexico was supposed to pay for it? According to Trump, he doesn't need Democratic support or anyone else's support outside of Mexico. The implicit understanding in his promise is that the

    A "stark warning to Democrats" for standing in the way of Trump's wall? How could the Democrats be an obstacle if Mexico was supposed to pay for it? According to Trump, he doesn't need Democratic support or anyone else's support outside of Mexico. The implicit understanding in his promise is that the American taxpayers wouldn't have to shoulder that burden. And frankly, since the vast majority of illegal immigrants are simply overstaying their visas, how does a wall stop that?

  • It's only money...

  • You know what’s cheaper than $11 billion? One guillotine. Thanks

  • I find it interesting that they say these massive numbers, but in reality it's a drop in the bucket of some of the ridiculous spending of the government. This causes a kind of fear that shouldn't be prevalent. This headline shocks people, most won't continue to read that in total we only lost .1 percent

    I find it interesting that they say these massive numbers, but in reality it's a drop in the bucket of some of the ridiculous spending of the government. This causes a kind of fear that shouldn't be prevalent. This headline shocks people, most won't continue to read that in total we only lost .1 percent. Regardless any loss is a loss. This is entirely on both sides of the government. I feel it falls more on the Democrats though due to the fact that there were at least 3 counter proposals that Pelosi ignored. This was honestly an ego driven waste of time at the expense of Americans. The wall isn't the issue, politics are.

  • SONYA ABOVE SAYS ...The cost of the shutdown is staggering and wasteful.

    Moreover, the US has had three mass shootings recently in Florida, Pennsylvania, Louisiana. None of the assailants were brown or Muslim.

    The wall will not protect us from the greatest threat to America. It’s already here.

    Sonya

    SONYA ABOVE SAYS ...The cost of the shutdown is staggering and wasteful.

    Moreover, the US has had three mass shootings recently in Florida, Pennsylvania, Louisiana. None of the assailants were brown or Muslim.

    The wall will not protect us from the greatest threat to America. It’s already here.

    Sonya, the blind moron.

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    I agree on the Shutdown being wasteful. We can blame mainly the Democrats in House, Pelosi the most then the Senate who didn’t compete their bill because they stood with our President who is not to blame for the Shutdown, face it, until recent, He didn’t have a Bill to sign to End the Shutdown.

    Other than this, your ignorance is showing.

    Trump is trying to protect us from the incursions you seem to think aren’t happening at our border and from partly what has been manufactured in other countries and being sent, supported by George Soros, a German Nazi living here, trying to make our nation into Socialism one, where nothing is actually free, it’s taken from someone else.

    Because we are in a Capitalism creation jobs mode, all those people from around the world want to come here. Muslim Prayer Rugs have been found at the border. Did they belong to peaceful Muslims or the ones who want to kill all Christians? No one knows, they weren’t caught at the open border.

    Illegal drugs brought into this country are killing thousands of people each year, competing with the Big Pharma drug deaths, that’s the already here part. Now factor in the sexual assaults before the border and once they are over, sexual assaults, hundreds of rapes are happening to our own people. Our citizens and Border Patrol are being attacked. I’ve seen videos of Mexicans dressed in army outfits and many of them carrying large backpacks on their backs, crossing over onto a farm in Arizona.

    El Paso, Texas had high crime before the wall was built around them, crime has came way down, the wall built near them greatly helped.

    There are gangs coming into the USA, those Caravans have some of those people in them, I read comments from the other side warning us.

    Lastly, many of those shootings are done to demonize our 2nd Amendment and Florida shows this by raising the minimum age to buy a semi-automatic to 21. If one can be drafted at age 18, does this make any sense? What part of “shall not be infringed” do they not understand. My extended family and I continue our never visit Florida for anything, vacations since 2000 and their stolen election.

  • BS