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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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Trump Stopped Strike on Iran Because It Was ‘Not Proportionate’

Trump Stopped Strike on Iran Because It Was ‘Not Proportionate’

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  • President’s conclusion is absolutely correct: killing 150 Iranians and risking a major war over a downed drone would have been grossly disproportionate. What’s disturbing is he reached that conclusion after planes had taken off, 10 minutes before strikes were set to commence. We should never have gotten

    President’s conclusion is absolutely correct: killing 150 Iranians and risking a major war over a downed drone would have been grossly disproportionate. What’s disturbing is he reached that conclusion after planes had taken off, 10 minutes before strikes were set to commence. We should never have gotten that close in the first place.

  • One should not take the “cocked and loaded” comment at face value. Remember Trump campaigned on avoiding foreign entanglements.

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  • Anybody that has studied foreign policy and decision-making (University Major) would know that this is a far more complicated situation than just simply one person with a finger on the button. To present this as anything trivial and whimsical is to make light of human lives, and also to use it shamelessly

    Anybody that has studied foreign policy and decision-making (University Major) would know that this is a far more complicated situation than just simply one person with a finger on the button. To present this as anything trivial and whimsical is to make light of human lives, and also to use it shamelessly as a pretense of journalism is pathetic.

  • What a joke of an article. The complexity of the situation, the number of people advising the situation, the amount of information be reviewed and discussed...

    This article is reckless at best, and represents what is wrong with reporting and reporters today.

    How many times throughout history has this

    What a joke of an article. The complexity of the situation, the number of people advising the situation, the amount of information be reviewed and discussed...

    This article is reckless at best, and represents what is wrong with reporting and reporters today.

    How many times throughout history has this situation occurred. When a last minute call happens? We will never know... but I’m certain it happens all the time, and for good reasons. Not as this article suggests at the whim of a president.

  • The logistics were finalized and almost ready to pull the trigger. According to Trump, when he heard the Los of Iranians was going to be 150 Iranians (across three sites) he cancelled because 150 lives were not equal to one unmanned drone. It's a horrible complex situation in the middle East but Trump

    The logistics were finalized and almost ready to pull the trigger. According to Trump, when he heard the Los of Iranians was going to be 150 Iranians (across three sites) he cancelled because 150 lives were not equal to one unmanned drone. It's a horrible complex situation in the middle East but Trump brought it all down to humanity and humanity won.

  • As DC tries to determine what is going on in town let alone in Iran, this bombshell, “It was not clear whether Mr. Trump simply changed his mind on the strikes or whether the administration altered course because of logistics or strategy.”

  • Anyone defending the incompetence of this current administration under the premise that reporting it factually trivializes how dangerous the Trump Administration is to the country and global peace needs to sit in a dark room for a bit to think this through. Imagine this level of stupidity if it was China

    Anyone defending the incompetence of this current administration under the premise that reporting it factually trivializes how dangerous the Trump Administration is to the country and global peace needs to sit in a dark room for a bit to think this through. Imagine this level of stupidity if it was China or Russia and not some minor player in the greater scheme of things? It's time for people to stop defending this administration, its corruption, its criminality and its stupidity before a major city or cities end up radioactive glass.

  • Ok, wait... so Trump creates a problem, solves it, then wants kudos?

  • Iran has tested the president’s resolve and gotten a clear answer.

  • Trump followed Tucker Carlson, NOT his advisors!?! This should scare us that his advisors were so willing to start a war, not that I advocate Tucker Carlson's advice in any way shape or form.

  • I’d really like to know who advised the President to use the word proportionate because it certain doesn’t exist in his normal lexicon. I’d venture to guess he co-opted the word (and the opinion) from a briefer seeking to mitigate aggressive US reaction.

  • I have to actually give credit to the president credit for making the correct decision here.

  • I think DJT watched the episode "A Proportionate Response" of The West Wing yesterday for the first time...

  • This is huge--and surprising. There are so many questions.

    "It was not clear whether Mr. Trump simply changed his mind on the strikes or whether the administration altered course because of logistics or strategy. It was also not clear whether the attacks might still go forward."

  • Obviously, the Presidents decision to call off the strike(s) was the correct one. To put anyone's life in jeopardy over a downed drone would not be the best move.

  • I think the story was pretty clear. Last minute intel and casualty estimates based on the situation on the ground was certainly a valid reason to re consider.

    130 million dollars is a lot cheaper than a single himan being in my opinion.

    I was hoping he would choose unmanned targets of high value but

    I think the story was pretty clear. Last minute intel and casualty estimates based on the situation on the ground was certainly a valid reason to re consider.

    130 million dollars is a lot cheaper than a single himan being in my opinion.

    I was hoping he would choose unmanned targets of high value but that would be tough with Iran.

    The other issue that one has yo consider is back channel discussions could have played a role in his decision to not retailiate.

    That Drone was awful close to Saudi Arabia and Iran has been backing foreign fighters who have been operating in SA. With Venezeula, N Korea, Iran, Syria... all these places not able to keep oil flowing the entire world is at risk of food shortages if Iran provokes SA into conflict.

    I am hoping Iran came to their senses and reached out to ease tensions.