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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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ABC cancels 'Roseanne' after “abhorrent, repugnant” tweets

ABC cancels 'Roseanne' after “abhorrent, repugnant” tweets

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Contributions

  • I’m not a psychiatrist but I’m going to play one on NewsPicks. It has occurred to me over the years watching people in power, mostly politicians, that for some reason some of them have built-in self destruct buttons.

    Barr is apparently not an idiot, so how could she not have known that her tweet was

    I’m not a psychiatrist but I’m going to play one on NewsPicks. It has occurred to me over the years watching people in power, mostly politicians, that for some reason some of them have built-in self destruct buttons.

    Barr is apparently not an idiot, so how could she not have known that her tweet was 1) despicable and 2) would implode her new success?

    Given what we know, that Barr is capable of racist comments is no surprise but I am mystified why she would tweet them out to the world unless she pressed her self destruct button.

  • This was a case of apologizing not being nearly enough and ABC betting the fallout of extended news coverage and the potential loss of ad partners, as too great.

  • With great power comes great responsibility. A simple statement or a misplaced thought of public figure impacts the entire society in near and long term.

    Racist comment is not a drunk tweet that could be taken lightly or forgotten once an apology follows. ABC did the right thing by acting swiftly!

  • Obviously ABC did the right thing here, but this is yet another thing serving to further alienate Trump voters in America from media in general. Again, had to be done, but this will likely prove divisive in more ways than one.

  • So not surprised. This lady has been off the damn rails for awhile. And her first attempt at explaining the tweet didn’t even mention the “Apes” bit of the tweet. Just...wow.

  • To preempt: this is not censorship. This is a studio exercising its right not to tolerate bigotry. The old chestnut: freedom of speech does not absolve you of responsibility for it; it only protects you from the government.

  • Disney shares are off about 2.5% today - Roseanne (and the Solo flop) are probably the reasons why. This also means that $NFLX > $DIS once again.

  • Wonder how many people lost their job because of her nonsense. When are people going to learn this kind of tweet doesn’t fly.

  • Oh good grief , she’s always been abhorrent and repugnant. They knew it when they hired her. ABC is just being chicken s**t , and folding like a cheap suit. If she’d slung similar insults at Trump , they’d be cheering her on.

  • This was a train wreck waiting to happen . They had a record of her past controversial and sometimes derogatory statements , why did ABC believe she would temper herself because she had a hit show? I called this after the first show.

  • Use Twitter like you would a saw if you were a carpenter or a knife if you were a surgeon - measure twice cut once. Cut too fast. And you’ll end up cutting yourself.

  • One more nail in the coffin of permanent class warfare. Where was ABC integrity when it’s view program insulted people of faith? Or Olbermans comparing Trump to Orangutan? Or vile comments about Melania’s foreign accent or attacks on her son’s mental status?

    A clear record of hypocrisy and intolerance

    One more nail in the coffin of permanent class warfare. Where was ABC integrity when it’s view program insulted people of faith? Or Olbermans comparing Trump to Orangutan? Or vile comments about Melania’s foreign accent or attacks on her son’s mental status?

    A clear record of hypocrisy and intolerance for the physical demeanor of Sarah Huckabee. No cancelations, no problem with continuous insult to Trump supporters.

  • This is wonderful news.

  • Just another day in the trailerhood.

  • What did ABC expect? Doesn’t anyone recall her being selected to sing the national anthem in 1990?

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  • this is the Queen this is real I need help