Tag: courts

Government funds are not ‘taxpayer money’ — media and politicians should stop confusing the two

Rhetoric plays an important role in tax debate and therefore tax policy. If your side manages to gain traction in the public imagination with labels such as “death tax” or “dementia tax”, you have gone a long way to normalising…

/ January 14, 2021
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Lisa Montgomery, the first woman to be executed by the US government in nearly 70 years | DW News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3a1SWOEosgLisa Montgomery could be the first woman to face the death penalty in nearly 70 years. She was convicted for murdering a pregnant woman Bobbie Jo Stinnett and taking her unborn child, trying to pass the baby girl off as…

/ January 11, 2021
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More Republicans denounce colleagues’ plans to challenge election results

Over a dozen Republicans across the House and Senate over the weekend attacked plans by their own colleagues to object to certifying 2020 election results, calling the effort ineffective, dangerous or lacking in evidence. Why it matters: Although nearly all…

/ January 3, 2021
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What’s at stake in the New York mayor’s race

More than 30 candidates — including boldface names like Andrew Yang — are either running or considering a run for mayor of New York, a job that will involve saving a critically wounded city. Why it matters: Not only will…

/ December 17, 2020
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Why the Morrison government’s ‘double-dipping’ gambit fails the pub test

It’s almost unimaginable: an Australian government proposes a law that would wipe out billions of dollars of employers’ entitlements. Even more unimaginable: it does so on the basis of mistakes made by employees. Yet right now a “Black Mirror” scenario…

/ December 15, 2020
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NZ businesses are still including potentially unfair terms in their general contracts — consumers deserve better

The last time you used a car parking building and paid for the service online, did you pause to read the terms and conditions? If not, you might be surprised to find the car park operator could have the right…

/ December 15, 2020
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In the US Supreme Court, Germany Fights With Art Dealers’ Heirs Over the Fate of the $250 Million Guelph Treasure

It’s rare that any art-related case makes its way to the highest court in the United States. But the Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday about whether the US can adjudicate a long-running dispute over the Guelph Treasure, a collection…

/ December 8, 2020
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Donald Trump Jr.’s Wail About ‘Tyranny’ Gets Flipped Back On Him

Donald Trump Jr. whined on Twitter about “tyranny” in the United States and many folks thought it was somewhat of a self-own.Donald Trump’s eldest son continued with his own efforts to overturn the 2020 election ― which was won by…

/ December 8, 2020
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TikTok gets more time to satisfy national security concerns

The White House is again giving TikTok's Chinese parent company more to satisfy national security concerns, rather than initiating legal action, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios.The state of play: China's ByteDance had until Friday to resolve issues…

/ December 5, 2020
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Children’s climate change case at the European Court of Human Rights: what’s at stake?

The European Court of Human Rights finally has the opportunity to take on climate change. And it is taking it seriously, thanks to a group of 8 to 21-year-olds. In September 2020, four children and two young adults from Portugal…

/ December 4, 2020
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Hong Kong: Joshua Wong pleads guilty in protest at trial | DW News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8CGULAyQdsHong Kong's pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong pleaded guilty on Monday to all charges related to his involvement in protests that took place in June 2019. He was joined by two other known activists — Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow —…

/ November 23, 2020
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A Hedge-Fund Manager Whose Company Sold a Fake Frans Hals at Auction Is Appealing a Court Order to Return $6 Million to Sotheby’s

The investment company Fairlight Art Ventures is appealing a December court ruling ordering that it reimburse Sotheby’s $6 million after the auction house sold on its behalf a Frans Hals painting now believed to be a forgery. The once-purported Old…

/ November 16, 2020
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The Kremlin Prepares for a Biden Presidency

Four years ago, dozens of deputies in Russia’s parliament greeted the news of Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton with a round of applause. A few popped a bottle of champagne together. The head of RT, the state-funded television…

/ November 13, 2020