Lawfare Blog: Over the weekend, the president sent a tweet that seemed to warn of civil war if he were to be impeached and removed from office: Although the president was quoting Pastor Robert Jeffress's comments on Fox News, he was adopting them as his own. read more
Since he took office, U.S. coal consumption has hit a 41-year low and coal plant closures have actually accelerated. The next to fall, in December, will be Colstrip units 1 and 2, which have been keeping the lights on throughout the Pacific Northwest since 1975. Shutting down one-third of the capacity of the largest coal plant west of the Mississippi comes even after Trump scrapped the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and his administration pledged $39 million to make coal plants run cleaner. "There's nothing he can do about it," said Randy Hardy, an energy consultant and former head of the Bonneville Power Administration. "The market economics are so compelling that absent massive federal government subsidies to keep coal alive, you couldn't do it economically."
Study 2 examined 204,796 news stories of 204 mass shootings committed in the United States and found that, when a shooting occurred at a school, video games were 8.35 times more likely to be discussed when the shooter was White than when the shooter was Black. read more
Migrant children who were separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border last year have suffered post-traumatic stress and other serious mental health problems, according to a government watchdog report, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. read more
In a 357-page decision, a three-judge panel ruled the state's legislative districts violated the North Carolina State Constitution through "extreme partisan gerrymandering." The case was brought by Common Cause North Carolina, a nonpartisan group working to end gerrymandering in the state. "The 2017 Enacted Maps, as drawn, do not permit voters to freely choose their representative, but rather representatives are choosing voters based upon sophisticated partisan sorting," the ruling states. The court is leaving it up to the Republican state legislature to redraw the maps, but it is setting specific guidelines for them to follow: The new maps must be redrawn by September 18 (within two weeks), lawmakers can't use data to try to draw a partisan advantage, and the redrawing process must be public. The court will also appoint a referee to review the redrawn maps before they are enacted, and if the legislature tries to delay, the referee could redraw the maps itself.