On August 12, 1480, the Martyrs of Otranto were beheaded. The Ottomans ordered 800 Christians to convert to Islam following the successful siege of Otranto. The massacre happened when the Christian men refused to convert. Such barbarity is a ghost from the past but brings up a worthy question-what is the state of religious freedom in America today? The Do No Harm Act provides insights.
On the morning of Monday, June 17th, the Supreme Court of the United States reached a decision— in the case Gamble v. United States — that allows an individual to be charged and tried in state and federal court for the same crime, citing that state and federal governments are “separate sovereigns”. The ruling was reached 7-2 with only Justices Neil Gorsuch and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in dissent. Essentially, an individual may be tried twice for the same crime, a legal proceeding deemed “Double Jeopardy”.
Warren Albrecht | United States
I believe a good discussion may start in negative and positive rights. A negative right does not enforce the duty on someone else. Duty is usually thought of as an entitlement. A positive right has an entitlement owed. Everybody has a negative right to engage in commerce or trade. But everyone does not have the positive right to impose a duty or force someone else to engage in commerce with you and trade with you.
This is where most libertarians discuss the benefit of free trade. It must be consensual. People in free trade have a contract. I give you three apples and you give me a rope. To have a positive right, someone must have a duty to fulfill for you. The example most widely discussed is the public defender. If you do not have an attorney, one will be provided for you. This means it imposes a duty on someone else to provide and pay for that attorney. The universal agreement is required for a positive right.
The famous Mr. Checkpoint service was originally created by Sennet Devermont to report the exact location of DUI Checkpoints located in California and later on expanded to report about other types of law enforcement roadblocks such as license and immigration checkpoints. The service is now planning on taking his service to the next level by making a nationwide checkpoint reporting service with a brand-new app for Android and IOS. In order to do so, he must raise $20,000 through his GoFundMe Campaign in order to finish the development of his app.
By Atilla Sulker | United States
On Saturday, the Senate finally voted on and confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. The confirmation marks a historic turning point in the decision. The vote had been delayed since the Senate Judiciary Committee initially set September 20th as the date on which its members would vote. President Trump nominated Kavanaugh on July 9th, earlier this year.
The Senate was nearly equally divided on the vote, with 48 senators voting against Kavanaugh and 50 voting in his favor. This is certainly tighter than the 54–45 vote which occurred during Neil Gorsuch’s nomination.
Only one Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin, voted for Kavanaugh. Three Democrats joined the Republicans last year in voting for then-Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch’s confirmation. Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican who did not vote in favor of Kavanaugh, instead voting “present”.
Around the beginning of the nomination process, Senator Rand Paul was seen as a possible swing vote among the other senators mentioned. Paul was concerned over Kavanaugh’s views on the Fourth Amendment but had later assured that after meeting with Kavanaugh, he had no more worries.
Trump immediately took to Twitter, stating: “I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court.”
The nomination process exemplifies a polarizing political landscape in America in which both sides no longer debate over ideology, but instead sling mud at each other. Personal attacks have become imminent, gradually undermining productive political discourse.
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