The Daily Populous

Friday September 25th, 2020 morning edition

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrats in of the House of Representatives will introduce a bill next week to limit the tenure of U.S. Supreme Court justices to 18 years from current lifetime appointments, in a bid to reduce partisan warring over vacancies and preserve the court’s legitimacy.

Partly due to rising life expectancies, justices serve increasingly long tenures, on average now more than 25 years.

Term limits for high court justices have for years had support from a number of legal scholars on both the right and the left.

Several polls in recent years have also shown large majorities of the American public support term limits.

The bill - the Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act - is the first to try to set Supreme Court term limits by statute, according to Gabe Roth, the executive director of Fix the Court, a judicial transparency group whose campaign for high court term limits has been gaining attention.

The bill seeks to avoid constitutional concerns by exempting current justices from the 18-year rule.

“That’s perfectly consistent with their judicial independence and having a lifetime salary and a lifetime appointment,” Khanna said. »

'I cry before work': US essential workers burned out amid pandemic

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More workers also attributed their burnout to Covid-19 circumstances, at 35% compared to 25% in the previous poll.

Frontline workers in the healthcare industry have been particularly hard hit by burnout, a significant issue facing the industry even before the pandemic.

Studies in China and Italy of healthcare workers during coronavirus peaks found high rates of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and insomnia among workers. »

Ex-Tennessee trooper Harvey Briggs denied ripping mask off of protester; cop, video say otherwise

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Ex-Tennessee trooper Harvey Briggs denied ripping mask off of protester; cop, video say otherwise.

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Andrew Golden’s widely shared recording showed Golden’s mask on the ground but didn’t capture Briggs removing it, and the trooper denied doing so on camera. »

Investigation launched after black barrister mistaken for defendant three times in a day

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The head of the courts service in England and Wales has apologised to a black barrister after she was stopped and mistaken for a defendant three times in one day at court.

She is the author of In Black And White, which highlights the problem of racism in the courts.

Wilson said that she was “absolutely exhausted” after what had happened and that “a light needs to be shone on this”. »

Trudeau pledges tax on 'extreme wealth inequality' to fund Covid spending plan

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“We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring,” Trudeau said on Wednesday.

A major element of the speech was a plan to raise revenue by finding “additional ways to tax extreme wealth inequality” including “tax avoidance by digital giants”.

Trudeau bets on strength of his Covid response in gamble to stay in power Read more. »