The Daily Populous

Wednesday April 5th, 2023 day edition

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Janet Protasiewicz, a judge on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, has won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, NBC News projects, giving liberals their first majority on the state’s highest court in 15 years.

Protasiewicz defeated conservative Dan Kelly, a former state Supreme Court justice, on Tuesday in what became the most expensive state Supreme Court race in U.S. history and one of the most closely watched elections of 2023.

Protasiewicz will fill the seat being vacated by retiring conservative Justice Patience Roggensack, giving liberals the majority for the first time since 2008.

State Democrats and abortion rights groups lauded her win in the moments after NBC News called the race for her.

The state Supreme Court is widely expected to decide the fate of the state’s restrictive 1849 abortion law in the near term.

Two years earlier, the court, in another 4-3 vote, narrowly upheld the 2020 election results in the state.

As is the case in many states, in Wisconsin, if the governor and the Legislature cannot agree on legislative maps, the issue falls to the state Supreme Court. »

‘We lay like corpses. Then the raping began’: 52 years on, Bangladesh’s rape camp survivors speak out

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I watched from the corner of my eye as the marigold fields surrounding our home disappeared from sight,” says Jahan.

“The only time we saw daylight was when the door creaked open and the soldiers marched in.

Official estimates put the number of Bengali women raped at between 200,000 and 400,000, though even those numbers are considered conservative by some. »

“Corporations Are Not People”: Jayapal Files Bill to Reverse “Citizens United”

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“Corporations are not people and money is not speech,” Jayapal said in a statement.

“In every election cycle since the disastrous Citizens United decision, we have seen more and more special interest dark money poured into campaigns across the country.

Jayapal’s bill is similar in aim to the Democracy for All Act, a bill introduced in January, also sponsored by Jayapal, with the same goal of ending Citizens United. »

The changing balance in the Indian Ocean

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A new axis among Moscow, Beijing and Tehran might bring major changes to geopolitics in the Indian Ocean.

The British Empire saw a Russian threat to its hold over India and a challenge to its dominance in the Indian Ocean.

Russian access to the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean, China’s developing influence in the Middle East and the “unholy” axis of Moscow, Tehran and Beijing are additional factors challenging existing spheres of interest. »

By more than two-to-one, Americans support U.S. government banning TikTok

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The federal government and multiple states have also already banned TikTok on government devices.

Support for a government ban on TikTok is higher among Republicans and independents who lean toward the Republican Party than among Democrats and Democratic leaners (60% vs. 43%).

Still, about one-in-five adult TikTok users (19%) say they support a U.S. government ban of the app; 60% of non-users say the same. »