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Crucial Supreme Court Race in Wisconsin Shatters Spending Record

(Mother Jones) The race to fill an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court—and determine ideological control of the highest court in one of the country’s most important swing states—has more than doubled the national record for judicial election spending. Over $31 million has been spent to date on advertising ahead of the April 4 election, whose winner is expected to deliver the tie-breaking vote on key issues such as abortion, redistricting, and election law.


Marist poll: By 56% to 41%, respondents said Trump investigations are fair

(NPR) A majority of Americans say the multiple criminal investigations into former President Donald Trump's conduct are fair, despite Trump's continued efforts claiming they are conspiracies against him, the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. The survey of more than 1,300 adults also found that despite the love for him among Republicans, Trump remains highly disliked, continues to struggle mightily with independents – and 6 in 10 Americans don't want him to be president again.


Ex-Tucker Carlson producer files NEW claims Fox lawyers coached her testimony in Dominion lawsuit

(NBC News) The former Tucker Carlson producer who sued Fox News last week alleging she was pressured into giving misleading testimony about the network’s coverage of supposed election fraud has filed new allegations about coercive coaching by Fox lawyers, bias and unprofessional behavior by staff members, and retaliation by the network. In papers filed Monday morning, Abby Grossberg seeks to correct the Sept. 14 deposition she gave about the network’s coverage of Dominion Voting Systems, which she says was tainted by pressure from Fox lawyers.

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General strike annnounced in Israel until judicial reform halted

(Globes) Histadrut Secretary General Arnon Bar-David has called an immediate general strike until the judicial overhaul is halted. He met last night with business leaders including Fox owner Harel Wizel head of the Business Forum and said that he was shocked by the dismissal of Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant. In a dramatic statement this morning Bar-David said, "This is an historic strike in which workers and employers will together halt the judicial overhaul." The strike has quickly snowballed.


Israel's president calls for halt to judicial overhaul after mass protests

(The Guardian) Israel’s president has urged the government to halt its bitterly contested judicial overhaul, a day after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked his defence minister for opposing the move, sparking mass street protests. “For the sake of the unity of the people of Israel, for the sake of responsibility, I call on you to stop the legislative process immediately,” Isaac Herzog said on Twitter. The warning from the head of state – who is supposed to stand above politics and whose function is largely ceremonial – underlined the alarm the judicial proposals have caused.


The Uniquely American Future of US Authoritarianism

(Wired) The US Republican Party has become increasingly authoritarian and extreme in recent years, and it doesn’t seem likely to moderate that in the foreseeable future. Despite performing poorly in the 2022 midterms after running many candidates the public saw as too extreme, the GOP has decided to elevate and empower far-right lawmakers like representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz. Finding examples of extremism, a lust for authoritarian leaders, and general antidemocratic beliefs in America is not difficult these days — just spend a few minutes online. The question is how far down the rabbit hole the United States has gone and where it may end up in the not-too-distant future.


Kids in Wisconsin wanted to perform a song about love and acceptance. Admin said no.

(Daily Kos) The madness literally never ends. In yet another chapter of “you couldn’t make this shit up if you tried”, songs sung by top artists about love and acceptance are deemed too “controversial”, according to school administrators in Waukesha, WI where first graders chose song “Rainbowland”, originally performed by national treasure Dolly Parton and ex-Mouseketeer Miley Cyrus to sing for their school’s annual spring concert.

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