Trump Has Flipped the 9th Circuit ; Why the Next Threat to Bees Is Organized Crime ; and More Picks 2/24

Sonia Sotomayor Accuses Her Supreme Court Colleagues of Pro-Trump Bias (DonkeyHotey)

From Slate: “The Supreme Court’s conservatives repeatedly accept the DOJ’s declarations of an ‘emergency,’ giving Donald Trump whatever he wants. This practice, Sotomayor wrote, has ‘benefited one litigant over all others’: the Trump administration.”

Trump Has Flipped the 9th Circuit (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Because of Trump’s success in filling vacancies, the San Francisco-based circuit, long dominated by Democratic appointees, has suddenly shifted to the right, with an even more pronounced tilt expected in the years ahead. Trump has now named 10 judges to the 9th Circuit — more than one-third of its active judges — compared with seven appointed by President Obama over eight years.”

Iran Says Voter Turnout Below 50% for First Time Since 1979 (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Iran’s interior ministry said Sunday that voter turnout in last week’s parliamentary elections stood at 42.57%, the lowest in decades, in a possible sign of widespread dissatisfaction with Iran’s clerical rulers and the state of the economy amid intense pressure from the United States. In comparison, turnout was nearly 62% in the 2016 elections.” 

Half of Americans Don’t Vote. What Are They Thinking? (Mili)

From Politico: “On Wednesday, the Knight Foundation released the results of ‘The 100 Million Project,’ the largest survey of chronic nonvoters in history, and the most robust attempt ever to answer some of the questions that have long bedeviled political scientists. More than 13,000 people were polled across the country, with special emphasis on 10 battleground states, followed by in-depth focus-group conversations with thousands of them. 

Hive Heists: Why the Next Threat to Bees Is Organized Crime (Chris)

The author writes, “Pollination has become big business, and thieves are now targeting hives with growing sophistication in the US.”

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