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Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues to work out at Supreme Court private gym, her trainer says

Washington (CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is continuing her workouts at the Supreme Court gym amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to her longtime personal trainer.

Bryant Johnson, Ginsburg's trainer, told the news outlet Law360 on Tuesday that Ginsburg, 87 and a four-time cancer survivor, does not want to stop her sessions.

"Everybody's been shut down. The only reason why I didn't shut the justice down is because, hey, she ain't having it," Johnson said.

Washington, DC has implemented a stay-at-home order and closed all public gyms due to the pandemic.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-workout-coronavirus/index.html

A true inspiration. Stay safe!

Andrew Cuomo and his alleged nipple rings

This has been all over the place today, which surprises me since it's not like we have slow news days anymore. Personally, if it's true, I say good for him. I'm not sure why politicians are held to a different standard when it comes to trends. I remember Reagan claiming that he didn't dye his hair, because God forbid a politician dyed his hair in 1980.

Seriously though, why do we never see a politician with pink or green hair? We see them everyday out in the streets. Or why not one with an eyebrow or lip ring? It's ok to be yourself and be trendy.

If true, we have an awesome trendy hip and cool Governor. If not true, well we have an awesome governor anyway! Anyway, in case you missed the story, you can judge for yourself.





https://toofab.com/2020/03/31/andrew-cuomo-and-his-alleged-nipple-ring-are-taking-over-twitter/

Poll: Trump approval rating hits 50 percent for first time in almost 2 years

https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/489340-poll-trump-lands-50-percent-approval-for-first-time-in-two

Not sure I trust this poll, although it worries me that Gallop has him at 49%, also from today...

6-3 Supreme Court decision today on insanity defenses

The Court limited the rights of criminal defendants and declared that states can bar them from using insanity defenses. 6-3 decision, Kagan sided with the conservatives.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/politics/supreme-court-insanity-defense/index.html

Supreme Court says states can limit scope of insanity defense

Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states have broad authority to define insanity in their criminal codes.

The 6-3 ruling was written by Associate Justice Elena Kagan, a liberal who sided with the court's five conservative justices. Associate Justice Stephen Breyer wrote a spirited dissent, joined by Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

The case dealt with a quadruple murder committed by a Kansas man seeking to use an insanity defense. But the problem for James Kahler – who admitted to killing his estranged wife, mother-in-law and two daughters in 2008 – was that Kansas abandoned that defense a decade earlier.

To win a conviction, the state needed only prove that Kahler acted with intent – not that he necessarily understood right from wrong.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/23/insanity-defense-supreme-court-lets-states-make-harder-prove/2898915001/



6-3 opinion, Kagan joined the conservatives.

What if (God forbid) this virus is still in full swing by November?

I personally don't think it'll last past Summer, but what if it does? Let's say it's worst case scenario and Trump orders a national lockdown on non-essentials, but doesn't cancel the election because he likely can't.

If it's really bad, I bet a lot of people will stay home, and many places have no mail-ins. We usually only get about 40 or 50% of eligible voters voting anyway. This could bring it down to 20%.

Let's also say Biden is leading by 5 points in polling. Who does it help more if only 20% vote?

Are they gonna suspend property taxes too?

A couple of things. First, I live in NYC. I am a tenant and have a landlord. They have suspended mortgage payments, so that landlords can let the rent slide for April.

However, I am still worried that my landlord will need the rent from me, because her house is paid for. Suspending mortgages does nothing for her. They need to do something about her $5,000 a year property taxes. Will they be doing it?

She might say "Pay me back later." But making up a whole month (or more) of rent is staggering to me. The government needs to order rent waived for April, at least to those who have lost their jobs or have had their hours severely cut.

Marie Newman unseats one of the last anti-abortion Democrats in Illinois's 3rd District

Source: Vox

After well over two years of trying by progressive Democrats, Rep. Dan Lipinski will no longer represent Illinois’s Third Congressional District in the House.

Newman, an anti-bullying activist endorsed by the Justice Democrats, also ran against Lipinski in 2018. That year, she fell just short, coming within 2.5 points of unseating him; on Tuesday, she eked out a win, according to Vox’s partners at Decision Desk.

She won by highlighting how she — like Illinois’s Third District — was more in line with the Democratic Party’s ideology than Lipinski, as Vox’s Tara Golshan wrote in June 2019:

“I’m a real Democrat,” Newman likes to tell voters. “To be a real Democrat, you have to believe in the platform,” she said to Vox. She, like Sanders, identifies income inequality as the root cause of American suffering. At a Saturday morning Pet Parade in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood, Newman led a procession of staffers and volunteers — and their dogs — with signs supporting Medicare-for-all, a $15 minimum wage, and a Green New Deal. Newman supports abortion rights, the Equality Act, and free college and thinks Immigration and Customs Enforcement should be “repealed and replaced.”

Read more: www.vox.com/platform/amp/2020/3/17/21184672/marie-newman-dan-lipinski-illinois-primary-results



Wow, this is huge.

Sanders defeats Biden in North Dakota

Source: The Hill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) defeated former Vice President Joe Biden in the North Dakota Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, prevailing in a state he had also won in 2016.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders received 53 percent of the vote, while Biden got just under 40 percent.

North Dakota awards 14 pledged delegates, tying Wyoming for hosting the smallest nominating race in the continental United States.

Because of this, the win isn't much more than a consolation prize for Sanders, who had an otherwise disappointing night at the polls.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/486465-sanders-wins-north-dakota-caucuses

Happy Daylight Savings Time!

I love this time of the season. Yeah, we lose an hour but to me this signifies the first important step to ending Winter, and that Spring is around the corner. Love that it gets dark later too! Some people don't like the adjustments, but it's never taken me more than a day or two to get used to. Anyway:

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