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|John Oliver concedes sad defeat on the Supreme Court, urges Democrats to go big to save U.S. democracy
Maybe there's some irony in a British immigrant preaching pro-democracy revolution in America, but these are strange times. The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Oliver said on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, "was distressing enough" before President Trump rushed to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by "a liberal icon with an extremely conservative justice who's being called 'the female Antonin Scalia,'" Amy Coney Barrett, 48."Look, this has been a very dark week for a lot of people," Oliver said. "The Supreme Court is about to lurch to the right for the foreseeable future. And if things seem hopeless right now, it's because -- to be completely honest -- they basically are.""The fact is, when Barrett is confirmed, a president who lost the popular vote will have picked a quarter of the federal judiciary and a third of the Supreme Court, and his choices will have been rubber-stamped by a Senate Republican majority representing 15 million fewer people than the Democratic minority," Oliver said. "And if that sounds absurd to you, it's because it clearly is, especially when those courts have allowed Republicans to set wildly unpopular policy that wouldn't actually pass muster with voters." So what can be done?If the Democrats manage to win the White House and Congress, they need to go "bold" and enact "significant structural change," Oliver said. That's risky -- "expanding the court is a bit like doing yoga naked -- one way to dampen your enthusiasm for the idea is to picture Donald Trump doing it, too," he said -- but "it is past time for big change." Eliminating the Electoral College and granting statehood to Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, he argued, "would actually make our system more democratic.""The unavoidable truth here is that the system is already rigged, and its rigged in a way that has allowed a party without popular support to drastically reshape an entire branch of government for the foreseeable future by appealing almost exclusively to white voters in some of the least populous regions of the country," Oliver said. "That is not a mandate, and it's not democracy, it's a f---ing travesty. We're at the end of a generational battle, and the heartbreaking thing is, we lost.""But the next battle has to start right now," he said, and "we must be willing to fight tirelessly and with every tool and tactic at our disposal." Watch below. More stories from theweek.com Trump literally can't afford to lose the election Trump avoids tax return questions as he brings yet another truck to the White House The bigger truth revealed by Trump's taxes
POSTED SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 7:05 AM
|Teacher says he can no longer teach kindergarten after parent complained about tattoos
Local educational authorities said students under six "could be frightened" by the appearance of a teacher with tattoos.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 2:54 PM
|South Carolina TV anchor hit man with beer bottle in fight over politics, police say
The victim was left with cuts on his face, police said.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 4:54 PM
|Brooklyn voters report getting ballot return envelopes with the wrong name and address. The error could invalidate their vote.
"This is not my ballot, we have this random lady's ballot — it's like they messed this up in a big way," Victoria Edel told THE CITY.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 12:42 AM
|Intermittent fasting alone does not boost weight loss and could cause loss of muscle, according to a new study
A small study found that, without calorie restriction, intermittent fasting did not have much impact on weight, and put people at risk of weight gain.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 11:00 AM
|Lawyer says officer thought Blake was trying to kidnap child
The Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times last month told investigators he thought Blake was trying to abduct one of his own children and that he opened fire because Blake started turning toward the officer while holding a knife, the officer’s lawyer contends. Sheskey saw Blake put a child in the SUV as he arrived, but he didn’t know that two other children were also in the back seat, Matthews said.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 1:11 PM
|Pelosi expresses hope that deal can be made with White House on COVID-19 relief
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that she thinks an agreement can be reached with the White House on a coronavirus relief package and that talks were continuing.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 4:30 PM
|Breonna Taylor: Officer who may have fired fatal shot looking to retire after receiving 'countless threats'
A Kentucky police officer who may have fired the shot that killed Breonna Taylor is seeking to retire after receiving “countless threats”, his family has said. According to an online fundraising drive apparently organised by the family of Myles Cosgrove, it is no longer safe for the Louisville officer to remain in his job. It said his relatives were trying to raise enough money for him to stand down from the force, and take care of his family.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 8:20 PM
|100 Arrested During Unauthorized and 'Unruly' Car Rally in Maryland
People at the event shared videos of confrontations that erupted between police officers and rally attendees
POSTED SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 3:43 PM
|I voted for Trump as soon as I became a citizen. Here's why I'm doing it again.
I gave up everything I knew to live in a nonsocialist country. That some Democrats here now praise socialism is among the reasons I support the president.
POSTED SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 8:02 PM