By Robert A. Vella
Today, we’ll cover some important court rulings, the negative effects from President Trump’s ill-conceived trade wars, and several international news stories.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia doesn’t have to put almost 100,000 voters back on its rolls, a federal judge ruled Friday.
U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones ruled that a voting rights advocacy group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams is improperly asking him to interpret state law. Jones also said the group hasn’t proved that people who have been removed had their constitutional rights violated.
However, Jones also ordered Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to do more to warn people that they had been removed. The judge is especially singling out a southwest Georgia state House district where a Jan. 28 special election is scheduled. Voters there who have been removed have only until Monday to re-register.
At issue is a Georgia law that says that voters should be moved to inactive status if they have no contact with the state for a period of time. Until earlier this year, the standard was three years of no contact, with voters then removed if they don’t vote for another two general elections, a period of about seven years.
A federal court has announced that it plans to temporarily block North Carolina’s voter ID requirements that were set to go into effect in 2020.
The announcement, which came only as a short note Thursday, indicated that the order explaining the decision would come down next week.
The preliminary injunction means that a photo ID requirement will not be in effect for the state’s primary in March, absent a successful appeal.
The right to appeal a deportation order, established by federal law decades ago, “would be undermined if the government could simply terminate an appeal by removing the petitioner,” said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
An immigrant “does not withdraw his appeal of a final removal order … simply because he was involuntarily removed before the appeal was decided,” the court said.
The 3-0 ruling reinstated an appeal by Silvano Lopez-Angel of his 2013 deportation to Mexico.
Effect of Trump tariffs
President Trump’s tariffs on imports – meant to boost the economy – ultimately led to job losses and higher prices, a new study from the Federal Reserve has found.
“We find that tariff increases enacted in 2018 are associated with relative reductions in manufacturing employment and relative increases in producer prices,” the report by Fed economists Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce reads.
MarketWatch first reported the study, noting that 10 primary industries were hit by retaliatory tariffs and higher prices, including producers of magnetic and optical media, leather goods, aluminum sheet, iron and steel, motor vehicles, household appliances, sawmills, audio and video equipment, pesticide, and computer equipment.
The Philippines announced Friday that it has banned two U.S. senators from traveling to the country while threatening to impose stricter visa requirements for all Americans in response to new sanctions.
Reuters reports that the move comes after Congress approved a 2020 budget that contains a provision introduced by Sens. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., that would bar entry into the U.S. to any official involved in the incarceration of Philippine Senator Leila de Lima.
(Bloomberg) — Families of almost 150 U.S. service members and civilians who were killed or wounded in terror attacks in Afghanistan sued a group of Western contractors involved in the nation’s reconstruction for allegedly bribing the Taliban for protection for years.
The alleged payments ultimately helped finance a Taliban-led insurgency that led to the attacks in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2017, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Washington. The suit seeks unspecified damages for the families under the Anti-Terrorism Act.