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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Dan Chasan

The Trial is ‘Political Theater,’ and What’s Wrong With That?

FDR’s fireside chats were performance. So was Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech. Theater? Bring it on.

Can You Fire a Cop for Showing up at Trump’s Insurrection?

Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz has said, "If any SPD officers were directly involved in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, I will immediately terminate them.”

Is Social Media a Threat to the First Amendment?

“Trump has provoked a debate among legal scholars over whether the once-sacrosanct constitutional protection of free speech has itself become a threat to democracy by enabling the widespread and instantaneous transmission of lies in the service of political gain.”

Parting Gift: Trumpers Whack the Northern Spotted Owl

It’s puzzling why people who know it’s a bad idea to cut the carbon-sequestering forests of the Amazon don’t seem to realize the significance of the great coniferous forests close to home.

So Long, 2020. Time to Walk the Doggerel

Let’s hope the new year swiftly brings (among a raft of other things) no Covid surges in the news, no tales of crowded ICUs, a chance to browse in aisles of books drink bistro wine while garlic cooks.

Has Seattle Finally Found a Legal Way to Tax High-Earners?

Seattle lawmakers took a gamble, hoping that the courts would reconsider the 1933 ruling and allow its proposed high-earner tax to stand. But the appeals court basically said that was above its pay grade, and the supreme court didn’t take the bait.

What is the Actual Legal Impact of Overturning Roe v. Wade?

In Washington, the loss of Roe will probably have less impact than the hospital mergers that have placed a number of major Seattle and state medical centers under control of Catholic health-care organizations – in which, following church doctrine, abortions are not performed.

Setback to Protect Endangered North Cascades Wolverines

Wolverines are the largest members of the weasel family. Your basic weasel is considered a fierce predator. It weighs less than a pound. A wolverine can weigh up to 44 pounds. They are clearly badass.

Trump Is Abusing His Office. It’s Less Clear How Many Laws He Is Breaking

Don’t bet a lot of money on the feds. "They do not have a legal leg to stand on," says Tom Wolfe, a senior attorney at NYU law school's Brennan Center for Justice. "It's going to be very difficult for any court to rule in favor of the Trump administration."

Big Birthdays, Memorable Ones, and The One I Barely Survived

Or maybe it was the time we drove out in two cars to a town in which we were trying to organize a plant and a hostile crowd was waiting for us -- this was no surprise; experienced organizers had told me not to wear a tie, so no one could grab it. Some young guys in that crowd threw rocks.

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