Another appeals court rejects Donald Trump’s travel ban

“EVEN for the president”, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said on June 12th, immigration policy “is not a one-person show”. By a 3-0 vote, the court refused to lift a Hawaii judge’s stay on Donald Trump’s revised order banning travel from six mostly Muslim countries. The decision in State of Hawaii v Trump is…

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A primary contest in Virginia offers clues to the future of the Democrats

TO HEAR Tom Perriello on the stump, you might think his main opponent in Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, due on June 13th, was not Ralph Northam, the state’s respected lieutenant-governor, but Donald Trump. “A big turnout in this primary will be a massive statement against Trump!” Mr Perriello, a diminutive former congressman, with a slightly…

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The Supreme Court will consider a mobile phone privacy case

TIMOTHY CARPENTER, a Michigan man, had a habit of stealing smartphones from Radio Shacks and T-Mobile stores; his own phone provided the evidence authorities needed to nab him. On June 5th, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Mr Carpenter’s complaint that his privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment were violated when his phone company shared…

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A Republican revolt in Kansas

Sun sets on Brownback-onomics “WE HAVE gone too far to the right and are now swinging back to the centre,” says Melissa Rooker, a Republican state representative. Ms Rooker was one of the moderate Republicans who on June 6th joined forces with Democrats in the state house to override a veto by Governor Sam Brownback.…

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Puerto Rico is poised to cast a symbolic vote for statehood

IN 1952 America granted self-rule to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, which it had obtained from Spain in 1898. Last year Congress in effect revoked that autonomy, by creating a control board capable of vetoing any item in Puerto Rico’s budget. The reversal was hardly an act of imperial gluttony. The island had issued…

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Climbing without ropes

Alex Honnold rehearsing at El Capitan MOST people get sweaty palms just staring up at the sheer granite bulk of El Capitan, a spectacular rock formation in California’s Yosemite Valley. Alex Honnold’s stayed dry as he ascended the 3,000-foot (900-metre) vertical wall on June 3rd, jamming his hands in cracks and pulling on edges barely…

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How the pain pills were sold

IN 2016 a coroner’s office in Ohio had to store corpses in refrigerated lorries for a week because residents were overdosing on opioids faster than their bodies could be processed. This year has been no better: the coroner borrowed space from a local funeral parlour to stow the dead. Largely because of opioids, Ohio has…

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Evidence from a former FBI boss

Christopher Wray, next man up THE hotly anticipated appearance before the Senate Intelligence committee of James Comey, whom Donald Trump fired as the FBI’s director last month, was scheduled to begin after The Economist went to press on June 8th. But his written statement, released the previous day, offered an explosive preview. In it Mr…

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Immigrants to America are better educated than ever before

JOSÉ ROMMEL UMANO, who is originally from the Philippines, moved to New York last autumn. He came on a family-reunification visa and joined his wife, who had been living in America for some time. This is a typical tale: America gives more weight to close family members when considering immigration applications than some other rich…

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