Michael C. Herron and Daniel A. Smith, The Washington Post Published 8:28 am, Sunday, June 17, 2018 On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld Ohio's controversial voter purge program in the case Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute. Ohio removes occasional voters from the rolls if they: fail to vote in a general election; do not respond to a postcard asking them to confirm their address; then fail to vote in two more general elections. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court ruled that the purge does not violate the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. Given the Supreme Court's ruling, other states may adopt Ohio's Supplemental Process as an aggressive way of removing inactive voters from the rolls. If Ohio's Supplemental Process were adopted nationwide, how many other infrequent voters could be removed from the voter registration rolls? We try to answer that question. - Meet Larry Harmon One of the plaintiffs named in Husted was Larry Harmon, who lives near Akron. Registered to … [Read more...] about If more states start using Ohio’s system, how many voters will be purged?
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People celebrating the holidays of Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day often found ways to irk the patriotic spirit in my old columnist friend Jack Mabley. Enlisting in the Navy on the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jack served as an officer in Guam during World War II and was a patriot in every sense of the word. And, yes, the freedoms and liberties represented by the flag and our national anthem were important to Jack. Often at this time of the year, I'd arrive at my desk in the newsroom on a Monday morning to find the latest affronts that Jack (or more likely his wife, Fran) had found among the Sunday newspaper advertisements -- red-white-and-blue napkins that looked like our flag, toothpicks with tiny stars and stripes affixed to them, and an assortment of garish beach towels, shorts, umbrellas, bikinis and even toilet seats that looked as if they had been fashioned out of Old Glory. A stickler for the flag code, the late legendary Daily Herald columnist Jack … [Read more...] about Constable: Anyone can wave a flag, but true patriotism demands more
Politics Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt answers reporters' questions during a briefing at the White House last year. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt answers reporters' questions during a briefing at the White House last year. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota went on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday and defended embattled EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. "We'll nitpick little things," Rounds said. "He has too many people on his security detail. It may add up to more than what the previous guy did. ... We said we had to have regulatory reform. We've got it. Scott Pruitt is a big part of that. He's executing what the president wants him to execute." On a host of issues, Republicans seem to be struggling with how to respond in … [Read more...] about Government Ethics Officials Raise Red Flags On Scott Pruitt
The offer sounded too good to be true. Because, of course, it was.“My name is Mitler Jeffrey and I work as a freelance marketing agent for RedRain Energy Drink. Would you like to wrap your car in an Ad? The pay is $300 weekly. Please reply if you're interested. Thanks”I’ve written about internet scams before, and online swindlers are nothing if not creative, forever coming up with variations on a singular theme: Creating a credible-sounding transaction that will trick the unsuspecting into parting with thousands of dollars through untraceable means.Fool a few hundred people and you can become a millionaire, with often-devastating consequences for your victims.So to look under the hood of this particular scam, I wrote back to Mitler Jeffrey and said that sounded like a lot of money and I was interested in learning more. What followed was two weeks of back-and-forth filled with stolen identities and bogus companies and a fake check and a fake story line. There were … [Read more...] about I trolled an internet scammer for two weeks. Here’s what I learned.
Here is a series of moments that tell the story of President Donald Trump's first year in office, from his travel bans to the tax code overhaul to close out 2017. Trump's travel bans There have been three Trump travel bans – but it was the first, issued just a week into his presidency, that caused chaos and protests at airports around the country (above, a protest at Kennedy Airport). His move, citing terrorism concerns, to temporarily ban travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and all refugees – and indefinitely ban Syrian refugees – soon ran into trouble with federal judges. Trump issued a revised ban that the Supreme Court allowed partial enforcement of; it was followed by the current version that is being fully enforced; there are several legal challenges making their way through the courts. Going 'nuclear' to get Gorsuch In April, the president's Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed after the Senate … [Read more...] about The story of President Trump’s first year in 13 moments