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The civility trap: There's a right and a wrong way to express dissent

The civility trap: There's a right and a wrong way to express dissentThe calls for civility are a distraction. But when you have a group of angry people confronting an individual, the person targeted will fear for their physical safety, and rightly so.



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Ginsburg, Sotomayor Issue Scathing Dissent Of SCOTUS Travel Ban Decision

Ginsburg, Sotomayor Issue Scathing Dissent Of SCOTUS Travel Ban DecisionSupreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered a



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The Key Part Of RBG’s Dissent In The Supreme Court ‘Cakeshop’ Case

The Key Part Of RBG’s Dissent In The Supreme Court ‘Cakeshop’ CaseOn Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the much-followed "cakeshop" case,



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Bishop tells Russians not to vote for Putin in rare church dissent

Bishop tells Russians not to vote for Putin in rare church dissentA Russian Orthodox bishop has advised the faithful not to vote for Vladimir Putin when he stands for re-election in March, a nearly unheard of occurrence in the loyal church. The angry statement marked the first time an acting bishop has spoken against supporting the current president, according to the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, but it was motivated by Mr Putin's perceived impiety rather than political differences.  Bishop Yevtikhy Kurochkin of the epiphany cathedral in the Siberian city of Ishim wrote on his page on VK, Russia's most popular social network, that he could no longer follow his “desire to vote for Putin” following “blasphemous” remarks by the president. “'If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is your darkness!' are the words of Christ,” Mr Kurochkin wrote. “And will I go against Christ to vote for darkness or advise anyone to do this? No, no and no!” Bishop Yevtikhy Kurochkin The bishop was angered by comments in a state television film about Valaam, an island of monasteries and churches in Lake Ladoga where the president has a holiday home. Mr Putin had argued that the Soviet regime had “adapted” Christian ideas for its communist ideology, including in its mummification of Vladimir Lenin, whose body remains on display on Red Square. “They put Lenin in the mausoleum. How does this differ from the relics of saints for Orthodox believers or Christians in general?” Mr Putin said. “When they tell me no, there is no such tradition in Christianity, how is there not? Go and look in Athens, there are the relics of saints there, and we have the relics of saints here too.” While the Russian Orthodox church has been growing increasingly influential in recent years, it has usually been supportive of the ruling regime. This goes back to a tradition of loyalty in tsarist times, when the official ideology was “Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality”. Mr Putin submerges himself in an icy lake as part of a popular Orthodox ritual on Thursday Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP Photo/Sputnik Mr Putin has promoted conservative values during his 18 years in power and frequently appears at religious events. On Thursday, he was photographed taking a dip in an icy lake as part of an Orthodox ritual observed by many Russians.  Also on Monday, a court shut down the foundation of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has sought to challenge Mr Putin for the presidency but was barred from the race. He has called for protests around Russia on Sunday. Mr Navalny has used the foundation to pay campaign workers and organise rallies. The authorities “want to transform our finely tuned electoral machine into a chaos of volunteers” by banning the foundation, Mr Navalny told The Telegraph in an interview last week.  He said his campaign would devise other “partisan methods” to continue its work.



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U.N. urges Venezuela to allow dissent as asylum requests soar

U.N. urges Venezuela to allow dissent as asylum requests soarBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations called on Venezuela’s government to let people take part in an unofficial referendum on the constitution on Sunday and to make sure security forces do not use excessive force against protesters. Opposition groups have called the plebiscite after months of protests, saying Venezuelans should have their say on President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution. The U.N. human rights office said six to eight million people were expected to take part.



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Franken calls Gorsuch dissent in trucker case ‘absurd’

Franken calls Gorsuch dissent in trucker case ‘absurd’Minnesota Sen. Al Franken recalled his comedic past in a contentious exchange with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Tuesday during the judge’s confirmation hearing. Franken was questioning Gorsuch on the case of Alphonse Maddin, a trucker who was fired after his trailer broke down in subzero temperatures. Gorsuch concluded in a dissent that it wasn’t illegal for the company to fire Maddin for seeking safety, writing that “it might be fair to ask whether TransAm’s decision was a wise or kind one, but it’s not our job to answer questions like that.



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Sen. Durbin on Gorsuch’s 'frozen trucker' ruling: Temperatures that day were freezing, but ‘not as cold as your dissent’

Sen. Durbin on Gorsuch’s 'frozen trucker' ruling: Temperatures that day were freezing, but ‘not as cold as your dissent’On Judge Neil Gorsuch’s first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin brought up the case of Alphonse Maddin, a trucker fired after his trailer broke down in subzero temperatures. Gorsuch concluded it wasn’t illegal for the company to fire him for seeking safety when he began to lose feeling in his body after waiting hours for help. Durbin said that the temperatures the day of the incident were freezing, but “not as cold as your dissent.”



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