House Judiciary Committee publishes full impeachment report–NBC News

By Richie Duchon and Alex Johnson
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The House Judiciary Committee released its full report on the impeachment of President Donald Trump early Monday, ahead of consideration by the full House as early as Wednesday.

The 658-page document, issued just after midnight Sunday, is an explanation in four parts of the committee’s process and justification for recommending two articles of impeachment against Trump, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20191216/CRPT-116hrpt346.pdf

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The Afghanistan Papers: 25 essential documents – The Washington Post

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It took three years and two federal lawsuits for The Washington Post to pry loose more than 2,000 pages of interview notes with generals, ambassadors, diplomats and other insiders who offered firsthand accounts of the mistakes that have prolonged the war in Afghanistan.

The Post has made all of those interviews, plus hundreds of confidential memos by former defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld public and easily accessible so that Americans can see for themselves what has been done in their name.

From the more than 400 interviews, The Post has selected — and annotated — 25 that are essential reading and put key revelations from The Afghanistan Papers into stark relief.

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Why You’re Always ‘Randomly Selected’ For Additional Airport Screening–LifeHacker

Josh Ocampo

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Over on a recent Reddit thread, u/pooldoost described their frustration with so-called “random selections” for additional security screening. “Every time I travel domestically or internationally, I am ‘randomly selected’ around 70-80% of the time,” they write. “… I would love to hear what TSA/Airport Security agents think, as well as any tips to stop getting selected [because] it has literally become a joke.”

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Google Maps Voice Guidance is Great for Walking City Streets

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Years ago, if you wanted to look like a tourist in any city, you’d walk around holding a map and looking confused. These days, you just have to walk around holding your smartphone and look confused.

It can be difficult to use Google Maps navigation without looking like a clueless tourist. Thankfully, Google has introduced a feature called Google Maps Voice that actually speaks the directions to you while you’re walking. Combine it with AR Navigation in Google Maps and you’ll be walking all over unfamiliar neighborhoods like a pro.

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NY to begin issuing driver’s licenses to those in the country illegally | Newsday

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Beginning Saturday, Dec. 14, undocumented immigrants will be able to obtain valid state driver’s licenses.
  • Immigrants will be able to apply for a standard driver’s license like any U.S. citizen. But under the Green Light Law enacted this year, these immigrants will be able to produce different records to prove their identity. The new records will include an expired passport, an expired identification number from a consulate, and a valid foreign driver’s license or one that has been expired for less than 24 months. No social security number? An immigrant would have to sign an affidavit that they hadn’t been issued one.
  • The license won’t identify the holder as an undocumented immigrant.
  • The license won’t provide access to aircraft or federal facilities such as nuclear power plants. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, all travelers on commercial aircraft including domestic flights will need identification that meets the federal REAL ID standards, which includes proof of U.S. citizenship or legal immigration status such as a permanent resident.
  • Many of the papers that immigrants will use to prove their identity will be destroyed by the state under the law to prohibit the federal government from using the records to seek undocumented immigrants.

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This orangutan’s ‘personhood’ victory brings hope to U.S. animal rights movement–The Week–PRI

Rupa Shenoy
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Steven Wise, who heads the nonprofit Nonhuman Rights Project and teaches animal rights jurisprudence at the law school at Tel Aviv University, is bringing many of the cases arguing for personhood for animals in the U.S. He hopes Sandra’s case may sway U.S. judges, even if it cannot officially serve as a precedent in U.S. courts.

“We’re not saying that they’re bound by those decisions,” Wise said. “We’re simply saying that the world is changing outside of your courtroom, and you may want to change with it.”

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Albany Judge Rejects Challenge to NY Law Ending Religious Exemption for Vaccines | New York Law Journal

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New York’s recently enacted law that barred parents from citing religious concerns to avoid having their children vaccinated before attending school has been upheld as constitutional by a state judge in Albany, who tossed a lawsuit against the measure this week.

Albany County Supreme Court Justice Denise Hartman, in a decision not previously reported, rejected arguments that the law infringed on multiple parts of the U.S. Constitution.

“The challenged repeal is not unconstitutional,” Hartman said.

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