One important difference between America and England, is that in America, “the people are the king.”

The quote above comes from Elbridge Gerry, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. We must never forget this fact!

Source: Cass R. Sunstein. Impeachment. pg. 45. 2017.

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“Those who rejected the proposed constitution argued that it represented a repudiation of the ideals for which Americans had fought; to them, it was a wholesale departure from the political commitments of 1776. One way to answer the charge was to emphasize the power of impeachment. If we are interested in knowing what reasonable readers of the Constitution thought that it [the phrase “high Crimes and misdemeanors”] meant in 1787, the arguments in defense of ratification are probably the best source. While the voices in the ratification debates were not entirely consistent and often less than precise, they can be fairly summarized in this way: if a president were to engage in some serious violation of the public trust while in office, he could be impeached, convicted, and removed from office. To be sure, the violation would have to take the form of some action or omission that could count as a high crime, or misdemeanor.”

Source: Cass R. Sunstein. Impeachment. pg. 55-6. 2017.

“Workplace employment agreements that ban class actions do not violate federal labor laws, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday. The justices, in a 5-4 decision, sided with employers and the Trump administration’s Justice Department, which last June abandoned the Obama-era support of the National Labor Relations Board’s position.”

And the conservative Court strikes again, further limiting the substantive strength of our nation’s laws concerning labor and employment. My case against William Morris Endeavor Ent. supports that mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration agreements should not be deemed enforceable, especially when when statistical evidence supports an inference of systemic disparate treatment and affirmative relief is sought, which is ultimately used to remedy the past effects of historic discrimination.

Source: Marcia Coyle. “Justices, Divided, Say Employment Contracts Banning Class Actions Are Lawful.” New York Law Journal. May 21, 2018. https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2018/05/21/justices-divided-say-employment-contracts-banning-class-actions-are-lawful-389-31477/

“The fertility rate in the United States fell to a record low for a second straight year, federal officials reported Thursday, extending a deep decline that began in 2008 with the Great Recession. The fertility rate fell to 60.2 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, down 3 percent from 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. It was the largest single-year decline since 2010, when families were still feeling the effects of a weak economy…The most recent decline has been the deepest for minorities. The fertility rate among Hispanic women dropped more than 27 percent between 2007 and 2016, the most recent year of data by race. The rate for whites has dropped about 4 percent, for blacks about 11 percent and for Asians about 5 percent.”

Source: Sabrina Tavernise. “U.S. Fertility Rate Fell to a Record Low, For A Second Straight Year.” The New York Times. May 16, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/17/us/fertility-rate-decline-united-states.html.

“There are many ways to be arrested on marijuana charges, but one pattern has remained true through the years of piecemeal policy changes in New York: The primary targets are black and Hispanic people. Across the city, black people were arrested on low-level marijuana charges at eight times the rate of white, non-Hispanic people of the the past three years. The New York times found, Hispanic people were arrested at five times the rate of white people. In Manhattan, the gap is even starker: Black people there were arrested at 15 times the rate of white people.”

Source: Sahil Chinoy, Robert Gebeloff and Banjamin Mueller. “Surest Way to Face Marijuana Charges in New York: Be Black or Hispanic.” The New York Times. May 13, 2018. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/war-pot-article-1.3995772.