A Different Kind Of Diversity To The Supreme Court:

President-elect Donald Trump is making one thing clear about the Supreme Court: He wants to do more than just solidify the conservative bent on the bench.

As he considers a list of nominees to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Trump is looking for a kind of diversity the current court lacks.
The potential nominees all have sterling judicial conservative credentials. But the current list represents something else — a nod to judges from “flyover” states, an appreciation for non-Ivy League schools and even a dash of political experience.
Many on Trump’s list wore different hats before donning their judicial robes. And some have personal stories that could attract the President-elect.
In the coming weeks, Trump will likely sit down with candidates whose judicial paper trail will elevate them to the top tier. Here’s what’s different about Trump’s list, who offer geographic diversity different from the current court majority who have worn out the Acela Corridor.

Lady Gaga Reveals She Has PTSD:

Lady Gaga made a powerful announcement to a group of young LGBT people in New York — she suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.

Gaga revealed that she suffers from the debilitating mental illness at Harlem’s Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth on November 25. The taped segment aired on NBC’s “Today” show Friday.
She visited the center as part of a collaboration between her foundation, Born This Way, and the NBC morning show. She brought along clothing, gifts and donuts.

What Was Oakland’s Ghost Ship?:

As far as city officials in Oakland, California, were concerned, the dilapidated two-story structure at 1305 31st Avenue with the cracked, rusting facade was a warehouse in disrepair.

The building’s owner received a citation in November for hazardous trash and debris surrounding the building, the second such complaint in two years. Zoning officials were also investigating complaints of illegal construction on the property.
To the artists who lived and worked there, the “Ghost Ship” was a rare haven in the Bay Area’s gentrifying landscape of skyrocketing rents and disappearing artist spaces.

Judge Declares Mistrial In Michael Slager Trial:

A South Carolina prosecutor vowed Monday to retry a white former police officer charged with killing an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston after the jury failed to reach a verdict following 22 hours of deliberation.

The judge declared a mistrial on the fourth day of deliberations in the murder trial of Michael Slager, the former North Charleston officer.
“We will try Michael Slager again,” 9th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson said in a statement expressing disappointment that Slager was not convicted in the five-week murder case in state court.
Slager shot and killed Walter Scott, 50, after an April 4, 2015, traffic stop. The shooting was captured on a bystander’s cell phone video, which showed Scott running away as Slager fired eight times, striking Scott three times in the back.

Sue Over Fake News? Not So Fast:

The latest controversy involving so-called fake news has left many wondering why websites that publish patently false statements on the Internet have not been prosecuted or sued for money damages. The short answer is that under existing law such lawsuits are practically impossible. And, ugly as these sites can be, it may be better that way.

The arrest of Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon has brought the issue front and center in a Washington criminal case. Welch was reportedly inspired by bizarre “pizzagate” postings that have been popping up on various Internet sites falsely alleging that the Hillary Clinton campaign, and campaign manager John Podesta, were somehow linked to a child pornography ring operating out of a Washington pizza shop.

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