Biden’s speech this week on the Ukraine crisis was well received by people who usually have nothing good to say about a Democrat, so polarized are the two political parties. Republican senators and conservative pundits were in strange territory compared to their criticism of Biden.
Meanwhile Republicans in the US Senate prevented a vote on a bill that would end much of the voter suppression efforts they support at the state level, which is where elections are conducted in the USA.
This long running divide in American politics has become a toxic stew of religion and women’s rights, amped up with conservative versus liberal ideology. Opponents of vaccine mandates and masking rules appear immune to the contradiction of opposing government intrusion into personal freedom with the desire to regulate what women can and cannot do with personal health issues.
Traditionally, Supreme Court justices in the USA have let written decisions explain their position on matters of law and philosophy. However, tradition is less a factor in America than ever before, as recent behaviour by three justices of the highest court have made clear.
PAKISTAN’S NATIONAL assembly approved a bill that would allow Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal his conviction in a Pakistan court. The bill was adopted by the National Assembly after approval from the 21-member standing committee.
A recent judgment of the top court has created a flutter in legal circles. In more than 15 years on the bench, Chief Justice of the US John Roberts had never earlier filed a solitary dissenting opinion and enjoyed the unique reputation of always carrying the Court with him.