A Simple Social Contract Grossly Violated in Washington D.C.

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By MICHAEL DAVIDOW, Radio Free New Hampshire

To the person holding a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. I don’t have a hammer. As a lawyer, though, I look at what happened in Washington and I find failures of law. As a writer, I find failures of theme. As a parent, I find failures of guidance. And as a person of faith, I find failures of faith.  

We have long relied on unwritten rules to police our political activities. Certain things aren’t done because we have never done them. Presidents don’t hide their taxes. Presidents don’t sell their own

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Federal judge refuses to release man wearing horns and face paint from custody after Capitol riot

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PHOENIX (NewsNation Now) — One of the most visible people arrested after the U.S. Capitol riot will stay in federal custody after a detention hearing on Friday.

Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man and QAnon conspiracy theorist who was photographed wearing horns and face paint appeared via teleconference in federal court on Friday. U.S. District Court Judge Deborah M. Fine ruled that Chansley cannot be released from detention.  

“I have no confidence that he will follow my court orders,” Judge Fine said.

Jacob Chansley appears in federal court on Friday via teleconference. (Courtroom Sketch: Maggie Keanu)

She said if

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Trump’s ‘pro-law enforcement’ image crumbles in his final days

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As the presidency of Donald Trump draws to an end, the recent Trump-inspired attacks on law enforcement officers, his refusal to take the steps necessary to defuse violent elements of his base and the President’s years-long assault on agencies such as the FBI and Justice Department, are all casting serious doubt on the sincerity of his self-described support for those who wear the badge.
On January 6, the nation watched with horror as a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol Building following a rally near the White House. The deadly attack was in part the result of Trump’s
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China Contract Damages Done Right

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This must be China contract damages week. I say that because in cleaning up months of emails I came across three interesting emails on contract damages (similar to  liquidated damages under common law). Before I discuss those three emails, I will explain what contract damages are and why they are so important in just about all China contracts.

Contract damages refers to a contract provision setting out the damages for breach. The typical contract might have a provision saying if Party X breaches this contract, Party Y is entitled to $100,000 in contract damages. Some contracts we write will have

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Phil Howerton combined justice, mercy as NC judge

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Judge Phil Howerton, photographed in 1998, when he presided over a drug court that offered offenders a second chance to clean-up their act.

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Phil Howerton, a longtime Mecklenburg County judge who tempered justice with mercy and used his own trials with addiction to help others overcome theirs, died Friday of pneumonia related to Parkinson’s disease, his family said. He was 84.

A former Marine, Howerton was a lawyer, prosecutor, public defender and judge with degrees from Davidson, Princeton and the University of Virginia. He had eclectic interests. He was an unpublished novelist, a voracious reader, an expert

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