F&L 2020: Recounts and the Electoral College

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Much as Gore did in 2000 — albeit far more loudly — President Trump is refusing to concede the election. Legal teams have been mobilized in several states to draw attention to certain practices which, viewed objectively, are at least questionable. But does this mean Trump still has a chance to win? Why would he challenge the results if he didn’t?

It’s complicated. (You knew I was going to say that.)


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Hidden History: The Supreme Court Reversal of Muhammad Ali’s Draft Resistance Conviction

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Directed by Bill Siegel (2013)

Film Review

Although I’ve watched several documentaries about the life of Muhammad Ali, I was previously unaware that the Supreme Court overturned his conviction for violating the Selective Services Act (for refusing to fight in Vietnam) – nor of the highly unusual circumstances under which they did so.

In 1966, world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali was convicted of draft evasion and sentenced to five years in prison. Although he remained out on bail during his five-year appeal, the felony conviction caused boxing commissions in most states to suspend his license to box. During this period, he supported himself and his family through paid speaking engagements.

Ali claimed conscientious objector status as a Black Muslim (contrary to popular belief, most interpretations of Islam are nonviolent). Giving up his slave name Cassius Clay, he joined the Nation of Islam in 1961. He…

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Examining Pfizer’s “90% Effective” Vaccine Claims

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Pfizer Says Trials Show COVID Vaccine Is 90% Effective, But Questions Remain on Safety of Novel Tech

“Because there’s never been a licensed mRNA vaccine before, we really don’t know what injuries are going to look like.” — Mary Holland

Pfizer announced Monday preliminary analysis of its COVID-19 vaccine trials indicates the vaccine will be more than 90% effective. The news sent stocks soaring and had the media all but doing cartwheels.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNN the vaccine is “the greatest medical advance” in the world’s last hundred years. He told ABC News that the drugmaker “feels very good about the safety.”

But the New York Times pointed out that Pfizer’s data — delivered in a news release, not a peer-reviewed medical journal — “is not conclusive evidence that the vaccine is safe and effective, and the initial finding of…

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