The DC: The state of homelessness in America, and... 🛂 How do you feel about diplomatic immunity?
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by Countable | 10.11.19
Welcome to Friday, October 11th, numbered and bulleted lists...
Between 2010 and 2018, the homeless population in New York grew by 36% while California’s grew 7%.
Still, homelessness as a whole is on the decline, according to two metrics used by the federal government: point-in-time counts compiled by local governments and local estimates reported to the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) that’s reported as a national aggregate.
As this chart from USAFacts shows, both the point-in-time and HMIS counts of America’s homeless population have been on the decline in recent years. The HMIS total declined from a high of 1,593,794 homeless Americans in 2008 to 1,416,908 in 2017. Similarly, point-in-time homelessness has fallen from a peak of 647,258 in 2007 to 552,830 in 2018.
Read more about homelessness in America here, then tell your reps:
On the Radar
What if Trump contests the results of the 2020 election?
It’s not completely speculative fiction: the president has discussed serving more than two terms on multiple occasions. He’s also continued to claim, with no evidence, that he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
And Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, told Congress: “Given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses in 2020, that there will never be a peaceful transition of power.”
Trump also tweeted this:
So... What happens if Trump contests the results of the 2020 elections?
For example, what if Trump claims, on November 3, 2020, that the elections were hacked and/or that millions of unauthorized immigrants voted and he's issuing an executive order blocking the election results?
We consider this possibility here, citing precedent (Bush v. Gore), state rights, and the symbolism of the White House.
“All candidates have a right to contest results in federal court,” Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley explained to Politico. “It’s not up to the candidate to decide if an election is valid. It’s not based on their satisfaction or consent. They have every right to seek judicial review.”
A bipartisan group of lawmakers that includes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) have sent a letter to National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner Adam Silver that slams the league for “self-censorship” after it “caved to Chinese government demands” for an apology.
The controversy began after Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl tweeted in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, but he then deleted the Tweet and both the franchise and the NBA apologized for the “regrettable” comments. That didn’t stop a backlash in China, as the state broadcaster CCTV and Internet company Tencent (which has a $1.5 billion broadcast rights deal with the NBA) canceled broadcasts of NBA preseason games. Sportswear giant Nike later pulled all Houston Rockets merchandise from its stores in China.
The AOC-Cruz letter reads in part:
“The NBA should have anticipated the challenges of doing business in a country run by a repressive single party government ― including by being prepared to stand in strong defense of the freedom of expression of its employees, players, and affiliates across the globe. NBA players have a rich history of speaking out on sensitive topics of social justice in the United States, and the NBA takes pride in defending their right to do so. Yet while it is easy to defend freedom of speech when it costs you nothing, equivocating when profits are at stake is a betrayal of fundamental American values."
Under the Radar
An American diplomat’s wife quickly departed the U.K. after she was allegedly involved in a fatal wrong-way car crash in Northamptonshire. Anna Sacoolas left the country after the U.S. Embassy in London asserted her diplomatic immunity.
Sacoolas was driving on the wrong side of the road near the Royal Air Force Croughton station (operated by the U.S. Air Force) when she crashed into 19-year-old motorcyclist, Harry Dunn.
“I do not think that it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose," said U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Trump said he'd speak with Sacoolas "so there can be some healing," but added: "The woman was driving on the wrong side of the road. That can happen.”
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C. & LA
- At 1:45pm EDT, the president will participate in a photo opportunity with the Little League Baseball World Series Champions and the Little League Softball World Series Champions.
- At 2:45pm EDT, the president will meet with the vice premier of the People's Republic of China.
- At 7:00pm CDT, the president will deliver remarks at a Keep America Great Rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
- At 12:30am EDT, the president will arrive at the White House.
The House of Representatives: Out
- The House will return Tuesday, October 15th.
The Senate: Out
- The Senate will return Tuesday, October 15th.
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And, in the End…
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