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Report on Self-Driving Cars: 'Sometimes the Vehicles Crash'

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The Sacramento Bee reports on the ongoing saga of self-driving cars (although it's not so much a saga, as a widely anticipated technological development). From a safety standpoint, it's hard to argue against a transportation system that will no longer have error-prone human beings behind the wheel.

But a self-driving car future is still a ways off. Jim Miller with the Sacramento Bee attributes two general factors on this:

· That sometimes the vehicles crash

· The autonomous tech disengages on its own from time to time

Courtroom Sketch of Tom Girardi Part of New Library of Congress Exhibit

The Columbia Journalism Review has a May 9 piece detailing everybody's favorite works of art: Courtroom sketches. The first is Bill Robles' sketch of Tom Girardi in court with his client Bryan Stow. Stow was the victim of a brutal assault at Dodger Stadium in 2011.

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Attorney Tom Girardi in court with client Bryan Stow.

To see many of the courtroom sketches, read the full CJR piece here.

Here Come Those Frivolous Lawsuits Again

If you're ever injured at the doctor's office, your smile won't be so big.

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In general, politicians are supposed to help enact law that makes our lives better. (That's one way of looking at lawmaking, among others.) Lawmaking that improves our lives isn't an easy thing to accomplish, given the push and pull of opposing interests. A prime example of push and pull is what happens in Congress. At the moment, lawmakers there are hoping to replace the Affordable Care Act. Part of the proposal involves serious changes to medical malpractice law.

Justice Gorsuch Swore this Oath: 'Do Equal Right to the Poor and to the Rich'

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On April 10, after Senate lawmakers pushed the button on the nuclear option, Neil Gorsuch became the 113th person to ascend to the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States. As the Washington Post reports, the process involved two oaths, the second of which is called the Judicial Oath. In this oath, Justice Gorsuch swore to "do equal right to the poor and to the rich."

Update: Senate Lawmakers Pushed the Button on the 'Nuclear Option'

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As an update to yesterday's post about the nuclear option paving the way for Neil Gorsuch to the SCOTUS bench, the news is that Senate Republicans have pushed the button. The Los Angeles Times calls it a "history-making showdown." It's known as the "nuclear option" for a reason: the longstanding precedent in Supreme Court nominations is to get a supermajority of 60 votes to break a filibuster, not a simple majority. So Gorsuch will be Justice Gorsuch very soon.

The Nuclear Option and How Its Blast Could Hit the Environmental Protection Agency

First, the nuclear option

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The "nuclear option" is a reference to extremes. At the moment, Senate Democrats have secured enough votes to block Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court, which means that Senate Republicans might now consider using the nuclear option.

The nuclear option is a process by which lawmakers override rule-making precedent to allow for a simple majority of votes, rather than a supermajority. The nuclear option, if Senate Republicans move ahead with it, could clear a path for Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch, because a simple majority vote would end the Democratic filibuster.

Lawmakers have pushed the button on the nuclear option in other circumstances, such as in 2013, during the Obama administration. In this instance, lawmakers voted to end the use of filibuster against all executive and judicial branch nominees except for Supreme Court nominees. Nominations to the Supreme Court have remained untouched, but as CBS News characterizes it, the nuclear option would "explode" that precedent.

What's the Cost to Breathe Clean Air?

"Our communities cannot breathe, and we thought that our right to breathe would be worth more than a few billion dollars in transportation improvements."

- Katie Valenzuela Garcia, advisor to the California Air Resources Board

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Remember the VW diesel emissions scandal?

The EPA went after the automaker in 2015, alleging that VW cheated its way around the Clean Air Act by programming cars to rig the results on emissions tests. Its cars weren't as environmentally friendly as the automaker claimed. As a result, consumers didn't have the "Clean Diesel" cars they thought they'd purchased. More troubling was research published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which estimated that 59 people would die prematurely from the increased pollution.

Constitutional Matters: Will the Seventh Amendment Survive Past 2017?

Don't you mean the First, Second or Fifth? No. The Seventh.

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The First Amendment on religion and free speech gets plenty of media attention. The Second Amendment divides the country left and right - phrases like "cold dead hands" come to mind. And "pleading the Fifth" is part of the daily lexicon.

L.A. Isn't Likely to Achieve Its 'Vision Zero' Goal to Reduce Traffic Deaths in 2017

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The Los Angeles Times reports that traffic deaths "rose sharply" in L.A. in 2016, despite the city's Vision Zero goal to cut fatalities by 20 percent by the end of this year. Contrary to the goal, deaths among pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists went up by roughly 43 percent in 2016. Why is this happening? The Times reporters describe a handful of possible explanations.

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