The Week in Headlines: Things Looking for Change
What happened this week? Lots. And our friends at theSkimm have you covered with a run-down of the top headlines. (Want them delivered daily to your inbox? Sign up at theskimm.com)
1. The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court said police can collect DNA from people arrested but not yet convicted of serious crimes. Get familiar with the cheek swab.
What Does This Mean?
Meet fingerprinting 2.0. If you’re arrested—even if you’re innocent—your DNA can be taken and put into a national database. Twenty-eight states and the federal government already do this in order to find matches for unsolved crimes.
How'd This Become an Issue?
A Maryland man was arrested for assault in 2009. The Maryland cops took his DNA, which was used to connect him to an earlier unsolved rape.
What Was the Debate Over?
Whether or not the Fourth Amendment, which prevents unreasonable searches, is violated in these types of swabbings. The justices needed to play a balancing game of the potential benefits of a crime-fighting tool vs. the intrusion of a cheek swab. The benefits, like potentially solving murders and rapes, won out in a 5-4 decision. The dissent likes privacy and thinks this will lead to unreasonable searches.
Justice Alito (a conservative justice who voted with the majority) has called this case “the most important criminal procedure case that this court has heard in decades.” Law & Order: SVU, we’re waiting for your take.
2. President Obama
President Obama nominated three judges to the federal appeals court in DC and yelled at Republicans. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
So, This Isn't About the Supremes?
Not right now. The DC circuit is known as the training grounds for the Supreme Court and deals with cases having to do with federal agencies. Big things.
Obama normally doesn’t make a formal announcement for these types of nominations but did so as a clear dig to Republicans. The White House has been peeved that Obama’s agenda hasn’t had the easiest time getting through the courts and neither have his other nominees; meanwhile the GOP is annoyed that he is trying to pack the courts with friends. Go figure.
Amazon is getting a makeover. It will soon feed you and let you watch TV. OK, maybe not your ideal TV.
Amazon is going where e-commerce has not successfully been disrupted before: the grocery store. AmazonFresh has been local in Seattle for awhile but will now start to test the hungry waters as it looks to a large rollout in other markets. The grocery business is a huge one to tap into, and Amazon is trying not to think about the low-cost products and high operating expenses (fridges are not cheap).
Speaking of conquering your daily habits, Amazon also scored a big online subscription streaming service deal with Viacom, which means Dora the Explorer for all. It also confirms that the latest hot market to go after involves a sippy cup and nap time.
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