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Sessions Takes on Sanctuary Cities, Gorsuch Nomination in Trouble, Prosecutors Investigated for Snooping on Phone Calls: P.M. Links
  • SessionsAttorney General Jeff Session is formally acting against sanctuary cities, telling them they’ll lose their Department of Justice grants if they don’t cooperate with immigration laws.
  • So it turns out Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) was on White House grounds the day before his surprise announcement last week that he had seen intelligence showing that private data from aides to President Donald Trump had been incidentally collected. He said he was not actually in the White House, though, but a place to view the classified information securely.
  • A Senate committee will be questioning Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner about meetings with a Russian-owned development bank.
  • Republicans may have to use the “nuclear option” to get past a Democratic filibuster and confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
  • A U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas is under investigation after it was found in possession of phone and video recordings of communications between defense attorneys and their clients. Elsewhere, a prosecutor in Brooklyn has been charged with forging judges’ signatures in order to set up illegal wiretaps.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party appears to have staved off challengers from the center-left in state elections. Merkel herself faces re-election in September.
  • German officials say that story about Trump giving Merkel an invoice demanding billions for NATO protection is not true.
  • More than 100 bodies—possibly all civilians—have been pulled from the wreckage of a U.S.-led coalition strike in Mosul, Iraq.

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For Want of a Comma, the Case Was Lost: New at Reason

Punctuation matters.

A. Barton Hinkle writes:

“Punctuation Saves Lives,” goes the tagline to a meme you might have seen. Above it appear two sentences:

“Let’s eat Grandma!”

“Let’s eat, Grandma!”

Droll, very droll. But commas are no laughing matter to the Maine company Oakhurst Dairy or to the workers who sued it for unpaid overtime. Ten million dollars might now change hands because of a simple comma—or rather the lack of one.

The case turned on what is known as the serial, or Oxford, comma—the comma that (sometimes) precedes the last item in a series, as in: “Ted bought a house, a car, and a boat.”

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