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Possible Indictment of the Trump Campaign: The Legal Details
Join visiting journalist and academic Dr Michael Horowitz for a colloquium and discussion on possible indictments in the Trump campaign. How might it be executed? What is the role of Robert Mueller and the grand jury he has empanelled? Where might indictments lead - to presidential pardons, imprisonment of operatives, the exoneration of the President read more
Government’s billion trees should contain natives
The Policy Observatory’s David Hall has a New Zealand Herald opinion piece calling for the government’s billion trees policy to include natives. David argues that while tree planting has a fiscal case, native trees have additional value - social and cultural. Read more here: read more