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Civil Right to Council Dartmouth 2K9 1 A2: Cap and Trade DA 1. The Supreme Court isn’t perceived- the president and congress get credit for the agenda Flemming. Professor of polisci at Texas A & M, 97-(Roy Flemming, American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 41, Number 4, American Journal of Political Science) Filtered by media coverage, there are reasons to expect that the Supreme Court has a weak hand in moving issues onto the systemic agenda and holding them there. Media attention to Court decisions is less intense and more irregular than attention to the presidency and Congress . This means that the Court's concerns are unlikely to arouse the public to the same degree as presidential pronouncements or congressional activities . It is also possible, as Rosenberg argues, that the Court's voice regarding major controversies cannot be heard over the rush of history . These reservations are an advantage to this research since the answer to the question about the Court's influence over the systemic agenda is not preordained and the issue remains problematic. In effect they establish the grounds for an initial null expectation that no relationship exists between the Supreme Court's decisions and changes in issue attentiveness by the media and system. 2. The plan isn’t perceived as a new action by the public – the CERD has already been ratified and the plan is only removing the RUDs that are currently on it 3. Human Rights treaties are unpopular Rickard 04 (Director of the Open Society Institute, “A Cry for Human Rights and the Law: A Review of Unpopular Cases for Lawyers”, 8/7/04, http://www.soros.org/initiatives/washington/articles_publications/articles/rickard_20040807/aba_rickard.pdf) In the last 15 years , I have been involved in a number of unpopular causes. For instance, I and many others within the human rights community argued that there needed to be some minimal controls placed on using torturers as intelligence informants. But these and similar notions about human rights – which were never very popular in some circles – became much less so after 9/11. While the World Trade Center was still smoldering I watched former Secretary of State James Baker explain on national television that the reason the attack had succeeded was because liberals had imposed restrictions on who we could use as informants. It would be several more days before I accepted the reality that my best man had in fact died in the collapse of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. But I was already being told, in effect, that it was my fault. 4. Case Out Weighs – The impacts of ongoing alienation and the genocides as a result of low CERD credibility are greater than a small risk of the DA impacts Last printed 1
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Civil Right to Council Dartmouth 2K9 2 A2: Cap and Trade DA 5. Non-Unique – The US signed a treaty to end discrimination against disabled individuals on July 30 th . That was a bigger deal than the plan.
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