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Supreme Court Accepts New Jersey’s Challenge To Federal Law Barring Sports Betting

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving New Jersey’s challenge to a Federal law outlawing sports betting.

Supreme Court To Hear Appeal Of Baker Who Refused To Bake Cake For Same-Sex Wedding

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The Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of a Colorado baker in a case that will determine if claims of religious liberty and free expression outweigh the application of generally applicable laws against discrimination.

Supreme Court Declines To Accept Yet Another Second Amendment Case

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The Supreme Court has once again declined to hear an appeal in a Second Amendment case.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Bar On Secular Aid To Church-Run Schools

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The Supreme Court ruled today that states may not exclude church-run schools from an aid program with a wholly secular purpose.

The End Of An Era At The Supreme Court

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In addition to marking the end of the October 2016 term of the Supreme Court, today also marked the end of an era in the Supreme Court Press Room. After some 58 years covering the Supreme Court of the United States, a career that has covered Court’s overseen a body led by Chief Justices Earl […]

Supreme Court Partly Upholds, Partly Lifts, Stay On Muslim Travel Ban

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In a decision that hands a victory to both sides, the Supreme Court has partly upheld, and partly lifted, the stay on President Trump’s Executive Order that banned travel from six majority-Muslim nations.

Supreme Court Term Ends With No Retirement Announcement

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There’s plenty of news out of the Supreme Court today, including rulings on the stay against the Trump Administration’s travel ban, a ruling on an important First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion case, the decision by the Court to accept the appeal involving a Colorado baker’s claim that their religious beliefs should exempt them from […]

Supreme Court Retirement Speculation Swirling Around Kennedy

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With tomorrow marking the end of the Court’s current term, there’s speculation that we could see Justice Anthony Kennedy stepping down.

Bill Cosby To Teach Men To Avoid Sexual Assault Allegations (Updated)

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Bill Cosby is planning to spend the summer teaching men how to avoid sexual assault allegations: Bill Cosby is planning a series of town hall meetings this summer to educate people, including young athletes and married men, on how to avoid accusations of sexual assault, two of his representatives said Wednesday. The announcement came just days […]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Barring Social Media Use By Sex Offenders

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The Supreme Court rules that states cannot bar convicted felons from using social media sites.

Supreme Court: Denial Of Trademarks Because They Are ‘Disparaging’ Violates First Amendment

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The Supreme Court has ruled that the Federal Government cannot deny trademark protection because a requested trademark is “disparaging” to a racial or ethnic group.

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case On Partisan Gerrymandering

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear its first case on partisan gerrymandering in more than ten years, but opponents of the practice shouldn’t start celebrating just yet.

Van Attack Outside London Mosque Kills One, Injures Ten, In Apparent Anti-Muslim Attack

London Mosque Attack

A van struck a crowd outside a London mosque late last night in an attack by a man who said he wanted to kill Muslims.

Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial Ends In Mistrial

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A hung jury in the Cosby sexual assault case results in a mistrial.

Murder by Mean Text?

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A Massachusetts teenager faces 20 years in prison for contributing to her boyfriend’s suicide via text message.

Robert Mueller Investigating Jared Kushner’s Finances

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a Trump family member in the cross hairs.

Pence Lawyers Up

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We haven’t seen much of Vice-President Pence in public lately, but behind the scenes, he’s reacting to the growing investigation of the Trump Administration: WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence has hired a personal criminal defense lawyer to guide him through the various investigations encircling the White House, an aide said on Thursday. Mr. Pence […]

Democratic Lawmakers Sue President Trump For Violations Of Emoluments Clause

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Nearly 200 Members of Congress and the Senate have filed suit against President Trump alleging that he is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

The Classy Mr. Cosby

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Via the AV Club:  Bill Cosby yells Fat Albert catchphrase as he’s escorted out of court. Nothing says “I am taking these rape allegations seriously” than shouted cartoon catchphrases.

Congressman Shot, Others Injured, At Congressional Baseball Practice

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A Congressman was shot, and a staffer and security detail members injured, at a practice session for tomorrow’s Congressional baseball game.

Maryland and Washington, D.C. Sue Trump Over Alleged Emoluments Clause Violations

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Maryland and the District of Columbia are suing President Trump based on alleged violations of two provisions of the Constitution that have never been litigated before.

Trump Reportedly Considering Firing Special Counsel Bob Mueller

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There are reports that the President is considering firing Special Counsel Bob Mueller. Are we headed for another Saturday Night Massacre?

Ninth Circuit Upholds Stay On Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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The Trump Administration’s Muslim Travel Ban suffers another defeat at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Attorney General Sessions To Give Public Testimony On Russia Investigation

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in a public hearing tomorrow regarding the Russia investigation amid reports that he had additional contact with Russian officials that were previously not disclosed: Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, according to the committee’s leaders. Sessions will be […]

Gianforte Avoids Jail Time In Montana Assault Case

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Congressman-Elect Greg Gianforte will avoid jail time for his guilty plea to an assault charge against Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs before the Special Election that elected him to Congress: Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West ordered Gianforte to complete 20 hours of anger management counseling and 40 hours of community service. He was given a […]

Gianforte To Plead Guilty To Assault, Settles Civil Claims With Reporter

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Greg Gianforte, who recently won a Special Election for Montana’s At-Large seat in the House of Representatives the day after physically assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, will plead guilty to the charges lodged against him: HELENA, Mont. — U.S. Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte of Montana will plead guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before being elected the […]

Comey Testimony Was Ratings Gold

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Former F.B.I. Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday was ratings gold: It was the testimony of a once-obscure former law enforcement official. Before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. At 10 in the morning. On a workday. Not your usual ratings gold. No matter. Roughly 19.5 million Americans tuned in […]

New York Attorney General Investigating Eric Trump’s Charitable Foundation

Earlier this week, I took note of a report in Forbes regarding the fundraising and expenditures by Eric Trump’s charitable foundation, which appears to have paid an unusually large amount of money to businesses controlled by his father and his family. Yesterday, New York Attorney General Eric Schnederman announced that it had launched an investigation into […]

Twitter Users Blocked By @RealDonaldTrump Claim First Amendment Violation

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If Donald Trump blocks you on Twitter does that constitute a First Amendment violation? Two Twitter users say yes, but their argument is very weak.

Comey To Testify That Trump Repeatedly Pressured Him On Russia Investigation

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Based on his just released opening testimony, tomorrow’s testimony by Former F.B.I. Director James Comey is likely to be explosive.

Trump Names Former Justice Dept. Official Christopher Wray to Be F.B.I. Director

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A seemingly ‘safe choice’ for F.B. I. Director.

Supreme Court Accepts Fourth Amendment Case Involving Location Tracking Of Your Smartphone

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court accepted a case that will determine whether the Fourth Amendment allows law enforcement to obtain location data without a search warrant.

Trump Won’t Assert Executive Privilege Against Comey Testimony

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The Trump Administration will not try to stop former F.B.I. Director James Comey from testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

Donald Trump Undermines Defense Of His Muslim Ban In Morning Tweetstorm

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President Trump took to Twitter again this morning and promptly shot himself in the foot.

James Comey Will Testify Before Congress, And Confirm Pressure By Trump To Drop Investigation

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Former F.B.I. Director James Comey is now expected to testify before Congress next week, and will reportedly confirm previous reports that the President pressured him to end the Bureau’s Russia investigation.

Seventh Circuit Rules In Favor Of Transgender Student In Bathroom Access Case

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A Federal appellate court has ruled that a transgender student must be allowed to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

Jared Kushner Is “Focus” Of F.B.I. Investigation

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The President’s Son-In-Law has reportedly become a ‘focus’ of the ongoing F.B.I. investigation. That puts the President in a very awkward position.

Fourth Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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The Administration suffers another defeat in defense of its effort to ban Muslim immigrants.

Flynn Refuses To Comply With Congressional Subpoena, Invokes Fifth Amendment Rights

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Lt. General Michael Flynn is declining to comply with a Congressional subpoena regarding the Russia investigation, and invoking his rights under the Fifth Amendment.

Supreme Court Rejects Racially Gerrymandered Districts In North Carolina

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An important redistricting decision was handed down by the Supreme Court today.

Trump Told Russian Officials Of Link Between Comey’s Firing And Russia Investigation

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The evidence that President Trump fired James Comey in an effort to quash the Russia investigation continues to mount.

Anthony Weiner To Plead Guilty

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The Anthony Weiner saga comes to an ignominious end.

Joe Lieberman For F.B.I Director?

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For some reason, Joe Lieberman is apparently the front-runner to replace James Comey at the F.B.I.

No, The 25th Amendment Isn’t The Way To Solve The Donald Trump Problem

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A Constitutional coup d’etat is not the way to solve the Donald Trump problem.

Impeachment Talk Grows, But It’s Not Going To Happen Anytime Soon

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Even with the revelations of the last three weeks, impeaching the President is still largely a fantasy.

Donald Trump Reportedly Asked Comey To Shut Down F.B.I. Investigation Of Michael Flynn

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Another day, another allegation against the President. This time, though, it’s very, very serious.

Ninth Circuit Hears Argument In Muslim Travel Ban Case

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Another day in Court for President Trump’s Muslim ban.

Two Years After Obergefell, Public Support For Same-Sex Marriage Hits Another High

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Two years after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling, nearly two-thirds of Americans support the idea of legal marriage rights for gay and lesbian Americans.

Ninth Circuit To Hear Arguments On Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in Hawaii v. Trump, the case in which a Federal District Court Judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide stay against enforcement of the travel ban from six majority-Muslim countries that was issued by President Trump after his first order was barred by […]

Comey Firing Driven By Trump’s Frustration Over Russia Investigation

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Evidence continues to mount that the Russia investigation was the real motivation for President Trump’s decision to fire James Comey.

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