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Two Federal Courts Block Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban Again

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Two Federal Judges have issued orders blocking the latest version of President Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion And Other Charges

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The Bergdahl case comes to an end.

Mississippi School District Bans ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

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The school district in Biloxi, Mississippi has removed ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from the 8th-grade reading list because it “makes people uncomfortable.”

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Reinstated By Federal Appeals Court

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A legal setback for Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys.

Trump Threatens NBC, Upping The Ante In His Despicable War On Freedom Of The Press

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Donald Trump is continuing to up the ante in his rhetorical war against one of America’s most fundamental freedoms.

Skewed Majorities are Bad for Democracy

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And even moreso when they are consciously created by the winner.

Justice Department Reverses Obama Era Policy On Discrimination Against Transgender Americans

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Reversing an Obama Era position, the Justice Department has rescinded a legal interpretation that purported to apply previously adopted civil rights laws to transgender individuals.

District Of Columbia Will Not Appeal Ruling Striking Down Concealed-Carry Law

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The District of Columbia has decided not to risk an appeal of a lower court ruling striking down its restrictive concealed-carry law.

Supreme Court Appears Split In Political Gerrymandering Case

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The Supreme Court appears split on the question of whether or not partisan Gerrymandering is unconstitutional.

The Las Vegas Shooting Was Terrorizing, But It Wasn’t A Terrorist Act

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Stephen Paddock’s crime was clearly terrorizing, and will impact the lives of survivors, families, first responders in many ways for a long time. Based on the currently available evidence, though, the Las Vegas shooting was not “terrorism.”

More Than 50 Dead, 400 Injured, In Las Vegas Mass Shooting

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A gunman opened fire on a crowd of over 20,000 people in Las Vegas, and the results have been predictably horrific.

Supreme Court Begins What Promises To Be A Momentous Term

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Previewing the next term of the Supreme Court, which starts today.

Supreme Court To Rule On Mandatory Fees To Public Sector Unions

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In its upcoming term, the Supreme Court will hear a case that is likely to have a significant impact on the powers of public-sector unions.

D.C. Appeals Court Declines Review Of Ruling Striking Down District’s Concealed Carry Law

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A Federal Appeals Court has declined to review a panel decision striking down the District of Columbia’s restrictive concealed-carry law.

Anthony Weiner Sentenced To Twenty-One Months In Prison

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With his sentencing, the strange, strange saga of Anthony Weiner has come to an end. What a strange and wild ride it has been.

Trump Using Money From RNC And Campaign To Pay Legal Fees

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Donald Trump is using money from the Republican National Committee and his campaign to pay legal fees associated with the Russia investigation, and it’s all perfectly legal: NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the […]

More Lawsuits Filed Over Trump’s Decision To End DACA

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The Trump Administration has been hit with two new lawsuits over the President’s decision to end the DACA program.

Mueller’s Russia Investigation Closing In On Paul Manafort

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Special counsel Robert Mueller could be looking to “flip” Paul Manafort, giving President Trump and those close to him something new to worry about.

Federal Judge Blocks Dept. Of Justice Policy Withholding Funds From ‘Sanctuary Cities’

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A Federal Judge has blocked enforcement of a Dept. of Justice policy purporting to block funding to so-called ‘sanctuary cities.’

McConnell Open To Eliminating ‘Blue Slips’ For Judicial Nominees

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The Senate appears ready to get rid of another procedural move designed to block judicial nominees.

Senate Rejects Amendment To Repeal AUMFs Authorizing The Bush-Obama-Trump Forever Wars

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Once again, Congress is abdicating its Constitutional responsibilities.

Edith Windsor, Plaintiff In Landmark Marriage Equality Case, Dies At 88

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Edith Windsor, the Plaintiff whose lawsuit led to the first of two landmark Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality, has died at the age of 88: Edith Windsor, the gay-rights activist whose landmark case led the Supreme Court to grant same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time and rights to a host of […]

Supreme Court Allows Trump Refugee Ban

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The Supreme Court has overruled a lower court ruling blocking the Trump administration’s temporary ban on refugees. By the time they issue a final ruling, the issue will be moot. Mark Sherman for the AP: The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees. The justices on Tuesday agreed […]

Laws That Forbid Americans From Joining In Boycotts Violate The First Amendment

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Arguments advanced by those advocating a bill that would prevent Americans from participating in a boycott of Israel would not violate the First Amendment appear to be without merit.

University Of California Sues Trump Administration Over Decision To End DACA

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The University of California has joined the list of Plaintiffs suing the Trump Administration over its decision to end DACA.

Dept. Of Justice Declines To Charge Lois Lerner In Connection With I.R.S. Targeting Scandal

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Despite pleas from conservative lawmakers, the Dept. of Justice will not reopen the case against former I.R.S. official Lois Lerner.

Federal Judge Halts Ezekiel Elliott Suspension

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Once again, the National Football League sees its disciplinary and appeal process criticized by a Federal Judge.

Trump Administration Suffers Another Court Defeat On Travel Ban

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The Trump Administration has suffered another Court defeat related to the President’s Muslim Travel Ban.

Democratic States Sue Trump Administration Over Decision To End DACA

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As expected, a group of Democratic states is suing the Trump Administration over the decision to end the DACA program.

Blue States Threatening To Sue Trump Over DACA Decision, But Their Case Seems Weak

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Several Democratic Attorneys General are threatening to sue the Trump Administration over the decision to end DACA, but their legal arguments appear to be especially weak.

The Bob Menendez Trial Is Set To Begin, And It Could Have Big Implications In Washington

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As Congress heads back to work, a corruption trial in New Jersey could have big implications for what happens on Capitol Hill.

Narco-Pigeon

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Via the BBC:  ‘Narco-pigeon’ shot by Argentina police Police in Argentina have shot a carrier pigeon that was delivering drugs to a jail, prison authorities say. I have to admit, this is a new one to me.  I am aware of numerous types of narco-subs, human mules, and catapults used to deliver drugs, among other […]

Judge Richard Posner Retires After Nearly Thirty-Six Years On The Bench

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One of the legal giants in the Federal Judiciary has retired from the bench.

Video Of Police Arresting Utah Nurse Over Blood Test Leads To National Controversy

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A Nurse in Utah stood up for her patient’s rights, and was harassed by the police for her efforts.

Justice Sotamayor Presides In Judge’s Chambers

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor showed up at Yankee Stadium yesterday for the first of a four-game series against the Red Sox that could prove crucial to the team’s chase for the AL East pennant this season. Instead of sitting in a luxury box seat down by the dugout though, she was in Judge’s Chambers: […]

Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL, and Due Process

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The NFLPA alleges “egregious violations of legal due process” in the Ezekiel Elliot suspension.

Federal Appeals Court Dismisses Challenge To Commission On Presidential Debates

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A Federal Appeals Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Gary Johnson and Jill Stein regarding their exclusion from Presidential debates.

Federal Judge Dismisses Sarah Palin’s Lawsuit Against The New York Times

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Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against The New York Times suffers a significant setback.

Pair Of New Lawsuits Challenge Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

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President Trump’s effort to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military faces two new legal challenges.

Trump, The Arpaio Pardon, And The Constitution

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The pardoning of Joe Arpaio was distasteful and an affront to the Rule of Law, but it was completely within the powers of the President and should not be a ground for impeachment.

Trump Asked Jeff Sessions About Dropping Criminal Case Against Joe Arpaio

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President Trump’s attempts to interfere in the administration of justice go beyond the Russia investigation.

District Of Columbia Seeks Review Of Ruling Striking Down Concealed-Carry Law

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Not surprisingly, the District of Columbia is seeking review of last month’s decision on its concealed-carry law by the full Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Arpaio in Context

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The problematic nature of Arpaio’s tenure goes beyond just his contempt charge.

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio

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The president has abrogated his duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

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Texas suffers another legal setback in its effort to pass a Voter ID law.

The ACLU is Right to Defend Free Speech for Awful People

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Yes, even Nazis must have their rights to peaceful speech and assembly protected.

Trump Says He’s Considering Pardoning Joe Arpaio

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On the same day that he finally spoke up about the racist-inspired violence in Charlottesville, Donald Trump told a reporter that he is considering pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently convicted of failing to comply with the order of a Federal Judge: President Trump told Fox News he is “seriously considering” issuing […]

Did Police Do Too Little to Stop Charlottesville Violence?

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Authorities are being second-guessed over their handling of Saturday’s protests. Virginia gun laws are the more obvious problem.

Transgender Troops Sue Trump Over Military Ban

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Just about two weeks after being announced, the President’s proposed ban on military service by transgender troops is being challenged in Court.

Paul Manafort’s Virginia Home Raided By F.B.I. As Part Of Mueller Investigation

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The Mueller investigation continues.

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