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Judge Puts Fight For Trump Financial Records On The Fast Track

A federal judge in Washington D.C. is speeding up a dispute between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump over a subpoena for records from the president’s accounting firm, Mazars USA. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said in a new order that he will decide the case after a May 14 hearing, far earlier than initially anticipated. The accelerated pace could ...

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Trump Is On The Verge Of Flipping The New York Appeals Court To Conservative Control

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The Senate confirmed Judge Joseph Bianco and Michael Park to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on separate votes Wednesday and Thursday, putting President Donald Trump on the verge of flipping the panel to conservative control. The 2nd Circuit is the federal appeals court that covers Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. Given its jurisdiction over Manhattan, the 2nd Circuit ...

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Democratic Efforts To Pack The Supreme Court Hit A Big Wall: Public Opinion

A majority of Americans oppose expanding the Supreme Court, according to survey data which comes as Democratic presidential candidates float proposal to change the Court’s composition. Though opposition to court-expansion is high, voters are quite receptive to less aggressive reform measures like term limits. A Rasmussen telephone and online survey of 1,000 likely voters found 51 percent of respondents opposed ...

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Don McGahn Gives Democrats The Stiff-Arm, Defies Subpoena For Mueller Records

The Trump administration has directed former White House counsel Don McGahn not to cooperate with a congressional subpoena seeking certain records relating to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. McGahn lawyer William Burck told the House Judiciary Committee in a Tuesday letter that McGahn would defy their subpoena at the White House’s instruction, teeing up another clash between congressional Democrats and ...

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Bushmaster Gets Stay Of Sandy Hook Lawsuit Ahead Of Supreme Court Appeal

The Connecticut Supreme Court granted gunmaker Bushmaster Firearms a stay in the Sandy Hook victims lawsuit, as the manufacturer readies its appeal to the nation’s highest judicial tribunal. Bushmaster produced the XM15 rifle that shooter Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. The stay delays the start of ...

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Gerrymandering Ruling Tees Up Another Challenge For GOP In Key Swing State

A special three-judge court struck down Ohio’s congressional district map Friday, finding it was unlawfully rigged to the benefit of Republicans. The decision is the latest in a series of lower court rulings striking down district lines as unconstitutionally gerrymandered. The fate of those disputes will turn on a pair of gerrymandering cases from Maryland and North Carolina the Supreme ...

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Judge Says Democrats Can Proceed With A Novel Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump

Democratic lawmakers can proceed with their lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump is violating an anti-corruption provision of the Constitution, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan rejected the president’s bid to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing the case to proceed to an evidence-gathering phase — called discovery — in which Democrats hope to gain ...

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There’s A New Push To Review Judicial Misconduct Complaints Against Brett Kavanaugh

A judicial ethics panel has been asked to review orders dismissing misconduct complaints against Justice Brett Kavanaugh relating to his emotionally charged testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The petition, from New York attorney Jeremy C. Bates, was sent to the Judicial Conference of the United States, the policy-making entity of the federal judiciary. The Conference’s Committee on Judicial Conduct ...

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Facing Mounting Pressure From The Left, Biden Takes Responsibility For Anita Hill Debacle

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that he takes personal responsibility for Anita Hill’s treatment during Justice Clarence Thomas’s 1991 confirmation hearings, amid mounting criticism from the left and Hill herself about the inadequacy of past apologies. Monday’s statement marks a substantive shift for the Democratic presidential candidate, who has expressed regret to Hill in general terms but declined ...

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Despite Apology, Joe Biden Doesn’t Think He Mistreated Anita Hill

Former Vice President Joe Biden declined to take personal responsibility Friday for the manner in which Justice Clarence Thomas’s 1991 confirmation hearings were conducted, saying he does not believe he personally mistreated Anita Hill. Though Biden has twice spoken with Hill, whose allegations against Thomas attained new cultural power during the #MeToo movement, The New York Times reports that the ...

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New Gerrymandering Ruling Will Have Big Effects For GOP In 2020

A federal three-judge panel ruled Thursday that 34 state and federal district lines in Michigan are unconstitutionally gerrymandered to the benefit of Republicans. The decision comes as the Supreme Court contemplates a pair of cases from Maryland and North Carolina, which ask whether and how the federal courts should police partisan line-drawing. “Federal courts must not abdicate their responsibility to ...

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One Supreme Court Justice Thinks Term Limits Aren’t Such A Bad Idea

Justice Stephen Breyer shared mixed reactions to recent reform proposals for the Supreme Court, saying term limits might be desirable while an expanded Court would not be. The remarks, delivered Monday in Washington, D.C., come as a growing number of Democratic presidential candidates have entertained proposals to remake the nation’s highest judicial tribunal. “I think it would be fine to ...

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Supreme Court Allows Texas To Execute A White Supremacist For Brutal Lynching

John William King was executed by lethal injection in Texas Wednesday night for the heinous 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr., after the Supreme Court denied King a last minute stay. Prison officials at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville pronounced King dead at 8:08 pm EST, about 40 minutes after the justices denied his petition. “Today we witnessed the ...

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Supreme Court Hands Win To Business, Over Pointed Dissent From Liberals

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The Supreme Court’s conservative majority put additional limits on class-wide arbitration Wednesday, handing business interests a victory over a vigorous dissent from the four liberal justices. The decision is the latest in a sequence of pro-arbitration decisions from the Supreme Court, which the liberal bloc believes have seriously undermined the rights of workers. “The Court, paradoxically reciting the mantra that ...

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Divided Supreme Court Poised To Allow Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seems ready to approve the Trump administration’s bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form.  Democratic states, municipalities, and civil rights groups are challenging that move, warning a citizenship question will inevitably diminish minority participation. The census is used to apportion seats in Congress among the states, draw district lines, and award ...

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