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Supreme Court Lets New Trump Asylum Restrictions Take Effect

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The Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration Wednesday to enforce new immigration rules that would deny asylum to migrants who did not seek protected status in a country they passed through on their way to the southern border. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented from Wednesday’s decision. The Border Patrol has intercepted approximately 350,000 asylum-seekers from the northern ...

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Gorsuch Opens Up About Confirmation Process, Recounts ‘Escape’ To Washington

Justice Neil Gorsuch shared a personal account of his Supreme Court confirmation ahead of his latest book’s debut, bemoaning the loss of his anonymity as he expressed gratitude for the chance to perform public service at the highest level. Gorsuch’s book, “A Republic, If You Can Keep It” is out Tuesday from Crown Forum. The Daily Caller News Foundation published ...

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Judge Reups Nationwide Injunction As Supreme Court Weighs Trump’s Asylum Restrictions

A federal judge in Oakland, California, restored a nationwide injunction against President Donald Trump’s new asylum restrictions Monday, while the Supreme Court considers whether the policy can take effect on an interim basis. In effect, Trump’s proposed rule would deny asylum to any migrant who traveled through a third country on their way to the United States without first seeking ...

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Senator Doubles Down: SCOTUS Is ‘Just Another Arm Of The GOP’

Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse defended a legal brief he filed with the Supreme Court which warned the justices that a ruling expanding gun rights could inflame the liberal push for court-packing. In a new opinion column in The Washington Post, Whitehouse accused “conservative media” of distorting his position, under a headline that styled the high court “just another ...

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Lawyers: Judge Should Toss House Lawsuit For The President’s Tax Returns

“Judicial resolution of political disputes might sometimes be more expedient than ‘political struggle and compromise,’ but the separation of powers stands against expediency, not for it,” the filing reads elsewhere. “Indeed, political struggle and compromise are its defining feature, not some defect to be removed or avoided.”

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‘Going To Be With Jesus.’ Texas Executes Man For Murdering Two Elderly Women

The state of Texas executed 64-year-old Billy Jack Crutsinger Wednesday night after the Supreme Court denied a last-minute appeal. Crutsinger was convicted for the 2003 stabbing murders of 89-year-old Pearl Magouirk and her 71-year-old daughter Patricia Syren in Fort Worth. He was executed by lethal injection at the Texas State Penitentiary and Huntsville. “I am at peace now with and ...

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Ginsburg On Cancer Treatment: ‘I’m On My Way To Being Very Well’

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said her health is improving after a fourth bout with cancer Saturday, telling a friendly audience in Washington, D.C., that her work sustains her during difficult periods. The Supreme Court announced Aug. 23 that the 86-year-old progressive icon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “This audience can see that I am alive,” Ginsburg said during ...

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First Amendment Lawyers Warn AOC About Blocking Twitter Critics

A public interest group specializing in First Amendment issues warned Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that blocking users from her @AOC Twitter account is, in their view, unlawful. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University told the congresswoman that blocking social media critics constitutes unlawful viewpoint discrimination in an Aug. 28 letter. “Multiple courts have held that public ...

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This Is The Most Important Religious Liberty Decision Since Masterpiece Cakeshop

A federal appeals court has ruled for the first time that religious believers can invoke the First Amendment when declining to participate in same-sex weddings. The case involves a Christian couple named Carl and Angel Larsen, who operate a media production company.  The Larsens want to expand their business to include weddings, but a Minnesota state law requires that they ...

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It’s Official: Trump Will Nominate Gene Scalia, Son Of Late Justice, For Labor Secretary

The White House formally announced President Donald Trump’s intention to nominate Eugene Scalia for labor secretary Tuesday, over one month after the president floated his plans on Twitter. Scalia is a Labor Department veteran who practices employment law in the Washington offices of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. He is the son of the Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The Scalia ...

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Trump Asks Supreme Court For Clearance To Enforce Tough Asylum Rules, Citing ‘Unprecedented Surge’

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The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court Monday to allow enforcement of new immigration rules that would deny asylum to migrants who did not seek protected status in a country they passed through on their way to the southern border. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, a federal judge in San Francisco, entered a preliminary injunction against those rules on July ...

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This Nomination Is The Next Big Battleground For The Federal Courts

Steven Menashi’s nomination for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest touchstone in the judicial confirmation wars. Liberal commentators and activist groups are accusing Menashi of advancing extremist positions in the Trump administration and as an academic, while his conservative supporters say Democrats are warping his views. The 2nd Circuit is the federal appeals court that covers ...

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Ginsburg Completes Radiation Therapy Before Disclosing Cancer Diagnosis

The Supreme Court announced Friday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was successfully treated for pancreatic cancer. Friday’s announcement is the second time in recent months the justice disclosed a serious medical condition after she completed treatment. In both instances, her diagnosis remained closely held for several weeks. The last 10 months have been particularly punishing for the 86-year old progressive ...

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Kavanaugh Classmate Suing HuffPost for ‘Fabricated’ Reporting

A high school classmate of Justice Brett Kavanaugh is suing HuffPost for defamation over an article about the “free-for-all” party scene at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s. The lawsuit alleges that then-HuffPost reporter Ashley Feinberg fabricated details about David Kennedy’s fatal 1984 drug overdose to capitalize on popular interest in the elite, boys-only school that followed Christine Blasey Ford’s ...

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Democratic Senator Faces Ethics Complaint After Threatening Justices With Court-Packing

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island is navigating an ethics complaint and vigorous criticism from the right after filing a brief in a Second Amendment case before the Supreme Court. The senator’s legal filing broached the possibility of court-packing and accused the justices of elevating conservative political rules over the law.  Whitehouse defended the brief, saying the court’s reputation ...

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