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Trump, Bush Can Review Democratic Request For Kavanaugh White House Files

President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush can review a request from House Democrats for records relating to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s work as a top White House aide. The National Archives, the agency to whom Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee directed their request, is required by federal law to notify the sitting president and former presidents of ...

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Bill Clinton Wanted To Appoint A Lawmaker Caught In The Epstein Scandal To The Supreme Court

An alleged sex slave of the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein accused several powerful men of misconduct in a newly unsealed deposition, including a powerful Democratic lawmaker who turned down an appointment to the Supreme Court.  Virginia Giuffre said Epstein directed her to perform erotic massages and sexual intercourse with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell of Maine, an elder statesmen in the ...

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The Justice Department Is Gearing Up For A Big Fight With The Immigration Judges Union

The Trump administration asked a federal panel to revoke the exclusive right of a public sector union to represent immigration judges in collective bargaining Friday. The union, the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), has been at odds with the administration over substantive policy directives and the independence of the immigration courts. Federal law defines management officials as “any individual ...

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With Impeachment In Sight, House Democrats File Lawsuit Against McGahn

The House Judiciary Committee took a decisive step toward impeachment proceedings Wednesday, filing a lawsuit in federal court to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before the panel. McGahn’s testimony is essential to an ongoing impeachment inquiry, congressional lawyers wrote in court filings, since he is the primary witness to the president’s alleged attempts to obstruct special ...

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House Democrats Are Coming For Brett Kavanaugh

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee asked the National Archives Tuesday to release a cache of documents from Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s service in the George W. Bush White House. The request tracks Democratic promises to scrutinize Kavanaugh even after his confirmation to the Supreme Court. “The Senate Judiciary Committee received only a small fraction of Justice Kavanaugh’s White House records ...

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Supreme Court Sides with Trump to Allow 100 Miles of Wall Using Military Funds

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The Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump to reprogram $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds to start construction on 100 miles of border wall in a late Friday order. The five conservative justices voted with the government in full. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan indicated their full dissent. Justice Stephen Breyer proposed a compromise in a partial ...

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Justice Ginsburg Shields Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh From Left-Wing Criticism

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended President Donald Trump’s two appointees to the Supreme Court and rebuffed progressive proposals to expand the tribunal this week. The justice has proved a steady defender of the high court, as its newly entrenched conservative majority is becoming a regular target of left-wing criticism. “I can say that my two newest colleagues are very decent ...

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Justice Ginsburg Pans Democratic Push To Pack The Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared her opposition to court-packing proposals that have gained traction among Democratic 2020 contenders in an interview published Wednesday. Ginsburg said the Court functions well at the current number of personnel in a wide-ranging conversation with NPR, and panned prior efforts to expand the panel as quixotic. “Nine seems to be a good number,” ...

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There’s A Full-Fledged Fight Over The Wall Going On In The Supreme Court

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The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to stay a lower court order blocking reallocation of Pentagon funds for the border wall on July 12. In a pair of new filings, House Democrats and environmental groups asked the justices to reject that request, saying it would give the government a permanent victory and seriously damage to congressional power. The Court ...

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Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dies At 99

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the Republican corporate lawyer who became the leader of the Court’s liberal wing, died Tuesday night in Ft. Lauderdala, Florida. He was 99. The Supreme Court’s public information office said Stevens died from complications of a stroke suffered earlier in the day. “A son of the midwest heartland and a veteran of World ...

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Was Brett Kavanaugh Saved By His Enemies?

Democratic opposition to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court was as determined as it was ham-fisted. Framing fresh reporting with intelligent analysis, authors Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino skillfully catalogue the stunning blunders that made Kavanaugh’s confirmation possible in their new book, “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.” After dozens of ...

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The Border Wall Fight Just Got To The Supreme Court

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The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court for clearance to begin constructing 100 miles of fencing through drug-smuggling corridors along the U.S.–Mexico border. The request comes after U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam forbade the administration from using $2.5 billion in military funds for border wall construction. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the administration’s request to stay that ruling ...

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Judge Rejects Trump Bid To Switch Legal Team In Census Citizenship Question Case

A federal judge in Manhattan denied the Trump administration’s request to change its legal team in the census citizenship question case Tuesday, adding further complications to the tumultuous litigation. Court rules require government lawyers to give persuasive reasons for the substitutions in sworn affidavits and show the transition will not delay proceedings, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman said. The decision ...

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It’s Unconstitutional For President Trump To Block Twitter Critics, Appeals Court Says

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President Donald Trump cannot block Twitter critics from his @realDonaldTrump account, a federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday. The New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the president’s Twitter account creates a public forum, and blocking users based on viewpoint violates the First Amendment. The decision tees up a possible appeal to the Supreme Court. “We do conclude, however, ...

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New Book On Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Has Incendiary Allegations About Christine Blasey Ford

“This depiction of Holton-Arms as Studio 54 on the Potomac may be nothing more than adolescent posturing, and only the alumnae can judge how accurately it reflects their social life in the early 1980s,” the authors write. “But it is clear that a lack of vigilance by the yearbook’s faculty adviser and bacchanalian extracurricular activities were by no means unique ...

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