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Trump Floats Census Delay After Supreme Court Ruling On Citizenship Question

Trump Floats Census Delay After Supreme Court Ruling On Citizenship Question Kevin Daley on June 27, 2019 President Donald Trump proposed delaying the decennial census after the Supreme Court delivered a mixed decision Thursday mandating more fact-finding in the census citizenship question case. In a pair of tweets following the Thursday morning decision, the president suggested that he would delay ...

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The Supreme Court Just Ruled On The Census Citizenship Question

The Supreme Court ordered further proceedings in the dispute over a citizenship question on the 2020 census form Thursday, saying the Trump administration apparently concealed its true reason for adding the query. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the Court’s opinion, portions of which were unanimous. “It is rare to review a record as extensive as the one before us when ...

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The Supreme Court Just Handed Down A Big Decision On Partisan Gerrymandering

In a decision with far-reaching implications for national politics, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that federal courts do not have power to review partisan gerrymandering claims. The decision was 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the conservative majority. Justice Elena Kagan led the liberal bloc in dissent. Gerrymandering divides the Court into the usual ideological coalitions. While the ...

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Liberals Win The Day At Supreme Court, Though Gerrymandering And Census Cases Remain

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The Supreme Court’s liberal bloc scored a pair of victories Wednesday, securing conservative votes to side with a criminal defendant in a mandatory minimum dispute and preserve precedents protecting agency power. The vote in the first case was 5-4, with Justice Neil Gorsuch delivering the decisive fifth vote with the liberal bloc for the fourth time this term. The second ...

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Chaos Reigns Ahead Of Supreme Court Ruling On Citizenship Question

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The Trump administration filed an extraordinary last-minute request at the Supreme Court in the census citizenship question case Tuesday, asking the justices to resolve a late-breaking controversy just hours before handing down their decision. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals provoked the government’s petition after a Tuesday afternoon ruling, in which it authorized a federal judge in Maryland to ...

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New Campaign Urges 2020 Dems To Release ‘Secret List’ Of Supreme Court Picks

The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), a conservative advocacy group, put $1.1 million behind a two-week national ad campaign calling on Democratic presidential candidates to release the names of possible Supreme Court appointees. The push comes after The New York Times revealed that liberal interest groups, labor unions, law professors, and attorneys are quietly coordinating a campaign to identify and groom ...

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Justice Gorsuch Joins Liberals To Deal Victory For Criminal Defendants

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Justice Neil Gorsuch joined with the Supreme Court’s liberal bloc to deal victory for criminal defendants Monday, striking down a federal law that punishes gun crimes as unconstitutionally vague. The law at issue authorizes heightened penalties for individuals who use firearms to a commit a “crime of violence.” “Only the people’s elected representatives in Congress have the power to write ...

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Kagan Seethes As High Court Conservatives Deliver Property Rights Win

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An ideologically divided Supreme Court delivered a victory for property owners Friday, over a vigorous dissent from Justice Elena Kagan that accused the conservative majority of smashing “hundred-plus years of legal rulings to smithereens.” The dissent noted Friday’s case was the second time this term that the conservative justices have overturned a controlling precedent, prompting Kagan to ask, forebodingly, which ...

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Racial Bias Runs Deep In The Supreme Court’s Latest Decision

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Curtis Flowers of Mississippi has stood trial six times in connection with a grisly quadruple homicide in a small town called Winona. The Supreme Court threw out the latest of those convictions Friday, saying prosecutors rigged the jury along racial lines.  The justices said prosecutor Doug Evans, who tried all six cases, repeatedly demonstrated discriminatory intent.  The Supreme Court tossed ...

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The Supreme Court Just Upheld A War Memorial Cross On Public Land

The Supreme Court turned back a constitutional challenge to a cross-shaped war memorial in Maryland Thursday, finding that the monument does not violate the First Amendment. Justice Samuel Alito delivered the opinion for a seven-justice majority. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Peace Cross impermissibly endorses Christianity. The so-called “reasonable observer” test ...

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Trump Officials Deny Census Conspiracy In Closed Door Congressional Testimony

Senior Trump administration officials involved with preparations for the 2020 census denied the existence of a partisan conspiracy to add a citizenship question to the census form during closed-door testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The denials come as congressional Democrats and civil rights groups allege that administration aides covertly worked with the White House and a ...

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Supreme Court Upholds Double Jeopardy Rule That Might Weaken Reach Of Trump’s Pardons

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The Supreme Court left undisturbed Monday a legal rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute individuals for the same conduct despite the Constitution’s ban on double jeopardy. The case was closely watched because of its possible ramifications for President Donald Trump, given continued speculation that he could pardon confidants facing criminal convictions like Paul Manafort. The pardon power ...

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How Well Does A Supreme Court Justice Live? See For Yourself

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has released 2018 financial disclosure forms for members of the Supreme Court, prompting familiar criticisms over cursory reporting requirements and conflicts of interest. The disclosures offer a general view of each justice’s financial situation, their annual release occasions discussions over travel reimbursements and stock holdings. A list of disclosure forms is available at ...

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Judicial Nominee Accused Of Anti-Catholic Bias Withdraws After Conservative Revolt

Attorney Michael Bogren has withdrawn from consideration for a Michigan federal trial court after a group of Republican senators accused him of displaying anti-religious prejudice in his legal practice. The lawmakers, led by Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley, raised concerns over Bogren’s work on behalf of the city of East Lansing in its bid to exclude a Catholic family business ...

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Trump Escalates Standoff With House, Claims Executive Privilege Over Census Records

President Donald Trump is claiming executive privilege over administration documents regarding the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 census form, as House Democrats prepare to hold two cabinet secretaries in contempt over the dispute. The move comes after Attorney General William Barr warned that President Trump would assert privilege over the census records if the House Oversight and ...

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