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New York City Backs Off Gun Restrictions To Avoid Supreme Court Defeat

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The Supreme Court should dismiss a challenge to New York City’s gun transportation ban because a new ordinance will moot the case, city lawyers told the justices Wednesday. The ordinance and a newly-enacted state law will give the plaintiffs who challenged the transportation ban everything they have sought in court, making dismissal the appropriate course, city lawyers wrote in a ...

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Trump Will Push For Census Citizenship Question

One day after senior officials publicly abandoned their ambitions to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form, the Trump administration abruptly reversed course and told a federal judge it would continue its legal fight. Though government lawyers and census officials said the question would be excluded, President Donald Trump said by tweet Wednesday morning that his administration would ...

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White House: Judge Is Forcing ‘Open Borders’ On The Whole Country

The White House accused a federal judge of imposing an “open borders” agenda on the country Wednesday, after she issued an injunction against a new immigrant detention policy. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said in a Tuesday decision the Trump administration cannot categorically deny bond hearings to asylum-seekers. That would allow migrants to leave detention pending a decision on their ...

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US Government Going Ahead With 2020 Census Without Citizenship Question

The Trump administration will not include a citizenship question on the 2020 census form, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The decision comes after the Supreme Court ordered further proceedings in a legal dispute over the citizenship question, saying Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross concealed his reasons for adding the field. The Commerce Department supervises the Census Bureau. “The decision has been made to ...

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Federal Judge Blocks Billions Of Dollars For Border Wall Funding

A federal judge in California barred the Trump administration Friday night from reallocating $2.5 billion to construct border barriers. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam, an Obama appointee, expanded an earlier order and forbade the government from moving forward with specific border wall projects in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. He also turned the previous order into a permanent injunction. ...

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The Supreme Court Just Made An Announcement About DACA

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The Supreme Court will decide whether President Donald Trump can rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during its next term, the justices announced Friday. DACA is an Obama-era amnesty initiative that extends temporary legal status to 700,000 foreign nationals who came to the U.S. as children. The Department of Homeland Security first took steps to terminate DACA ...

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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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