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AG Nominee William Barr Lambasted Mueller Tactics In Private Memo To Rosenstein

Attorney General nominee William Barr sent a memo to the Department of Justice criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, particularly those aspects of the probe relating to obstruction of justice in June. The unsolicited document, whose existence was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, argues President Donald Trump’s dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey does not rise to ...

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Judge Thwarts Trump Bid To Limit Asylum Eligibility

The Trump administration may not enforce new policies which make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain asylum due to gender or gang violence, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. said Wednesday. In a rare move, the judge then ordered the government to bring several of the migrant-plaintiffs back to the U.S. for new asylum hearings. “This ruling is a ...

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Judicial Misconduct Council Dismisses Complaints Against Brett Kavanaugh

A judicial conduct council has dismissed dozens of complaints lodged against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh alleging that he lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings. A 10-page decision released Tuesday concluded that Kavanaugh’s purported misdeeds can no longer be investigated by a judicial panel due to his confirmation to the Supreme Court. [READ the decision] Dozens ...

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Susan Collins Predicts Obamacare Will Ultimately Be Upheld

GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine predicted Friday’s decision striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be overturned on appeal and criticized the sweep of the decision. Speaking Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Collins said that the ruling went too far, even if the individual mandate is unconstitutional. “There’s no reason why the individual mandate provision can’t ...

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Trump Administration Seeks To Enforce Trans Soldiers Ban In Supreme Court

US Supreme Court

In an unusual move, the Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to let President Donald Trump’s administration enforce its ban on transgender military personnel while it litigates legal challenges to the policy. Thursday’s application is the latest in a series of aggressive measures the Trump administration has taken at the Supreme Court. “It is with great reluctance that we ...

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Republicans Take Bold Tack Against Democratic Gerrymander In The Supreme Court |

US Supreme Court

A coalition of Republican voters made a pair of bold requests while asking the Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling striking down a Democratic gerrymander in Maryland. Their case, one of several pending before the justices on this topic, could clear the way for greater judicial scrutiny over redistricting. The Supreme Court has yet to find partisan line-drawing, ...

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The Supreme Court’s Attack On The Administrative State Has Begun

US Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will take up an important question of agency power that could restrict the authority of regulators and bureaucrats to craft policy, the justices announced Monday. The case is likely the opening move in a broader attack on the power of the federal bureaucracy, which President Donald Trump and his allies in the conservative legal movement have long ...

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Kavanaugh Joins Liberals To Protect Pro-Planned Parenthood Ruling

The Supreme Court declined to review three cases relating to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood at the state level Monday, over a vigorous dissent from Justice Clarence Thomas. The dissent was significant because it indicates that Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the high court’s liberal wing to deny review of a lower court decision that favored the nation’s largest ...

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Nadler Floats Impeachment, Says New Mueller Revelations Could Justify Removing Trump

New evidence suggesting that President Donald Trump directed his onetime fixer Michael Cohen to break campaign finance laws could constitute an impeachable offense, Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York told CNN’s Jack Tapper Sunday. Sunday’s comments are significant because Nadler is the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which drafts articles of impeachment. “They would be impeachable offenses,” ...

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9th Circuit Blocks Trump Effort To Deny Asylum For Illegal Aliens

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a temporary restraining order against a Trump administration policy which denies asylum to illegal aliens. The 2-1 decision is the latest setback the 9th Circuit has rendered to President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda. “Just as we may not, as we are often reminded, ‘legislate from the bench,’ neither may the executive legislate ...

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Federal Law Forbids Encouraging Illegal Immigration. The 9th Circuit Says That’s Unconstitutional

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a federal law Tuesday that makes it illegal to “encourage or induce” someone to enter the country illegally. The three-judge panel found the provision’s sweep “criminalizes a substantial amount of protected expression” in violation of the First Amendment. Judge A. Wallace Tashima delivered the opinion for the panel, which Judges Marsha Berzon and ...

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Supreme Court Turns Down Challenge To The Border Wall

US Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to President Donald Trump’s border wall Monday, which asserted that the administration violated the Constitution when it exempted border barrier projects from environmental regulations. The plaintiffs warn of adverse effects to local ecosystems should the administration raise a wall along the border with Mexico. “It’s disappointing that the Supreme Court ...

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George H.W. Bush Has A Far-Reaching Supreme Court Legacy

As president, George H.W. Bush made two appointments to the Supreme Court: Justices David Souter and Clarence Thomas. The Thomas appointment proved especially consequential, as the justice helped articulate conservative legal philosophy at the highest levels of the judiciary, and his clerks have followed him to the heights of power. Bush also effectively launched the judicial careers of three future ...

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Michael Avenatti Says His 2020 Chances Have Gone Up Since His Arrest

Michael Avenatti

Attorney Michael Avenatti believes he is well positioned for a 2020 presidential bid, despite a dramatic shift in personal and professional fortunes. In the last six weeks, Avenatti has been arrested on a domestic violence charge, broken with his star client Stephanie Clifford in a dispute over fundraising and strategy, and been referred to the Department of Justice for criminal ...

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