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House Lawyers Say They May Use Mueller Grand Jury Materials In Senate Impeachment Trial

Lawyers for the House Judiciary Committee told a federal appeals court Monday that congressional impeachment managers could use grand jury materials from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in President Donald Trump’s Senate trial. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit asked House lawyers and the Department of Justice to address whether the House’s impeachment vote effectively ended ...

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Blue States Will Turn To Supreme Court After Appeals Court Strikes Down Obamacare Mandate

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California and a coalition of blue states defending the Affordable Care Act (ACA) told a federal judge Friday that they will appeal a lower court order striking down the individual mandate to the Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Wednesday a trial judge’s decision invalidating the mandate, saying it could no longer ...

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Trump Administration Files Statement of Interest Supporting Campus Free Speech

The Justice Department today filed a Statement of Interest in a federal lawsuit in Mississippi, explaining that public colleges cannot trample on their students’ First Amendment rights to free speech. The lawsuit is brought by a student organization and J. Michael Brown, a former student at Jones County Junior College, a public institution of higher education in Mississippi. The college’s ...

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A 9th Circuit Judge Savaged Congress For Inaction On The Immigration Crisis

Judge Jay Bybee of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals took Congress to task Thursday in an extraordinary opinion that savaged lawmakers for failing to address the immigration crisis. Bybee issued a concurring opinion in connection with a dispute over immigration and public benefits. “By constitutional design, the branch that is qualified to establish immigration policy and check any ...

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President Trump Challenges House Subpoena For His Financial Records In The Supreme Court

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President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court Thursday to take up a second case involving a subpoena for his accounting records. The petition is the latest development in a multi-front dispute over presidential immunity, separation of powers, and Trump’s financial information now playing out before the justices. The first case involves a subpoena from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who ...

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The Supreme Court Heard Its First Gun Rights Case In Years. It Might Be A Misfire

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The Supreme Court heard arguments in a gun rights case for the first time in nearly 10 years Monday, involving a challenge to since-repealed New York City rules that greatly restricted the transportation of firearms. Though the case is closely watched as a possible bellwether for future disputes over the Second Amendment, several members of the court, including Chief Justice ...

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United States Files Brief Explaining That Maryland Improperly Excluded Christian School From Scholarship Program

The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education today filed a Statement of Interest in federal court in Maryland, explaining that the Maryland State Department of Education discriminated against Bethel Christian Academy when it excluded the school from its BOOST Scholarship program due to the school’s beliefs regarding marriage and gender set forth in its Parent-Student Handbook. The ...

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Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Release Of President Trump’s Financial Records

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The Supreme Court put a lower court decision granting House Democrats access to President Donald Trump’s personal and professional financial records on hold Monday night. In effect, Monday’s stay means House Democrats cannot examine Trump’s finances before year’s end, and conceivably much longer. Neither the vote count nor the reasoning was disclosed, as is typical of orders of this nature. ...

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Trump Wins: California’s Supreme Court Nixes Law Requiring POTUS To Fork Over His Tax Returns

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California’s high court unanimously knocked down a recently passed state law requiring politicians to provide several years of tax returns before running for national office, CNN reported Thursday. President Donald Trump immediately challenged the law in court after Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, sign law in July after it sailed through the state’s Democratically-run legislation. The Republican National Committee (RNC) ...

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Chief Justice Roberts Halts Subpoena For President Trump’s Financial Records — For Now

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Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked a lower court ruling requiring President Donald Trump’s accounting firm to turn over eight years worth of Trump accounting records to the House Oversight Committee in a short Monday order. The decision, called an administrative stay, means House Democrats will not have access to Trump’s financial information until the Supreme Court decides how it ...

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The Supreme Court Looks Ready To Uphold Trump’s Bid To End DACA

A closely-divided Supreme Court seemed inclined to uphold President Donald Trump’s bid to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during arguments Tuesday morning. The high court’s conservative majority appeared to think the administration has provided an adequate basis for ending the policy, and in spaces even wondered if the courts had the power to review the dispute. ...

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Mexico Is Urging The Supreme Court To Stop Trump’s Bid To End DACA

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The government of Mexico filed an amicus (or “friend of the court”) brief urging the Supreme Court to stop President Donald Trump’s attemp to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Mexican consular officials have helped many of its nationals obtain protected status under DACA, according to the brief. The justices will hear arguments in the dispute Tuesday. ...

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New York Judge Orders Trump to Give $2 Million to Charity for Misusing Trump Foundation

New York Judge Saliann Scarpulla ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2 million to various charities for misusing his own charity organization, according to court documents. Scarpulla accused the president of breaching his obligation to the Donald J. Trump Foundation nonprofit by allowing his campaign staff to plan a fundraiser for veterans ahead of the 2016 Iowa caucuses, thus giving ...

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Obama Judge Rules Taxpayers Must Pay for Mental Health Services to Separated Migrant Families

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government must provide mental health services to the thousands of migrant parents and children who were separated at the southern border. In a ruling late Tuesday, Judge John Kronstadt of the United States District Court in Los Angeles found the Trump administration responsible for the mental trauma caused by separating illegal alien ...

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