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Obama-Appointed Judge Blocks Trump’s Health Care Rule For Immigrants

Michale Simon, an Oregon federal judge, issued a temporary restraining order against the Trump administration’s health care requirement for immigrant applicants.  Trump in October issued a presidential proclamation, calling on green card applicants to prove that they can obtain health insurance or prove that can pay for their own health care in order to be approved.  Simon’s decision marks the ...

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DC Circuit Halts Disclosure Of Mueller Grand Jury Materials Just Hours Before Release

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit temporarily halted the release of grand jury materials from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation Tuesday, just hours ahead of their scheduled distribution. A three judge panel issued a short directive saying the grand jury documents will be temporarily withheld while it considers an emergency appeal from the Department of Justice ...

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President Trump Is Challenging California’s Sanctuary Law In The Supreme Court

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The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to toss a California law barring state authorities from cooperating with federal immigration officials.  The California Values Act, or SB 54, bans law enforcement from transferring criminal aliens to immigration authorities or sharing personal information about migrants. The parties in the case are playing somewhat against type: Trump is relying on a ...

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Judge Orders DOJ To Give Mueller Grand Jury Material To House Democrats

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Justice Department to provide grand jury materials from the special counsel’s investigation to the House Judiciary Committee, in what will be hailed as a major legal win for congressional Democrats. Judge Beryl Howell set Oct. 30 as the deadline for DOJ to provide grand jury information cited in the special counsel’s report, which ...

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United States Files Lawsuit Against State of California for Unlawful Cap and Trade Agreement with the Canadian Province of Quebec

The United States today filed a civil complaint against the state of California, several of its officers, the California Air Resources Board, and the Western Climate Initiative Inc., for unlawfully entering a cap and trade agreement with the Canadian Province of Quebec. “The state of California has veered outside of its proper constitutional lane to enter into an international emissions ...

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Supreme Court Tosses Challenge to Michigan’s Republican-Drawn District Lines

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The Supreme Court effectively ended a gerrymandering challenge to Michigan’s Republican-drawn legislative districts Monday, after a three-judge panel ordered the state to produce new maps ahead of the 2020 elections. Monday’s decision was widely expected. Both parties in the case agreed that the high court’s June decision finding federal courts cannot hear partisan gerrymandering challenges foreclosed further litigating. “While appellees ...

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This Agency Is Elizabeth Warren’s Brainchild. The Supreme Court Will Decide If It’s Constitutional

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The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear a constitutional challenge to the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a watchdog agency whose existence is largely credited to Massachusetts Democratic. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The bureau is arranged to insulate its employees from political pressure and ensure its independence from big banks and financial institutions. At issue in ...

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Clinton-Appointed Judge Strikes Down Emergency Funding For Border Wall

A Texas federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump’s emergency funding for a southern border wall to be unlawful, the latest roadblock in the administration’s attempt to build hundreds of miles of new border wall. Judge David Briones, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, ruled on Friday ...

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Appeals Court Upholds Subpoena For Trump Accounting Records, Teeing Up Supreme Court Fight

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a subpoena for President Donald Trump’s accounting records Friday, potentially teeing up a landmark fight between the president and Congress in the Supreme Court. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena to Mazars USA LLP after erstwhile Trump associate Michael Cohen accused the president of inflating assets ...

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New York Tried Really Hard To Keep A Challenge To Its Gun Rules Out Of The Supreme Court. It Hasn’t Worked

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A challenge to New York City’s gun transportation regulations will move forward at the Supreme Court, despite a concerted effort to convince the justices to dismiss the case. After the justices agreed to hear a challenge to New York’s ordinance, the city relaxed its regulations and asked the high court to dismiss the case as moot. “Mootness” means that the ...

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The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Encouraging Illegal Immigration Is Protected Speech

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The Supreme Court will decide whether a federal law that criminalizes encouraging or inducing illegal immigration violates the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee.  A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law is overbroad, meaning it encompasses too much protected speech compared to its legitimate applications. The dispute involves an immigration consultant called Evelyn Sineneng-Smith ...

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ACLU Sues To Make Trump Administration Pay Migrant Families Separated At Border

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The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Thursday, demanding the federal government pay damages to migrant families who were separated under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Arizona, calls for punitive and compensatory damages from the Trump administration, according to court filings. The progressive organization also wants ...

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Court Backs Trump’s Move To Cancel Net Neutrality, Calling Critics Arguments ‘Unconvincing’

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A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration acted lawfully when it nixed the net neutrality rules in 2017, dealing a blow to activists who argued the repeal was a give away to the telecommunications industry. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Federal Communications Commission and its Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, finding that net neutrality ...

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Obama Judge Issues Preliminary Ruling Against Indefininte Family Detention

A federal judge has issued a tentative order against the Trump administration’s plan to detain migrant families for the entire duration of their court proceedings. In a major blow to the President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda, Judge Dolly Gee of the Federal District Court in Los Angeles issued a preliminary ruling on Friday that, at least temporarily, strikes down its attempt ...

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Federal Judge Wants AOC to Explain In Court Why She Blocks Twitter Critics

A federal judge in New York City ordered Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to give testimony in a lawsuit alleging she violated the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter. U.S. District Judge Frederic Block asked for the congresswoman’s testimony during a Thursday hearing in a Brooklyn federal court. After accepting evidence and hearing witness testimony, the judge said the hearing ...

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