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Jury Acquits Greg Craig In Case Spun Off From Mueller Probe

A federal jury on Wednesday acquitted former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig on charges that he lied to federal officials regarding his work on behalf of the Ukrainian government in 2012. The Washington, D.C. jury delivered the verdict after several hours of deliberation. The case was spun off from an investigation that originated with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia ...

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Ginsburg On Cancer Treatment: ‘I’m On My Way To Being Very Well’

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said her health is improving after a fourth bout with cancer Saturday, telling a friendly audience in Washington, D.C., that her work sustains her during difficult periods. The Supreme Court announced Aug. 23 that the 86-year-old progressive icon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “This audience can see that I am alive,” Ginsburg said during ...

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Court Overturns Conviction Of Five-Time Deported Immigrant Who Shot Kate Steinle

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A California court overturned the conviction Friday of a five-time deported homeless illegal immigrant who shot Kate Steinle in 2015. The 1st District Court of Appeals ruled that the trial judge erred in not giving the jury “the momentary possession instruction,” NPR reported. “It is undisputed that defendant was holding the gun when it fired. But that fact alone does ...

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This Is The Most Important Religious Liberty Decision Since Masterpiece Cakeshop

A federal appeals court has ruled for the first time that religious believers can invoke the First Amendment when declining to participate in same-sex weddings. The case involves a Christian couple named Carl and Angel Larsen, who operate a media production company.  The Larsens want to expand their business to include weddings, but a Minnesota state law requires that they ...

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Trump Asks Supreme Court For Clearance To Enforce Tough Asylum Rules, Citing ‘Unprecedented Surge’

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The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court Monday to allow enforcement of new immigration rules that would deny asylum to migrants who did not seek protected status in a country they passed through on their way to the southern border. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, a federal judge in San Francisco, entered a preliminary injunction against those rules on July ...

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Judge Rules Men Who Lied About Being Veterans For Shorter Sentences Must Wear Signs That Say, ‘I Am A Liar’

A Montana judge sentenced two men to prison on Aug. 23 for separate crimes and ruled they would not be eligible for parole until they complete a writing assignment for lying about military service. Cascade County District Judge Greg Pinski ordered Ryan Patrick Morris, 28, and Troy Allan Nelson, 33, to hand write 6,756 names of U.S. veterans killed in ...

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Ginsburg Completes Radiation Therapy Before Disclosing Cancer Diagnosis

The Supreme Court announced Friday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was successfully treated for pancreatic cancer. Friday’s announcement is the second time in recent months the justice disclosed a serious medical condition after she completed treatment. In both instances, her diagnosis remained closely held for several weeks. The last 10 months have been particularly punishing for the 86-year old progressive ...

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Democratic Senator Faces Ethics Complaint After Threatening Justices With Court-Packing

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island is navigating an ethics complaint and vigorous criticism from the right after filing a brief in a Second Amendment case before the Supreme Court. The senator’s legal filing broached the possibility of court-packing and accused the justices of elevating conservative political rules over the law.  Whitehouse defended the brief, saying the court’s reputation ...

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Civil Rights Law Doesn’t Cover Transgender Workers, Trump Administration Tells Supreme Court

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The Department of Justice told the Supreme Court that federal civil rights law does not bar discrimination based on transgender status in a LGBT rights case the justices will hear in the autumn.  The case arose when a transgender employee was dismissed from a Michigan funeral home for failure to abide by the employee dress code.  The case pits the ...

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Federal Court Allows Trump To Reject Asylum Seekers At Border

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A federal appeals court delivered President Donald Trump a limited victory in his bid to reject asylum seekers from Central America and other countries. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Trump administration can enforce its asylum ban in a partial capacity, allowing the administration to turn back asylum seekers who passed through a “third” country and ...

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Judge Rules NRA Lawsuit Against Los Angeles Over Contractor Disclosure Law Can Proceed

A federal judge Monday ruled that a lawsuit against Los Angeles by the National Rifle Association (NRA) over the city’s vendor disclosure law can proceed. The NRA filed the lawsuit in April to challenge the city’s new law that requires contractors to disclose contracts or sponsorship with the gun-rights organization, City News Service reported. U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson rejected ...

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Nonprofit Group Inches Closer To Revealing Maryland AG’s Role In Promoting Climate Crusade

A Virginia-based law firm filed a court motion Thursday to compel Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to provide a document revealing details about the Democratic lawman’s wide-ranging climate crusades. Government Accountability & Oversight’s lawsuit seeks to compel Frosh into revealing a memo supposedly showing promises Frosh made to donors regarding agendas they wanted covered. Frosh insists his application for assistants ...

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House Democrats Are Coming For Brett Kavanaugh

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee asked the National Archives Tuesday to release a cache of documents from Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s service in the George W. Bush White House. The request tracks Democratic promises to scrutinize Kavanaugh even after his confirmation to the Supreme Court. “The Senate Judiciary Committee received only a small fraction of Justice Kavanaugh’s White House records ...

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ACLU Sues To Stop Trump From Deporting Illegals So Quickly

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to block a Trump administration policy that fast-tracks deportations of illegal aliens. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of immigrant-rights groups We Count! and Make the Road New York, argues that President Donald Trump’s expansion of expedited removal has stripped immigrants of due process and has led to ...

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