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The Senate Confirmed 13 Conservative Trump Judges

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The Senate confirmed 13 judges chosen by President Donald Trump between Tuesday and Wednesday while America had its eyes on the Democratic primary debates. Though Senate Republicans had initially planned to confirm 19 Trump judges before leaving Washington, D.C., for August recess, they successfully confirmed four nominees Tuesday and nine Wednesday, bringing the total to 13. Speaking of the judiciary: ...

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‘Fundamental Defects’: Judge Dismisses DNC Lawsuit Against Trump Campaign, WikiLeaks Over Stolen Emails

A judge in New York on Tuesday dismissed the Democratic National Committee lawsuit against members of the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, saying that they were not legally liable for publicizing emails that Russian hackers stole from the party’s computer systems. “The DNC has now had three chances to plead a viable complaint and it is not clear how the DNC ...

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Supreme Court Sides with Trump to Allow 100 Miles of Wall Using Military Funds

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The Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump to reprogram $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds to start construction on 100 miles of border wall in a late Friday order. The five conservative justices voted with the government in full. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan indicated their full dissent. Justice Stephen Breyer proposed a compromise in a partial ...

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Justice Ginsburg Shields Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh From Left-Wing Criticism

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended President Donald Trump’s two appointees to the Supreme Court and rebuffed progressive proposals to expand the tribunal this week. The justice has proved a steady defender of the high court, as its newly entrenched conservative majority is becoming a regular target of left-wing criticism. “I can say that my two newest colleagues are very decent ...

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Justice Ginsburg Pans Democratic Push To Pack The Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared her opposition to court-packing proposals that have gained traction among Democratic 2020 contenders in an interview published Wednesday. Ginsburg said the Court functions well at the current number of personnel in a wide-ranging conversation with NPR, and panned prior efforts to expand the panel as quixotic. “Nine seems to be a good number,” ...

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There’s A Full-Fledged Fight Over The Wall Going On In The Supreme Court

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The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to stay a lower court order blocking reallocation of Pentagon funds for the border wall on July 12. In a pair of new filings, House Democrats and environmental groups asked the justices to reject that request, saying it would give the government a permanent victory and seriously damage to congressional power. The Court ...

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Appeals Court Knocks Down Bids To Block Trump Administration’s Title X Abortion Clinic Rule

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected bids to temporarily block a rule on federal funding for abortion clinics Thursday. The appeals court allowed a June 20 decision to stand by a 7-4 vote, allowing the Trump administration to strip federal funding of clinics that fails to comply with its Title X regulations, according to Reuters. All seven of the ...

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Judge Rejects Trump Bid To Switch Legal Team In Census Citizenship Question Case

A federal judge in Manhattan denied the Trump administration’s request to change its legal team in the census citizenship question case Tuesday, adding further complications to the tumultuous litigation. Court rules require government lawyers to give persuasive reasons for the substitutions in sworn affidavits and show the transition will not delay proceedings, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman said. The decision ...

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Federal Judge Puts Last-Minute Block On Trump’s Rule Forcing Drug Companies To Include Prices In TV Ads |

A federal judge put a last-minute block on the Trump administration’s rule forcing drug companies to include prices in television ads Monday night. “To be sure, the costs imposed by the …  Rule amount to a rounding error for the pharmaceutical industry,” Judge Amit Mehta wrote in his ruling according to Stat News. “But that argument misses the point. It ...

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Red States Request Delay In Big Obamacare Case

A coalition of red states led by Texas requested Monday that they receive 20 extra days to file a supplemental brief and a delay of opening arguments in a case they hope will overturn Obamacare in front of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “As of today, it appears unlikely that any such response will be completed by the ...

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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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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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