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  • Bob Dole makes Senate endorsement as GOP scrambles to block Kris Kobach

    01/25/2020 2:51:54 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 1/13/20 | David Drucker
    Former GOP senator and 1996 presidential nominee Bob Dole, 96, endorsed Rep. Roger Marshall for Senate as the GOP establishment coalesced around the congressman following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's decision not to run this year. The endorsement of Dole, 96, came a week after Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he planned to continue in President Trump's cabinet. McConnell and his leadership deputies recruited Pompeo in a bid to block Kris Kobach from the nomination, worrying the immigration hawk was too provocative to win a general election in otherwise deep-red Kansas. With Pompeo...
  • Supreme Court appears likely to allow public funding for religious schools

    01/22/2020 1:31:11 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | January 22, 2020 | by Peter Williams
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seemed prepared Wednesday to rule that states violate the U.S. Constitution if they prevent religious schools from receiving some state benefits. During an hour of courtroom argument, the court's conservatives indicated they were inclined to lower somewhat the wall of separation between church and state. If that's how the court rules, it could affect laws or constitutional provisions in 37 states that currently bar public funding for schools and churches. The case involved a Montana program launched in 2015 to provide tax credits for people and businesses that donate to private schools. The organizations that...
  • Judge describes white supremacist said to be headed to Richmond’s pro-gun rally as “very dangerous”

    01/22/2020 9:44:10 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 16 replies
    wsls ^ | Jan 22, 2020 | AP WIRE
    RICHMOND, Va. – A federal judge in Maryland has ruled that a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist who’s linked to a violent white supremacist group will remain in custody. U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Sullivan said Wednesday that Patrik Mathews is a “very dangerous person” who “espouses very dangerous beliefs.” Sullivan ordered Mathews detained pending a Jan. 30 preliminary hearing. Mathews and two other men were arrested last Thursday on federal felony charges in Maryland and Delaware. Authorities said they were believed to be headed to a pro-gun rally in Virginia’s capital. Monday’s event in Richmond had ended peacefully.
  • Supreme Court To Decide If Atheism Can Keep Its Monopoly On K-12 Schools

    01/22/2020 7:49:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/22/2020 | Joy Pullmann
    Today the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that could determine whether parents and taxpayers have any choices about the kind of religion American children are taught with taxpayer funds. Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue concerns whether private donations may support schools that make their religious beliefs explicit. It could also undo a century of U.S. court and legislative decisions that used animus between Protestants and Catholics to attack the faith of both kinds of Christians’ children over the last century.Five years ago, Montana’s legislature enacted a tiny school choice program that allows residents to deduct up to...
  • This—Not the Wall—Will Be Trump’s Most Enduring Legacy

    01/22/2020 6:26:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | January 22, 2020 | Dale Wilcox
    Despite his short time in politics, President Trump has mastered the art of the stump speech. Beyond his trademark speaking style, he has proven adept at firing up his base by citing the most popular accomplishments of his administration. Among those garnering the loudest reactions are construction of the border wall, reforming the Veterans Administration and getting more worker-friendly trade deals. Big cheers all around. Further down the list is the presidentÂ’s growing number of appointments to the federal bench. It gets applause, but do people really understand what it means? While it lacks the red-meat sizzle of the border...
  • All Nonprofits Should be Terrified of this New Court Decision

    01/20/2020 4:54:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | January 20, 2020 | Rachel Alexander
    If you raise money for a nonprofit, but don’t finish all of the projects you were raising it for, you could go to prison for 10 years. This is no exaggeration. This is what happened to former Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas. Earlier this month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a conviction against him for that very reason. Two of the three judges on the panel were Obama appointees. The third judge, who wrote the opinion, is 82 and was so ill he never showed up for oral arguments. Shockingly, he wrote a politically charged opinion, evidenced right...
  • Judge Blocks Trump's Executive Order Allowing Local Officials To Reject Refugees

    01/20/2020 3:37:28 PM PST · by kiryandil · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | January 15, 2020 | Bobby Allyn
    A federal judge in Maryland has blocked the Trump administration's executive order allowing state and local governments to turn away refugees from resettling in their communities. In September, President Trump announced that groups that help refugees find places to live must first get written consent from local and state jurisdictions before resettling them. Immigration advocates challenged the executive order in federal court, calling it cruel and shortsighted. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte said the executive order "does not appear to serve the overall public interest." In his 31-page opinion issued Wednesday, he wrote that the order gives states and local...
  • Judge rejects Trump push to dismiss emoluments lawsuit

    03/28/2018 10:32:00 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/28/2018 | Morgan Gstalter
    A federal judge has rejected President Trump’s push to dismiss a lawsuit against him for allegedly violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte in Maryland shut down the Justice Department’s arguments to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the attorney generals in D.C and Maryland, according to court documents. Trump is accused of violating the clause, which prevents elected officials from receiving gifts or benefits from foreign governments without Congress’s approval. --This breaking news report will be updated.
  • 14 states, NYC, DC sue Trump admin over work requirement rule that would cut 700,000 from food stamps

    01/19/2020 9:00:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/19/2020 | Leonardo Blair
    Calling it “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion” and contrary to law, 14 states, New York City and Washington, D.C., asked a federal court in a lawsuit Thursday to vacate a final rule that if implemented will cut off nearly 700,000 people from food stamp benefits due to the imposition of stricter requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents.“Plaintiffs respectfully request that this Court vacate the Rule and enjoin its implementation because it is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and otherwise not in accordance with law under the Administrative Procedure…because the Rule was promulgated without observance of procedure required by...
  • Former Rep. Chris Collins Sentenced to 26 Months in Prison

    01/18/2020 2:39:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    NY1 ^ | JAN. 17, 2020 | Jeevan Vittal, BOBBY CUZA
    Former Congressman Chris Collins has learned his fate in his federal insider trading case. A U.S. District judge sentenced him to 26 months in prison Friday. He was also fined $200,000. Collins pleaded guilty to securities fraud conspiracy and making false statements to the FBI. He was sentenced in federal court in Manhattan. It’s the culmination of a case that began back in August 2018 when Collins was first arrested and charged with this insider trading scheme. He maintained his innocence and won re-election. Then last year, he reversed course, pleaded guilty, and resigned from his office in Congress. Collins...
  • Little Sisters Return to Supreme Court for Third Time in New Contraception Case

    01/18/2020 5:36:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/17/20 | Staff
    The Supreme Court has twice protected the Catholic nuns. Now their case is before the Court once again.WASHINGTON, D.C., January 17, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The Supreme Court will once again weigh in on the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor in their legal battle against the HHS contraceptive mandate. The Supreme Court has twice protected the Catholic nuns, and an HHS rule issued in 2018 protects religious non-profits, but several states have dragged the Little Sisters of the Poor back to court. In Little Sisters of the Poor v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Little Sisters are defending their...
  • 'Faithless elector': Supreme Court will hear case that could change how presidents are chosen

    01/17/2020 12:57:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 97 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 17, 2020 | by Pete Williams
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up an issue that could change a key element of the system America uses to elect its president, with a decision likely in the spring just as the campaign heats up. The answer to the question could be a decisive one: Are the electors who cast the actual Electoral College ballots for president and vice president required to follow the results of the popular vote in their states? Or are they free to vote as they wish? A decision that they are free agents could give a single elector, or a...
  • Appeals Court Throws Out Climate Change Lawsuit

    01/17/2020 2:20:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | January 17, 2020 | Reagan McCarthy
    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals did no favors for the climate alarmism movement this afternoon, after the panel of judges in San Francisco threw out a lawsuit against the government based on climate change. The suit was filed in 2015 by a group of young climate alarmists, insisting that the government is solely responsible for creating climate change via cooperating with the fossil fuel industry. The suit claims that the government turned a blind eye to the potential for damage via carbon emissions. Lawyers serving both Presidents Obama and Trump asserted that the government is not at fault because a...
  • New York sues Trump administration to enforce Clean Air Act

    01/16/2020 2:00:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2020 | by Daniel Trotta
    New York and Connecticut sued the Trump administration on Thursday, alleging it has failed to enforce the U.S. Clean Air Act and allowed five neighboring states to pump unhealthy levels of pollution into their states. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan asks the court to compel President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency to protect states that are downwind from other states with excessive air pollution. “More than two-thirds of New Yorkers regularly breathe unhealthy air, yet the Trump administration continues to ignore the smog caused by upwind air pollution,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in...
  • DuBois column: A review of lawsuits on livestock grazing

    01/15/2020 10:21:52 AM PST · by cowpoke · 9 replies
    NM Stockman ^ | 1/01/2020 | Frank DuBois
    A review of lawsuits on livestock grazing  Hammond grazing permits On December 20 of 2019, federal judge Michael H. Simon revoked the grazing permit for Hammond Ranches Inc., finding that former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s order renewing it earlier this year was an “abuse of discretion.'' Background: The Hammonds had 4 different grazing permits on BLM lands. In June of 2012 Steve and Dwight Hammond were convicted of intentionally setting fires on BLM land. On Oct. 30, 2012 federal judge Michael. H. Hogan sentenced Steve Hammond to 12 months and one day of imprisonment and 3 years of supervised...
  • Wisconsin court blocks purging of more than 200,000 voters from rolls

    01/14/2020 12:11:10 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01 14 2020 | John Kruzel
    A Wisconsin state court of appeals on Tuesday put on hold a ruling requiring the urgent removal of more than 200,000 names from the state’s voter rolls, the latest twist in a closely watched legal fight playing out in the battleground state ahead of the 2020 election. The ruling comes after a lower court judge last month ordered the purging of roughly 234,000 people from voter rolls because they may have moved, and a day after the state's elections commission and several of its members were found in contempt of court for not complying with the removal order. The latest...
  • The Un-Elected Californian who Engineered Virginia’s Permanent Democrat Majority

    01/10/2020 12:22:50 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 14 replies
    Identity Dixie ^ | November 6th 2019 | Fulwar Skipwith
    Last year, a court ruled that 11 VA House districts were unconstitutional, finding that lawmakers improperly prioritized race to draw African-American voters into majority-minority districts. The court gave the General Assembly a chance to redraw the map last fall, but it became clear the Republican House and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam could not agree on a plan. A federal court ruled last year that Dr. Bernard Grofman could re-draw the Virginia legislative districts however he liked. Grofman is a professor at the University of California-Irvine, whose degrees in Mathematics (1966) and his MA (1968) and PhD (1972) in Political Science...
  • Appeals court allows $3.6 billion in military funds for border wall

    01/09/2020 9:16:27 AM PST · by MaxistheBest · 29 replies ^ | 01/09/2020 | Travis Pittman
    A federal appeals court has ruled the Trump administration can divert $3.6 billion in military funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Multiple reports indicate the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to temporarily stay a lower court ruling out of Texas. Reuters reports the stay is pending an appeal by the Trump administration of the ruling by a federal judge that prevented the transfer of funds. El Paso County, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights have been challenging the funds transfer. The panel noted that the U.S. Supreme Court had issued a stay in...
  • Court allows Trump to use $3.6 billion in military funds to build border barriers

    01/09/2020 1:54:56 AM PST · by Texan4Life · 27 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9 JAN 2020 | Camilo Montoya-Galvez
    A federal appeals court in Louisiana on Wednesday ruled the government can use $3.6 billion in military funds to construct border barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a 2-1 ruling, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, granted the administration's request for the court to stay, or temporarily halt, a ruling made last month by a federal judge in El Paso that blocked officials from using the Pentagon funds to fulfill one of President Trump's main campaign pledges.
  • Federal judge to block latest North Carolina voter ID mandate

    01/01/2020 9:13:46 AM PST · by RideForever · 47 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/31/2019 | (AP) American Presstitutes
    A federal court announced that next week U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs will formally block a photo ID requirement scheduled to begin in 2020. Unless the upcoming preliminary injunction is successfully appealed, the requirement will be halted until a lawsuit filed by the state NAACP and others is resolved.