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  • Supreme Court to Consider Internet Sales Tax Collection

    01/14/2018 11:34:10 AM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 12, 2018 | Brent Kendall and Richard Rubin
    The Supreme Court on Friday said it would consider whether states can broadly require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if they lack a physical presence in the state, taking a case that could have a major impact on online commerce. The justices on Friday took up that call, explicitly agreeing to consider whether the earlier high-court precedent should be overruled. “My bet is that they are looking at it to overturn,” said Edward Zelinsky, a tax-law professor at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law. The alternative, he said, would be to point to this issue as an example...
  • Supreme court agrees to consider internet sales taxes

    01/14/2018 9:15:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    NBC News ^ | Jan 12 2018, 5:55 PM ET | Pete Williams
    The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide if states should be able to collect taxes on internet sales, which would generate billions in revenue for local governments, but also raise the cost of online shopping for consumers. Just over a quarter-century ago, the court ruled that a state could not force mail order catalog companies to collect sales taxes unless they had a physical presence in the state. Led by South Dakota, 36 states want the court to take another look at the issue, arguing that the 1992 decision was issued “before Amazon was even selling books out of Jeff...
  • U.S. Supreme Court will hear Texas redistricting case

    01/13/2018 9:38:14 AM PST · by Elderberry · 15 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1/12/2018 | Andrea Zelinski and Kevin Diaz
    Texas' disputed U.S. and state House maps will come under an election-year review by the U.S. Supreme Court in a nationally-followed case that alleges racial discrimination by the state Legislature. The justices agreed Friday to review a lower-court ruling that took issue with a pair of U.S. House districts and several state House districts. The Republican-drawn maps – hotly disputed by Democrats – have muddled through the courts for three election cycles amid challenges that several of the districts were drawn in a way that diluted voting power for Latino and African American voters. "They didn't just cheat to get...
  • Supreme Court appears likely to approve Ohio’s voter purging

    01/10/2018 1:42:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | January 10, 2018 | by Pete Williams
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court seemed inclined Wednesday to rule for Ohio in a legal fight over the state's method for removing people from the list of registered voters. Civil rights groups say it discourages minority turnout. But a lawyer for the state told the court that the process helps keep voter registration lists accurate and up to date. And a bare majority of the justices seemed to agree with the state officials. "They want to protect the voter roll from people that have moved, and they're voting in the wrong district," said Anthony Kennedy, often the deciding vote...
  • A juror called this death row inmate the n-word. Supreme Court is sending case to lower court

    01/08/2018 1:40:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | January 8, 2018 | By ADAM KELSEY
    The Supreme Court sent the case of a black death row inmate who was convicted, in part, by a juror who used a racial slur to describe him, back to the lower courts Monday, after finding that prior decisions to not allow for an appeal based on the issue were in error. Keith Tharpe was convicted of murder in 1991 and sentenced to the death penalty after allegedly raping his estranged wife and killing his sister-in-law the year prior. Attorneys for Tharpe argued that a member of the jury, Barney Gattie, was influenced by Tharpe's race and that he used...
  • Supreme Court allows Mississippi anti-LGBT law to stand

    01/08/2018 1:06:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | January 8, 2018 | by Pete Williams
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a legal battle over a Mississippi law that allows state employees and private businesses to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. Signed into law in 2016 in response to the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling, it allows county clerks to avoid issuing marriage licenses to gay couples and protects businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to serve LGBT customers. The law was immediately challenged. But lower courts, without ruling on the merits of the law, said those suing could not show that they would be harmed...
  • Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to Miss. LGBT law

    01/08/2018 9:52:55 AM PST · by fwdude · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/08/18 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear two cases challenging a Mississippi law that allows businesses and government employees to deny services to LGBT people based on their religious beliefs. The court’s refusal to hear the case leaves intact the law, known as H.B. 1523, that says the state government will not take any discriminatory action against persons who don’t believe in same-sex marriage, homosexuality and transgenderism. LGBT rights groups called the law the “worst in the nation” and the Supreme Court’s decision a “missed opportunity.” “The Court’s inaction today means that LGBTQ Mississippians will continue to face harassment...
  • Legalize Sports Betting

    12/31/2017 6:33:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | December 31, 2017 | Steve Chapman
    Americans have long since broken free of their Puritan past, but the Puritan impulse is not quite dead. Among the places it shows signs of life is the 1992 federal law that prohibits states from -- you are not going to believe this -- allowing betting on sports. If a Martian arrived today, of course, she would deduce that in this country, betting on sports is not forbidden but mandatory. In practice, it's as American as Dunkin' Donuts. March Madness costs businesses an estimated $4 billion a year in lost productivity, and it's not because employees waste time singing their...
  • I doubted Trump would give us a good Supreme Court justice. I was wrong.

    12/27/2017 7:00:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 27/12/2017 | Timothy P. Carney
    Every year I write a column about where I was wrong in the previous year. This year I have less fodder, because my colossal errors in 2016 — underestimating President Trump, mostly — gave me a small dose of humility. So, this year I will look at how I judged Trump. In an important way, I underestimated him, and this misestimation was a big part of the reason I refused to vote for him.
  • Biggest change in labor policy next year could come from Supreme Court

    12/23/2017 11:01:36 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 24, 2017 | Sean Higgins
    The Supreme Court could be responsible for the most far-reaching change to labor policy in 2018, as the justices will take up a case that could end the practice of forcing government workers to pay union dues. In September, the justices announced they would hear Janus v. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. Unions such as AFSCME depend on those funds and are likely to face steep membership and dues losses if the practice ends. Public-sector unions now account for roughly half of the labor movement, so a loss could be a blow to union power. The case...
  • 9th Circuit court rules against third Trump travel ban, no immediate effect

    12/23/2017 4:05:16 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 22, 2017 | Naomi Lim
    The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that part of President Trump's third attempt at a travel ban should be blocked. The ruling, however, will not take effect pending review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The White House's third attempt at the travel ban targeted foreigners from six Muslim-majority countries, Venezuela, and North Korea. Rather than take apart the entire ban, however, three members of the 9th Circuit ruled that only the prohibitions on "foreign nationals who have a bona fide relationship" within the United States should be stopped. The dispute will not return to the Supreme Court...
  • Supreme Court grants reprieve to Trump on DACA documents

    12/20/2017 4:32:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 20, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    Justices: Judge too hasty in ordering documents turned over to anti-Trump activistsThe Supreme Court said Wednesday that the Trump administration doesn’t have to turn over a massive load of documents relating to the decision to phase out the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty, and delivered another spanking to a California court that’s repeatedly ruled against President Trump. In an unsigned opinion, the justices said the judge was too hasty in ordering the documents to be turned over to anti-Trump activists who are suing to try to derail the DACA phaseout. “The district court may not compel the government to disclose any...
  • Trump: WaPo is 'Fake News'; I Never Wavered on Gorsuch

    12/19/2017 10:07:42 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 30 replies ^ | Dec 19, 2017 | Christine Rousselle
    President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday and ripped a Washington Post story that alleged he was close to yanking his nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch before he could be confirmed. WaPo reported earlier in the day that Trump felt as though Gorsuch would not be loyal to him, and that he considered replacing him with another justice. Trump, according to several people with knowledge of the discussions, was upset that Gorsuch had pointedly distanced himself from the president in a private February meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), telling the senator he found Trump’s repeated attacks on the...
  • Weekly Update: Obama FBI/DOJ Anti-Trump Abuses

    12/16/2017 10:00:17 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 15, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Sues FBI for Records About Removal of Alleged Anti-Trump FBI Official from Mueller Team Obama State Department Cut Deal with Hillary to Keep Call Log, Schedules Secret Judicial Watch Sues California and Los Angeles Over Dirty Voter Registration Rolls Judicial Watch Asks Supreme Court to Restrain FCC Ability to Impose Government Control Over the Internet Through “Net Neutrality” Judicial Watch Sues FBI for Records About Removal of Alleged Anti-Trump FBI Official from Mueller Team The FBI and Justice Department are engulfed in a rule of law crisis because of new revelations of evident bias among FBI officials...
  • SCOTUS and the Spy in Your Pocket

    12/14/2017 6:25:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    American ^ | December 14, 2017 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    For many of us, the information we carry around on a smart phone is the Rosetta Stone to decipher our lives. Our appointments, personal and business contacts, notes, favorite tunes, photographs, and many more windows into the inner recesses of our lives and livelihoods can be found there. Besides the incredibly personal and valuable information inside our smart phones, our cell phone service providers have plenty of our valuable information, such as with whom we have spoken and even a record of our locations. And under present law, police and prosecutors don’t need a warrant issued after probable cause to...
  • Doug Jones’ Victory May Give Trump A Second Supreme Court Pick

    12/13/2017 11:42:01 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/13/2017 | Kevin Daley
    In a political environment as volatile as this, his power as the Court’s swing vote is at its maximum. It seems counter intuitive that he would retire as his influence reaches its apex. What’s more, Kennedy has a high opinion of the Court’s capacity to bear moral clarity for a restless nation, making his continued service a matter of duty. However true this may be, the justice is 81 and he is, after all, a Republican. Given his age and political inclinations, it is reasonable to assume he would like to retire and would prefer to do so under a...
  • Mostly White and Male: Diversity Still Lags Among SCOTUS Law Clerks (Notorious RBG is a RACIST!!!)

    12/11/2017 2:10:31 PM PST · by Az Joe · 32 replies
    The Naitonal Law Journal ^ | 12.11.2017 | Tony Mauro
    "...Ginsburg has hired only one African-American clerk since she joined the high court in 1993..."
  • Supreme Court rejects discrimination case based on sexual orientation

    12/11/2017 7:49:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 11, 2017 | Ryan Lovelace
    The Supreme Court on Monday rejected Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, a case about a Georgia security guard who said she was harassed at work because she is a lesbian. Attorneys representing Jameka Evans, the security guard, wanted the high court to overturn an 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling and decide that sexual orientation discrimination violates the Civil Rights Act.
  • Sadly, Trump Is Winning (HuffPo Schadenfreude!)

    12/09/2017 8:56:02 PM PST · by bigbob · 60 replies
    Huffington (Puffington) Post ^ | 12-8-17 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write and admit: Trump is winning. In the brief space of a week, he won a brief court fight to shove Mick Mulvaney to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Mulvaney wasted no time in unhinging a spate of consumer protection rulings, regulations, and personnel hires made during the Obama years. His SCOTUS pick, Neil Gorsuch, eagerly cast a vote to impose the Muslim travel ban. His EPA head, Scott Pruitt, delivered a couple million acres of public monument land in the West to oil, gas, and coal industry...
  • New Supreme Court Ruling A Boon To Trump’s Bid To Defend DACA Cancellation

    12/09/2017 6:05:05 PM PST · by x1stcav · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/8/17 | Kevin Daley
    A closely divided Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump to shield documents relating to the cancellation of DACA, an Obama-era amnesty initiative that extended temporary legal status to foreign nationals who illegally entered the country as children. The Court divided five to four along ideological lines in a late Friday ruling that temporarily permits the administration to conceal records relating to the program. Justice Stephen Breyer dissented from the decision, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. The ruling is likely a boon to Trump’s efforts to defend DACA’s termination. “The Department of Justice is pleased...