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  • Court hears Stone aide’s case that Mueller probe is invalid

    11/08/2018 3:25:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 8, 2018 | Chad Day
    A federal appeals court is weighing whether special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment to lead the Russia investigation was constitutional. At issue Thursday is whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had the authority to appoint Mueller. The special counsel’s office says yes. But lawyers for a former aide to longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone say no. The aide, Andrew Miller, brought the case because he doesn’t want to testify before a grand jury as part of Mueller’s investigation into whether Donald Trump’s Republican campaign coordinated with Russia in 2016. …
  • Russia probe revival expected if Democrats win House

    10/22/2018 9:43:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 22, 2018 5:17 AM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    House Democrats are expected to reopen the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election if they win the majority in November. But they would have to be selective in what they investigate. California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, has said his party would have to “ruthlessly prioritize the most important matters first.” The Republican-led Intelligence Committee was the only House panel to investigate Russian meddling, and its investigation is now closed. Republicans say they found no evidence of collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign. Democrats say Republicans ignored key facts and...
  • Buy bullets only from the Police: Detroit area lawmaker debuts bullet control plan

    09/20/2018 2:36:31 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 49 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 09/20/18 | Chris Eger
    A Wayne County Commissioner on Tuesday unveiled a plan for new limits, taxes, mental screening and background checks on the sale of ammunition. District 6 Commissioner Reggie “Reg” Davis, a radio host who entered politics after his brother was fatally shot, announced the multi-pronged proposal at a press conference held at his family’s mausoleum space. In addition to calling on more controls nationally, the measure would mandate local regulations that would include a mental illness and background check certified by law enforcement prior to each bullet sale — with police handling the transfer. “We’re up against some state and federal...
  • SF Court: Cities can't prosecute people for sleeping on streets

    09/04/2018 7:06:51 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 4, 2018 | Rebecca Boone
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Cities can't prosecute people for sleeping on the streets if they have nowhere else to go because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, which is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.
  • LGBT Groups Want to Force Lawyers to Stop Working for Conservatives

    08/02/2018 7:53:54 AM PDT · by yoe · 50 replies
    Liberty Planet ^ | August 2, 2018 | Staff
    Legal matters relating to the LGBT community have always been controversial; even so, LGBT advocates are increasingly attacking not just outspoken anti-LGBT advocates but even mainstream conservative organizations that happen to disagree with the view that homosexual marriage is on par with heterosexual relationships. In a move that is sure to alarm many in the legal community, the LGBT Bar Association has started an official petition asking members of the legal community not to cooperate with conservative legal groups that defend traditional marriage, including the Alliance Defending Freedom and Liberty Counsel. These two particular groups were likely named not just...
  • Republicans, Don’t Just Tweet About It. Do Something.

    07/22/2018 6:29:13 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 46 replies
    NYT ^ | July 21,2018 | By Charles J. Sykes
    As the editors of The Weekly Standard suggested last week, Congress could pass a resolution of censure for the president’s conduct and his subsequent comments. Congress can also take steps with concrete consequences: • Pass legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia in the event of any future attacks on our democratic process. Dare President Trump to veto it. Override him if he does. • Hold hearings that would include in-depth testimony from the national security team on the Russian attacks, putting the case on the record (again), while putting pressure on members of the administration to correct the president’s comments....
  • Supreme Court rules states can collect sales tax for online purchases nationwide

    06/21/2018 9:54:25 AM PDT · by Poison Pill · 154 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/21/2018 | Bill Mears
    Online shoppers could find costs going up after the Supreme Court did away Thursday with a decades-old precedent limiting the ability of states to collect sales tax on certain out-of-state Internet purchases. The 5-4 ruling called the current rules “unsound and incorrect.”
  • Vermont's New Mandate: All Residents Must Have Health Insurance

    06/10/2018 2:55:31 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 49 replies
    AP via The Washington Times ^ | 06/10/18 | Wilson Ring
    Vermont is poised to require that all residents have health insurance. Republican Gov. Phil Scott late last month quietly signed into law a bill that will include a penalty for those who don’t have insurance. The mandate is scheduled to take effect in 2020. A spokeswoman for the state’s largest private health insurance provider said the mandate provides stability. Nationally, many have rebelled against the idea the federal government could tell them what they needed to buy. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a similar law days later.
  • TRUMP TWEET: The appointment of the Special Councel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL! <tr>

    06/04/2018 6:43:54 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 38 replies
    The appointment of the Special Councel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!
  • With the individual mandate dead, the rest of Obamacare is unconstitutional.........

    05/19/2018 1:19:57 PM PDT · by caww · 22 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 5/19/2018 | Justin Haskins
    The only basis for the mandate’s constitutionality, according to Roberts, is that it’s a tax — not a fine, penalty, or anything else... This is a vital point, because when Republicans passed their tax reform legislation in December 2017, they included a provision in the law that lowers the individual mandate penalty to $0 beginning in January 2019, effectively eliminating any hope the individual mandate could still be considered a “tax.” .....even if the remaining provisions can operate as Congress designed them to operate, the Court must determine if Congress would have enacted them standing alone and without the unconstitutional...
  • 20 states seek to block Obama’s health care law

    04/26/2018 6:30:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2018 08:30 PM
    Twenty Republican-led states are seeking to temporarily invalidate former President Barack Obama’s health care law while their larger lawsuit against it proceeds. In a February suit, Texas and Wisconsin led a coalition arguing that the Affordable Care Act is no longer constitutional after the Republican-backed tax overhaul eliminated fines for not having health care coverage. Sixteen states with Democratic governors later sought to intervene. …
  • Police legally seizing guns under 'red flag' laws [See word about SAF in the article!]

    04/02/2018 7:40:13 PM PDT · by familyop · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 2, 2018 | Dan Springer
    Washington is one of six states with high risk or red flag laws. But in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, the Brady Campaign says at least 30 states are considering them...Even gun rights advocates, who are afraid of government abuse, say it appears to be working...“We’ve seen the downside of people who are distraught or crazy taking out their problems on the general public,” said Dave Workman of the Bellevue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation. “We don’t want that to happen here.”
  • Seattle police first in state to seize gun under mental health law

    03/06/2018 3:44:18 PM PST · by Politically Correct · 73 replies
    KATU2 ^ | 3 March 2018 | Joel Moreno
    Seattle police first in state to seize gun under mental health law by Joel MorenoSaturday, March 3rd 2018 SEATTLE – The city’s police department became the first law enforcement agency in the state to force the surrender of a firearm under a new law known as an “extreme risk protection order.” The incident involves a man who lives in Belltown, who neighbors said had been intimidating people for the past year - even staring-down customers through store-front windows with a gun holstered at his side. Mental illness is suspected, but that new law allowed police to legally disarm him. “He...
  • Man denied concealed carry permit sues New Jersey officials

    02/14/2018 10:59:01 AM PST · by MilesVeritatis · 27 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 02/06/2018 | Chris Eger
    A gun rights group has allied with a man in a legal challenge to the state’s permitting practices after he was turned down for a carry permit because officials said he failed to show a “justifiable need.” The federal lawsuit, filed Monday by Thomas Rogers and the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, seeks to take a host of Garden State functionaries to task for their practice of rarely issuing permits to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. “The core Second Amendment right of armed self-defense is just as important to an ordinary New Jersey citizen when...
  • NJ Town Wants Residential Streets Removed From Navigational Apps (Legal Move)

    01/08/2018 8:50:47 PM PST · by cba123 · 23 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Dave Carlin
    LEONIA, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Leonia's drastic traffic experiment will take place later this month. As CBS2's Dave Carlin reported, the sleepy, little New Jersey town, a quarter-mile from the George Washington Bridge, is declaring 60 residential streets off-limits to drivers who use them as cut-throughs. Residents say they are sick of traffic tie-ups caused by commuters short-cutting. "They should stay on the highway," said Carlos Gomez, of Leonia. "Why bother us?" The ordinance establishes a $200 fine for short-cutters. But Leonia Mayor Judah Zeigler said it's really all about those apps. "The main reason and driver behind this legislation is...
  • how to petition sheriff/police to issue statement not supporting unconstitutional laws?

    11/08/2017 9:41:01 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 16 replies
    self | 11/8/17 | NewJerseyJoe
    For those you have engaged in public advocacy in the past: what is the right/best way to petition the county sheriff's office or local police departments, to ask them to issue a public statement saying "We will not obey or enforce any illegal or unconstitutional laws"? Hoping that some of you have been through something similar in the past and can offer good solid advice. Thanks FReepers. PS: if your answer is "Move to another state" or "It's too late for your state" -- that's not helpful. Yes, we know the long-term solution -- but some still want to put...
  • To get Harvey relief funds, residents of Dickinson must vow not to boycott Israel

    10/20/2017 6:56:07 PM PDT · by Wyrd bið ful aræd · 17 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 10/19/17 | claire z cardona
    Applicants for Hurricane Harvey relief grants for the storm-battered city of Dickinson are asked as part of the terms of the agreement to not boycott Israel, a move the ACLU has called unconstitutional. The city began accepting applications Oct. 11 for grants to rebuild homes or businesses damaged in the storm that made landfall Aug. 25. The grant money was donated to the Dickinson Harvey Relief Fund. ...In January 2016, Gov. Greg Abbott met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and said that he wanted legislators to work to approve such a ban. When he signed the bill...
  • FDA Delays New Nutrition Facts Label Unveiled by Michelle Obama

    10/03/2017 4:20:43 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 17 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 10/03/2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Feds regulate serving sizes of breath mints! The Trump administration is delaying a regulation championed by former first lady Michelle Obama to redesign the Nutrition Facts label. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a rule delaying until 2020 the compliance date for regulations that will make listed calories on food larger in an attempt to fight obesity. Mrs. Obama unveiled the new label in May 2016 as part of her anti-obesity "Let's Move" campaign. Aside from increasing the font size of calories and the addition of "added sugars" on the label, the regulations even dealt with how to...
  • Feds Spend $686,350 Paying Fat Kids Not to Eat

    09/23/2017 12:27:52 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 13 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health is spending nearly $700,000 for a study that will pay obese teenagers to not eat as much. A University of Minnesota study that began earlier this year is analyzing whether teens who receive financial incentives for replacing meals with liquid shakes is an effective anti-obesity tool. "Severe obesity is the fastest growing category of pediatric obesity, with a reported prevalence near 6 [percent] in the United States," according to the grant for the project. "Unfortunately, conventional treatment approaches rarely result in sufficient weight loss in adolescents with severe obesity; therefore, innovative and effective strategies are...
  • Appeals court rules against Trump administration on travel ban

    09/07/2017 4:22:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    CBS ^ | Sept 7, 2017 | AP
    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the Trump administration's limited view of who is allowed into the country under its revised travel ban. A three-judge panel decided that grandparents, cousins and similarly close extended family relationships of people in the U.S. shouldn't be prevented from coming to the country. The court also said refugees already accepted by a resettlement agency shouldn't be banned. The appeals court decision upholds a decision from a district court judge in Hawaii, who said the administration's view was too narrow. The decision impacts the revised travel ban, which temporarily suspends new...