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    (CNN)The Department of Justice has filed an appeal of a federal judge's decision this week that declared the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eviction moratorium unconstitutional. Judge John Barker, a Trump appointee in the Eastern District of Texas, stopped short of issuing a preliminary injunction but said he expected the CDC to respect his ruling and withdraw the moratorium.But Saturday night, the Justice Department filed an appeal in the case. "The Department of Justice respectfully disagrees with the February 25 decision of the district court in Terkel v. CDC that the CDC's eviction moratorium exceeds Congress' powers under the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause, and the Department has appealed that decision," Brian M. Boynton, acting assistant attorney general for the department's civil division, said in a statement."The decision, however, does not extend beyond the particular plaintiffs in that case, and it does not prohibit the...
    A federal judge in the United States indefinitely prohibited the administration of President Joe Biden from imposing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. Federal District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction requested by Texas, which alleged that the measure violated federal law and could pose additional costs to the state. Biden proposed a moratorium of 100 on deportations during the election campaign, as part of a broader review of immigration policies and an attempt to reverse the priorities of former President Donald Trump. Biden has proposed a comprehensive immigration bill that would allow for the regularization of the approximately 11 million people estimated to live in the country without the necessary permits. In addition, it ordered other guidelines for immigration and border agents. Tipton, who was nominated by Trump, ruled on January 26 that the moratorium violated federal law on administrative procedures and that the United States had...
    Houston — A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state. Mr. Biden proposed the 100-day pause on deportations during his campaign as part of a larger review of immigration enforcement and an attempt to reverse the priorities of former President Donald Trump. Mr. Biden has proposed a sweeping immigration bill that would allow the legalization of an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. He has also instituted other guidelines on who immigration and border agents should target for enforcement. Tipton, a Trump appointee, initially ruled on Jan. 26 that the moratorium violated federal law on administrative procedure and that the U.S. failed to show why...
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge in Texas ruled late Tuesday that a block on the Biden administration's deportation pause will remain in effect after having previously halted the moratorium on a temporary basis.Just days into Joe Biden's presidency, Judge Drew Tipton of the Southern District of Texas, a Trump appointee, blocked the administration's 100-day pause on deportations, delivering a blow to one of Biden's first immigration actions.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, filed a lawsuit arguing, in part, that the deportation moratorium violated an agreement signed between the Department of Homeland Security and Texas in the waning days of the Trump presidency that required the department to consult the state before changing or modifying policies.Bidens First 100 Days Biden and Trudeau stress US-Canadian bonds in virtual meeting Republicans seize on Biden's domestic policy nominees as Tanden nomination in limbo Fact-checking the Biden administration's sliding scale on vaccines and school...
    More On: donald trump Trump reportedly offered Kim Jong Un a ride on Air Force One Trump to claim control of GOP in speech next week Stormy Daniels’ case against Trump tossed by SCOTUS Supreme Court won’t block Trump’s tax returns ​Former President Donald Trump lashed out at the Supreme Court on Monday after it declined to stop the release of his tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney, saying ​the decision allows​ the “greatest political Witch Hunt” in the country’s history​ to continue. “Whether it was the never ending $32 million Mueller hoax, which already investigated everything that could possibly be investigated, ‘Russia Russia Russia,’ where there was a finding of ‘No Collusion,’ or two ridiculous ‘Crazy Nancy’ inspired impeachment attempts where I was found NOT GUILTY. It just never ends!,” Trump said in an emailed statement. District Attorney Cyrus Vance is investigating alleged insurance and bank fraud by Trump’s...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court's action Tuesday limiting access to an abortion drug highlights its pattern of letting the Trump administration enforce highly charged priorities before legal challenges have been resolved.The conservative court majority swept aside a lower court injunction and reinstated a requirement that women prescribed mifepristone, to end a pregnancy in its early weeks, pick up the pill in person despite the Covid-19 pandemic. With President Donald Trump having just a week left in office, the justices' decision in the abortion-drug case stands for one of the last of a four-year pattern that allowed, among other Trump agenda items, a limit on transgender people in the military; funding for a wall at the US southern border; and a new rule disadvantaging green-card applicants who seek food stamps or other non-cash public benefits.Supreme Court grants Trump administration request to limit access to abortion drugAll of these cases emerged from the justices...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s plan to require hospitals and insurers to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures. The White House praised the decision to reject the American Hospital Association’s challenge to the plan. The rule mandating that hospitals disclose their privately negotiated charges with commercial health insurers is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2021. “This transformative hospital price transparency rule has been fought at every step by the swamp and defenders of the status quote,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. She said the court ruling should convince the American people that President Donald Trump will not bow to special interests “who would prefer to keep patients in the dark.” Melinda Hatton, general counsel for the American Hospital Association, said it supports price transparency and making patients’ out-of-pocket...
    The Supreme Court on Friday punted on President Donald Trump's directive to exclude immigrants living in the country illegally from the 2020 census count, ruling that a resolution of the case is "premature."[ READ: Justices Weigh Trump’s Census Order ]In an unsigned majority opinion, the high court held off ruling on the merits of the case, which critics argue would have a chilling effect on immigrants and a major impact on the apportionment of U.S. House districts. Friday's ruling leaves the door open for the Trump administration to still exclude some immigrants from the count. But Dale Ho, the director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project who argued against the exclusion in court last month, issued a warning on Friday that advocates would sue if Trump moves forward with the policy. "At the end of the day, the standing and ripeness inquiries both lead to the conclusion that judicial resolution of this...
    Advancing an investigation likely to trail the outgoing Commander-in-Chief long into his post-presidency, a Manhattan judge ordered the Trump Organization and its attorney to turn over documents to New York Attorney General Letitia James about an engineer for a 212-acre Westchester estate. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron, who previously found those documents to be privileged, said his prior ruling “missed the forest for the trees,” reciting his decision following more than 1.5 hours of oral arguments. The ruling could force the Trump Organization to divulge reams of information about engineer Ralph Mastromonaco, who was retained to develop the Seven Springs estate, one of four properties currently subject to a broad investigation into whether Eric Trump and various corporate entities improperly inflated assets to obtain tax benefits. “By Dec. 18, 2020 the Trump Org. must produce all communications with Ralph Mastromonaco to the New York Attorney General’s office,” Engoron ruled....
            by Edward Ring  By now most America First conservatives have recognized the common agenda of libertarians and progressives. These two groups have significant differences, of course. For example, progressives are pro-union while libertarians prefer employee choice. But on most of the biggest issues, their agendas now align. The alliance is a mismatch, however, for two reasons. First, because progressives have far more money and institutional power, and second, because progressives are serious, whereas libertarians tend to favor symbolic gestures. The result of this is a one-sided alliance where the only time libertarians see elements of their policy agenda move from theory to reality is when it also serves the interests of progressives. For example, libertarians: Support “free movement of peoples” but can’t prevent expensive welfare programs that attract economic migrants. Support “free trade” but are indifferent to the impact that cheap foreign labor and...
    Attorney Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzSunday shows preview: Congress inches toward stimulus package amid COVID-19 surge Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight The Hill's 12:30 Report: War over the Supreme Court MORE said the Supreme Court turning down Texas’s election lawsuit sent a message that President TrumpDonald TrumpOne person shot in Washington state during violent election protest Pro-Trump protestors, counter-protesters and police clash in DC after day of election demonstrations COVID-19 infections spread rapidly as officials race to distribute vaccine MORE and his allies ‘can’t count on the judiciary’ to help overturn the results of the election.  “The three justices that President Trump appointed, his three justices, voted not to hear the case,” Dershowitz said during an interview with John Catsimatidis on his radio show on WABC 770 AM.  “I think it’s a message to him and his team that you can’t count on the judiciary, you can’t count...
    Amy Coney Barrett was supposed to save Donald Trump from electoral defeat. Instead, she just joined with the president’s two other Supreme Court picks to hand down what could be the final blow to his attempt to upend democracy. “First off, it’s not over,” a distressed Greg Kelly said at the top of his Newsmax broadcast Friday night. “The Supreme Court did turn down the Texas case,” he lamented. But before getting to the details, he made sure to give his viewers more false hope, saying, “We have the situation in Pennsylvania that has not been settled. We have Georgia that has not been settled, we have Michigan that has not been settled, independent of this lawsuit from Texas.” What seemed most shocking to the Trump-defending network was that Justices Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch sided with the liberals on the Supreme Court to reject what Kelly at one...
    MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge Thursday cast doubt on President Donald Trump's lawsuit that seeks to overturn Joe Biden's win in Wisconsin, saying siding with Trump would be "the most remarkable ruling in the history of this court or the federal judiciary."Trump is pursuing extraordinary attempts to overturn Biden's win with a pair of lawsuits in Wisconsin, in federal and state courts. Hearings on both cases were scheduled for Thursday. In the state case, Trump wants to disqualify more than 221,000 ballots and in the federal case he wants to give the GOP-controlled Legislature the power to name Trump the winner.At the beginning of arguments in the federal case, U.S. District Judge Brett Ludwig marveled at Trump's request.MORE: Trump and his Republican loyalists seek to pile on Supreme Court election challengeEMBED More News Videos Pres. Donald Trump continues his push to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. "It's not...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As we get closer to Inauguration Day, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Friday, Dec. 4Biden predicts 'bleak future' if Congress doesn't act on COVID-19 aidPresident-elect Joe Biden is predicting a "bleak future" if Congress doesn't take speedy action on a coronavirus aid bill amid a nationwide spike in the virus that's hampering the country's economic recovery.He also expressed concern that so far he's seen "no detailed plan" from the Trump administration on how to distribute an approved coronavirus vaccine, but said he and his team are working on their own proposal to fill in the gaps.Biden delivered remarks Friday afternoon...
    How long Trump’s legacy outlasts President Donald Trump remains to be seen, but it appeared to be healthy and durable last week in a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling. The case was Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York. The diocese sought “injunctive relief” from the governor’s executive order limiting attendance at religious services during the pandemic. Cuomo had established color-coded zones — red, orange, yellow — to indicate infection levels and imposed attendance restrictions accordingly, a maximum of 10 congregants in red zones and 25 in orange zones. The applicants contended that the restrictions are more stringent than those applied to secular institutions that had been deemed “essential,” and that they thus violated the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion. In fact, one of the applicants contended that Cuomo had “singled out a particular religion for blame and retribution for an uptick in a societywide pandemic.” The court found...
    President Donald Trump kicked off his Thanksgiving with a round of golf at his Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, complaints about President-elect Joe Biden and touting a Supreme Court ruling in favor of religious groups challenging coronavirus restrictions. Trump left the White House Thursday morning and arrived at his golf club in Sterling, Va. He sent out a series of tweets in route - the first of which complained about the election result and the second of which wished people a Happy Thanksgiving. 'Just saw the vote tabulations. There is NO WAY Biden got 80,000,000 votes!!! This was a 100% RIGGED ELECTION,' Trump complained about his Democratic rival.  Twitter flagged the tweet, noting on it: 'This claim about election fraud is disputed.'  The president has refused to concede the election even as his legal cases challenging the results in battleground states have gone nowhere, his campaign has turned up...
    BRUSSELS – The European Union pressed ahead Monday with plans to impose tariffs and other penalties on up to $4 billion worth of U.S. goods and services over illegal American support for plane maker Boeing, but expressed hope that trade ties would improve once President Donald Trump leaves office. EU trade ministers were discussing the move on a videoconference, after international arbitrators last month gave the EU, the world’s biggest trade bloc, the green light to do so. A year ago, the World Trade Organization authorized the United States to slap penalties on EU goods worth up to $7.5 billion - including Gouda cheese, single-malt whiskey and French wine - over European support for Boeing rival Airbus. After Trump also imposed tariffs on EU steel and aluminum and threatened punitive duties on cars, the Europeans had hoped that he would hold fire on the tariffs related to the Airbus-Boeing dispute....
    TUCKER Carlson has told his viewers a vote for Donald Trump is a vote against the "disgusting ruling class". The Fox News host highlighted a Trump rally in a Rust Belt industrial town as evidence of how the election has turned into a contest between workers and the professional elite. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 7Fox News host Tucker Carlson slammed America's 'disgusting ruling class' on the eve of polling dayCredit: Getty Images - Getty 7Donald Trump drew a huge crowd of supports in Butler, Pennsylvania, on SaturdayCredit: AFP or licensors On the eve of voting day, the anchor opened Monday's Tucker Carlson Tonight with an impassioned speech about the former train building hub in Butler, Pennsylvania. He said an image of 15,000 Trump supporters at the airport near Pittsburgh on Saturday is a "metaphor for the election itself and...
    Twitter has censored a recent post by President Donald Trump, marking it as “disputed” and stating that it might be “misleading about an election.” President Trump recently expressed his feelings about a recent Supreme Court ruling on voting in Pennsylvania in a tweet, which Twitter has now marked as “misleading.” Trump stated: “The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one. It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!” The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one. It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2020 Twitter added a label to the tweet which reads: “Some...
    President Donald Trump warned on Monday that a court ruling against his administration would result in "violence in the streets" over mail-in balloting. "The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one," tweeted the president. "It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!" he added. Trump was referring to a ruling in October by the court allowing mail-in ballots to be counted as long as they are postmarked by Election Day, even if they are delivered as late as Friday. The president blasted the mail-in balloting rules in a speech Monday to his supporters in Scranton, Pennsylvania. "When the Supreme Court gave you an extension they made a very dangerous situation, and I...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump in survey of Texas voters from left-leaning pollster On The Trail: Making sense of Super Poll Sunday Trump rebukes FBI for investigating supporters accused of harassing Biden bus MORE on Monday claimed a Supreme Court ruling that allows Pennsylvania to accept absentee ballots received three days after Election Day will "induce violence." The president's tweet on the subject was his latest effort to sow doubt about ballots that are counted after Tuesday, despite states doing just that for decades. "The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one," Trump tweeted, baselessly adding that the high court's ruling "will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. "It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!" Trump tweeted. The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one. It will...
    President Trump has been criticizing states that have extended deadlines for accepting ballots beyond Election Day, saying that the country should have a result by Tuesday night. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, however, says that his state will make sure that every ballot is counted, regardless of what the president says. BIDEN'S LEAD SHRINKS IN PENNSYLVANIA IN FINAL DAYS OF RACE: POLL "As the attorney general of Pennsylvania, I will protect the will of the people,” Shapiro told CNN Sunday. “I could care less what Donald Trump says, we will count these ballots in a proper way to be certified." Pennsylvania will be counting ballots that are received via mail up to three days after Election Day, barring evidence that they were not sent by Nov. 3. State Republicans have challenged a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that granted this extension, so the state will be segregating ballots that come in after Tuesday in case a final...
    Roger Sollenberger October 28, 2020 12:37AM (UTC) While Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court advanced to its all-but-certain conclusion last week, Pennsylvania Republicans pushed the high court to reconsider a case about voting by mail. Only days earlier, a split decision had dealt the attempt to restrict mail-in ballots with defeat.  If the court agrees to rehear the case, Barrett, who refused to answer questions during her confirmation hearings about whether laws enshrining voter intimidation were against the Constitution and whether the president had the authority to unilaterally delay the election, would see her voting views tested out of the gate.  : Combined with the controversial timing and speed of her confirmation, such a move would undoubtedly raise questions about whether Republicans rushed to stack the court with favorable justices ahead of the election. In fact, some have already answered in the affirmative. Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Republicans appealed a state court ruling declaring that mail-in ballots received within three days of Election Day should still be...
    A federal judge set up a competitive Minnesota House race to take place next month after the sudden death of a candidate in the contest appeared to set up a February special election instead.  Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota granted an injunction requested by Rep. Angie Craig (D), the district’s representative, against enforcing the state law that would have delayed the election until February. The ruling comes after Adam Weeks, the Legal Marijuana Now Party’s candidate running against Craig, died suddenly in late September. The timing of his death just 40 days before an election triggered the state law delaying the contest. The law was first passed in 2013 and postpones a contest if a major party candidate dies within 79 days of Election Day.  Under the law, the race would remain on the ballot this year, but votes tallied for...
              President Trump on Wednesday praised the Michigan Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers, calling it a “big win” for the state. The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday struck down Whitmer’s emergency ruling, saying the governor had issued her numerous executive orders pertaining to coronavirus restrictions unconstitutionally, rendering them null. Whitmer had cited her authority under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945. Republicans said that the governor should have used a 1976, which requires legislature approval after a continued emergency declaration lasting 28 days. “[The Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945] is an unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution,” Justice Stephen Markman wrote in the majority opinion. “Accordingly, the executive orders issued by the governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic now lack any basis under Michigan...
    (CBS DETROIT) – President Donald Trump called the recent Supreme Court ruling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers a “big win for the people of Michigan.” Trump’s tweet comes five days after the Michigan Supreme Court decided Whitmer violated her constitutional authority issuing orders to help combat Covid-19 without approval of state lawmakers. In a 4-3 ruling, the court said Whitmer declaring emergencies and keeping them in place without the legislative input was unconstitutional. In his retweet of a video from Young Americans for Liberty, the president wrote, “We just got a BIG win for the people of Michigan.” Trump also urged the state to “open up your churches and your schools,” while also credited himself for “auto companies pouring in and expanding.” During a press conference Tuesday, Whitmer said the state’s Covid-19 cases could  likely increase as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling. We just got a BIG...
    (CNN)The Manhattan district attorney can obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday, dealing the President another setback in his effort to shield his tax returns from investigators but the case is likely to head to the Supreme Court.Read the ruling:20-2766-Opn (PDF)20-2766-Opn (Text)
    Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Tump's nominee to the Supreme Court, participated in a "mock" ruling exercise on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgTrump signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse On The Money: 'One more serious try' on COVID relief yields progress but no deal | Trump tax bombshell shines light on IRS enforcement | Senate passes bill to avert shutdown hours before deadline A divisive debate for a divided nation MORE's death. Her position on the moot court over the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, mostly went against the Trump administration's stance, according to the Los Angeles Times. Some Democratic critics have argued Barrett's conservative background and Catholic faith could compromise her decisions on the court bench. However, her mock ruling over the issue indicates contrary to those concerns. The mock trial over the Obamacare appeal lawsuit backed by Trump...
    A new report Thursday reveals Amy Coney Barrett has promoted the notion that Roe v. Wade is 'barbaric' as President Donald Trump has said he didn't know her perspective on abortion before nominating her to the Supreme Court. The revelation of Barrett's views that life begins at conception will likely lead to questions about how her personal thoughts on the issue could shape reproductive rights. In 2006, according to The Guardian, Barrett – who at the time was working as a professor at Notre Dame Law School, publicly supported St. Joseph County Right to Life.  The organization calls for the criminalization of disposing of unused or frozen embryos created during the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, a perspective considered to be extreme even within the pro life movement.  Barrett and her husband Jesse were two of the hundreds of people who signed a full-page newspaper advertisement sponsored by the pro-life...
    President Donald Trump has said it is "certainly possible" that his Supreme Court pick will be involved in a ruling revisiting the landmark 1973 decision that legalised abortion in the US. Mr Trump said he did not discuss abortion rights with Amy Coney Barrett before choosing her for the top court. But Ms Coney Barrett was "certainly conservative in her views", he said. She has been chosen to replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg but awaits Senate confirmation. Democrats and women's rights advocates fear Judge Barrett, a socially conservative jurist, could play a decisive role in any ruling overturning the 1973 judgment to legalise abortion, known as Roe v Wade. Should Judge Barrett's nomination be confirmed, conservative-leaning justices will hold a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court, shifting its ideological balance for potentially decades to come. Mr Trump said he did not know how the judge would vote...
    Judge Amy Coney Barrett can expect to be asked whether she will recuse herself from any rulings regarding the 2020 presidential election if confirmed to the high court. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told NBC's Meet the Press that he would be willing to meet with Barrett ahead of the committee hearings for her confirmation that will start next month. "I think you know my spirit which is to sit down and meet with people and talk to them. And I'm going to make it very clear, one of the things I want to ask her is will she recuse herself [...] in terms of any election issues that come before us, because if she does not recuse herself, I fear that the court will be further delegitimized," Booker said on Sunday. "In other words, President Trump has said, 'I...
    A Michigan court ruled that voters there have until the day before Election Day to postmark their mail-in ballots and ordered that they be counted as long as they arrive within 14 days of the Nov. 3 general election, a decision that could delay the call of the presidential contest. The Friday ruling from the Michigan Court of Claims was lauded by Democratic groups that have urged states to loosen restrictions on mail-in balloting and take extra steps to ensure that votes cast through the mail are counted. More voters than usual plan to vote by mail because of concerns that pulling the lever in person might expose them to the coronavirus, a development that could delay the results of the election for days or even weeks. “We have won yet another important victory for voters in the state of Michigan,” Guy Cecil, chairman of the liberal group Priorities...
    United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is rebuking the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling that deemed illegal U.S. tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese-made goods. On Tuesday, the WTO ruled against President Trump’s tariffs on China that were imposed in 2018. Trump originally placed a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese-made goods and later imposed a 25 percent tariff on additional Chinese-made goods. Lighthizer said the WTO’s finding that China has not engaged in harmful trade practices against the U.S. proves Trump’s longtime skepticism and critiques of the global trade body are justified. “This panel report confirms what the Trump Administration has been saying for four years: The WTO is completely inadequate to stop China’s harmful technology practices,” Lighthizer said in a statement. Lighthizer continued: Although the panel did not dispute the extensive evidence submitted by the United States of intellectual property theft by China,...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The report that U.S. President Donald Trump made crude, disparaging remarks about Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning former leader, has drawn an angry response from South Africa’s ruling party and others. According to a book written by Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, Trump said that Mandela, who guided South Africa in its politically fraught transition from a racist apartheid government to a democracy, was a terrible leader. Cohen wrote that after Mandela’s death in 2013, Trump said: “Mandela f—ed the whole country up. Now it’s a s—hole. F— Mandela. He was no leader.” Mandela, who won the Peace Prize in 1993 along with apartheid leader Frederik Willem de Klerk, is widely revered by all racial groups in South Africa. Internationally, he generally has a glowing reputation as a skilled statesman who avoided a nationwide bloodbath as the country abandoned apartheid. The report about...
    A new portion of Michael Cohen’s autobiography breaks down President Donald Trump’s admiration for Vladimir Putin and his alleged disinterest in anything that doesn’t personally benefit himself. In Disloyal: A Memoir, Trump’s former personal lawyer goes into great detail on his ex-boss’ racism, his self-centeredness, and his disdain for other people. In a portion of the book flagged by NBC News, Cohen admits he doesn’t know if Russia has financial leverage on Trump, but he does say that Trump praised Putin during the 2016 election because he expected to lose and wanted to still be able to borrow money from Russian sources for his business empire. “The whole idea of patriotism and treason became irrelevant in his mind,” Cohen writes. “Trump was using the campaign to make money for himself: of course he was.” When Cohen was facing his legal troubles in 2018, he came under great scrutiny after...
    The court ruled this summer that "it is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex." On Monday, however, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights decided it would only heed part of that decision, publishing two letters signed by Kimberly Richey, the acting assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights, that addressed how the department would respond to complaints of LGBTQ discrimination in light of the ruling. In one letter, the office said it would investigate a complaint related to sexual orientation discrimination because of Bostock.  But in the second letter, Richey said that schools have a right to keep transgender students out of athletic teams that correspond with their gender and that schools that don't discriminate against transgender students are not complying with the law. The department argued that Title IX, the federal civil...
    Donald Trump holds a press conference on Wednesday, August 19, 202Chris Kleponis/Pool/CNP via ZUMA Wir For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit by Donald Trump that argued the president should not have to comply with a subpoena by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance for his financial records, including tax returns. The Supreme Court last month rejected Trump’s argument that prosecutors could not order his accounting firm Mazars to hand over his records. Trump’s lawyers argued that he enjoys absolute immunity from criminal scrutiny, as well as congressional oversight, while in office. In an appeals court ruling last fall, Trump’s lawyers said that even if he shot someone on Fifth Avenue, he would be immune from not only prosecution but investigation by federal or local authorities. The Supreme Court’s decision allowed Trump to contest Vance’s subpoena...
    Reuters August 17, 2020 0 Comments A U.S. judge on Monday blocked a Trump administration rule that would strip protections for transgender people facing healthcare discrimination. New York-based U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block ruled that the proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services could not go into effect on Tuesday as planned The administration’s rule says federal law that bars discrimination in healthcare “on the basis of sex” does not cover gender identity or sex stereotyping. Block said the legal basis of the regulation was now in question after the Supreme Court’s major ruling in June finding that LGBT people are protected under a federal law using similar language that bars employment discrimination. Then, legal experts predicted that the ruling could have an impact on other pending cases involving other federal discrimination laws. “When the Supreme Court announces a major decision, it seems a...
    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday blocked a Trump administration rule that would strip protections for transgender people facing healthcare discrimination. New York-based U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block ruled that the proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services could not go into effect on Tuesday as planned The administration's rule says federal law that bars discrimination in healthcare "on the basis of sex" does not cover gender identity or sex stereotyping. Block said the legal basis of the regulation was now in question after the Supreme Court's major ruling in June finding that LGBT people are protected under a federal law using similar language that bars employment discrimination. Then, legal experts predicted that the ruling could have an impact on other pending cases involving other federal discrimination laws. "When the Supreme Court announces a major decision, it seems a sensible...
    Igor Derysh August 7, 2020 5:12PM (UTC) A New York judge has rejected President Donald Trump's bid to delay a defamation lawsuit brought by a journalist who accused him of rape, citing the Supreme Court's recent decision on his tax returns. New York Supreme Court Justice Verna Saunders on Thursday said E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit can go forward rather than wait until an appeals court rules on a similar defamation suit brought by Summer Zervos, a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused Trump of sexual assault. : Carroll, a longtime Elle magazine columnist, alleged last year that Trump raped her in the dressing room of a New York department store in the 1990s. Trump, who has also denied Zervos' allegation, claimed that he had never met Carroll in the wake of her allegation, even though a photograph shows the two appearing side-by-side. Carroll  subsequently sued Trump for defamation. "We are now eager to move forward with...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Democratic challenger to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Suraj Patel, has no plans to concede, even though his chances of pulling through in primary seem to be diminishing. Patel. as part of a lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo and the city Board of Elections, was able to see XXX of ballots reinstated by a federal judge on Monday night on grounds that the absentees did not have a postmark and were received two days after the June 23 primary. Despite the need to count these ballots, Maloney argues the number of reinstated ballots do not offer Patel enough of an advantage to close the gap. “It is regrettable that my former opponent has become President Trump’s mouthpiece in disparaging mail voting by making unsupported claims of many thousands of ballots being invalidated when...
    Kavanaugh has tried unsuccessfully to avert politically sensitive decisions, CNN says Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh urged the court to avoid ruling on at least two cases, saying that it should avoid politically sensitive issues, according to a new report. Kavanaugh sent a series of private memos this spring advocating avoiding decisions in major disputes over abortion and Democratic subpoenas for President Donald Trump's financial records, multiple sources told CNN. In the end, the court did hear both cases. One of the cases involved restrictions on abortion clinics in Louisiana, which the court ruled on and struck down in a 5-4 split, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the liberals.  The other involved attempts by Democrats in Congress to subpoena President Donald Trump's tax returns, an effort that the court rejected 7-2. Kavanaugh (rear, first from right) is seen with the other justices. The revelation suggests that he hopes...
    A California judge on Thursday issued a tentative order that if solidified would uphold the state's ban on for-profit prisons. California's law against private prisons, Assembly Bill 32, took effect on Jan. 1. The legislation prohibits new for-profit detention centers from being built, phasing out the use of private prisons by 2028. Both the Trump administration and GEO Group, a Florida-based private prison company, have filed lawsuits against the law. The GEO Group's complaint argues that the new law is a “transparent attempt by the state to shut down the federal government’s detention efforts within California’s borders,” with the Trump administration making similar claims, according to the Los Angeles Times. In a virtual hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino consolidated the two lawsuits, reportedly describing them as “fascinating and complex.” During the hearing, Sammartino signaled that she would likely dismiss most of the case against the state, though she would temporarily suspend the law while...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge in California late on Wednesday blocked a rollback by the Trump administration of a rule on slashing emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Rogers of the Northern District of California said in her ruling that the administration's easing of the Waste Prevention Rule was contrary to the Interior Department's mandate to ensure safe and responsible drilling on public lands, and failed to consider scientific findings relied upon by previous presidential administrations. The Obama-era rule was meant to curb emissions from flaring and venting of natural gas and to reduce leaks. The Obama administration said the rule would fight climate change and wasted fuel costs. The ruling was the latest blow to the Trump administration, which has pursued a policy of energy dominance, or maximizing fossil-fuel production while slashing regulations that...
    USA Today has changed its previous determination that President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is selling a T-shirt featuring the imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol. After three days of online ridicule for claiming it's true that the eagle perched on an American flag symbol is verifiably Nazi propaganda, the publication switched their initial ruling to "inconclusive." Social media had another field day. What are the details? Over the weekend, USA Today published an article ruling it's "true" that "Trump campaign shirts feature imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol," followed by a clarification more than an hour later, stating: "The claim that Trump 2020 has put out a T-shirt with a symbol similar to a Nazi eagle and is being criticized for it is true. Worth noting, the eagle is a longtime US symbol, too." The outlet was relentlessly ridiculed and mocked over the conclusion and subsequent...
    E. Jean Carroll, the writer and columnist who accused President Trump of raping her, claimed the Supreme Court's ruling in the case regarding the president's tax returns helps her own lawsuit. Carroll, who is suing the president for defamation after he called her a liar, argued in a filing submitted to the New York state court on Friday that the Supreme Court's ruling from a day earlier created the precedent to allow her case to move forward. The president had argued that he had immunity from a grand jury investigation in New York, but the Supreme Court ruled that his power does have limits. Trump's representation argued that Carroll's case should be delayed, given the impending ruling on his immunity. “Trump argued that state and federal courts are completely different for purposes of assessing presidential immunity,” Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, wrote in a letter to the court urging the...
    Hollywood celebrities are proclaiming that the end of President Donald Trump is nigh after the Supreme Court delivered a split decision Thursday in two cases over whether the commander in chief can keep his personal tax returns from investigators. The high court ruled that the Manhattan District Attorney can obtain Trump’s tax records, but it denied a similar effort by House Democrats. The split verdict hasn’t stopped Hollywood stars from flocking to social media to declare their doomsday predictions for President Trump. Stars including Rob Reiner, Debra Messing, Billy Baldwin, and George Takei delivered their caustic takes on the court’s decisions. In at least one respect, their celebration is premature. Even if the Manhattan D.A. pursues Trump’s tax returns, it remains unlikely that the public will glimpse the president’s personal financial records before the November election. Filmmaker Rob Reiner declared that President Trump is “fucked” shortly after the Supreme Court announced its...
    "The Five" co-host Juan Williams declared Thursday's Supreme Court ruling blocking immediate congressional access to President Trump's tax returns to be a "short-term" victory for the president and his reelection efforts. "The key thing here for the president in the short term is that his taxes will not likely be out in public before the November election," Williams said. "Although we saw him [earlier Thursday] with his hands across his chest looking defensively and talking about Obama and witch hunts, I think if you’re looking at it politically ... he really came out on top in terms of the Congress not having immediate access to the records," he added. SUPREME COURT BLOCKS CONGRESS FROM GETTING TRUMP'S TAX RECORDS, SENDING CASE TO LOWER COURT Trump voiced his frustrations with the high court on Twitter Thursday after the justices declined to issue a definitive ruling on whether congressional committees could have access to his financial records, throwing the issue back to the lower courts. VideoThe case involves subpoenas from four Democratic-led House committees...
    Axios national political reporter Jonathan Swan told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Thursday that President Trump should be "fairly satisfied" with the Supreme Court's ruling that blocks Congress from promptly obtaining his tax returns and financial records months before the November election. "It could have been worse for him," Swan told host Bill Hemmer. "This could have been a ruling in which Congress got their hands on his financial records and documents, and then it would have been public in about two minutes." SUPREME COURT BLOCKS CONGRESS FROM GETTING TRUMP'S TAX RECORDS, SENDING CASE TO LOWER COURT Swan added, "I probably would have had them by now. This is the speed at which things leak out of Congress." The court declined to issue a definitive ruling on whether congressional committees can have access to Trump's financial records, throwing the issue back to the lower courts. The case involves subpoenas from four Democratic-led House committees for banking and accounting records involving Trump and his family. The ruling means it's highly unlikely Congress...
    NBC’s Peter Alexander grilled White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany over the Supreme Court’s ruling against President Donald Trump’s attempts to conceal his tax returns. McEnany faced a plethora of questions over the Supreme Court decision against Trump’s broad claims of criminal process immunity, and that the president cannot legally block New York prosecutors from reviewing his financial information. Alexander got the ball rolling when he asked if Trump still claims his taxes are under audit, and shortly after that, he noted that both of Trump’s appointments to the court ruled against him on the case. “He can releases taxes at any time,” Alexander noted. “Why shouldn’t the American public, at this point, believe the president has something he’s trying to hide?” After defending Trump’s audit claims, McEnany pivoted — claiming Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch “did not rule against him.” She based this assertion on the...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is expected to hold a press briefing today at 1:30 p.m. ET. The briefing comes after the Supreme Court ruled against Trump’s broad claims of criminal process immunity, and said he cannot legally block New York prosecutors from reviewing his tax returns. It remains to be seen whether Congress will obtain Trump’s financial records before November, but multiple legal pundits have explained that the decision is a loss for the president. Trump, following the rulings, has been railing against what he deems a “political prosecution” on Twitter. Aside from the SCOTUS ruling, it is also likely McEnany will face questions about the Trump Administration’s leadership amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier today, Trump falsely claimed (once again) that Covid-19 cases are only spiking around the country because of the United States’ increased testing capacity. This comes after Trump complained about school reopening guidelines from...
    Alex Thomas July 9, 2020 0 Comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling to allow the enforcement of subpoenas to President Donald Trump’s accounting firm in New York. Pelosi opened her weekly press conference on Thursday by declaring, “The Supreme Court, including the president’s appointees, have declared that he is not above the law.” She added, “The path that the Supreme Court has laid out is one that is clearly by us in the lower court and we will continue to go down that path.”See her comments below: Nancy Pelosi begins her presser by saying that “the Supreme Court, including the president’s appointees have declared that he is not above the law” pic.twitter.com/amossXoF8U— Alex Thomas (@AlexThomas) July 9, 2020In a statement on the Supreme Court ruling, Pelosi said, “A careful reading of the Supreme Court rulings related to the President’s financial records is not good...
    President Trump on Thursday lashed out in a series of fiery tweets at the Supreme Court’s ruling that he has to turn over financial documents and his tax returns to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. — claiming he was being treated differently than other presidents. “Courts in the past have given ‘broad deference.’ BUT NOT ME!” he tweeted about the 7-2 ruling, in which even his own appointees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, sided with the majority. “We have a totally corrupt previous Administration, including a President and Vice President who spied on my campaign, AND GOT CAIGHT [sic] …and nothing happens to them. This crime was taking place even before my election, everyone knows it, and yet all are frozen stiff with fear,” he wrote. “Won all against the Federal Government and the Democrats send everything to politically corrupt New York, which is falling apart with everyone leaving, to...
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday reacted to the Supreme Court ruling that President Trump must turn over his tax returns to a New York grand jury by slamming Congress. “The only thing I do agree on in that report is when things go to Congress they tend to get leaked and when things go to a Grand Jury they don’t,” he told CNBC. This is breaking news. Business News Steven Mnuchin
    The U.S. Supreme Court is issuing the final opinions of its current term today, with attention focused on three high-profile cases involving requests for President Donald Trump’s tax records and other financial documents by congressional committees and a New York prosecutor. Trump, who went against the practice of modern presidential candidates by refusing to make his tax documents public while campaigning in 2016, has sought to block the release of those records and others related to his financial dealings. In two combined cases, several House of Representatives committees issued subpoenas seeking the records from two banks, Capital One and Deutsche Bank, as well as the accounting firm Mazars USA. The key issue justices are weighing in those cases is the separation of powers among the branches of the federal government and congressional power to investigate a president. Trump lawyer Patrick Strawbridge said during oral arguments in May that the subpoenas...
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that it is legal for employers who cite religious or moral grounds to decline women access to birth control coverage, per The New York Times. According to Government estimates, the ruling by SCOTUS could leave as many as 126,000 women without contraceptive coverage. The regulation, which was proposed by the Trump administration, was upheld in a 7-2 vote, with Justices Sonya Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting. The adminstration’s motion had been previously declined by lower courts. The new policy change allows employers to now opt-out of the requirement set forth by Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act, which mandated no-cost contraceptives — as long as they were approved by the Food and Drug Administration — for employees. Houses of worship, such as churches and mosques, did not have to adhere to the Obama-era regulation, however, religiously affiliated nonprofit groups, like schools and hospitals, did,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has upheld Trump administration rules allowing some employers to refuse to provide free contraceptive coverage on religious grounds. The high court on Wednesday said the Trump administration acted properly when it allowed more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of covering birth control. The Obama-era health law said most employers must cover birth control as a preventive service, at no charge to women, in their insurance plans. After today’s ruling, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said he vows to keep fighting for women’s rights. He released this statement Wednesday afternoon: “While I am disappointed with much of the majority opinion, I am pleased the Court allowed our challenge to the Administration’s overly broad rules to proceed. We now return to the lower courts to address whether the exemptions are arbitrary and capricious. This fight is not over. “Nobody...
    The House will vote later this month on legislation to remove a bust in the Capitol of Roger Brooke Taney, the former Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the majority opinion in the Dred Scott decision, Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOvernight Defense: Democrats blast Trump handling of Russian bounty intel | Pentagon leaders set for House hearing July 9 | Trump moves forward with plan for Germany drawdown Reparations bill gains steam following death of George Floyd Democrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing MORE (D-Md.) said Wednesday. The bill, which Hoyer introduced in March, would replace the bust of Taney in the Capitol's Old Supreme Court chamber with a depiction of Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the nation's highest court.  "I have a bill, as you know, which I'm going to be offering and bringing to...
    Bradley Cortright June 29, 2020 0 Comments Conservatives are voicing their outrage after the Supreme Court struck on a Louisiana law that placed restrictions on doctors who perform abortions. In a statement on Monday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, “In an unfortunate ruling today, the Supreme Court devalued both the health of mothers and the lives of unborn children by gutting Louisiana’s policy that required all abortion procedures be performed by individuals with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.” She continued to argue that “states have legitimate interests in regulating any medical procedure—including abortions—to protect patient safety.” “Instead of valuing fundamental democratic principles, unelected Justices have intruded on the sovereign prerogatives of State governments by imposing their own policy preference in favor of abortion to override legitimate abortion safety regulations,” she added. In a 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Court’s four liberal justices...
    Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California, March 2018. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Trump administration does not have the authority to seize $2.5 billion from the Pentagon in order to fund the building of Trump’s border wall. In a victory for environmental groups, the 2-1 ruling also upheld a federal district court order blocking illegal construction of the wall. Last summer, the Supreme Court had allowed construction of the wall to temporarily move forward while litigation in Sierra Club v. Trump proceeded. The appeals court found that Trump's effort to divert funding that Congress had set aside for the military violated Congress' power of the purse under the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution. “These funds were appropriated for other purposes, and the transfer amounted to ‘drawing funds from the Treasury without authorization by statute and thus violating the Appropriations Clause,’” the majority wrote. “Therefore,...
    The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that migrants placed in fast-tracked deportation proceedings can't appeal negative asylum decisions in federal court, finding that speedy removals don't violate due process rights or constitutional protections against unlawful detention. In a 7-2 decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the court said asylum-seekers whom the government seeks to summarily deport are not entitled to seek habeas corpus. The opinion from Alito, a conservative jurist appointed by President George W. Bush, said a 1996 immigration law that authorized these speedy deportations for border-crossers is constitutional. The ruling vacates a decision by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that found that a provision in the 1996 law barring judicial oversight of expedited removals violated the due process and suspension clauses in the Constitution. The suspension clause stipulates that the right of habeas corpus can only be suspended in times of rebellion or invasion. Get Breaking News Delivered...
    The Supreme Court bolstered the Trump administration's powers Thursday to quickly remove illegal immigrant asylum-seekers whose applications have been rejected. In a 7-2 decision in the Department of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam, the court ruled that the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act does not violate the Suspension Clause of the U.S. Constitution. What it means: In effect, the ruling means that the Trump administration has the power to deport people seeking asylum without "credible fear of persecution" if forced to return home and isn't required to let them make a case to a federal judge. The case involved a Sri Lankan man, Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam, who was arrested on America's southern border in 2017. Thuraissigiam was stopped just 25 yards after crossing the border without an entry document and an asylum officer rejected his "credible-fear" claim. According to court records, the supervising officer and an immigration judge...
    The Supreme Court ruled Thursday for the Trump administration in a key immigration case, determining that a federal law limiting an asylum applicant’s ability to appeal a determination that he lacked a credible fear of persecution from his home country does not violate the Constitution. The ruling means the administration can deport some people seeking asylum without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge. The 7-2 ruling applies to those who fail their initial asylum screenings, making them eligible for quick deportation. In a decision in the case of Dept. of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam, the court ruled that the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) – which prevents judicial review of the credible fear determination – does not violate the Constitution’s Suspension Clause, which protects habeas corpus privileges that allow courts to determine if a person should be released due to unlawful detention. TRUMP'S STEEL TARIFFS STAND AFTER...
    On Wednesday morning, the D.C. Court of Appeals produced an unexpected ruling in the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn that completely ignored both the appeal filed by Flynn and the arguments in the case. Instead, two members of the three-judge panel voted to order District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan to accept the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) attempt to withdraw from the case, and simply dismiss the charges against Flynn. That ruling, written by Trump-appointed Judge Neomi Rao, appeared to come out of nowhere to end Flynn’s case after months of wrangling—and it seemed completely at odds with even Rao’s own statements during hearings. But no matter how many champagne corks popped on the right, the case is not over. Because on Wednesday evening, Judge Sullivan did not follow the order to dismiss the Flynn case. Instead, Sullivan issued a stay of the proceedings. It seems likely that now Sullivan...
              WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The Trump administration won a court ruling Tuesday upholding its plan to require hospitals and insurers to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures in a bid to promote competition and push down costs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called the decision in federal court in Washington, D.C., “a resounding victory” for President Donald Trump’s efforts to open up the convoluted world of health care pricing so patients and families can make better-informed decisions about their care. “This may very well be bigger than healthcare itself,” Trump tweeted Tuesday, on the ruling. “Congratulations America!” But the American Hospital Association, which sued to block the Trump administration regulation and was on the losing side, announced it would appeal. Industry argues that forcing the disclosure of prices negotiated between hospitals and insurers amounts to coercion. That means...
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday hailed a federal appeals court’s ruling to allow the Department of Justice to drop the charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. A group of three judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ordered Judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss the charges against Flynn, who had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of lying to federal investigators. The panel ruled 2-1 that Sullivan had insufficient cause to question the Justice Department. “Great! Appeals Court Upholds Justice Departments Request To Drop Criminal Case Against General Michael Flynn!” Trump tweeted just after news of the ruling broke. He later added that former FBI Director James Comey and others, including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, and special counsel Robert Mueller should apologize to Flynn. “Is James Comey and his band of Dirty Cops going to apologize to General Michael Flynn (and...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBowman holds double-digit lead over Engel in NY primary McGrath leads Booker in Kentucky with results due next week NY Republican Chris Jacobs wins special election to replace Chris Collins MORE on Wednesday celebrated a federal appeals court ruling that ordered a judge to allow the Justice Department to drop charges against his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. “Great! Appeals Court Upholds Justice Departments Request To Drop Criminal Case Against General Michael Flynn!” Trump tweeted shortly after the ruling was made public. Great! Appeals Court Upholds Justice Departments Request To Drop Criminal Case Against General Michael Flynn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2020 A three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss the case against Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The court in a 2-1 decision ruled that Sullivan did not have...
    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration won a court ruling Tuesday upholding its plan to require insurers and hospitals to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures in a bid to promote competition and push down costs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called the decision in federal court in Washington, D.C., “a resounding victory” for President Donald Trump’s efforts to open up the convoluted world of health care pricing so patients and families can make better-informed decisions about their care. “This may very well be bigger than healthcare itself,” Trump tweeted Tuesday, on the ruling. “Congratulations America!” But the American Hospital Association, which sued to block the Trump administration regulation and was on the losing side, announced it would appeal. Industry argues that forcing the disclosure of prices negotiated between hospitals and insurers amounts to coercion. That means the decision by U.S. District...
    Nearly all Senate Democrats are calling on Donald Trump to reopen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to new applicants following his shocking defeat at the Supreme Court last week. Tens of thousands of immigrant youth could now be eligible to apply for work permits and deportation relief since the program’s 2017 rescission, but officials have yet to say whether they can now apply. “As the Supreme Court has recognized, it is well within your executive authority to protect Dreamers,” legislators led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois tell Trump. “Only Congress can provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, but it is up to you whether to use your administration’s authority to allow these young immigrants who have benefitted America in countless ways to continue contributing to our nation, or to continue your efforts to deport them.” Following the Supreme Court’s historic decision last week, The...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down, burn statue of Confederate general in DC US attorney in NYC who spearheaded probes of Trump allies refuses to leave as DOJ pushes ouster Trump to host 4th of July event despite pleas from lawmakers to cancel MORE touted a judge’s ruling on former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonJournalist Aaron Maté says Democrats are responsible for giving John Bolton publicity Federal judge appears skeptical of blocking Bolton book release McEnany: Trump likes to hire people with 'countervailing viewpoints' MORE’s memoir that allowed the book to proceed with publishing but panned its author as possibly threatening the nation. “BIG COURT WIN against Bolton. Obviously, with the book already given out and leaked to many people and the media, nothing the highly respected Judge could have done about stopping it...BUT, strong & powerful statements & rulings on MONEY & on BREAKING CLASSIFICATION were made,” Trump...
    Reuters June 19, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration will make a filing on “Dreamer” immigrants who are in the United States illegally but entered as children, without providing details, to address the Supreme Court’s ruling he broke federal procedure law in ending a program shielding them from deportation. “The Supreme Court asked us to resubmit on DACA, nothing was lost or won. They ‘punted’, much like in a football game (where hopefully they would stand for our great American Flag). We will be submitting enhanced papers shortly in order to properly fulfil[l] the Supreme Court’s ruling & request of yesterday,” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Trump did not explain what he meant by “enhanced papers.” The highest court in the country left the door open for Trump to attempt again to rescind the program, ruling...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the program that protects immigrants who were brought to the country as children and allows them to work. The court on Thursday ruled President Donald Trump didn’t properly end the program, which then-President Barack Obama created in 2012. Trump attempted to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2017 shortly after being elected on a largely anti-immigrant platform. Here’s what the high court’s decision means: WHAT IS DACA? The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was created in 2012 by the administration of then-President Barack Obama. Obama was under pressure by young activists who staged sit-ins at congressional offices and protested outside the White House, seeking legislation that would address their immigration status. Largely known as Dreamers after the D.R.E.AM. Act, the failed legislation that would have granted them a pathway to citizenship, these immigrants were brought to the...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the program that protects immigrants who were brought to the country as children and allows them to work. The court on Thursday ruled President Donald Trump didn’t properly end the program, which then-President Barack Obama created in 2012. Trump attempted to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2017 shortly after being elected on a largely anti-immigrant platform. Here’s what the high court’s decision means: WHAT IS DACA? The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was created in 2012 by the administration of then-President Barack Obama. Obama was under pressure by young activists who staged sit-ins at congressional offices and protested outside the White House, seeking legislation that would address their immigration status. Largely known as Dreamers after the D.R.E.AM. Act, the failed legislation that would have granted them a pathway to citizenship, these immigrants were brought to...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed to make the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, "permanent" on "day one" of his presidency. The former vice president made the claim after the Supreme Court decided Thursday to block the Trump administration from ending the Obama-era program that provides legal status to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. "The Supreme Court's ruling today is a victory made possible by the courage and resilience of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients who bravely stood up and refused to be ignored," Biden said, in a statement. "As President, I will immediately work to make it permanent by sending a bill to Congress on day one of my Administration." The high court ruled in a 5-4 decision — with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberal justices — that though the Department of Homeland Security has the...
    Chief Justice John Roberts took a swipe at the Supreme Court’s newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, in the ruling that blocks the Trump administration from ending protections under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. The administration has tried for years to “wind down” the Obama-era program, but Roberts and the court’s four liberal justices found the administration did not follow procedures required by law — and the chief justice called out Kavanaugh’s dissent by name. “Justice Kavanaugh asserts that this ‘foundational principle of administrative law’ … actually limits only what lawyers may argue, not what agencies may do,” Roberts wrote in his decision. “While it is true that the Court has often rejected justifications belatedly advanced by advocates, we refer to this as a prohibition on post hoc rationalizations, not advocate rationalizations, because the problem is the timing, not the speaker.” “The functional reasons for requiring contemporaneous explanations apply with equal force regardless...
    Alex Thomas June 18, 2020 0 Comments Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was momentarily overcome with emotion after the Supreme Court struck down the Trump administration’s challenge to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in a landmark decision. The Democratic leader said, “This is a wonderful, wonderful day for the DACA kids, for their families and for the American dream. We’ve always believed in immigration in America.” He shot a look to the Republican side of the aisle and added, “We’ve had some dark forces opposing it in recent years. But we believe in it, it’s part of our soul. Every one of us cares about immigrants and so many of us are descendants of immigrants.” Schumer also noted the Supreme Court’s Monday decision to endorse protections for members of the LGBT community. The New York lawmaker said that he felt the court’s rulings were...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision that protects LGBT people from employment discrimination, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Tuesday that every American is “entitled to dignity and respect.” The Tennessee lawmaker shared his reaction with reporters on a call Tuesday. “My reaction is that every American individual is entitled to dignity and respect, and that the Supreme Court has spoken, and now it’s the law of the land,” Alexander said. TOP STORIES Trump signs policing executive order, urges nation to find common ground Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history FBI picked most outlandish anti-Trump dossier claims for official U.S.-Russia report The court decided Monday by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against LGBT workers. Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was...
    A coalition of farming and conservation groups is calling on a federal appeals court to hold EPA chief Andrew Wheeler in contempt for defying an order to immediately suspend use of dicamba, a poisonous weed-killer that is notorious for its tendency to drift and destroy nearby crops. “Trump’s EPA is so rogue it thinks it can blow off a federal court ruling that stops the damaging dicamba spraying in an administrative order,” George Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety, lead counsel in the case, said in a statement late Thursday night. “EPA needs a lesson in separation of powers and we’re asking the court to give it to them.” On Monday, the EPA issued guidance greenlighting the use of dicamba through July 31 despite a June 3 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that overturned the agency’s approval of XtendiMax, Engenia, and FeXapan—dicamba-based herbicides sold by chemical giants Bayer (formerly Monsanto), BASF, and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration does not have to issue an emergency rule requiring employers to protect workers from the coronavirus, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declared that the Labor Department’s workplace safety arm “reasonably determined” that an emergency rule “is not necessary at this time.” A top labor union sued the Occupational Health and Safety Administration last month seeking to compel it to issue an emergency temporary standard on the coronavirus. TOP STORIES Tom Arnold: Liberals should borrow our dads hunting rifles and confront Trumps misfit tools Seattle protesters demand city abolish police, hire black doctors to treat black patients Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history The AFL-CIO said in filing the suit that tens of thousands of workers have been infected on the job through...
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