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Democrats Can’t Stop Trump’s Agenda. But They Can Block His Judicial Nominees.

Get ready for a hugely consequential Senate fight over blue pieces of paper.<p>WASHINGTON ― Democrats can’t do much to stop President Donald Trump’s agenda in Congress. But they do have one weapon in the Senate that allows them to stop judicial nominees in their tracks ― a “blue slip” ― and a …

Sen. Mike Lee tweets Trump: Nominate Merrick Garland to replace Comey

Utah Sen. Mike Lee encouraged President Donald Trump on Thursday to resist Democrats’ calls for a special prosecutor to lead an investigation into potential collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials.<p>Instead, the Republican senator suggested the president name a replacement for fired …

Sessions issues sweeping new criminal policy to charge defendants with the most serious, provable crimes

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned the sweeping criminal charging policy of former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. and …

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Trump Embraces Using Judiciary for Political Change

Jeffrey Toobin: “On Monday, President Trump announced his first group of lower-court nominations to the federal bench. The list illustrates how …

Here Are 12 Possible Comey Replacements at FBI

There’s no shortage of familiar names floating to be the next FBI director, after President Donald Trump’s controversial firing of James Comey …

Donald Trump

Trump reportedly wanted a loyalty pledge from Comey. The FBI says that ‘leads to tyranny.’

There are now multiple reports that President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey in part because Comey didn't provide him assurances of loyalty.<p>The Washington Post has reported Trump “had long questioned Comey’s loyalty and judgment.” CNN's Jake Tapper reported that a source close to Comey …

Why a Nurse and a Pastor Object to Being Forced to Help Abort Babies

A pastor and a nurse want Congress to pass legislation that would allow Americans the freedom to opt out of the abortion process.<p>Chris Lewis, lead …

Health Care

Trump's judicial choices will resonate long after his presidency

The men who wrote the U.S. Constitution never met Donald Trump. But he was precisely the sort of president they had in mind when they invested the …

Detroit

New Mexico Supreme Court won't restore funds to Legislature

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request to override budget vetoes, leaving negotiations about how to solve the state's budget crisis — and restore funding to the Legislature — in the hands of the governor and lawmakers.<p>In a two-page order, the court said it was too soon to …

Robert Reich: Donald Trump’s guiding philosophy is authoritarianism

Trump’s first 100 days follows the authoritarian checklist<p>After more than 100 days into his presidency, it seems fair to ask: What is Donald Trump’s governing philosophy?<p>He isn’t really a Republican (he didn’t join the GOP until 2012). He’s hardly a free-market conservative (he’s eager to block …

Yes, House Republicans, the heartless health-care vote will define you

We should never forget May 4, 2017.<p>It should forever be marked as the day when the House of Representatives descended to a new level of cruelty, irresponsibility and social meanness.<p>The lower chamber has always claimed to be “the people’s house.” No more. It should now come to be known by other …

45 After Dark: Working for the Weekend edition

Once again, President Donald Trump is wrapping up a work week in Washington by heading to a restful retreat — okay, New Jersey — for the weekend.<p>Trump’s travel comes after a frantic week: He notched a significant victory on health care, soothed his inflamed relationship with the Australian prime …

How did Congress go from compromise one day to toxicity the next? Trump.

How does this happen?<p>On Wednesday, the House passed a $1.2 trillion spending bill by a lopsided margin of 309 to 118. A majority of both Democrats and Republicans supported the measure, which sailed through the Senate.<p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan …

Trumpcare means one thing: 'I got mine, Jack, you're on your own'

Trumpcare can be distilled down to one sentence: "I got mine, Jack, you're on your own."<p>You can quibble over the details, but at the end of the day, the Republican health care bill passed Thursday in the House of Representatives by a razor-thin margin is a big middle-finger to anyone who might need …

Health Care

Remember The Supreme Court? You're One in a Million

With all the talk of Trump's "Yuge!" leads in the polls, the Democrats feeling the Bern, Hillary's emails, and the incredible, shrinking Jeb Bush, we're overlooking one of the most vital aspects of the 2016 Presidential elections.<p>It's the question of what will happen to the U.S. Supreme Court.<p>Four …

'Killer Mike' and other hip-hop stars filed a Supreme Court brief exposing a big double standard for rappers

The brief argues that the violent rhetoric rappers sometimes use to decry social injustice shouldn't be taken literally. When listening to other genres of music, the brief suggests, many people <i>don't</i> take violent lyrics at face value.<p>"In 'Folsom Prison Blues,' country artist Johnny Cash famously …

Washington State Has Forced This Pharmacy to Dispense Abortion-Inducing Drugs — Now, They’ve Asked the Supreme Court to Hear Their Case

A family-owned pharmacy in Washington state is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a regulation that forces the business to provide a drug they say is contrary to their religious beliefs.<p>The owners of Stormans, Inc., which operates Ralph’s Thriftway, a grocery store in Olympia, as well as …

Supreme Court weighs union fees for teachers: Is it a matter of free speech?

The outcome of a major case on labor unions before the Supreme Court on Monday may turn on whether the conservative justices adopt a broad view of the free-speech rights of public employees, a position that liberals had favored before.<p>The justices will hear a 1st Amendment challenge brought by …

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Orders Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Justice Sotomayor Thinks The Supreme Court Needs To Be More Diverse

"A different perspective can help you more fully understand the arguments before you," Justice Sonia Sotomayor said at an event.<p>As the White House and Congress battle over the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, one of the current justices said Friday the country's top court …

U.S. Supreme Court hears dispute over lower-cost biotech drugs sales

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered a dispute between rival drug companies that could affect how quickly life-saving generic …

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court: Cities can sue banks under U.S. housing law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities may sue banks under the federal anti-discrimination in housing law but said those lawsuits …

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Anthem appeals Cigna decision to Supreme Court

The 1960s-era merger precedents relied upon by the courts must be updated to reflect modern understanding of economics and consumer benefits, says …

Trump travel ban back in U.S. courts next week as battles stretch on | Reuters

By Mica Rosenberg and Dan Levine<br>| NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO<p>NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO Legal challenges to President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on …

PETA supports NIH budget cuts

President Trump has at least one ally supporting his proposal to slash $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health next year: People for the …

Why PETA is a fan of Vladimir Putin

It looks like Vladimir Putin — an avid hunter — has some unexpected fans in the United States: PETA.<p>Dan Mathews, spokesman for People for the Ethical …

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San Francisco sues Trump over sanctuary city order

The city of San Francisco filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging President Trump's executive order that directs the federal government to withhold money from so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement agents.<p>The lawsuit, filed by San Francisco City Attorney …

Trump's foreign business interests: 144 companies in 25 countries

<b>(CNN) —</b> While President-elect Donald Trump will soon step into the Oval Office, his business interests continue to circle the globe and in some cases operate in places likely to overlap with his administration's foreign policy decisions.<p>Read more about Trump's overseas business interests<p>In his most …

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