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White House keeps up sanctuary cities pressure with funding threat

<b>WASHINGTON (CNN)</b> - Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlined Monday how the Trump administration will use federal funds to crack down on "sanctuary …

Who cleared Devin Nunes into the White House?

<b>WASHINGTON (CNN)</b> - It has been something of a mystery, the whereabouts of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes on the day before …

Government

White House evasive as House Intelligence Committee grinds to a halt

<b>WASHINGTON (CNN)</b> - The Trump administration is refusing to provide details Tuesday to who signed House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes into offices …

Government

Mexico's largest railroad to buy FEC Railroad for $2.1 billion

<b>JACKSONVILLE, Fla.</b> - Mexican mining and rail conglomerate Grupo Mexico says it has reached an agreement to buy Jacksonville-based Florida East Coast …

Florida

Tax credits save you more than deductions: Here are the best ones

If you’ve ever had to write a check to Uncle Sam in April, you’ve likely become a fan of finding ways to cut your tax bill — and that may have you wondering whether you qualify for any tax credits.<p>Tax credits are the gold nuggets of the tax world. Qualifying for one feels better than finding $100 …

Taxes

Supersonic jet from New York to London in 3 hours could be coming

Jet startup Boom just raised enough money to build a demo version of its supersonic jet which can fly from New York to London in three hours. Sean Dowling (@seandowlingtv) has more. Buzz60

Aerospace

Former acting AG Yates warned that testimony could be barred

The Justice Department has reportedly told Sally Yates that she needs their permission to talk about what she did and heard as acting Attorney General. Matt Hoffman reports. Buzz60<p>WASHINGTON — The turmoil surrounding the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's interference with …

Government

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes under pressure to recuse himself from Russia probe

Democrats like Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi are calling for the recusal of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes over possible coordination with the Trump administration. Buzz60<p>WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes, besieged by Democrats demanding he recuse himself or step down as leader of the …

Government

Will whitewashing anger haunt live-action 'Ghost in the Shell'?

Based on the Japanese manga series, 'Ghost in the Shell' follows a cyborg policewoman as she seeks to take down a computer hacker. USA TODAY NETWORK<p>The sci-fi action film <i>Ghost in the Shell</i> arrives in theaters Friday with social media talking more about who’s <i>not</i> starring in the movie than who …

Movies

Trump claims immunity from Apprentice contestant's lawsuit

President Trump’s private attorneys asserted in court this week that he should be immune from a defamation lawsuit filed against him because of his presidential duties.<p>Summer Zervos, a former contestant from <i>The Apprentice</i> sued Trump in New York on Jan. 17, just days before the inauguration. She …

Lawsuits

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5 Questions: Law Prof. David Pozen on Executive Orders, Potential for Constitutional Crisis

David Pozen, a noted scholar of constitutional law at Columbia Law School, joined the faculty in 2012, after working for Harold Hongju Koh, the State …

Focus On Trump's Acts, Not His Psychology

We must challenge Trump on his outrageous behaviors and constant lies, not on his motivations and mental status.

Psychology

Is Trump Stiffing the Constitution Over His Conflicts of Interest?

Law professor Zephyr Teachout is part of a watchdog group charging that Donald Trump’s many conflicts of interest violate constitutional strictures. Let her walk you through it.<p>Three days into Donald Trump’s presidency, the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) in …

Corruption

Oklahoma abortion bill: Pregnant woman (or ‘host’) must get man’s permission

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who defended his description of pregnant women as “hosts” has won approval for his bill that would require …

Trump’s vow to “destroy” Johnson Amendment could wreak havoc on charitable world

The 63-year-old law that bans charities from engaging in political activities<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>President Donald Trump recently pledged to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, a 63-year-old law that bans charities from engaging in political activities.<p>As Trump …

Liberal POV

Why Oklahoma’s Anti-Abortion Fetal “Host” Bill Is So Noxiously Unconstitutional

The constitutional doctrine that protects a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy is often diluted into an abstraction. We frequently discuss <i>how</i> …

Constitutional Law

Oklahoma Republican Who Called Women 'Hosts' Is Only Saying What All Anti-Choice Lawmakers Think

But there's hope.<p>On Monday, The Intercept reported on two Republican-owned anti-abortion bills set for a Tuesday hearing in the Oklahoma state …

Corporations like Exxon are using spurious free speech claims to fend off regulation

Why is the attorney general of Massachusetts, Maura Healey, being forced to justify to a Texas judge why and how she is doing her job?<p>In the latest instance of the corporate takeover of the First Amendment — and other constitutional rights — Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest oil and gas corporation, …

Constitutional Law

GOP Senate Seeks to Block Obama-Era Gun Regulation That Would Impact 75,000 Americans

A controversial gun control regulation, finalized in the final weeks of the Obama administration, appears to be reaching the end of its very short …

10 states are trying to ban this common abortion method — but courts stand in the way

By Carter Sherman on Feb 15, 2017<p>Under an Arkansas law passed late last month, women can no longer undergo the most common procedure to induce second-trimester abortion even if they became pregnant due to rape or incest — and abortion rights groups are promising to sue.<p>The law, called the “Unborn …

Abortion

Krugman: If there were just a handful of Republicans who would uphold the Constitution...

Paul Krugman, NY Times: <b>The Silence of the Hacks</b><p>Krugman notes that Republicans refuse to do anything about the unsavory connection between the …

Trump Challenges The Limits Of Executive Power

When Donald Trump learned that a federal district court had refused to reinstate his Muslim ban last week, he tweeted in all caps, "SEE YOU IN COURT!" Aside from this strange reaction to a court decision, Trump's angry outburst raises the question: Is the president allowed to have whatever he …

Government

Trump education budget needs work: Charter school CEOs

We need federal support for all schools, for all kids, not just kids in 'choice' schools.<p>In the “Skinny Budget” that the White House released this month, President Trump offered $168 million in new funds for charter schools. As public charter school operators, we appreciate the proposed investment …

Education

Trump calls for investigation of the Clintons' Russian ties

A new poll from the Huffington Post and YouGov finds that a majority of Americans are in favor of the FBI investigation into President Trump's potential ties to Russia. Matt Hoffman reports. Buzz60<p>President Trump says the House Intelligence Committee is looking into the wrong 2016 presidential …

Barack Obama

President Trump's executive order will undo Obama's Clean Power Plan rule

WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday to roll back the Clean Power Plan rule, keeping a campaign vow to undo the Obama administration’s aggressive attempts to reduce carbon emissions.<p>Trump frequently promised last year to undo the rule, which the Supreme Court …

Barack Obama

Flynn: Wisconsin legislators put constitutional rights at risk

A constitutional convention is unlikely to call it quits after a single amendment when there is nothing to stop it.<p>A well-funded national campaign to …

Constitutional Law

Can the Country Survive Without a Strong Middle Class?

In a powerful new book, the legal scholar Ganesh Sitaraman argues that America’s government will fall apart as inequality deepens.<p>The U.S. Constitution, it is fair to say, is normally thought of as a political document. It lays out the American system of government and the relationships among the …

Equality

This Administration Now Has The Power To Indefinitely Detain Americans Without Charge Or Trial

<i>An Obama Era unconstitutional power has landed in Trump's lap. And we should be very, very, very, scared.</i><p>Five years ago, on New Year’s Eve, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed into law. The NDAA is typically an unremarkable bill that authorizes funding for the U.S. Armed …

Constitutional Law

How to Spot a Fake Cuban Cigar

Cubans are back, or at least a little more legal than they used to be. They definitely haven't gotten any cheaper, so be sure you're smoking the real …