Judiciary

Robert Reich: Trump’s unconstitutional assault on the judiciary

Trump is attacking the foundations of the separation of powers in the Constitution<p>One way dictators take over democracies is by threatening the independence of a nation’s courts. Donald Trump is doing just this.<p>Connect the following dots:<p>1. In January, Trump blasted a federal judge for staying his …

Liberal POV

Methodist Court Ruling a Blow for First Openly Lesbian Bishop

The first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job for now, but she is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court ruled Friday.<p>Bishop Karen Oliveto's civil marriage to another woman violates church law that bars clergy who …

Religion

Dad-to-be jailed after almost killing families while driving high on cannabis

A dad-to-be has been jailed after nearly killing families because he was driving while high on cannabis.<p>Matthew Stothers, 21, was seen driving …

Extremism

A Federal Court Ruled That Women Can Be Paid Less Than Men For Doing The Same Job

<i>It’s 2017, and yet women are still fighting for equality. Data suggests it will take until 2152 to close the gender wage gap, but it shouldn’t take a century to get what we want.</i> <i>We want more, and Refinery29 is here to help — because 135 years is too long to wait for what we deserve today.</i><p>It’s one …

U.S. Federal Courts

The Death Penalty, Religion And Christians Who Are For And Against Capital Punishment

On Monday, April 25, two people convicted for murder were executed by lethal injections in Lincoln County, Arkansas. A few days prior to their …

Religion

Donald Tusk promises to deal 'firmly' with Britain as EU leaders unanimously agree Brexit negotiating stance

The European Union threw down the Brexit gauntlet to Theresa May on Saturday, issuing an uncompromising list of Brexit demands at a special EU Leaders’ summit amid signs of rising tensions between London and Brussels.<p>The leaders of the EU’s remaining 27 states – usually bitterly divided – staged a …

Brexit

Mike Samwell car theft murder accused appears in court

<b>A man has appeared in court accused of the murder of an ex-Royal Navy officer thought to have been run over by his own car.</b><p>Mike Samwell, 35, was fatally injured as he tried to stop thieves from stealing his car from outside his home in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester.<p>Ryan Gibbons, 29, from Chorlton, …

Crime

A case about citizenship draws laughter and lively banter at the Supreme Court

<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b> But first: The U.S. Supreme Court’s final case this term was expected to be a highly technical argument on immigration law, but it …

NPR

Duterte opens ASEAN summit with oblique swipe at US, EU

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte opened an annual summit of Southeast Asian leaders on Saturday with an oblique swipe at Western governments, …

International Criminal Court

Brexit Will Change the EU’s Whole Identity—and We Need to Start Paying Attention

A special Brexit summit on Saturday will determine Europe's direction when it comes to the divorce talks.

Brexit

The Email Collection The NSA Shut Down Has Been Abused For Years

As was noted here earlier, the NSA surprised many people by shutting down its email collection. This collection was authorized by the FISA Amendments …

Surveillance

Returning Kansas lawmakers face deadlines on budget, schools

Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka facing pressing deadlines to find a budget fix and write a new law for funding public schools.<p>The …

Kansas

NSA says it will stop collection of certain emails

The agency says it will now limit such collection to internet communications sent directly to or from a foreign target

National Security Agency (NSA)

Arkansas will face challenges replenishing execution supply

Arkansas will have a more difficult time obtaining additional lethal injection drugs after an unprecedented court challenge by a drug distributor and possible complications during at least one of the four executions the state carried out this month, experts said.<p>The state launched an ambitious plan …

Prison

Charity worker squatted down and urinated on floor of busy Sainsbury’s

A charity worker has avoided jail after urinating in the middle of an aisle in Sainsbury’s.<p>Rosalyn Bullman, 27, apparently laughed as she pulled down …

Good News

The Angle: Judge Love Edition

<b>Judges, save us:</b> Donald Trump's battle against the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which he cannot win, shows how inadequate his “vague and …

Neil Gaiman

Strident opponent of assisted dying to chair review of advance requests

A Toronto doctor who once likened assisted dying to Nazi genocide has been put in charge of a federally mandated process to determine whether Canadians should be able to make advance requests for medical help to end their lives.<p>The appointment of Harvey Schipper to chair a working group of experts …

Supreme Court of Canada

Reforms an option to tackle Canada’s court delays: justice ministers

Justice ministers from across Canada have agreed to consider targeted criminal law reforms, including changes to mandatory-minimum penalties and bail, in an effort to tackle delays in the court system.<p>Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould met with her provincial and territorial counterparts …

Supreme Court of Canada

The Latest: Inmate apologized, spoke in tongues before dying

VARNER, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local):<p>11:35 p.m.<p>In a final statement before he was put to death, condemned Arkansas inmate Kenneth Williams apologized to the families he …

Prison

Texas proposal looks to nullify federal law in between state lines

A proposal in the GOP-led Legislature in Texas calls for the state to ignore federal law and court rulings and forgo enforcing national regulations.<p>State Rep. Cecil Bell's Texas Sovereignty Act allows for overriding federal laws through the same process as passing a bill. First a legislative …

United States

Timeline

Deployed<p>Sgt Blackman deploys to Helmand province with 42 Commando as part of Op Herrick XIV. His unit is sent to Nad-e Ali, where it sees heavy fighting. Several marines are killed and others maimed.<p>The killing<p>Taliban insurgents attack a small British patrol base. The attack is repelled with the …

Crime

Companies Can Now Legally Pay Women Less

All because of already unfairly low past salaries<p>Women and men around the world came together for Equal Pay Day earlier this month. April 4 to be exact, a date that, according to the National Committee on Pay Equity’s website “symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned …

Women's News

Newly minted Cook County judge who refused traffic court duty quits bench

A new Cook County judge who for months defied orders from his supervisors to work in traffic court has resigned, according to an Illinois Supreme Court spokesman.<p>Richard Cooke stepped down from his $194,000-a-year post two days after a committee of 17 Cook County presiding judges voted to refer his …

Corruption

Voting Rights on Trial on the Bayou

A federal lawsuit challenges a decades-old vestige of Jim Crow, and opens up new questions about the current state of the ballot.<p>Terrebonne Parish is probably what people envision when they think about rural Louisiana. It’s chock-full of the swamps, fan boats, gators, and cypress trees that …

Sociology

Rebel Wilson lost roles as result of defamatory magazine articles, court hears

Actor says in writ that Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly, NW and OK Magazine articles made her out to be serial liar<p>Rebel Wilson is claiming defamatory magazine articles cost her roles in Hollywood and tarnished her reputation, a court has heard.<p>The comic actor, who has starred in films …

Journalism

U.S. appeals court grants Trump request on climate regulations case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday granted a Trump administration request to put on hold a legal challenge by industry and a group of states to former President Barack Obama's regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, rules that the …

Climate

NSA concedes violating surveillance limits and pledges curbs on US email collection

NSA agrees to cease so-called ‘about’ surveillance under 2008 legal authority But agency has not indicated whether such data collection will stop wholesale<p>Amid an unexpected fight over US surveillance powers from congressional Republicans, the National Security Agency has agreed to curb its highly …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Children can’t play if they can’t breathe because our air is so polluted

Ministers hide the truth about levels of atmospheric contamination, so people are taking precautions for themselves And who can blame them?<p>As lame excuses go, this one was pretty near legless. The government was meant to be revealing its plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide air pollution last Monday. …

Pollution

The NSA Is Changing Some of the Information It Collects

The agency says it’s stopping the controversial practice of collecting Americans’ emails that mention foreign intelligence targets.<p>The National Security Agency says it will no longer collect Americans’ email and text communications that mention foreign intelligence targets, perhaps the most …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Teen who stamped on ex-girlfriend’s head and threatened to kill her avoids jail

<b>A teen who stamped on his ex-girlfriend’s head five times has avoided jail.</b><p>Callum Wareing, 18, was found guilty of assaulting his ex-partner and …

Crime