U.S. Supreme Court

When politicians bully, judges and journalists need to stand firm

Donald Trump and Peter Dutton have both criticised the judiciary and the media. What does it say about their grasp of the functions of democracy?<p>“We had a very smooth roll out of the travel ban, but we had a bad court. We’ve had a bad decision.” That was Donald Trump at his White House press …

Neil Gorsuch

5 of the most destructive right-wing Supreme Court decisions in American history

There are many, but these are a doozy<p>When ultra-conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016, many on the left and center heaved a huge sigh of relief. Barack Obama was the sitting president who would be nominating his successor, perhaps bringing us a liberal dominated court and …

Sandra Day O'Connor

Here’s how Colorado’s 9 members of Congress get along (or don’t) with President Trump

Colorado never has been the friendliest territory for President Donald Trump.Republicans in the state led a failed revolt against his candidacy at …

Neil Gorsuch

Supreme Court strikes a crucial blow against racial gerrymandering — but bigger battles lie ahead

Supreme Court's decision on North Carolina redistricting was big, and opens the way for wider progress<p>In the 2012 House elections, Democratic candidates got 1.4 million more votes than Republicans (roughly 59.6 million to 58.2 million), but won 33 fewer congressional seats, the result of a highly …

Judiciary

When Politicians Pick Their Voters

Partisan gerrymandering — the dark art of drawing legislative district lines to specifically favor Republicans or Democrats — is as old as it is corrosive to a representative democracy. Self-interested politicians have no business making maps with the sole purpose of keeping themselves and their …

Democracy

North Carolina’s battle over voting rights intensifies

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s GOP-controlled legislature has worked steadily and forcefully during the past seven years to redraw the state’s districts and impose voting restrictions and a slew of new policies that Republicans say are aimed at reducing voter fraud.<p>But at every turn, Democrats …

Government

How an effort to make Homer a welcoming city tore the town and led to a recall election

HOMER — A city resolution written to lament America's polarized politics and endorse tolerance has got Homer residents at each other's throats.<p>The …

Republican Party

Hundreds protest against sanctuary cities ban on last day of Legislature | Immigration

AUSTIN -- Hundreds of protesters from across Texas and the nation descended upon the Capitol on the final day of the Legislature to protest against …

Immigration

The Supreme Court's big ruling on 'patent trolls' will rock businesses everywhere

Tech companies and app developers everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief after Monday's major Supreme Court ruling on a topic that's close to their hearts: Patents. More specifically, patent lawsuits — a rising number of which analysts say are bogus and threaten to strangle new startups and …

Law

Travel ban to test Supreme Court view of presidential power

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court may soon decide how courts are supposed to view presidential power in the age of Donald Trump.<p>The administration has promised a high court appeal of a ruling blocking the president's ban on visitors from six majority Muslim countries. The case could be a major …

Judiciary

Don't forget about these beautiful political bromances, too

Some would argue that the word "bromance" does not belong in the world of politics, but they'd be wrong. It's hard not to get swept up in the budding friendships of international leaders with all the photo ops and viral videos.<p>You may be familiar with Barack Obama and Joe Biden's solid …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Hamptons braces for sunshine, parties, and noisy aircraft

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Ah, summer in the Hamptons. Cocktail parties. Beach gatherings. Celebrities. But for some eastern Long Island residents, the annual arrival of the jet set also brings the thumpety-thump of helicopters and whine of airplane engines.<p>This season's aircraft buzz, centered on …

News

Ruling on patent lawsuits could have big impact in Delaware

A recent Supreme Court decision on patent lawsuits could make a big impact in Delaware.<p>The Wilmington News Journal reports …

Law

'Sanctuary Cities' protests interrupt Texas House session

Protests erupted in the Texas capitol building on Monday over Gov. Greg Abbott’s new law cracking down on ‘sanctuary cities,’ interrupting the final day in this year’s regular session of the Texas Legislature.<p>Hundreds of protesters chanted in opposition to the new law, forcing House leadership to …

Immigration

This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—May 29

<b>1992</b>—According to Jan Crawford Greenburg’s <i>Supreme Conflict</i>, Justice Anthony Kennedy writes a note to Justice Harry Blackmun asking to meet him “about …

Conservative POV

Fact check: President Trump and his mistold NATO tales

WASHINGTON — It’s been a muted week for the “real” Donald Trump, the Twitter account where the president normally says a lot of things that are unreal. That respite may have come to a close, though, as he wrapped up his foreign trip with yet another mistold tale about NATO.<p>In a tweet and a speech …

Neil Gorsuch

‘The Simpsons’: Richard Nixon Gives Donald Trump Advice in ‘125 Days’ — Watch

At least one person is pleased with how things are going.<p>Donald Trump’s approval ratings suggest that most in the country aren’t pleased with him …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court rejects appeal of doctor who poisoned patients

For the once-prominent cancer doctor, it's over.<p>Farid Fata will spend the next four decades in prison for poisoning patients to make money as the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear his case.<p>In a one-line decision, the nation's highest court wrote Friday that it would not hear Fata's appeal.<p>The …

Judiciary

Inside Alabama’s Strange Senate race

Establishment Republicans are throwing their weight behind Sen. Luther Strange to keep a pair of conservative hard-liners out of the GOP caucus.<p>Luther Strange’s tenure in the Senate is not even four months old, the Republican having been handed his Alabama seat by a scandal-plagued governor who …

Politics

Florida governor cleared to sign death warrants again, experts say

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida can start executing condemned killers again now that the U.S. Supreme Court has let stand the state's changes to its …

Judiciary

Kingston Frazier Buried With Blue Power Ranger, Ninja Turtle: His Last Day Was ‘The Happiest Day of His Life’

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Kingston Frazier’s last full day on earth, he rode the bus home from North Jackson Elementary School. He was excited …

African-American News

Soros cash affects DA races nationwide

Not so long ago, civil rights lawyer Larry Krasner’s platform in the Philadelphia Democratic primary would have seemed an unlikely winner. Stop …

Philadelphia

This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—May 28

<b>1963</b>— Retired justice Felix Frankfurter, having witnessed the appointment of his replacement, Arthur Goldberg, create a majority bloc of liberal …

Antonin Scalia

Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

A federal judge on Friday tossed out two life sentences for one of Virginia's most notorious criminals, sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, and ordered Virginia …

Judiciary

USAA faces backlash after pulling ads from Hannity’s show on Fox News Channel

ADVERTISING<p>Firm is hit for pulling ads on Hannity show<p>Financial services firm USAA is facing a backlash after its decision to pull advertising from Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News Channel. The company said it is withdrawing its commercials from other opinion-based television shows.<p>USAA caters to …

Northrop Grumman

Why a small town in Texas had Samsung's ear

<b>Welcome to Marshall, Texas. Nestled in the pine forests near the Louisiana border, the town of around 20,000 has a quaint central shopping district dotted by boutique stores. In October it hosts a party celebrating fire ants - a stinging pest that bedevils the region's man and beast. In winter,</b> …

Law

Terrorism in America: If You Knew What I Knew, You'd Never Leave the House, DHS's Kelly Says

"It's everywhere. It's constant," Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says.

Islamic State (ISIS)

Everyone in Md. says they want redistricting reform. Here’s why it won’t happen.

Maryland’s elected leaders seem unlikely to negotiate a deal this year to end partisan gerrymandering, despite overwhelming public support for redistricting reform, pressure from citizen groups to reach a compromise, and a federal lawsuit that could force the state to overhaul its voting maps for …

Government

What The Recent Supreme Court Decision Means For Network-1 Technologies

On May 22, the US Supreme Court delivered an important decision that is seen as unfavorable for patent owners.<p>Network-1's stock has been selling off …

Patents

Groups are preparing Latino immigrants for new Texas legislation | Community Column

In the first several weeks of the Trump administration, immigrant rights organizer Ramiro Luna-Hinojosa saw a lot of fear in Latino immigrant …

Immigration