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Argument preview: Justices to consider meaning of “confidential” in Freedom of Information Act

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issues specialized debit cards to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits recipients. Although the data that USDA gathers under SNAP are not quite so rich and revealing as those collected by private credit- and debit-card issuers, they do include commercial information about the retail grocery stores at which SNAP recipients purchase their groceries. The Argus Leader newspaper (based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) requested this data under the Freed...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, Usda, National Parks, Foia, Morton, Antonin Scalia, U S Department of Agriculture, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, D C Circuit, U S Chamber of Commerce, U S Court of Appeals, Clarence Thomas


The Congress-centric Case Against Court-Packing

     A large and increasing chorus of progressive activists, along with some prominent Democratic office-holders and candidates, have called for Democrats to add seats to the Supreme Court after a hypothetical Democratic takeover of the White House and the Senate.   They argue that highly conservative Republican appointees have a majority on the Court only because Republicans have broken longstanding norms, particularly by denying a hearing to Judge Merrick Garland for purely partisan reason...
Tags: Florida, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Montana, Senate, White House, Court, Alabama, Indiana, Democrats, Maine, House, Iowa, Arizona, Medicare


In the Dark Times

Over the last three weeks a series of events have taken place which may seem individual but need to be viewed in a joined context. Together they’ve put us in a much different, darker place as a country. I think many of us sense this intuitively. I see it in public reactions. I see it in your emails but more as an attitude. But what it is needs to be sketched out explicitly and seen for what it is. Back on March 15th, Attorney General Barr released his Letter, the clear purpose of which was to...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Congress, White House, Reagan, House, Mitch McConnell, Capitol Hill, Trump, Josh Marshall, Oval Office, Matt Schlapp, Jeff Sessions, House Ways and Means, Mueller, Neal


Ask the author: “Mr. Everything” – Joan Biskupic on Chief Justice John Roberts

The following is a series of questions posed by Ronald Collins to Joan Biskupic about Biskupic’s book “The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts” (Basic Books, 2019, 432 pp., cloth: $32.00). Joan Biskupic is a legal analyst at CNN and the author of three previous biographies of Supreme Court justices. She has also served as the Supreme Court correspondent for The Washington Post and USA Today. Welcome Joan, and thank you for taking the time to participate in this qu...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Boston, Court, Book Reviews, America, Barack Obama, Reagan, Cnn, Harvard, Citizens United, Arizona, Republican, Usa Today


Kim Kardashian Stuns the World by Announcing She’s Studying to Become a Lawyer & Plans on Taking the Bar Exam in 2022

Since I feel like I’ve been living a bizarre twilight zone since November 2016, let me go ahead and paint this future for you:America somehow survives two terms of a Trump presidency. (And yes, we’re all still free!) It’s 2025 and Kanye West has just been inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. Kim Kardashian stands by his side, not only as FLOTUS, but as a Supreme Court justice!This is obviously a hyperbolic hypothetical foretelling of our future, but back to reality, one thing ...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Celebs, Kim Kardashian, Supreme Court, California, White House, America, San Francisco, Cnn, Kanye West, United States, Pop Culture, Jazz, Kardashian, Kim, Johnson


Newtonian and Anti-Newtonian Political and Judicial Polarization

For the symposium on Neal Devins and Lawrence Baum's new book, The Company They Keep: How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court (Oxford University Press, 2019). The PEW Research Group’s surveys of public opinion in the United States document the fundamental regime change that has taken place over the last half century. Public opinion surveys taken during the Great Society found that elite Republicans and elite Democrats were more likely to agree with each other than with less educated and...
Tags: Supreme Court, Congress, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, United States, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Newton, Branding, Democratic, Democratic Party, John Roberts, Roberts, Harvard Law Review, Roe


‘It’s Very Toxic Here’: Kudlow Implies Sexual Harassment Claims Against Cain Were Political

Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, implied Sunday that multiple women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment several years ago could be lying about their allegations, a byproduct of what he called a “toxic” environment in national politics. President Donald Trump is reportedly considering Cain to serve on the Federal Reserve Board, along with conservative economic pundit Stephen Moore. Cain suspended his 2012 campaign for the Republican nomination for President...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, White House, Cnn, Federal Reserve, Donald Trump, Jake Tapper, Cain, Herman Cain, Tapper, Federal Reserve Board, National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, Kudlow, Matt Shuham, Bialek


Biden Showed ‘Paternalistic’ Side During Anti-Rape Campaign, Activists Say

Woolston/ShutterstockTaking the stage at the 2016 Oscars to introduce more than 50 survivors of campus sexual assault, then-Vice President Joe Biden received a standing ovation from the star-studded crowd. Smiling at the A-list audience, he joked that he was the “least qualified person here” and urged viewers to “change the culture” around campus sexual assault—an issue he had made his signature cause over the previous five years.U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden introduces singer Lady Gaga after ma...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obama, Washington Post, White House, Alyssa Milano, Joe Biden, New York Times, Lady Gaga, Biden, The Daily Beast, Anita Hill, Senate Judiciary Committee, Hill, Hollywood California, University of Nevada Las Vegas


Trump Will Keynote NRA Leadership Forum at Indy Convention

President Donald Trump will once again headline the NRA convention, scheduled in Indianapolis April 26-28. He will keynote the Friday Leadership Forum. (Dave Workman) U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- For the fifth year in a row, Donald Trump will be appearing at the National Rifle Association’s Leadership Forum during the organization’s 148th annual meetings and exhibits at the Indiana Convention Center – Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis on April 26, NRA has announced. NRA made the announcement Fri...
Tags: Guns, Supreme Court, California, White House, New York City, Court, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, Fox News, Usa Today, Donald Trump, Trump, Nra


2020: Socialist America or Trump’s America?

2020: Socialist America or Trump's America? U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- In the new Democratic Party, where women and people of color are to lead, and the white men are to stand back, the presidential field has begun to sort itself out somewhat problematically. According to a Real Clear Politics average of five polls between mid-March and April 1, four white men — Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, “Beto” O'Rourke and Pete Buttigieg — have corralled 62 percent of all Democratic voters. The three white wo...
Tags: Guns, Supreme Court, Senate, Iraq, America, Barack Obama, Reagan, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, House, Biden, Donald Trump, Kirsten Gillibrand, George W Bush, Central America, Booker


BroadwayWorld.com: Harry T. Burleigh Society & Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra

William Grant Still (1895-1978) Harry T. Burleigh (Harry T. Burleigh Society) Broadway World April 2, 2019 Harry T. Burleigh Society and Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra Presents FROM SONG CAME SYMPHONY William Grant Still's powerful oratorio "And They Lynched Him on A Tree" was premiered by the New York Philharmonic in the summer of 1940. Among the high-profile audience at that outdoor concert were composer Samuel Barber, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Supreme ...
Tags: Supreme Court, New York City, Religion, America, Barack Obama, Florence, Jay, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther, Rosa Parks, Burleigh, New York Philharmonic, William Grant, Antonin Dvorak, Samuel Barber, Felix Frankfurter


Senate GOPers Ram Through Rules Change To Cut Trump Pick Debate Time

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Senate GOP allies, frustrated by delays in confirming dozens of lower-profile nominees, rammed through a rules change Wednesday that cuts back debate on most of his picks. The GOP plan, approved 51-48, indefinitely restored rules in place during the first few years of President Barack Obama’s second term. Those rules had lapsed, allowing any senator to force 30 hours of debate on a nominee. The rules change limits debate on most nominees to two hours ...
Tags: Utah, News, Supreme Court, Obama, Washington, Senate, White House, Barack Obama, Ap, Gop, Maine, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Susan Collins, Mike Lee, Trump


Senate GOPers Ram Through Rules Change To Expedite Trump Picks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Senate GOP allies, frustrated by delays in confirming dozens of lower-profile nominees, rammed through a rules change Wednesday that cuts back debate on most of his picks. The GOP plan, approved 51-48, indefinitely restored rules in place during the first few years of President Barack Obama’s second term. Those rules had lapsed, allowing any senator to force 30 hours of debate on a nominee. The rules change limits debate on most nominees to two hours ...
Tags: Utah, News, Supreme Court, Obama, Washington, Senate, White House, Barack Obama, Ap, Gop, Maine, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Susan Collins, Mike Lee, Trump


Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido stripped of parliamentary immunity

The Venezuelan government has stripped president Nicolas Maduro's rival Juan Guaido of his parliamentary immunity, opening the door for his possible arrest and prosecution. Mr Guaido, head of the opposition-controlled national assembly, declared himself president on January 23 and has been recognised as Venezuela’s legitimate leader by more than 50 countries. Until now, Mr Maduro has given Mr Guaido a remarkably free rein, unwilling to risk antagonising supporters of the 35 year old – includ...
Tags: Florida, News, Supreme Court, White House, Syria, Colombia, United States, Brazil, Marco Rubio, Venezuela, Beirut, Nicolás Maduro, Latin America, Trump, Rubio, Maduro


LA leaders call for Hotel Bel Air, Beverly Hills Hotel boycott over Brunei’s anti-gay measures

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin and Councilman Paul Koretz called Tuesday for a boycott of the Hotel Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel owned by the government of Brunei for anti-gay measures in the tiny kingdom making homosexual sex and adultery punishable by death. Koretz also announced he is introducing a City Council resolution opposed to Brunei’s policies. “This is as barbaric as anything that has happened in hundreds of years. We can’t abide by it and we have some l...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Supreme Court, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Islam, Brunei, Lgbtq, George Clooney, City Council, Local News, Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles City Council


McConnell Throws Cold Water On Trump’s Grand O’Care Replacement Plans

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) put the kibosh on the Senate considering a comprehensive health care overhaul, after President Trump had promised an Obamacare replacement “far better” than the law Republicans failed to repeal in 2017. McConnell told reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill that he had spoken to Trump Monday about his plans, after he was asked if he and the President were in different places on replacing the Affordable Care Act. “Not any longer,” McConnell said, answeri...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Obama, Congress, Senate, White House, House, Mitch McConnell, Capitol Hill, Health Care, Dc, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Tierney Sneed


Senate Dems Block GOP Effort To Shorten Trump Nominee Debate Time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats blocked a GOP attempt on Tuesday to change Senate rules to limit debate time on most of President Donald Trump’s nominees to just a couple of hours. The party-line vote is another step toward a potential power play by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is considering ramming the rules change through later this week using an arcane parliamentary maneuver. The proposed rules change would limit debate on most nominees to two hours instead of the 30 hour...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obama, Washington, Senate, Barack Obama, Ap, Gop, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Cabinet, McConnell, Senate Democrats, Sen Amy Klobuchar D Minn, Summer Concepcion, AP story


House Oversight Dems OK Subpoenas For Census Citizenship Question Probe

By a 23-14 vote, the House Oversight Committee authorized several subpoenas related to its investigation into the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The vote is an escalation of the showdown between the Trump administration and House Democrats over a key voting rights issue. “The Trump administration is stonewalling and has left the committee no choice but obtain this information by compulsory process,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said at the...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Republicans, White House, Commerce, House, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Ross, Gore, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Jim Jordan, Elijah Cummings, Department, Cummings


Tampering with the Supreme Court for political gain wrong for America

President Franklin Roosevelt’s re-election in 1936 was the largest electoral college victory since George Washington’s uncontested elections. His popular vote triumph was 60.8 percent to 36.5 percent. FDR saw the vote as an endorsement of his New Deal approach to the Great Depression. Arraigned against him was the U.S. Supreme Court, which the year before had struck down the heart of the New Deal: the National Industrial Recovery Act. With a tremendous political wind at his back, and the target ...
Tags: Justice, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, California, Opinion, Senate, White House, America, Barack Obama, Sport, Soccer, House, Citizens United, Roe V Wade, Ruth Bader Ginsburg




Trump declares U.S. census 'meaningless' without citizenship question

The comment on Twitter came ahead of an expected Supreme Court ruling by the end of June on whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' decision to add the citizenship question violated federal law. "Can you believe that the Radical Left Democrats want to do our new and very important Census Report without the all important Citizenship Question," Trump tweeted. "Report would be meaningless and a waste of the $Billions (ridiculous) that it costs to put together!" Trump's critics have accused the W...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, White House, Commerce, Trump, Wilbur Ross, Citizenship Question Trump


After Years Of Blocking Obama’s Nominees, McConnell Slams Dems’ ‘Historic Obstruction’

Sen. Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wrote an op-ed in Politico Monday decrying Democrats’ “historic obstruction,” an accusation that won’t sit well with liberals still furious about McConnell’s refusal to allow a vote on former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. “Since January 2017, for the first time in memory, a minority has exploited procedure to systematically obstruct a President from staffing up his administration,” McConnell wrote. “This new, across-the-b...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obama, Senate, Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Trump, Democratic, Mitch McConnell R Ky, McConnell, Merrick Garland, Judicial Nominees, Kate Riga


Joe Biden denies kissing activist without consent but admits 'I may not recall these moments the same way'

Former vice president Joe Biden – a man who would start as favourite among Democratic presidential candidates – has denied kissing a political activist without her consent, an accusation that could create problems for him if he enters the 2020 race.Two days after Lucy Flores, a Democratic activist and elected politician from Nevada, claimed Mr Biden had kissed her on the head at an event in 2014 and made her feel uncomfortable, he said he did not believe he had ever once “acted inappropriately”....
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Washington Post, White House, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, Georgia, Joe Biden, United States, Nevada, Biden, Bernie Sanders, Flores, Sanders, Anita Hill, Democratic


'This is our moment': Beto O'Rourke attacks Trump and calls for unity

Launching his White House run in El Paso, the Democrat cited the presence blocks away of migrants held behind barbed wireBeto O’Rourke speaks on the streets of El Paso, Texas. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/ReutersBeto O’Rourke, the former punk rocker from a border town in Texas, formally launched his insurgent campaign for the US presidency on Saturday by denouncing fear and division promoted by Donald Trump and calling for a revival of inclusive American democracy.Speaking to several thousand suppo...
Tags: Texas, News, Supreme Court, California, Mexico, Senate, White House, US, Sacramento, America, Joe Biden, Citizens United, Iowa, Biden, Donald Trump, Kennedy


GOP Scrambles To Deal With Trump’s Decision On Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s decision to revive the fight over the Affordable Care Act has stirred a political and policy debate among Republicans on how best to approach the divisive issue heading into the 2020 election. Failing to repeal and replace the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, is one of the biggest shortcomings of the president’s first term. It left Republicans with a broken campaign promise, dismal approval ratings and a narrative they haven’t been able to shake — tha...
Tags: Utah, Florida, News, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Republicans, Washington, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Politico, Ap, Gop, House, Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell


Why the U.S. can’t replicate Finland’s educational success

Finland's success on international student assessment tests have left many wondering if the United States should adopt its education policies. However, Finland's educational system developed from a culture that maintains education as a fundamental right; the United States lacks such an acknowledgement. Unless the United States undergoes a drastic reassessment of its social contract, meaningful education reform will likely remain out of reach. None Can the United States replicate Finland's educat...
Tags: Politics, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Education, Congress, New York City, Alabama, America, Society, Poverty, Teaching, United States, Innovation, Finland, Inequality, San Antonio


Pence Chief Of Staff Says Trump Will Debut New Health Care Plan ‘This Year’

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short said Wednesday that the White House would release a new health care plan “this year.” But Short, who previously served as the Trump White House’s director of legislative affairs and then briefly left the administration, implied it could be a while until the public sees Trump’s latest attempt to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. “ The President will be putting forward plans this year that we hope to introduce into Congress,” S...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Congress, White House, Cnn, Donald Trump, Short, Trump, Mike Pence, Wolf Blitzer, Trump White House, Marc Short, Matt Shuham, battle over Obamacare


Trump Claims His Admin Has Made O’Care ‘Better,’ Celebrates Court Fight Against It

President Donald Trump on Wednesday bragged about his administration’s move to abandon Obamacare in federal court, telling reporters in the Oval Office that “If the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is out, we will have a plan that’s far better than Obamacare.” The comments were, as usual, mostly detail- and fact-free: In an Oval Office meeting with Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, Trump claimed the “only difference” between his administration and former...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Trump, HHS, Oval Office, Government Accountability Office, Alice Ollstein, Matt Shuham, Alex Azar, Fabiana Rosales, battle over Obamacare, Juan Guaidó Trump


Biden Expresses Regret About Role In Hill Hearings, Condemns ‘White Man’s Culture’

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned “a white man’s culture” as he lashed out at violence against women and, more specifically, lamented his role in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings that undermined Anita Hill’s credibility nearly three decades ago. Biden, a Democratic presidential prospect who often highlights his white working-class roots, said Hill, who is black, should not have been forced to face a panel of “a bunch of white guys” about her sexual harassment al...
Tags: New York, News, Supreme Court, New York City, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Biden, Delaware, Joe, Mia Farrow, Thomas, Anita Hill, Senate Judiciary Committee, Hill, Clarence Thomas


Joe Biden laments role in Anita Hill hearing

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says he regrets he didn’t give Anita Hill “the hearing she deserved” when she shared her story of sexual harassment in the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas three decades ago. Biden, who chaired the Senate Judiciary committee at the time, lamented Tuesday […]
Tags: New York, News, Supreme Court, Senate, Joe Biden, Nation, Biden, Anita Hill, Senate Judiciary Committee, Clarence Thomas, Nation & World Politics



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