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Twelve Righteous Republicans (and 41 Cowards)

Today’s G.O.P. is burying Reagan’s legacy faster than Elizabeth Warren ever could.
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Tillis changes vote, supports Trump on border emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Changing his vote from the public stance he took last month, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis voted Thursday to support President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to pay for his border wall.
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Vulnerable 2020 Senate Republicans Stick With Trump On Border Declaration

A dozen Senate Republicans voted to end President Trump’s emergency declaration on Thursday. But those with the most to lose from Trump’s unpopularity stood by their man. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was the only one of the Senate Republicans who face potentially tough 2020 reelection races broke with Trump on the vote. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Thom Tillis (R-NC), David Perdue (R-GA), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) all voted to protect his emergency declaration....
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Emergency-Declaration Rebuke Splits Senate GOP

On Thursday afternoon, twelve Republican senators — nearly a fifth of the GOP caucus — joined Senate Democrats to pass a resolution terminating the national emergency declared by President Trump last month in an effort to unilaterally appropriate funds for construction of his long-promised border wall. The 59–41 vote was a rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump, who will now issue the first veto of his presidency in order to preserve the emergency declaration.The Senate GOP dissenters — Lamar Alexander...
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GOP Senator Backs Trump’s National Emergency after Urging Colleagues to Oppose It in Recent Op-Ed

Senator Thom Tillis (R., N.C.) reversed himself Thursday after vowing, in a Washington Post op-ed and a speech on the Senate floor, to support a resolution condemning President Trump's national-emergency declaration.Citing a vague promise from Vice President Mike Pence to work toward reforming the national-emergency statute, passed in 1976, to prevent future abuses, Tillis announced his reversal on the Senate floor just moments before voting against the resolution.“I come to the floor to say...
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Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

By ALAN FRAM, LISA MASCARO and CATHERINE LUCEY WASHINGTON — The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his highest-profile goal. The Senate voted 59-41 to cancel Trump’s February proclamation of a border emergency, which he invoked to spend $3.6 billion more for border barriers than Co...
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Thom Tillis Flip-Flops, Will Support Trump On Emergency Declaration

Op-ed oops! Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced he’s reversed course and will vote against a resolution disapproving of President Trump’s emergency declaration on the southern border, just weeks after penning an op-ed promising to buck Trump on the bill. “I do not intend to vote for the resolution of disapproval,” he said on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, shortly before the vote. Tillis said his op-ed allowed him to “engage in a discussion with some of my colleagues here and with the White...
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Trump Squeezes Skittish 2020 Senate Republicans On Emergency Declaration

Damned if you do, tweeted at if you don’t. President Trump’s continued pressure on Republicans to stand with him on his emergency declaration and rejection of a GOP compromise has put those facing reelection in an impossible position — forcing them to choose between crossing their grudge-holding party leader or risking blowback from voters in their home states. Trump has gone on the warpath against the Republicans who disagree with him on the emergency declaration, increasingly attacking them ...
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‘Party’s Over’: GOPers Seem Ready To Deal Trump Defeat On Nat’l Emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate is set to deal President Donald Trump a rebuke on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, with the only remaining question how many GOP senators will join Democrats in defying him. Republicans are predicting that Thursday’s showdown vote will result in Congress sending Trump a resolution blocking the border emergency he proclaimed last month to steer an extra $3.6 billion to building border barriers. Since the Democratic-contr...
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Trump, GOP watch for Tillis vote on border emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is watching him. Republicans in Washington and battleground North Carolina are taking note. And Sen. Thom Tillis is again in the tense middle of a test of how closely he’ll stand with President Donald Trump. “Just another day at the office,” Tillis, R-N.C., told reporters on the way into […]
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Senator Grills Google Exec: ‘Americans Did Not Sign Up for’ Location Tracking

Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) chastised Google's senior policy counsel during a Tuesday Judiciary Committee hearing over the company's reliance on what they perceive to be overly invasive location-tracking technology.“Do you think the average consumer would be surprised to learn that her location is recorded and sent to Google hundreds of times every day, even when she is not using her phone?” Hawley asked Senior Policy Counsel Will Devries, referring to consumers who use Google's An...
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House Votes to Block Trump’s National Emergency Declaration About the Border

The House easily voted on Tuesday to block President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, seeking to stop the diversion of funds to his wall.
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House Dems Move Quickly To Roll Back Trump Emergency, Pass Torch To Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are moving quickly to try to roll back President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to siphon billions of dollars from the military to fund construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Tuesday’s vote in the Democratic-controlled House comes on legislation to revoke Trump’s executive order from earlier this month and would send it to the Republican-held Senate, where it would take only a handful of GOP defections to pass it. Trump is likely ...
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House Votes to Block Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

The House easily voted on Tuesday to block President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, seeking to stop the diversion of funds to his wall.
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NC's Tillis is 2nd GOP senator to oppose Trump emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina's Thom Tillis on Monday became the second Senate Republican to promise a vote to block President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the Mexican border.
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Senate On Verge Of Blocking Trump Emergency Declaration With Latest GOP Defection

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced he’ll vote to undo President Trump’s border wall emergency declaration Monday evening, making him the third Senate Republican to do so and leaving the Senate just one vote short of passing a major rebuke to the President. “As a U.S. senator, I cannot justify providing the executive with more ways to bypass Congress. As a conservative, I cannot endorse a precedent that I know future left-wing presidents will exploit to advance radical policies that will erode e...
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Trump faces rebuke from former top officials over 'national emergency' – as it happened

Former top national security officials have signed their names to a public letter condemning Trump’s declaration of emergency on the US borderSign up for the US morning briefing for a fresh perspective 1.07am GMT 12.29am GMT North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican, wrote an oped for the Washington Post in which he states that even though he supports President Trump’s stance on immigration and call for a border wall, he will vote to disapprove of the president’s national-emergen...
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NC’s Tillis is 2nd GOP senator to oppose Trump emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis says he’ll vote to block President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration at the border with Mexico, becoming the second Senate Republican to do so. In an opinion column posted late Monday by The Washington Post, Tills says he agrees with Trump that there is a crisis at the […]
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Gaming Out Whether Congress Will Buck Trump On His Emergency Declaration

The House will likely vote Tuesday to overturn President Trump’s emergency declaration. Then things get interesting. Senate Democrats are expected to introduce a near-identical resolution sometime this week, starting a legally mandated countdown that will likely force a Senate vote on the emergency declaration. This could mark the first time a significant number of Senate Republicans rebuke President Trump since he won office. Yet, there are two big questions hanging over the vote, the first ...
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Meet The Lone US Attorney Leading Trump’s Non-Citizen Voting Crusade

There’s nothing to suggest that non-citizen voting was ever a pet interest of Bobby Higdon’s. During the almost quarter-century he spent as a federal prosecutor in North Carolina, Higdon’s main priority was drug crimes. In his subsequent brief stint in private practice at a Raleigh firm, he focused on white collar criminal defense. But since becoming U.S. attorney for the Eastern District in September 2017, Higdon has led the crusade against non-citizen voting. No other U.S. attorney in the c...
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New PatentlyO Law Journal article: Colleen Chien, Deferring Patentable Subject Matter

This past fall at the Administering Patent Law symposium at Iowa Law, Professor Colleen Chien presented an argument in favor of more intentional experimentation by administrative  agencies such, as the USPTO to test policy concepts and proposed several possibilities.  Below, Professor Chien describes one such project, based on the Merges/Crouch proposal for deferring patentable subject matter analyses in prosecution.  Read the accompanying PatentlyO Law Journal article here: Colleen V. Chien, P...
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In Renewed Attempt, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Push Mueller Protection Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are renewing their attempt to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, sending a signal to President Donald Trump as he keeps up his criticism of Mueller’s Russia investigation. The legislation, sponsored by incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and three other members, is expected to be introduced this week. The same bill was approved by the panel in April but later blocked by Se...
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Judicial Nom With Record Hostile To Voting Rights Moves Closer To Confirmation

Thomas Farr, a Trump judicial nominee whose record on voting rights and other civil rights issues has come under scrutiny, moved one step closer to confirmation Wednesday with the Senate advancing his nomination in a procedural vote. Vice President Mike Pence was at the Capitol Thursday to break a 50-50 tie on moving Farr’s nomination forward. All 49 Senate Democrats are opposed to Farr, and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) voted “no” as part of his vow to stymie all judicial nominees until there is a ...
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Senate GOP Pushes To Confirm Lawyer With Racial Discrimination Concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are working to soon fill the nation’s longest judicial vacancy with a North Carolina lawyer whose nomination has raised objections from black lawmakers and civil rights groups concerned about his work defending state laws found to have discriminated against African-Americans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has helped push 84 of President Donald Trump’s nominees over the finish line and is itching for more. With just a few more weeks to go be...
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This man will spend life in prison for a marijuana conviction unless Donald Trump or the Supreme Court helps him

Barbara Tillis isn’t sure when she’ll get to see her son, Corvain Cooper, again. Every few months for the past four years, Tillis, has driven five hours with her husband, daughter and Cooper’s oldest daughter, making the trip from Rialto to the federal prison in Atwater, near Merced. They’d spend the day visiting and chatting, and guards would let each family member give Cooper exactly one hug. When the visit was over, they’d reluctantly pile into the car and drive home. But that routine ended a...
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GOP Senator Takes Issue With Dem Coordination To Protest Kavanaugh Process

As Democratic complaints about the lack of transparency in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process continued Tuesday morning, a Republican committee member referenced a tweet reporting that the Democratic senators had a phone conference to plan their protests. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) noted that the conference occurred before some 40,000 Kavanaugh documents were released late Monday, which was the basis of many of the Judiciary Dems’ complaints on Tuesday. Sources tell @Kasie and me that thi...
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GOP Senators Go Kavanuts Over Supreme Court Nom After One-On-Ones

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it’s becoming increasingly clear President Donald Trump’s pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to confirmation this fall. The conservative appellate judge is breezing past swirling questions over his views on executive power and his approach to gay marriage, abortion and other legal issues. Kavanaugh left some Republicans with the impression that his earlie...
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Grassley Pledges Vote On Mueller Bill: McConnell Doesn’t ‘Govern’ Committee

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Thursday pledged to bring a bill to protect the special counsel up for a vote in committee despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) comment earlier in the week that he will not bring the bill up for a vote in the full Senate. Grassley told the committee that McConnell’s views “do not govern what happens here in the Judiciary Committee.” He said that if a bill’s prospect in the full Senate always governed the committee’s actions, “...
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Here are all the questions Mark Zuckerberg couldn't answer during this week's Congressional hearings

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat through five hours of testimony in a joint session with the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Tuesday, and will sit in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday. Zuckerberg is addressing questions about Facebook's involvement in various scandals involving Facebook users, and how those issues can be addressed moving forward. Zuckerberg's team has been preparing him for the testimonie...
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There's an open secret about Cambridge Analytica in the political world that sheds new light on the Facebook data scandal

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is roiling the tech and political worlds. But in politics, many have said the company over-promised and under-delivered. "As a data company that promised that extra secret sauce data was going to be a breakthrough, they didn't really provide that," one campaign operative told Business Insider. As Sen. Ted Cruz mounted a bid for the presidency in 2016, a nascent, data-obsessed company presented his campaign with an intriguing proposition. They had a "secret sa...
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