President Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the forthcoming vacancy on the High Court left by the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy was nominated by then-President Ronald Reagan and has served for 31 years. Although nominated by a Republican, Kennedy became a reliably independent voice, providing swing votes on such landmark issues as marriage-equality, […]

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Kennedy to Retire, Ensuring Second Trump Nominee to Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement. He will be leaving the High Court in July. The announcement was made yesterday in the public release of a letter he wrote to President Donald Trump. “This letter is a respectful and formal notification of my decision, effective July 31 of this year, to end […]

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Supreme Court, in Major Victory for Trump, Upholds Travel Ban

The Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a major victory today upholding its travel ban against majority-Muslim countries. The decision was split 5-4, with the Court’s conservative-leaning justices voting to uphold the ban while its liberal-leaning justices voted to strike it down. Justice Kennedy, the Court’s sole swing vote, sided with the conservative view. The […]

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Tennessee Store Owner Puts “No Gays Allowed” Sign in Window in Wake of Supreme Court Decision

A Tennessee store owner has re-posted as sign that reads “No Gays Allowed” in the front window of his shop in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling last week in a case involving a baker who refused to bake a cake for gay couple’s wedding. The store owner, Jeff Amyx originally put the sign […]

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Supreme Court Declines to Take Up DACA Case, Likely Meaning Program Stays in Place for Foreseeable Future

The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving President Trump’s authority to end the immigration-protection program known as DACA, likely signaling the program’s continuance for at least several months.  The program’s original end date was March 5. President Trump ended the DACA program last September but gave Congress six months to come up […]

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Appeals Court in Virginia Rules Against Latest Version of President Trump’s Travel Ban

An appeals court in Virginia has ruled the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban unconstitutional.  The court, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled that the ban unlawfully targets Muslims. The Supreme Court agreed last month to a hear a case involving the Trump administration’s travel ban.  The latest version of the ban, […]

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Second Federal Judge Strikes Down DACA End

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis of New York has become the second federal judge to place an injunction the Trump administration’s ending of the DACA program, the program that protects from deportation undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country at a young age.  Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco placed […]

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A Pennsylvania Republican Lawmaker Calls for Impeachment of State Supreme Court Justices for Forcing Legislature to Redraw Congressional Maps

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has called for the impeachment of five state Supreme Court Justices in the wake of a decision that requires the Pennsylvania legislature to redraw the state’s congressional map.  Pennsylvania state Representative, Republican Cris Dush, blamed the justices for “blatantly” contradicting the Pennsylvania State constitution. “The five justices who signed this order that […]

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Supreme Court Declines Pennsylvania GOP’s Request on the Redrawing of Congressional Maps

The Supreme Court has declined to block a redrawing of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in January that the State’s map had to be redrawn because it was contrived in a way that heavily favored the Republican Party.  It gave lawmakers until February 9 to submit a new map to Governor Tom […]

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