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Trump's Travel Ban Wins a Round in Court

March 28, 2017 President Trump suffered a series of major setbacks last week, beginning with FBI Director James Comey’s blockbuster announcement that his agency is investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and ending with the collapse of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But he also closed out the...

A ‘Constitutional Crisis’ in Missouri

March 14, 2017 When the ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit against Missouri’s struggling public-defender system on Thursday, Michael Barrett wasn’t surprised. “We've been jumping up and down trying to call attention to this matter for the last two years, telling the state, ‘This is coming, this is coming,’ although we didn't know precisely...

Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself

March 2, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he would recuse himself from overseeing the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the presidential election, citing the advice of his staff. “I believe those recommendations are right and just,” he said. “Therefore I have recused myself from matters with the Trump campaign.”...

Federal Judges Refuse to Reinstate Trump's Immigration Ban

February 9, 2017 A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court’s order blocking the Trump administration from enforcing its immigration and refugee order, handing the president his highest-profile legal defeat yet over the controversial ban. In an unsigned opinion, the panel decisively rejected the Justice Department’s...

When Your Judge Isn't A Lawyer

February 6, 2017 Do you want to be a massage therapist in Helena, Montana? You’ll need 500 hours of study to receive your license first. What about a barber at a shop in Billings? Get ready to spend 1,500 hours practicing your craft. How about one of state’s justices of the peace, with...

An Acting Attorney General Fired for Defying Trump

January 31, 2017 President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates only hours after she instructed Justice Department lawyers not to defend his controversial executive order restricting Muslim travel and immigration to the United States, escalating a growing political crisis that has consumed his early presidency. In an extraordinarily personal statement announcing the...

What's Causing Chicago’s Homicide Spike?

January 25, 2017 President Trump threatened Tuesday night to use federal power to “fix the horrible carnage” unfolding in Chicago, referring to the city’s extraordinary recent spike in homicides. If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in...

Why Trump Is Wrong About His Conflicts of Interest

November 23, 2016 Only 13 days after he became president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump found himself already entangled in questions about conflicts of interest. First came pictures of his daughter Ivanka, one of the Trump children who he says will oversee his “blind trust,” sitting in on meetings between her father...

Untangling Trump's Conflicts of Interest

November 23, 2016 Only 13 days after he became president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump found himself already entangled in questions about conflicts of interest. First came pictures of his daughter Ivanka, one of the Trump children who he says will oversee his “blind trust,” sitting in on meetings between her father...

Alabama Chief Justice's 'Suspension From Office'

September 30, 2016 An Alabama court indefinitely suspended Roy Moore, the state’s controversial chief justice, from office Friday for ordering probate judges to defy federal court rulings on same-sex marriage bans. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary found Moore guilty on all six counts filed against him, including failure to “uphold the integrity...

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