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  • Von Spakovsky and Phillips: Bizarre federal court ruling halts Indiana efforts to clean up voter...

    11/09/2019 9:11:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 9, 2019 | Hans A. von Spakovsky, Kaylan Phillips
    Full title: Von Spakovsky and Phillips: Bizarre federal court ruling halts Indiana efforts to clean up voter rolls With the 2020 presidential election less than a year away, Americaís voter registration rolls are woefully out of shape. Yet well-funded liberal organizations are working to stop states from cleaning up rolls. Their latest victim is Indiana. A federal district court has temporarily halted the stateís effort to compare its voter rolls with those of other states to eliminate duplicate registrations. A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals went to extraordinary lengths to come up with excuses for why...
  • Free of Charge: For Bill de Blasio, newcomers to the U.S. have no obligations.

    11/03/2019 11:21:31 AM PST · by karpov · 24 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2019 | Seth Barron
    Earlier this year, the Trump administration announced that it would expand the list of government benefits it considers when defining a person as a ďpublic charge.Ē Under the new terms, an immigrant receiving, say, food stamps, emergency cash assistance, or living in public housing may see those benefits count against him when he seeks to upgrade or extend his visa status or apply for citizenship. It was long believed that immigrants to the United States should not impose social burdens and should thus secure local sponsors who could guarantee their expenses until they got settled. The Immigration Act of 1891,...
  • Ninth Circuit blocks Trump administration birth control exemptions

    10/23/2019 3:39:23 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 23 2019 | Danielle Wallace
    A federal court on Tuesday blocked new rules established by the Trump administration that would have allowed employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of an Obamacare requirement that includes birth control coverage in employee health insurance plans. Two out of the three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit concluded that a birth control exemption violated the Affordable Care Actís contraception mandate, which requires all employers to provide birth control coverage with no co-payment. The Health and Human Services Department, Labor Department, and Treasury Department in 2017, started adopting new rules that allowed...
  • Judge Blocks Trump Admin Rule That Makes It Easier To Deny Green Cards To Poor Immigrants

    10/12/2019 7:05:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/11/19 | Jason Hopkins
    A federal judge blocked a Trump administration rule just days before it was due to go into effect and make it harder for low-income migrants to obtain green cards, dealing a serious blow to the presidentís immigration agenda. New York federal Judge George Daniels on Friday issued a preliminary injunction against the Trump administrationís ďpublic chargeĒ rule, which takes into account a foreign nationalís use of government benefits when they apply to live in the U.S. on a more permanent standing. Daniels ó who was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President...
  • Judge Rules Trump Violated the Law on Wall Funding With National Emergency

    10/11/2019 2:48:43 PM PDT · by rintintin · 52 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Oct 11 2019 | NBC San Diego
    A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump violated federal law when he used his declaration of a national emergency to get millions for building a wall on the southern border, NBC News reports. The ruling is a victory for El Paso County, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights, which sued to stop border construction in their community. They argued that Trump had no legal authority to spend more than what Congress appropriated for the wall project. In January the president asked for $5.7 billion to build "a steel barrier for the Southwest border," but Congress approved...
  • Judge blocks Trump 'public charge' rule

    10/11/2019 12:20:03 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/19 | Nathaniel Weixel
    A federal judge in New York has temporarily blocked the Trump administrationís ďpublic chargeĒ rule linking immigrantsí legal status to their use of public benefits. Judge George Daniels in the Southern District of New York issued a temporary nationwide injunction stopping the administration from enforcing the requirements, as well as a stay of the effective date. The rule was scheduled to take effect Oct. 15. The final rule, which was announced in August, targets immigrants trying to enter the United States or those already living here who are trying to obtain a green card. Under the rule, any immigrant who...
  • Federal judge declares Trump border proclamation unlawful

    10/11/2019 1:20:48 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/19 | Harper Neidig
    A federal judge in Texas declared on Friday that President Trump's proclamation of a national emergency on the southern border is unlawful, blocking the plan to divert funding for a border wall. Judge David Briones of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas said in his opinion that the plan would be blocked after getting input from both sides in a lawsuit for the scope of an injunction. The lawsuit was brought by El Paso County in Texas and a group called the Border Network for Human Rights. Briones, who was appointed to the court by President...
  • Federal judge rules against Trump administration on border wall national emergency

    10/11/2019 11:05:25 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 50 replies
    A federal judge in El Paso, Texas, rules against the Trump administration on border wall funding, saying the national emergency declaration by Pres. Trump was unlawful.
  • Federal appeals court rejects Trump's appeal of House subpoena for his tax returns

    10/11/2019 7:10:28 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 78 replies
    Federal appeals court rejects Trump's appeal of House subpoena for his tax returns
  • Trump granted reprieve on tax return case after federal judge issues blistering ruling

    10/07/2019 9:40:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 7, 2019 | Ronn Blitzer
    President Trump was granted at least a brief reprieve Monday after a federal judge issued a scathing order allowing the Manhattan District Attorneyís Office to subpoena his tax returns from accounting firm Mazars USA. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals put the subpoena on hold after Trump's attorneys filed an emergency appeal. ďWe are very pleased that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued a stay of the subpoena issued by New York County District Attorney Cy Vance,Ē Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said. The administrative stay will only be in place while the court reviews the...
  • Trump loses New York court fight to keep his tax returns secret

    10/07/2019 6:18:27 AM PDT · by blueyon · 71 replies ^ | 10/07/19 | Jacob Pramuk
    President Donald Trump lost Monday in his effort to stop the release of his personal and corporate tax returns as part of a criminal investigation in New York. Trump immediately appealed the decision handed down in U.S. district court in lower Manhattan. In August, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. subpoenaed eight years of the presidentís tax returns from account firm Mazars USA. The prosecutor is probing hush money payments made to two women, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, ahead of the 2016 election.
  • Forest Service Lifts Fuelwood Ban on New Mexico Forests After Judge Modifies Ruling

    10/04/2019 5:36:03 AM PDT · by cowpoke · 22 replies
    THE WESTERNER ^ | 10/3/2019 | Frank DuBois
    The U.S. Forest Service lifted the suspension of sales of fuelwood permits to collect firewood in New Mexicoís five national forests Tuesday after a U.S. District Judge in Arizona modified his original order banning all timber management in the state. The legal dispute centered on protecting a species of spotted owl, which had stopped all timber management ó including fuelwood collection ó which is critical to many families who use wood to heat their homes and for tribal activities. Other timber management activities, such as timber sales, forest thinning and prescribed burns, were excluded from the judgeís new ruling....
  • Judge Demands Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Appear In Court For Blocking Twitter Users With Opposing Views

    09/30/2019 10:12:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Laura Loomer ^ | 09-29-2019 | Alicia Powe
    Freshman Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is in hot water after blocking users on Twitter. A federal judge set a precedent in May outlawing politicians from blocking users on Twitter, contending President Donald Trump would violate the U.S. Constitution by preventing certain Americans from viewing his tweets on the ¬ďdesignated public forum.¬Ē The same ruling applies to the socialist ¬ďSquad¬Ē leader. Former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who describes himself as a ¬ďproud Jewish American and a staunch supporter of Israel,¬Ē filed a lawsuit against Ocasio-Cortez after she blocked him. Ocasio-Cortez tried to get the case dismissed, arguing Hikind...
  • Forest Service suspends sale of fuelwood permits (NM & AZ, spotted owl reigns)

    09/26/2019 12:26:00 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | September 26, 2019 | T. S. Last
    SANTA FE, N.M. ó The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that it was suspending fuelwood permits in all five national forests in New Mexico, as well as one in Arizona as the result of a court-ordered injunction having to do with protections for the Mexican spotted owl. The owl is listed as a threatened species by both the U.S. and Mexican governments. In addition, timber management activities have been suspended, according to a news release. Southwestern Regional Forester Cal Joyner said that the agency is working to resolve the issue. ďOur staff is exhaustively exploring every possible option to come...

    09/10/2019 4:35:56 PM PDT · by DFG · 1 replies
    Powerline ^ | 09/10/2019 | Scott Johnson
    Senior district judge Marianne O. Battani sentenced Rand Paulís attacker, one Rene Boucher, to imprisonment for 30 days. Sentencing guidelines prescribed a 21-27 month sentencing range. Recalling the severe injuries sustained by Senator Paul, one wonders how Judge Battani came up with a 30-day sentence. So did the government. The government appealed Judge Battaniís sentence to the Sixth Circuit. Yesterday the Sixth Circuit vacated Boucherís sentence and returned the case to the district court for resentencing. Here is the introductory paragraph of the Sixth Circuit opinion (embedded below): Senator Rand Paul was mowing his lawn when he stopped to gather...
  • Federal appeals court rules 'bikini baristas' may have to wear more clothes

    07/06/2019 7:54:15 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/06/19 | John Bowden
    A group of Seattle-area baristas who argued in court that they should not be restricted from serving drinks in bikinis and other revealing clothing may have to cover up ‚Ā†¬ó at least for now. CNN reported Saturday that a federal appeals court ruled that women at an Everett, Wash., drive-thru coffee stand may have to cover up. The ruling, made by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, vacated U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman's 2017 decision that placed an injunction on a city ordinance requiring "quick-service facility" workers to wear, at minimum, shorts and a...
  • Islamic teacher gets 10-year prison sentence for pursuing young teen

    07/03/2019 12:43:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | June 28, 2019 | Rachel Weiner
    A local Islamic schoolteacher who cultivated sexual video conversations with a 15-year-old student will go to prison for 10 years. Seitu Sulayman Kokayi, 30, was convicted at trial in Alexandria federal court earlier this year of sending pornographic images to the girl and trying to persuade her to respond in kind. ďYour case is an unusual one,Ē Judge Leonie M. Brinkema told Kokayi. ďYou had an absolutely improper infatuation with this child, and you acted inappropriately on it.Ē But, she said, ďitís not the typical pornography case.Ē Federal guidelines calling for a life sentence were ďway out of proportionĒ for...
  • Appeals court lets Trumpís military transgender ban stand while judge reconsiders case

    06/14/2019 2:34:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 14, 2019 | Maura Dolan
    A San Francisco-based federal appeals court ordered a judge Friday to reconsider her ruling against President Trumpís decision to ban transgender people from the military. In a unanimous, unsigned order, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals told a federal district judge in the state of Washington to take into account executive privileges in reweighing her decision. The U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on the judgeís nationwide injunction in January, allowing the ban to take effect while the government appealed to the 9th Circuit. Fridayís decision continued that hold. Gay rights lawyers who brought the...
  • BREAKING: Judge Orders Portions of Mueller Report Unredacted Ė Then Released to Public

    05/16/2019 6:28:39 PM PDT · by LibertyWoman · 79 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 16, 2019 | Cristina Laila
    US District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered portions of Muellerís unredacted report to be released to the public. Judge Sullivan ordered portions of Muellerís report related to General Mike Flynn to be made public by May 31, 2019, the Associated Press reported. ...
  • Federal judge strikes down Kentucky ban on gruesome dismemberment abortion procedures

    05/13/2019 2:21:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 05/13/2019 | Calvin Freiburger
    May 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ‚Äď Kentucky cannot ban the second-trimester abortion procedure infamous for dismembering babies in the womb, U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley declared Friday in a ruling state leaders plan to appeal. Last year, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed HB 454 into law, which bans the dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion procedure. D&Es are more commonly known as ‚Äúdismemberment abortions‚ÄĚ because they function by tearing a preborn baby apart limb by limb. The left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) quickly sued, and on Friday McKinley sided with them, the Louisville Courier Journal reports. McKinley, a Bill...