The Supreme Court

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The court (known as 'enemies of the people' in some quarters) has ruled that the government has no business trying to prevent a judicial review of the UK's, and the EU's, Article 50 legislation
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Why the census citizenship question lawsuit matters, as Trump tries to halt it and the Supreme Court agrees to hear it.
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GOP voter suppression is the best answer to significant discrepancies between exit polls and actual vote counts. There’s a fascinating history to what Joe Madison calls “James Crow, Esq., voting suppression”—and that history tells us what we can do to solve the problem of Republicans using the Help America Vote Act to block people from voting in largely Democratic areas.It started with the 2000 election “debacle” in Florida.The real debacle, of course, was the 5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that counting every vote in Florida would “cause irreparable harm to plaintiff George W. Bush,” so even though it was determined in late 2001 that Al Gore got more votes in Florida, Bush had already been installed in the White House.But the debacle discussed in the media had to do with chads. After all the “hanging chad” folderol that year, Maryland Democratic Congressman Steny Hoyer reached out to Ohio Republican Congressman Bob Ney to collaboratively write legislation...
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Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court has been widely predicted to plunge the court - and American law with it - into a new conservative era.
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Martha McSally lost her Senate race to Kyrsten Sinema. But Mitch McConnell wants to give her a Senate seat anyway. Here's how. Democrats made history in Arizona this year by electing Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to the Senate seat vacated by departing GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. She will be the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Arizona in 30 years, the first woman elected to the Senate in Arizona ever, and the first openly bisexual senator elected anywhere.In the process, Sinema beat a top-tier Republican recruit in Rep. Martha McSally. But incredibly, even though McSally lost her race, she could still end up representing Arizona in the Senate — at least, if Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gets his way.According to a report from CNN, McConnell is now pressuring GOP Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who just won a second term handily in his race against Democrat David Garcia, to appoint McSally to Arizona's other Senate seat.This seat was previously held by Sen. John McCain, who pass...
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The Supreme Court has ruled that hate speech is protected under the Constitution. But what about social media? Several alleged perpetrators in mass shootings have ranted online before acting.
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Monday on CNN’s “Right Now,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said it was “pretty obvious” acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is not qualified for the job. On her colleagues challenging the appointment in court, Klobuchar said, “I actually am supportive of what they’re doing. You see two similar cases. One, a Maryland case, and another one heading their way up to the Supreme Court. Basically the argument is that first of all, for such a high-ranking official as the attorney general, the Senate is supposed to advise and consent under the Constitution. The second argument is that the president used this vacancy statute as a reason that he could put in someone who I don’t consider qualified for this job. In fact, there is a more specific law that should apply and that’s a succession statute that basically says you go next to Rod Rosenstein because he’s the deputy.” She continued, “I think the answer for why Mr. Whitaker is not qualifi...
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Asia Bibi — the Christian mother of five sentenced to death nearly a decade ago under Pakistan’s arcane blasphemy laws — is, in effect, still facing a sentence, despite the Supreme Court of Pakistan overturning her actual death sentence on October 31, acquitting her of all charges, and authorizing her immediate release.
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Every day in my work, I see people with intellectual disability who are capable of many wonderful accomplishments. They hold jobs, they fall in love and, yes, they perform and excel in the Special Olympics. Contrary to some harmful and outdated stereotypes, however, their many capabilities do not...
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor has told CNN that Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor said newly appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh is part of the Supreme Court “family” who she will judge based on his work and not by what occurred during his controversial confirmation process.
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Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” the probable incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Democrats would challenge the appointment of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. When asked if Democrats would challenge that appointment, Schiff replied, “Yes.” He continued, “I think the appointment is unconstitutional.” Schiff said, “Constitutionally it has to be subject to confirmation. I think they lose that case when it goes to the Supreme Court. It’s in conflict with a more specific statute and that is there is a Succession Statute for the Justice Department which makes the Justice Department different from other agencies.” He continued, “So it’s a flawed appointment, but the biggest flaw from my point of view is that he was chosen for the purpose of interfering with the Mueller investigation.” He added, “We’ll expose any involvement he has in it. He need...
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells CNN's David Axelrod about the current state of the court and welcoming Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
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Sotomayor said she is not letting personal politics get in the way of working together
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor says her colleagues have welcomed the court's newest justice Brett Kavanaugh into the Supreme Court "family" after his confirmation process captivated the nation and further exposed its partisan di...
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor says her colleagues have welcomed the court's newest justice Brett Kavanaugh into the Supreme Court “family” after his confirmation process captivated the nation and further exposed its partisan divides."When you're charged...
 
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor in an interview with CNN's David Axelrod said that Justice Brett Kavanaugh was welcomed into the Supreme Court "family" in the wake of his polarizing confirmation process.
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Between the Federalist Society’s iron grip on the Supreme Court and the ever-encroaching dangers of global warming, the future—both for the country and the planet as a whole—looks impossibly bleak. If you clicked this story, or have any desire to listen to the interview embedded within, odds are you’re a consumer of independent media. Yet even as you’re reading these words, your ability to do so in a timely manner is in grave jeopardy.Since the repeal in June of Obama-era rules guaranteeing net neutrality, websites like Truthdig, Democracy Now!, Common Dreams and more risk being pushed into an internet slow lane that could severely hamper their readership, if not drive them out of business entirely. For Jeff Cohen, editor and co-founder of the media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), it may be the most urgent threat to the First Amendment no one is talking about.“The biggest issue of freedom of the press is not that Trump is mean to reporters, as he...
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The Supreme Court also agreed to hear a dispute about the evidence to be considered in a challenge to a question on citizenship in the census.
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A federal judge ordered the Trump administration in Washington, DC, on Friday to restore the White House press credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta. But the appellate precedent underlying that order is wrong, so the Justice Department should continue appealing it all the way to the Supreme Court, where the case should be dismissed under the political-question doctrine.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent Washington lawyer is leading an effort to lure the Supreme Court into the dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general. Lawyer Thomas Goldstein says the high court should rule quickly that President Donald Trump’s appointment of Whitaker to temporarily lead the Justice Department […]
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Attorneys for a Nevada man in a gun rights case asked the Supreme Court on Friday to issue an order that would name Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as acting attorney general in place of President Trump’s interim appointee, Matthew Whitaker....
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The Supreme Court granted an unusual appeal from lawyers for the Trump administration Friday and said it would weigh the politically charged question of whether the 2020 census will ask residents about their citizenship. The justices in a brief order indicated they were ready to skip over the lower...
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The Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear a case concerning whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can be questioned about his reasons for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. 
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will hear arguments over the evidence a federal judge can consider in the lawsuit over the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman is currently presiding over a trial to determine if Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross acted legally when […]
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The Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear argument in a dispute over a lower court ruling that allowed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be questioned under oath about his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020...
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The Trump administration has made its leniency for corporations clear—now it’s up to labor-endorsed candidates to draw the line. In his victory speech on election night, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb said he would always remember the union members who helped him defeat two Republican incumbents in one year.“Side by side with us at each step of the way were men and women of organized labor... I will never forget that. I will never forget that. Thank you,” he told a cheering crowd overflowing a ballroom at the Hilton DoubleTree, 20 miles north of Pittsburgh.In his first contest last spring, in a district that went for President Donald Trump by nearly 20 points and that had elected a Republican to the House for 15 years, Lamb received massive support in the form of door knocking and phone banking from members of the labor union I lead, the United Steelworkers, and from several others, including the Service Employees International Union.Lamb recalled that help when he listed his prior...
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The Supreme Court of Canada On Thursday agreed to hear the case of a woman who was arrested and ticketed back in 2009 for refusing to hold an escalator handrail at a subway station. Bela Kosoian was “taken by force” by a police officer who told her to respect a pictogram with instruction, “hold the handrail,”...
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The Supreme Court of Victoria state awarded her an Australian-record payout of $3.4 million.
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Canadian crude prices are falling, but for oil producers that isn't a good thing. The industry has declared it a national emergency following record lows. Plus, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case of a Montreal woman who was arrested because she didn't hold an escalator handrail.
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The Supreme Court of Canada agreed on Thursday to hear a case of a woman arrested and ticketed for refusing to hold an escalator handrail at a subway station.
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The Supreme Court of Canada agreed Thursday to hear the case of a woman who was ticketed and arrested after she refused instructions to hold onto an escalator handrail.
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Senators Charles E. Grassley and Richard J. Durbin joined forces to insist on a prison sentencing overhaul, a measure backed by President Trump but still facing an uncertain path.
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Sen. Mike Lee expounded on his insane theory of federal power to a group of right-wing lawyers. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), a member of the Judiciary Committee, one of the most libertarian members of the GOP caucus, is known for his out-of-mainstream positions on the Constitution. He has claimed that Medicare, Social Security, and child labor laws are unconstitutional. And he has justified this by arguing that the Constitution was "designed to be a little bit harsh."But on Thursday, while giving the opening address to the right-wing Federalist Society, Lee made an even bolder claim: interstate highways must be abolished, or it could lead to civil war.Lee's argument was that the Kavanaugh hearings, and the "evil" effort by Senate Democrats to investigate credible allegations of sexual assault against him, were indicative of the Left's greed for federal power — and this in turn was indicative of the fact that there is too much federal power period."For decades, we have pulled powers co...
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Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman accused of blasphemy against Islam by a group of Muslim women, was acquitted by the Supreme court of Pakistan a couple of weeks ago. However, she is still hiding in an undisclosed place and has been barred from leaving the country. The demonstrations after her acquittal prove how toxic […]
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SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Yonhap) -- The Supreme Court on Thursday confirmed an appellate ruling that found a former energy firm head not guilty of causing losses to the state by making an unsuccessful investment in mining projects. Kim Shin-jong, former CEO
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Russia filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom against the decision of the Court of Appeal of England regarding comprehensive litigation for the case on Ukraine’s debt to Russia
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Viewers are "done with Fox" after the network's decision to support CNN. Fox News fans are not happy that their favorite network is filing an amicus brief on behalf of CNN’s Jim Acosta, who had his White House press pass revoked by the Trump administration last week.“Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential,” Fox News President Jay Wallace said on Tuesday. “Secret Service passes for White House journalists should never be weaponized.”After Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz tweeted out Wallace’s announcement that his network would be supporting Acosta’s challenge to his press pass getting revoked, he was met with heavy criticism from several of his followers, who saw Fox’s decision to show solidarity with CNN as a clear betrayal of President Donald Trump.Check out some of the reactions below.First Tell me where the first amd guarantees you access to anyone and anywhere?If I was @realDonaldTru...
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Thanks to the IMF, the pockets of the forgotten from Argentina to Mexico will suffer so that finance is left intact. On December 1, Mexico will have a new president—Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He will take over the presidency from the lackluster Enrique Peña Nieto, whose administration is marinated in corruption. Peña Nieto’s legal office has already asked the Supreme Court to shield his officials from prosecution for corruption. The elite will protect itself. López Obrador will not be able to properly exorcize the corrupt from the Mexican state, let alone from Mexican society. Corrupt weeds grow on the soil of capitalism, the loam of profit and greed as well as of rents from government contracts.López Obrador comes to the presidency as a man of the left, but the space for maneuvering that he has for a left agenda is minimal. Mexico’s economy, through geography and trade agreements, is fused with that of the United States. More than 80 percent of Mexico’s exports g...
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To the editor: While the L.A. Times editorial board is right to warn readers that the “constitutional right to abortion” is constantly under attack, no such right is stated explicitly in the Constitution. It was devised by Supreme Court majorities in Roe vs. Wade (1973) and was reformulated in...
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On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “OutFront,” Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) argued that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s appointment is likely unconstitutional and there are strong indicators that his appointment will be struck down by the courts. Anchor Erin Burnett asked, “Do you think Whitaker’s appointment is unconstitutional?” Schiff said, “You know, on balance, I think it probably is. I think the court, a neutral court, and I hope that’s what we have, will find that it violates the requirement that a principal officer only be confirmed with the advice and consent of the Senate. … And there’s some pretty powerful precedent and language from current members of the Supreme Court that I think indicates strongly that this will be struck down.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett  
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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued an interim order against the president, preventing him from firing the Parliament.
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be on the bench for Tuesday's non-argument session, according to the Supreme Court.
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Recent weeks has seen the Supreme Court ruling lead to clashes between conservative Hindu groups and police
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will hear an appeal by Virginia Republicans who are trying to preserve state legislative districts that have been struck down by a lower court as racially discriminatory. The court’s action Tuesday comes in a case involving 11 districts in the Virginia House of Delegates. Democratic voters accused majority Republicans […]
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HR1, the first bill that the new Democratic House of Representatives will vote on, is omnibus legislation that takes on some of the most pervasive scourges of representative democracy: vote suppression, oligarchic campaign financing and gerrymandering. Under HR1's provisions, electoral districting will be taken away from state legislatures and handed to independent commissions (this is very popular with the American public and similar ballot initiatives just sailed into law in Colorado, Missouri and Michigan). HR1 provides for automatic voter registration and reestablishes provisions from the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court neutered in 2013 (though as Yves notes at Naked Capitalism, "If they actually cared about voter turnout they would push election day registration which, unlike automatic registration, has been shown to increase turnout by around 5%"). HR1 also overturns Citizens United (previously), the 2010 Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to unlimit...
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The Supreme Court suspends the president's move to dissolve parliament, deepening a political crisis.
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NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court has agreed to re-examine a ruling that lifted a ban on women of menstruating age from entering a Hindu temple after near-constant protests backed by both India’s ruling party and the main opposition party. The Press Trust of India reports that the Supreme Court decided Tuesday to review […]
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Islamists reportedly attacked travelers in Pakistan who identified themselves as Christians in the wake of the decision by the Supreme Court to rescind the 2010 death sentence against Asia Bibi for alleged blasphemy, CNN reported on Sunday.
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Matthew Whitaker, the new acting attorney general, is President Trump’s Harriet Miers. Remember her? Miers was White House counsel under President George W. Bush. When Bush nominated her to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court in 2006, he immediately faced a storm of criticism from...
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Donald Trump is obstructing justice, and doesn’t care who knows it. Will his newly-installed flunky fire Mueller? Throughout the 2016 campaign and into Donald Trump’s first weeks as president, there were numerous very serious D.C. media people who were fully prepared for Trump to pivot into behaving like an actual dignified president rather than an unhinged loudmouth by way of a garishly costumed Batman villain. Suffice it to say, the pivot never happened. However, Trump has engaged in a completely different kind of pivot in the aftermath of the midterm elections. Based on last week’s events, Trump has disposed of any remaining pretense of innocence. In other words, before the election, Trump at least tried to pretend he wasn’t a disruptive-slash-destructive chaos agent. But now, in defeat, Trump’s putting it all out there, literally daring the incoming Democratic House to do something about it. Look no further than his press conference the day after the election for p...
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The authorities of Poland united with Polish neo-Nazis for the Independence Day march. Where is Poland going? Independence marches were held throughout Poland on November 11. It was the first time, when the government held them together with the ultra-nationalist organisation National-Patriotic Camp (ONR). The ONR movement follows violent and xenophobic slogans, such as "Death to enemies!" "No rainbow, but independent Poland!" White Europe!" and others. The movement holds independence marches every year in cooperation with nationalists from other movements "All-Polish Youth" and "Popular Movement" with up to 100,000 people participating. This year, the Polish government joined the nationalists. Municipalities in Warsaw and Wroclaw originally banned the marches, but a court subsequently overturned the ban. Judges in Poland are under the pressure of the reform that forces judges of the Supreme Court to retire early. The ruling national-conservative party "Law and Justice" (PiS) may repla...
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A federal law bars sex discrimination. The Supreme Court is considering taking up cases on whether it covers bias against gay and transgender people.
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Both parties should want to change the rules and reset the debate
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Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” potential incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said his committee would investigate whether the White House interfered in the extended FBI background investigation into Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh. Partial transcript as follows: STEPHANOPOULOS: Last time you were on the program before the elections, you talked about the possibilities of investigating Justice Kavanaugh. Is that still on the table? NADLER: Well it’s not a question of investigating Justice Kavanaugh, we do have a responsibility I believe to investigate the – the process by which the FBI was stifled in its investigation by the White House. When the FBI was asked to investigate, there was not a complete investigation, for the reasons I state then. A lot of witnesses who should’ve been – who volunteered to come forward weren’t – weren’t interviewed and so forth. But we have to look into that with a v...
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Senior Republicans on Sunday doubled down on claims by Donald Trump that Democrats were attempting to steal Tuesday's razor-thin senatorial race in Florida, accusing both the incumbent and election officials of fraud. The intensifying feud comes 18 years after the Sunshine State found itself at the heart of a battle for the US presidency, when George W. Bush prevailed over Al Gore after recounts were halted by the Supreme Court. Republican Rick Scott, the state's governor until January when his term expires, launched into his rival Bill Nelson in his most direct terms to date Sunday, accusing him of orchestrating "fraud to try to win this election" as the contentious vote headed to a recount.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a pop culture icon as well as the liberal face of the Supreme Court.
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Few inside or outside the department see him as the best choice. Inside the Department of Justice, President Donald Trump's newly — and dubiously — appointed Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is already being derided, according to a new report by the Daily Beast.“He’s a fucking fool,” one attorney told reporter Erin Banco of the new appointee, who served as chief of staff for the previous attorney general, Jeff Sessions “He’s spent so much time trying to suck up to the president to get here. But this is a big job. It comes with many responsibilities. He just simply doesn’t have the wherewithal.”Trump finally removed Sessions after criticizing him publicly for over a year. In a clear attempt to avoid voter backlash, Trump asked for Sessions to resign the day after the midterm elections. He bumped up Whitaker into the top spot over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a move many experts have called unconstitutional and illegal for no other apparent re...
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Friday after being admitted Thursday for fracturing three ribs during a fall, the Supreme Court said. The 85-year-old Ginsburg is “doing well” and was working from home, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. Ginsburg took a fall in her office at the court on Wednesday evening...
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The Supreme Court says 85-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is home after being released from the hospital. She had been admitted for treatment and observation after fracturing three ribs in a fall.
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