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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Enforcing Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities

The order’s “facially unconstitutional directives and its coercive effects weigh heavily against leaving it in place.” Damon Root|Apr. 25, 2017 5:20 pm Gage SkidmoreToday Judge William Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks the Trump administration from enforcing President Donald Trump’s executive order […]

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Federal Judge Says Judicial Deference to Executive Branch Agencies Is ‘Judicial Abdication’

Newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is an outspoken foe of Chevron deference, the legal doctrine that tells federal judges to tip the scales in favor of executive branch agencies when those agencies have offered a “reasonable” interpretation of an “ambiguous” federal statute. “Under any conception of our separation of powers,” Gorsuch has written, […]

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A.M. Links: North Korea Threatens ‘Super-Mighty Preemptive Strike’ Against U.S., Massive Protests in Venezuela, Tillerson Warns Iran

President Donald Trump continues to garner historically low approval ratings. North Korea is threatening a “super-mighty preemptive strike” against the United States. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and to take the world along with it.” Tens of thousands of protesters took […]

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A.M. Links: Trump to Sign ‘Buy American and Hire American’ Executive Order, British Prime Minister Calls for New General Election, Suspected Facebook Killer Still at Large

President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order today designed to give force to his “Buy American and Hire American” agenda. “A failed missile launch in North Korea Sunday has brought renewed attention to reports that the United States is trying to degrade North Korea’s missile capabilities via hacking.” British Prime Minister […]

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A.M. Links: Trump Reverses Position on NATO, United Airlines Offers Refunds, Russia Vetoes U.N. Security Council Resolution on Syria Chemical Weapons Attack

“I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete.” President Donald Trump has reversed his position on NATO. Russia has vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the chemical weapons attack in Syria. “Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Thursday that North Korea might be capable of firing a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas […]

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A.M. Links: North Korea Threatens ‘Any Mode of War’ As U.S. Ships Approach Korean Waters, Rex Tillerson Says Russia Must Pick Between U.S. and Assad

The Trump administration still has hundreds of important vacancies to fill throughout the federal government. North Korea says it is “ready” for “any mode of war” in response to U.S. ships heading for the waters off the Korean Peninsula. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “We want to relieve the suffering of the Syrian people. Russia […]

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On Criminal Justice and Executive Branch Power, Neil Gorsuch May Be More ‘Liberal’ Than Merrick Garland

C-SPANSenate Democrats are threatening to mount a filibuster this week against Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Why? Among other reasons, the Democrats say they want some payback for last year’s Republican stonewalling of Obama Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland, whose SCOTUS nomination languished for months without getting so much as a hearing from the […]

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Neil Gorsuch to Senate Judiciary Committee: ‘Yes, the Constitution Definitely Contains Privacy Rights’

C-SPANIn his 2006 book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, Neil Gorsuch expressed significant doubts about the propriety of the U.S. Supreme Court recognizing and defending unenumerated constitutional rights under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. Citing the work of the late conservative legal scholar Robert Bork, Gorsuch wrote that the Due […]

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A.M. Links: Trump Gives CIA New Drone Strike Powers, Massive Snowstorm Slams Northeastern U.S.

President Donald Trump has reportedly given the CIA new authority to carry out drone strikes against suspected terrorists. “The Department of Justice asked the chairman and vice chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for ‘additional time’ to collect evidence to support President Donald Trump’s accusation that the Obama administration wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower […]

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