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Revised travel ban targets same seven countries, exempts green card holders

President Trump’s revised travel ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who have already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven’t used it yet. A senior White House official said the order will target only those same seven Muslim-majority nations, Iran, Iraq,

Seattle judge says Trump travel ban case can proceed in lower court

A lawsuit by Washington state and Minnesota challenging President Donald Trump’s travel ban will proceed as an appellate court considers a preliminary injunction in the case, a federal judge ruled Monday in Seattle. The Justice Department had wanted to put the case on hold while the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether a

Trump seizes on omission in court’s travel ban ruling, plots next move

President Trump got to work early Friday picking apart a federal court’s decision not to reinstate his controversial travel ban, noting that the detailed 29-page order did not include one mention of the statute he claims gives him broad authority on immigration. “A disgraceful decision!” Trump tweeted, while quoting an analyst who flagged the omission

Black-robed Politicians on the Left Coast, Keeping the Borders Wide Open for Terrorists

Matthew Vadum, The Ninth Circuit: Dangerously Out of Order.  Three unelected federal judges in San Francisco yesterday ordered the Trump administration to continue accepting visitors and would-be immigrants from seven dangerous countries that are incubators of Muslim terrorism. When President Trump learned his temporary ban on the admission of aliens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia,

Defiant Trump tweets “SEE YOU IN COURT” after ruling again blocks immigration order

A defiant President Donald Trump tweeted “SEE YOU IN COURT” after a San Francisco federal appeals court Thursday upheld the suspension of his controversial immigration order. He also warned the security of the nation was at stake and said he expected to easily win the case. Top presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway told Martha MacCallum on

Appeals court upholds ruling blocking Trump’s immigration order

A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld the suspension of President Trump’s controversial immigration order Thursday — a decision that provoked an apparently angry Trump to tweet: “SEE YOU IN COURT.” The panel of three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously refused to reinstate the order after a federal judge had

Winning in court, losing on the ground: uncertainty clouds U.S. voting rights

U.S. voting rights advocates scored a string of courtroom victories this year that rolled back some of the nation’s most restrictive voting laws. Now they face another challenge: making sure those rulings are not undermined by officials who oversee elections at the local level. With early voting already under way ahead of the Nov. 8

COURT: Arrest of middle schooler who burped in class ˜justified’

Victor Skinner, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A state appeals court recently upheld the arrest of a student at Cleveland Middle School for interfering with the educational process by burping to entertain his classmates. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Monday that the May 2011 arrest of an unnamed 13-year-old student at the school

After 50-Year Legal Struggle, Mississippi School District Ordered To Desegregate

Exactly 62 years ago, on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that segregated schools were unconstitutional. The Brown v. Board of Education decision was historic — but it’s not history yet. Just this week, a federal judge ordered a Mississippi school district to desegregate its schools. The case on which the judge was

What’s next in gay marriage’s legal odyssey?

 Thursday’s hearing in Denver marks the first time a gay marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Gay rights activists have won eight lower court cases since then, and expectations are high that the nation’s highest court will

Migron and the Threat to Israeli Democracy

By Tuesday, 50 Israeli families will have been tossed out of their homes in their village of Migron, which is set for destruction. They will not be dispossessed because they unlawfully squatted on someone else’s property. The residents of Migron will be tossed from their homes – on the order of the Supreme Court –

Ohio Must Restore Three Days of Early Voting, Judge Rules

A U.S. judge in Ohio threw out a Republican-backed law that cut three days of early voting for most of the state’s citizens, handing a victory to President Barack Obama’s campaign organization. In a third setback for Republican-sponsored election law changes this week, U.S. District Judge Peter Economus in Columbus ruled that Ohio can’t give