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Monday, June 27, 2016

Supreme Court Throws Out Virginia Ex-Governor McDonnell’s Corruption Conviction

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out Republican former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s corruption convictions in a ruling that could hem in federal prosecutors as they go after bribery charges against other politicians.

The court ruled 8-0 in overturning McDonnell’s conviction for accepting $177,000 in luxury gifts and sweetheart loans for him and his wife from a wealthy Richmond businessman seeking to promote a dietary supplement, finding that it did not constitute a criminal act under federal bribery law. McDonnell was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to two years in prison but had remained free pending the outcome of his appeal.…

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#EndorseThis: Elizabeth Warren Calls Trump “A Small, Insecure Money-Grubber”

This morning, Sen. Elizabeth Warren appeared on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton for the first time, saying she had “a good heart” and repeating the campaign’s slogan that Clinton “fights for us.” While introducing Clinton to a cheering crowd in Cincinnati, the progressive Massachusetts senator repeatedly drew contrasts between the former secretary of state and Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump says he’ll make America great again… It’s stamped right on the front of his goofy hat,” Warren said, drawing laughs from the crowd and referring to the Republican candidate’s recent replacement of the term “Pocahontas” with “goofy” in his Twitter battles with her.…

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that its critics contended were specifically designed to shut down clinics.

The 5-3 ruling held that the Republican-backed 2013 law placed an undue burden on women exercising their constitutional right to end a pregnancy established in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The normally nine-justice court was one member short after the Feb. 13 death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who consistently opposed abortion in past rulings.

Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy joined liberal members of the court in ruling that both key provisions of the law violate a woman’s constitutional right to obtain an abortion.…

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