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Friday, January 18, 2019

Chief Justice Rejects Trump Demand On Asylum

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Despite claims to be in favor of ‘law and order,’ the Trump administration has been essentially trying to change American asylum law by fiat. But on Friday, the Supreme Court blocked the administration’s attempt to jumpstart its cruel policies, which were previously blocked by a federal judge in California.

To block President Donald Trump’s policy, Chief Justice John Robert abandoned his fellow conservatives and joined with the court’s four liberals, proving that he is willing to oppose the president, at least on some key issues of executive power.

The case involved the administration’s attempt to revamp American asylum policy to automatically deny the claims of asylum-seekers who cross the border between authorized ports of entry.…

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Planned Parenthood Wins Medicaid Victory In Supreme Court

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

On Monday, the Supreme Court denied appeal of two lower court rulings against state laws terminating Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood — leaving intact decisions that protected the provider in a victory for health care and reproductive rights activists.

The decision to deny certiorari was 6-3, with Chief Justice John Roberts and embattled new Justice Brett Kavanaugh siding with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, over the objections of Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch. It takes four justices to grant certiorari to a case.

The cases originate with Louisiana and Kansas’ attempts to “defund” Planned Parenthood following the discredited 2015 video from anti-choice activist David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, which was deceptively edited to make it look like Planned Parenthood technicians were selling the body parts of aborted embryos to medical researchers.…

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Mr. Kellyanne Schools Trump On Federal Judiciary

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Although Washington, DC-based attorney George Conway and his wife, Donald Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, are both heavily involved in Republican Party politics, he isn’t nearly the Trump sycophant she is. George Conway, unlike his wife, isn’t afraid to call President Trump out when he believes it is appropriate—and this week, the attorney is taking exception to Trump’s attacks on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Describing the 9th Circuit as a bastion of liberal decisions, Trump has gotten into a war of words with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Trump went into a tirade against the 9th Circuit after U.S.…

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