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Environmentalists Ask Supreme Court to Block Use of Defense Funds for Border Wall

Environmentalists Ask Supreme Court to Block Use of Defense Funds for Border Wall

BY MATTHEW VADUM Environmentalists asked the Supreme Court to stop the Trump administration from building parts of the U.S.-Mexico border wall after a federal appeals court determined in June that tapping $2.5 billion in military funding for the project was unlawful. The motion, part of complex litigation, filed with the high court July 22 in Trump v. Sierra […]

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Christian Student’s Case Against Restrictive Campus Speech Policy

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Christian Student’s Case Against Restrictive Campus Speech Policy

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court agreed to review a First Amendment lawsuit in which a Georgia college belatedly expanded free speech on campus after a Christian student ran afoul of its constitutionally suspect campus “speech zone” policy. The court granted a petition for certiorari July 9 in a case known as Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski. According to its […]

Supreme Court Allows NYC Prosecutor, But Not Congress, to Access Trump’s Tax Returns

Supreme Court Allows NYC Prosecutor, But Not Congress, to Access Trump’s Tax Returns

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that he enjoys immunity from state criminal proceedings while in office, finding a New York grand jury may obtain his tax records, but blocked parallel efforts by congressional Democrats to obtain his tax documents, in two separate 7-2 opinions issued this morning. The decisions, which came on […]

Supreme Court Protects Religious Freedom in Labor Law and Contraception Rulings

Supreme Court Protects Religious Freedom in Labor Law and Contraception Rulings

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 this morning that the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause exempts religious organizations from employment discrimination lawsuits and from a requirement to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees. Both rulings are victories for the Trump administration. The high court issued 7-2 decisions in two separate sets of cases, Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds ‘Faithless Elector’ Laws

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds ‘Faithless Elector’ Laws

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court has unanimously affirmed the constitutionality of “faithless elector” laws that allow states to fine or remove Electoral College members who fail to vote for the presidential candidate they were pledged to support. While some states have laws that punish such electors for not voting for the candidate to which they pledged support, […]

Supreme Court Approves Trump Administration’s Use of Fast-Track Deportations

Supreme Court Approves Trump Administration’s Use of Fast-Track Deportations

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court ruled June 25 that the federal government may continue deporting illegal aliens, including failed asylum-seekers, who are placed in the fast-track deportation queue, quickly after they lose their legal fights. The 7–2 ruling was a victory for President Donald Trump on immigration, his signature political issue. The Trump administration decided to rely on […]

Supreme Court Refuses to Allow DACA Program to be Rescinded

Supreme Court Refuses to Allow DACA Program to be Rescinded

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court has ruled this morning that President Donald Trump failed to follow the law when he tried to rescind DACA, former President Barack Obama’s program that temporarily shielded young people who came to the United States illegally from being deported. There are close to 800,000 or more individuals eligible under the program known as […]

Virus Contact Tracing Opens Door to Privacy Violations, Say Critics

Virus Contact Tracing Opens Door to Privacy Violations, Say Critics

BY MATTHEW VADUM As governments gear up contact tracing efforts aimed at containing the spread of the CCP virus that causes the disease COVID-19, critics worry privacy will be compromised, which some say could threaten freedom. The push to implement widespread contact tracing, which involves tracking infected people and those they have come into contact with, comes after months of now-easing lockdowns. Contact tracing […]

POLITICS | Republican Party Sues Calif. Gov. Newsom Over ‘Illegal Election Power Grab’

POLITICS | Republican Party Sues Calif. Gov. Newsom Over ‘Illegal Election Power Grab’

BY MATTHEW VADUM Republicans are suing California Gov. Gavin Newsom in federal court over his unprecedented unilateral order requiring that all registered voters be sent vote-by-mail ballots for the general and presidential elections on Nov. 3, ostensibly to reduce the likelihood of voter transmission of the CCP virus that causes the disease COVID-19. Newsom, a Democrat who frequently […]

Supreme Court Rebuffs Activists, Reinstates Ban on Encouraging Illegals to Stay in US

Supreme Court Rebuffs Activists, Reinstates Ban on Encouraging Illegals to Stay in US

BY MATTHEW VADUM The Supreme Court unanimously resurrected a federal law struck down by an appeals court that made it a felony to encourage people to come to or stay illegally in the United States. The May 7 ruling was a dramatic victory for the Trump administration, which had urged the high court to reverse a 2018 ruling […]

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