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The Supreme’s conservatives just ensured that Latino votes still won’t count in Texas.

Elections DO MATTER….

On Tuesday evening, the Supreme Court blocked two rulings by a federal district court that would have required Texas to redraw its state and federal congressional districts. The lower court had ruled that the Texas Legislature illegally gerrymandered these districts along racial lines and ordered new maps for the 2018 election. But by a 5–4 vote, the Supreme Court put that order on hold, ensuring that the gerrymander will remain through 2018. The decision may also indicate that the five Republican-appointed justices will eventually reverse the district court’s decisions altogether.

The Supreme Court’s abrupt intervention is a devastating blow to the years-long fight against race-based voter suppression in Texas. Since 2011, federal courts have ruled nine times that Texas intentionally discriminated against minority voters. Before Tuesday, civil rights advocates had good reason to believe that the judiciary would finally put a stop to the Texas GOP’s anti-democratic chicanery. Now it seems that the high court’s conservative bloc may thwart this progress and force Texan minorities to continue suffering under a self-perpetuating and racist system of vote dilution….

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The court has also backed Donald Trump on his Refugee Ban….

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People stopped from coming to the US because of Trump ban 1.0 can now reapply for entry…

Is the Trump Admin trying to settle the upcoming US Supreme Court case on the orignal ban’s constitutionality?

By doing the above are they saying there is NO ban at this time?

Individuals blocked from entering the U.S. under President Trump’s initial travel ban can now reapply for visas to enter the country, CNN reported Thursday citing a settlement in the case temporarily blocking the travel ban in January.

Trump’s first executive order, which halted all immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, sparked a series of legal battles after some people carrying valid visas were denied entry and sent back to their home countries.

The government will now notify those with proper documentation who were prevented from entering the U.S. that they can now reapply for visas, which will be reviewed by a liaison from the Department of Justice, CNN reported, though no one will be guaranteed re-entry.

The first order was declared unconstitutional by a court less than 24 hours after being signed when two Iraqi nationals who had worked in the U.S. for over a decade filed a lawsuit challenging it.

The Supreme Court later allowed for a revised version of the travel restrictions, and will hear cases against it in October.

CNN reported that about 2,000 people were detained in the first nearly 24-hour period from when the first travel ban went into effect and when it was temporarily blocked. About 140 people were denied entry to the U.S. and sent back to their home countries during that time, the ACLU said….

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Mueller is working with NY State AG on Manafort probe….

Paul Manafort is in deep shit….(And Trump  and his lawyers HAVE to be worried about this)

It appears that even a potential Trump Presidential pardon will not call off the investigation into his contacts with foreign governments and what he filed on his tax forms….

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on its investigation into Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, according to several people familiar with the matter.

The cooperation is the latest indication that the federal probe into President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is intensifying. It also could potentially provide Mueller with additional leverage to get Manafort to cooperate in the larger investigation into Trump’s campaign, as Trump does not have pardon power over state crimes.

The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case, these people said. One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering….

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A look at Trump and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman….

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Trump Labor Department Moves to Undo Obama Overtime Rule

By  @ Insurance Journal/Reuters…..| July 27, 2017

The Trump administration on Tuesday pushed forward with its bid to undo an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to 4.2 million workers and said it was considering treating workers differently based on location and industry.

The rule, which was supposed to take effect in December 2016 but was blocked by a federal judge, is a top target for business groups that say it would force employers to convert many salaried employees into hourly worker.

The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday called for public comments on the rule, which is the first step in revoking or revising it.

The rule would have doubled to $47,000 the maximum salary a worker can earn and still be eligible for mandatory overtime pay under federal wage law. A group of 21 states and business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce challenged the rule in a lawsuit filed last year.

The Labor Department appealed the judge’s decision temporarily blocking the rule to a New Orleans-based U.S. appeals court weeks before President Donald Trump took office in January.

Earlier this month, the department defended its power to base overtime eligibility on workers’ salaries in a brief submitted to the court. But the agency made clear that it did not agree with the threshold set by the Obama administration.

On Tuesday, the department said in light of the pending appeal, it decided to issue a request for comments rather than skip immediately to rescinding or revising the rule….

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Trump seems to lock Democrats out of Federal Judge picks….

One area Conservatives are happy with Trump is judge picks , which will be in effect for decades in the Courts….

President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees are ignoring key Senate Democrats as they vie for lifetime appointments to the bench — a break from longstanding practice that diminishes the minority’s power to provide a check against ideologically extreme judges.

The brewing tension between the White House and the Senate over filling an unusually high number of judicial vacancies is impeding the pace at which Trump installs lifetime appointees to the federal bench — so far one of the president’s few major victories, with his legislative agenda largely stymied in Congress.

University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephanos Bibas met privately with his state’s GOP senator, Pat Toomey, before Trump chose him to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June — but not with Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, according to a questionnaire submitted by Bibas to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his nomination. Same goes for 7thCircuit nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who interviewed with Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) about the appellate vacancy but not fellow Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat.

And in Minnesota, 8th Circuit nominee David Stras met personally with two House Republicans who had recommended him to the White House but with neither of the two senators — Democrats Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar — who actually wield influence over whether Stras’ nomination can advance.

“Let’s be clear: The Trump administration did not meaningfully consult with Sen. Franken prior to Justice Stras’ nomination,” Franken spokesman Michael Dale-Stein said. “Rather than discuss how senators traditionally approached circuit court vacancies or talk about a range of potential candidates, the White House made clear its intention to nominate Justice Stras from the outset.”

Though the nominee questionnaires don’t disclose all communications between the White House and senators about a judicial candidate, Democratic senators and aides argue that consultation over court nominees — generally a bipartisan custom — has been minimal under Trump, at best….

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A cry for Democrats to elect people to stop corporate money in politics….

This from  

He knocks the fact that money IS one of the overriding things that Democratic politicians need to run and it skews their thinking TO big business…..

The piece wants the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that allows big money from corporations to continue in American elections….

His idea sounds good….

But it won’t work…..

To run for President in America you need a Billion dollars….

Don’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat….

Ya gotta raise the money….

Where can get a bigger bang for the buck?

Rich people of course….

Hillary Clinton raise that much and won the popular vote….

Donald Trump raised much less, but he threw in some of his own money and managed to talk so loud and crazy that he got MORE than  enough money to equal Clinton’s take and he did have to raise the media money..They gave hin coverage for FREE…

Just be straight here?

Barack Obama did NOT go for matching funds people….

So Piece’s behind the scene’s pitch for Sanders or Warren is nice….

But Democrats will probably nominate someone else….

(Who will TAKE whatever money they can get)

Oh, and I agree with the guy….

Keep the big tent thing going…

Stop fighting over it….

If he hadn’t tipped the balance on Citizens United, our elections wouldn’t be as swamped as they are with corporate money. Every primary campaign—and, increasingly, in both parties—is now framed as corporate ‘hos vs. the Unsullied Base. What’s damaging to democracy is that the argument is now wholly beside the point. More than any time since the end of the 19th Century, money is the metric by which a candidate’s viability is judged. If taking money from anyone with an annual income of over $100,000, or if once having had someone of that sort for a client, or if you went out during your time out of politics to make your own pile—if any of these is an unpardonable heresy, then you’re going to be very short on candidates.

The argument is pursued so ferociously because the stakes are so very small. There is only one way to break the money power that’s corrupted our politics and intensified the performance aspects of them, and that’s to elect enough members of the national legislature to overturn CUand return sanity to what is now a rigged casino gone mad. Or, you can elect a president who will appoint judges who will revisit the issue with a critical eye…

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U.S. Attorney Subpoenas Kushner Company over visa selling concerns…

Hmmmmm?

Is Attorney General Sessions gonna get a call from President Trump asking WTF is he looking at his son-in-laws business practice of offer visa for money?

Or is Sessions trying to take the case from Mueller to have some control over it?

New York federal prosecutors subpoenaed Kushner Companies, the real estate development company owned by the family of President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, over its use of a visa program that offers green cards to wealthy foreign investors.

The subpoena was received by Kushner Companies in May, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, and regards the company’s use of the EB-5 visa program to finance a development in Jersey City, N.J. called One Journal Square.

It isn’t clear what potential violations the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office is looking into.

The EB-5 visa program offers green cards to foreigners who invest at least $500,000 in U.S. businesses that would create at least 10 permanent, full-time jobs for American workers.

The company launched a marketing campaign in Beijing and Shanghai in May seeking Chinese investors. That campaign promised green cards for as many as 300 people who invested the requisite $500,000 in One Journal Square…..

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Senator’s Harris and Paul co-sponsor a Bail Reform Bill for States….

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Yup….

That’s Democratic California Senator Kamala Harris, a former Attorney General …..

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Senator Rand Paul, The Republican Senator from the Red State of Kentucky  , together offering a bill to assist states  in reforming their ‘money based’  Bail Rules and Regulations ,,,

This from a NY Times Op-Ed written by both….

…’Our bail system is broken. And it’s time to fix it.

That’s why we’re introducing the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act to encourage states to reform or replace the bail system.

This should not be a partisan issue.

First, our legislation empowers states to build on best practices. Kentucky and New Jersey, for instance, have shifted from bail toward personalized risk assessments that analyze factors such as criminal history and substance abuse. These are better indicators of whether a defendant is a flight risk or a threat to the public and ought to be held without bail.

Colorado and West Virginia have improved pretrial services and supervision, such as using telephone reminders so fewer defendants miss court dates and end up detained.

These nudges work. Over the second half of 2006, automated phone call reminders in Multnomah County in Oregon, resulted in 750 people showing up in court who otherwise may have forgotten their date.

Instead of the federal government mandating a one-size-fits-all approach, this bill provides Department of Justice grants directly to the states so each can devise and carry out the most effective policies, tailored for its unique needs.’….

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Donald Trump is about to have a bunch of Civil Suits start against him…

As if the guy didn’t have enough battles going on?

Those civil suits that where dropping on him during last years campaign are about to begin…

Trump’s MO is to put up a fight against these things…Then settle…

His lawyers are trying to say him being the King...ah , President means he’s untouchable for past actions…

Bill Clinton tried that…It didn’t work….

President Donald Trump’s strategy for fending off civil cases while in office is taking shape in a New York lawsuit accusing Mr. Trump of defamation and another in Kentucky that alleges he incited supporters to violence during a campaign rally.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers, who say the allegations are meritless and are seeking to dismiss both cases, argued in recent legal filings that state courts lack jurisdiction over the president and that a Supreme Court decision that allowed a federal civil lawsuit to proceed against President Bill Clinton in the 1990s was wrongly decided. They also made a case for exempting the president from giving testimony in depositions, except as a last resort.

The judges in both cases, which are in early phases, could toss out the lawsuits without addressing the constitutional issues. Courts often avoid making broad pronouncements if they can dispense with cases on narrower grounds. But if the cases move forward, they could lead to rare rulings that change the scope of legal protections enjoyed by the president…..

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The Juggling over at Trump’s legal shop….

“President Donald Trump is reshuffling his legal team as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation moves full steam ahead,” CNN reports.

“Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s longtime personal attorney who has been the lead lawyer on the Russia investigation, will see his role recede… Instead, attorney John Dowd, along with Jay Sekolow, will now be the President’s primary personal attorneys for the investigation… Dowd will take the lead.”

“By being outside the White House, their dealings with the President will be protected under attorney-client privilege that is afforded any US citizen.”…..

Politico: “Mark Corallo, the spokesman, had grown frustrated with the operation and the warring factions and lawyers, these people said. Corallo also was concerned about whether he was being told the truth about various matters.”

“Corallo has been close to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation, and has praised him publicly. He didn’t like the strategy to attack his credibility.”

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The US Supreme Court has made a Right Turn….

Elections have consequences….

We are seeing that in the decisions coming down from America’s highest  court…

Clinton’s lost was Conservatives gains from the court….

The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years.

Things looked very different when the justices wrapped up their work this week.

The court’s final decisions and orders were almost emphatic declarations, if there had been any doubt, that this is once again a conservative-leaning court that may only move more to the right in the years to come.

The justices gave President Donald Trump the go-ahead to start enforcing at least part of his travel ban, showed that the wall between church and state is perhaps not as high as it once was and invigorated a baker’s religion-based refusal to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

“Liberals were certainly looking forward to a Clinton presidency that would alter the direction of the court. This was not an outcome we predicted,” said Nan Aron, president of the liberal Alliance for Justice.

The first casualty of Trump’s election was Garland, the appellate judge whom President Barack Obama nominated to the high court. Instead of Garland on the far right of the bench where the newest justice sits, there was Justice Neil Gorsuch. The placement also meshed with his votes. The Trump nominee who joined the court in April, Gorsuch staked out the most conservative position in a number of closely watched cases, including the one on the travel ban….

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Supreme’s will review Trump Travel ban in the fall…Allows partial Ok….

Trump gets the expected action from the court…..

A good sized slice of the cake….

But NOT the whole thing….

(People with Visa’s or contacts in the US cannot be banned…)

Trump’s travel ban IS supposed to expire by the time the court has said it would review it in it’s entirety….

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to allow a limited version of President Trump’s ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect, and will consider in the fall the president’s broad powers in immigration matters in a case that raised fundamental issues of national security and religious discrimination.

The court made an important exception: it said the ban “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The court also said in the ruling that it would consider whether the case will be moot by the time it hears it; the ban is supposed to be a temporary one while the government reviews its vetting procedures.

The action means that the administration may impose a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States, with the exceptions noted by the court.

Trump said last week the ban would go into effect 72 hours after receiving an approval from the courts….

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Supreme’s to rule on several immigration cases shortly….

The nine justices are due to rule in six cases, not including their decision expected in the coming days on the travel ban.

Of the remaining cases argued during the court’s current term, which began in October, the most eagerly awaited one concerns a Missouri church backed by a conservative Christian legal group. The ruling potentially could narrow the separation of church and state.

The church sued after being denied state taxpayer funds for a playground improvement project because of a Missouri constitutional provision barring state funding for religious entities.

Trinity Lutheran could be headed for a lopsided win, with two liberal justices joining their conservative colleagues in signaling support during the April oral argument. It was one of the first in which Trump’s conservative appointee to the court, Neil Gorsuch, participated.

The most notable of three immigration-related cases in which rulings are due on Monday is a dispute over whether immigrants detained by the U.S. government for more than six months while deportation proceedings unfold should be able to request their release. The case takes on additional significance with Trump ratcheting up immigration enforcement, placing more people in detention awaiting deportation.

The court also is set to decide a case that could clarify the criminal acts for which legal immigrants may be deported. Another involves whether the family of a Mexican teenager shot dead while standing on Mexican soil by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue for civil rights violations.

As the justices look to finish work before their summer break, they must decide what to do with Trump’s travel ban, which was blocked by lower courts. The administration wants the ban to go into effect while the litigation continues….

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Wash DC & Maryland attorneys general will fill a lawsuit against Trump making outside money as President…

As with his taxes….

Donald Trump has refused to follow the actions of even modern President….

Trump has kept his wealth, or lack off, private….

He has also got the Justice Dept. to say he can keep making money from his considerable business holdings that feature his name….

The AG’s in two states are going to challenge Trump’s refusal to divest himself completely form his business holdings that ARE earning money because of his name and his being the President of the United State’s, who can make policy decision’s that could grant others great amounts of money if they are paying month to companies he gets revenue from even indirectly…

The Democratic attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, D.C., will file a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post.

The suit will allege that foreign payments to the president’s businesses violate an anti-corruption clause of the Constitution.

It would be the first suit if its kind brought by a government entity, the Post added.

The lawsuit is scheduled to be announced at noon on Monday….

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State AG’s lawsuits against President Obama effected his immigration executive orders….

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North Carolina voting district’s knocked down for a 3rd time by the Supreme’s…

The Supreme Court dealt North Carolina a setback on Monday in a voting rights case for the third time in recent weeks, affirming a decision that struck down many state legislative districts for relying too heavily on race.

The court also ordered a lower court to reconsider whether racial gerrymandering in North Carolina required a special election this year. And in a third, separate ruling, the justices agreed to decide a major case on the privacy of cellphone records.

The court’s summary affirmance of the ruling to strike down the North Carolina voting districts gave no reasons, and there were no noted dissents. But the question in the case was similar to one the justices addressed last month, in which the court struck down two of the state’s congressional districts as racial gerrymanders.

The new case presented the same basic question in the context of the state’s General Assembly.

Last August, a three-judge Federal District Court unanimously struck down 28 State House and Senate districts drawn in 2011 by the Republican-led legislature, saying the districts violated equal protection principles by using race as the predominant factor without good reason. The trial court rejected the state’s argument that the districts, as drawn, were justified as an attempt to comply with the Voting Rights Act…..

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Trump blames AG Sessions Now for his Travel Ban failure’s…

This is the same thing as Donald Trump asking FBI Director Comey for ‘Loyality’ to HIM….Not what is legal or Right…Session’s has  a whole lot of lawyers who are doing what they think is right…

Trump is enraged that people he has hired ain’t doing what HE WANTS….

Donald ?

You are the GOVERNMENT….

Things don’t work THAT way….

(Oh and you’re working against things)

“What he’s saying is, ‘I’m the president, I’m the tough guy, I wanted a very tough travel ban and the damn lawyers are weakening it’ — and clients complain about lawyers all the time,” Mr. Dershowitz said. “I see this more as a client complaining about his lawyer. The lawyer in this case happens to be Jeff Sessions.”

David B. Rivkin Jr., a lawyer who served in the White House and Justice Department under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, said Mr. Trump clearly looked at the case from the lens of a businessman who did not get his money’s worth.

“He’s unhappy when the results don’t come in,” Mr. Rivkin said. “I’m sure he was convinced to try the second version, and the second iteration did not do better than the first iteration, so the lawyers in his book did not do a good job. It’s understandable for a businessman.”

Mr. Sessions and the Justice Department remained silent on Monday. But at least one lawyer close to the administration suggested that there was consternation in the department over the president’s messages. George T. Conway III, who until last week was Mr. Trump’s choice for assistant attorney general for the civil division and whose wife, Kellyanne Conway, is the president’s counselor, posted a Twitter message suggesting that Mr. Trump’s tweets “certainly won’t help” persuade five justices on the Supreme Court — the majority needed — to uphold the travel ban.

In subsequent messages, Mr. Conway said that “every sensible lawyer” in the White House Counsel’s Office and “every political appointee” at the Justice Department would “agree with me (as some have already told me)….

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