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Chris Christie is back on the hook for Birdgegate?

A local Jersey judge is letting a case against the Governor proceed after Gov Christie skirted Federal charges….

A judge has found probable cause to charge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with official misconduct for his role in the Bridgegate scandal, according to reports Thursday.

Presiding Bergen County Municipal Court Judge Roy McGeady cited testimony from the federal trial of two former Christie aides convicted of scheming to close approach lanes to the George Washington Bridge in 2013 as revenge against a mayor who refused to endorse Christie’s successful re-election bid.

McGeady’s ruling stems from a complaint filed last year by retired Teaneck firefighter and political activist Bill Brennan, a Democratic candidate for governor who is seeking to have Christie prosecuted for second-degree official misconduct.

That crime is punishable by up to ten years in the slammer.

A Christie spokesman said McGeady was “violating the law, pure and simple.”…..

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Trump says new No Enter ban on the way…

Washington State Atty Gen says he will seek court action for any  ban that seems unlawful ……

He will have company….

President Trump announced Thursday that his administration will be releasing a new, narrower executive order on travel to replace one that’s been shot down by multiple federal courts.

The order temporarily suspended travel from seven mostly Muslim countries and halted refugee admissions but is not in effect after court defeats.

Trump did not clarify details of the new order, saying only that it would be “tailored” to the “bad” courts that described the original order as overreaching, suggesting it would be narrower in its focus.

In a brief filed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, the Department of Justice argued that the court was wrong in its move to not reinstate the travel ban earlier this month. But government lawyers said they did not seek a reconsideration of the decision because a revamped executive order is in the works.

That new order would supersede the old one, lawyers wrote.

Government lawyers said the appeals court should vacate its prior decision when the new executive order is issued.

Still, Trump defended the original order when speaking to reporters on Thursday…..

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Washington State AG will go to court against a New Trump Admin Ban if not proper…

The legal challanges will continue if need be….

That vow, by Attorney General Bob Ferguson during an interview on “This Week” with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, follows the Trump administration’s struggles to institute a travel ban on nationals from seven majority-Muslim countries. Most recently, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused a Justice Department request to lift a ruling by Seattle Judge James Robart blocking the ban.

Asked about the prospect of a new executive order, Ferguson left the door open to taking steps to fight that move as well.

“We’ll fight if whatever they come up with violates the Constitution and is unlawful, which the current executive order most certainly is. That’s my job, to make sure everyone in the country, even the president, upholds the Constitution,” Ferguson said….

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Supreme Court pick terms Trump’s Judge comments “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”…

No Judge is gonna be happy about ANYBODY dissing other judges….

And I doubt Neil Gorsuch is gonna forget Trump’s comments if and when he would get on the court….

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told a US senator Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s tweets about the judiciary are “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”

Trump: I wanted month delay before travel ban, was told no
Trump: I wanted month delay before travel ban, was told no
In a meeting with Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Gorsuch, who’s largely been silent since Trump nominated him last week, took exception to Trump calling a federal judge in Seattle a “so-called judge” after blocking the President’s travel ban.

“He said very specifically that they were demoralizing and disheartening and he characterized them very specifically that way,” Blumenthal said of Gorsuch. “I said they were more than disheartening and I said to him that he has an obligation to make his views clear to the American people, so they understand how abhorrent or unacceptable President Trump’s attacks on the judiciary are.”

Ron Bonjean, who is leading communications for Gorsuch during the confirmation process, confirmed Gorsuch called Trump’s tweet about the “so-called judge” “disheartening” and “demoralizing” in his conversation with Blumenthal….

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NY Atty Gen Eric Schneiderman….

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Politico does a piece on the New York State Attorney General…..

He was able to wring a $25 Million settlement out of Trump for his shady deallings with the Trump Foundation….

Schneiderman’s office has had legal dealings with Trump’s EPA choice Scott Pruitt, Sec of State  Tillerson’s Exxon/Mobil and Treasury Sec Mnuchin’s Reverse Mortagage business…..

Schneiderman is a slender, slightly built former corporate lawyer, the only son of a New York philanthropist whose last names adorns several city cultural institutions. One never senses from him the kind of comfort and ease that people from his position tend to radiate, but rather a twitchy impatience, as if the vein on his forehead is going to pop while he busts some of the high-priced glassware in the political china shop. In the six years after he won that race, Schneiderman has emerged as perhaps the lefty media’s favorite lawyer, tangling with mortgage bankers, ExxonMobil, and national retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch, J Crew and The Gap. And on November 9, he was handed what might become his largest target when Donald Trump, his longtime nemesis, was elected president.

The Trump University suit eventually was settled for $25 million days after the election, despite the then president-elect’s repeated pledges never to settle. Schneiderman could have left it at that. But Schneiderman has let it be known that Trump is still in his crosshairs. In the days since November 9, Schneiderman fired off a letter warning Trump not to drop White House support of Obama’s Clean Power Plan, introduced a bill in the state Legislature to give New Yorkers cost-free contraception if the Affordable Care Act is dismantled, threatened to sue after Trump froze EPA funding of clean air and water programs, and joined a lawsuit that argues that Trump’s executive order on immigration is not just unconstitutional and un-America, but it brings profound harm to the residents of New York State.

He has a record of going not only after Trump, but going after people now in Trumpworld. He’s on the opposite side of the Clean Power Plan fight from Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, since named head of the EPA, and who Schneiderman labeled a “dangerous and unqualified choice.” He’s gone after Rex Tillerson, who as CEO of ExxonMobil defended his company from a Schneiderman investigation; since the election he’s begun investigating a reverse-mortgage business once led by Steven Mnuchin, the nominee to be the next Treasury secretary.

Schneiderman doesn’t think that the fact he has already appeared in court against Trump necessarily prepares him for what is about to come, but he has little doubt that something will come. Congress remains in Republican hands, and for the foreseeable future looks unwilling to provide much in the way of a check or a balance on the presidency. Governors and mayors can scream and protest, but beyond “setting an example” for other policymakers, the effect of their actions will be limited to their constituents.

Schneiderman, though, effectively leads a law firm of more than 650 lawyers, one with a two-decade tradition of taking its fights national…

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Two recent New York State Attorney General’s have become New York State Governors….

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Breaking…Reports are that 872 Refugees ‘in Transit ‘ will be allowed into the US…

Update...This story is now running at AP also…

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Matt Lee ‏@APDiploWriter 29m29 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — #US official says 872 refugees to be admitted to country because of hardship concerns, despite ban.

If this Reuters report about an internal clearance memo approved by the State Department and Dept. of Homeland Security sent to the media ….If correct?

It appears that someone in the White House is trying to keep Federal Judges from around the country from PUBLICLY RULING that the White House Presidential Order is harsh and  unfairly being carried out….

Th actions of Customs and Immigration officials in IMMEDIACY detaining and deporting PRE-CLEARED Refuges has caused YUGE pushback in America and around the World….

The oreder was sent down without consulatation with the departments and staff of the agencies ordered to inforce it surprising those agencies heads and disregarding the establisghed protocol for such orders…

The U.S. government has granted waivers to let 872 refugees into the country this week, despite President Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday temporarily banning entry of refugees from any country, according to an internal Department of Homeland Security document seen by Reuters.

A Homeland Security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the waivers, noting that the refugees were considered “in transit” and had already been cleared for resettlement before the ban took effect.

Refugees preparing for resettlement typically have severed personal ties and relinquished their possessions, leaving them particularly vulnerable if their plans to depart are suddenly canceled.

The waivers, granted by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), came amid international protests against Trump’s rushed executive order. Critics said the order in some cases was not clearly communicated to the agencies responsible for implementing it.

It was not known if additional waivers would be granted, the official said. The document did not give the nationalities of the refugees who will be admitted into the United States.

Over the weekend, non-refugee visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries also targeted in Trump’s executive order were detained, deported and in some cases blocked from boarding flights to the United States.

The countries covered by the traveler ban were Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.

The internal DHS document said that between late Friday and early Monday 348 visa holders were prevented from boarding U.S.-bound flights. In addition, more than 200 people landed in the United States but were denied entry, the document showed.

More than 735 people were pulled aside for questioning by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in airports, including 394 legal permanent U.S. residents holding green cards, over the same time period…

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This is reportily a LEAKED memo …It is unknown if Trump’s advisors Bannon or Miller have seen it…

They where the ones who added Visa holders to list of those to be detained….

They have since had their calls reversed after Federal Judges stayed the two’s ok to have Visa holders prohibited from entering the country…

A continuation of the policy would have put the government in contempt of the numerious federal judges orders ….

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Trump annouces he will name Supreme Court choice…Take the Media off the ban story?

The guy is gonna make the announcement in Prime Time ?

(It was supposed to be on Thursday but I guess he’s tired of running out excuses on while he’s getting such a strong pushback against the ban and some Republicans starting worry about him OUT LOUD?)

I hope the Media does a split screen on this showing the ‘No Enter’ protestors  while Trump tries to divert people from his troubles…

A Supreme Court announcement Tuesday, live, from the White House

The Supreme Court — cosseted, cordial and militantly untelevised — is going prime time on live TV, with Mr. Trump announcing on Twitter that he will announce his pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

“I have made my decision on who I will nominate for The United States Supreme Court. It will be announced live on Tuesday at 8:00 P.M. (W.H.),” Mr. Trump wrote on his personal Twitter account at 8:43 a.m. — perfectly timed to catch the top-of-the-hour news roundups.

The president had originally planned to make the announcement on Thursday, but he had a rough weekend after protests over his executive order temporarily banning migrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries forced the Department of Homeland Security to decree that permanent residents would, for the most part, be exempted from the crackdown…

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BREAKING…Two Federal Judges Block Trump from deporting detained Visa* holders…

Federal judges in Brooklyn, New York and Virginia have ordered the government to refrain from enforcing President Trump’s executive order to deport those people barred  entry into the United States from 5 named Muslim countries…(People have been detained across the country at International airports)…

The judges orders does NOT free those held…

There will be further court action Saturday morning in Brooklyn, NY….

Lawyers have asked that judges extent the no deportation ban to ALL  refugees ….And that those detained be allowed to go on to their destinations in America…

Judge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn granted a request from the ACLU to stay deportations of those detained on entry to the United States following President Trump’s executive order.

And only minutes after the judge’s ruling in New York City, another came in Virginia when U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema issued a temporary restraining order to block the removal of any green card holders being detained at Dulles International Airport for seven days. Brinkema’s action also ordered that lawyers have access to those held there because of the president’s ban.

In Brooklyn, after a brief hearing in front of a small audience that filtered in from a crowd of hundreds outside, Donnelly determined that the risk of injury to those detained by being returned to their home countries necessitated the decision. She seemed to have little patience for the arguments presented by the government, which focused heavily on the fact that the two defendants named in the lawsuit had already been released. At one point, she visibly lost patience with a government attorney who was participating by phone.

Donnelly noted that those detained were suffering mostly from the bad fortune of traveling while the ban went into effect. “Our own government presumably approved their entry to the country,” she said at one point, noting that, had it been two days prior, those detained would have been granted admission without question.

In the middle of the hearing ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt informed the court that he’d received word of an imminent deportation to Syria, scheduled within the hour. That prompted Donnelly to ask if the government could assure that the person would not suffer irreparable harm. Receiving no such assurance, she granted the stay to the broad group included in the ACLU’s request.

After the decision was made, Donnelly asked the government if they could provide a list of those being detained to the ACLU. The government’s attorneys indicated that they could not. “It is more difficult than it sounds,” U.S attorney Susan Riley said….

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It appears that President Trump did NOT make the call on detaining Green Card people…

His aides did…

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Jim Sciutto ‏@jimsciutto
Jim Sciutto Retweeted Dan Berman
WH advisors Bannon and Miller overruled the Dept of Homeland Security’s judgment the travel ban should not apply to Green Card holders

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Nat’l Imm Law Center
‏@NILC_org
Nationwide stay has been granted. Applies to everyone nationwide, immigrants and non-immigrants, refugees, etc. affected by EO. #NoBanNoWall

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Refugees held at JFK Airport on Trump’s order sue in Federal Court for their freedom…

Two refugee’s that thought they where coming to America the land of the ‘Free’ are being detained because the American President is afraid that after they where checked and double and triple checked they would be terrorist’s…..

One of those held assisted American troops in Iraq for TEN YEARS…

The other is coming to America to join his family…

Lawyers for the two have gone to Federal Court to obtain the release of both…

Donald Trump seems to be saying….

‘Fuck You very much’…. to those who risked their lives  helping American soldiers and interests abroad’….

President Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees was put into immediate effect on Friday night. Refugees who were airborne on flights on the way to the United States when the order was signed were stopped and detained at airports.

The detentions prompted legal challenges as lawyers representing two Iraqis held at Kennedy Airport filed a writ of habeas corpus early Saturday in the Eastern District of New York seeking to have their clients released. At the same time, they filed a motion for class certification, in an effort to represent all refugees and immigrants who they said were being unlawfully detained at ports of entry.

Mr. Trump’s order, which suspends entry for all refugees for 120 days, created a legal limbo for people on their way to the United States and panic for families who were awaiting their arrival.

The president’s order also blocks the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bars entry into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries linked to concerns about terrorism. Those countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

It was unclear how many refugees and immigrants were being held nationwide in the aftermath of the executive order. The complaints were filed by a prominent group including the American Civil Liberties Union, the International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center, the National Immigration Law Center, Yale Law School’s Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization and the firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

The lawyers said that one of the Iraqis detained at Kennedy Airport, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, had worked on behalf of the United States government in Iraq for 10 years. The other, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, was coming to the United States to join his wife, who had worked for an American contractor, and young son, the lawyers said. They said both men had been detained at the airport on Friday night after arriving on separate flights.

The lawyers said they had not been allowed to meet with their clients, and there were tense moments as they tried to reach them.

“Who is the person we need to talk to?” asked one of the lawyers, Mark Doss, a supervising attorney at the International Refugee Assistance Project.

“Mr. President,” said a Customs and Border Protection agent, who declined to identify himself. “Call Mr. Trump.”

The executive order, which Mr. Trump said was part of an extreme vetting plan to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists,” also established a religious test for refugees from Muslim nations: He ordered that Christians and others from minority religions be granted priority over Muslims….

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This goes back to the Kahn family’s loss of their Muslim son , who was a American solider….

It goes back to Asian’s detained during World War II…

And the immediate reaction to 9/11….

And Jews in Germany….

Donald Trump is TRYING to take this place backwards to place it shouldn’t be….

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Jared Rizzi Retweeted
Daniel Dale ‏@ddale8

US government confirms Trump’s order bans entry by permanent residents (green card holders):

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A Trump Supreme Court pick would only be Status Quo at worst….

If he is able to get thru a Right Wing choice?

It would only be replacing ANOTHER Right wing choice …Antonin Scalia, Right?

McConnell didn’t budge even when Obama chose the eminently qualified and eminently moderate Judge Merrick Garland.

McConnell’s gambit was a raw power play — to put it charitably — with scanty precedent at best. That it paid off infuriates progressives even more: Before November, Democrats could look forward to years, maybe decades, of at least a five-vote majority of Obama and Hillary Clinton appointees on the court, given the likelihood that liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg (83) and Stephen G. Breyer (78) would retire in a first Clinton term. A sixth liberal to replace 80-year-old moderate conservative Anthony M. Kennedy was possible, too.

A 5-4 — or 6-3 — liberal-majority Supreme Court could have reigned over federal courts that have already tilted left after eight years of Obama appointments. A second Warren court was at hand: Foreseeable results included abolition of the death penalty, solidified transgender rights, strengthened gun control, increased power for federal environmental regulators and, in response to Black Lives Matter, stricter constitutional scrutiny of the police.

So when Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) threatens to fight “tooth and nail” against an “out of the mainstream” Trump pick, perhaps keeping the court split between four Democratic and four Republican appointees, he is expressing both his party faithful’s fear of what a Trump pick would do, and their grief over what might have been.

The stakes aren’t necessarily apocalyptic, though, at least not immediately. If confirmed, a Trump-anointed conservative would simply restore the status quo ante Scalia’s death: an evenly divided court with Reagan appointee Kennedy as a persuadable swing vote….

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The word is Trump’s  list is down to three white male Federal Appeals Court  judges….

Judge William Pryor in Alabama…

Judge Neil Gorsuch in Colorado….

Judge Thomas Hardiman in Pennsylvania….

At this time it take 60 US Senators approval vote for confirmation for the live time job on the nations highest court….

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Federal Lawsuit coming to try to stop Trump’s Business connections….

President Donald J. Trump has refused to show his taxes….

He has also announced that he will keep his business connections at arms length , with his kids in charge…

The head of the Government Ethics Office  , who has NO control over the American President’s business dealings has come out saying that Trump’s actions are NOT nearly enough to separate him from outside influence…

We now have team of Constitutional legal people about to file a lawsuit asking a Federal Court to prohibit ANY Trump business from taking ANY money from ANY foreign government ….

American President’s have NO ethical laws to follow….

But the Constitution forbids the President from accepting money or gifts from foreign countries….(There is a threshold)

( Trump’s hotel in Wash DC and his Trump Tower have foreign countries renting rooms…)

One wonders if Trump is disallowed from making ANY money  if he’ll keep the White House gig….

In the new case, the lawyers argue that a provision in the Constitution known as the Emoluments Clause amounts to a ban on payments from foreign powers like the ones to Mr. Trump’s companies. They cite fears by the framers of the Constitution that United States officials could be corrupted by gifts or payments.

The suit, which will not seek any monetary damages, will ask a federal court in New York to order Mr. Trump to stop taking payments from foreign government entities. Such payments, it says, include those from patrons at Trump hotels and golf courses, as well as loans for his office buildings from certain banks controlled by foreign governments, and leases with tenants like the Abu Dhabi tourism office, a government enterprise.

“The framers of the Constitution were students of history,” said Deepak Gupta, one of the lawyers behind the suit. “And they understood that one way a republic could fail is if foreign powers could corrupt our elected leaders.”

Eric Trump, who is an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said the company had taken more steps than required by law to avoid any possible legal exposure, such as agreeing to donate any profits collected at Trump-owned hotels that come from foreign government guests to the United States Treasury….

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Donald Trump to be sued by ‘Apprentice Show’ contestant….

Anyone surprised at  THIS?….

The first of a whole shitload of Law Suits that will coming at Donald Trump….

He’s gonna set a record for how many Civil Suits thrown at a sitting President….

Oh, and it’s gonna bring BACK the view of Trump as a womanizer….

Not a GOOD look for the President’s wife….

And just think?

He wanted to make a BIG deal about Bill Clinton ?
A former contestant on the reality show “The Apprentice” filed a defamation lawsuit Tuesday against President-elect Donald Trump over his response to her allegations that he groped her during a job interview in 2007.

Summer Zervos, a California restaurant owner who appeared on the show in 2006, accused Trump of aggressively kissing and grabbing her when she went to his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel to discuss a possible job at the Trump Organization a year later.

In her suit, Zervos alleges that Trump defamed her when he denied her account of their interactions in the hotel room, accusing her and other women who made similar accusations of lying and fabricating their accounts. Zervos said she would drop her lawsuit, which was filed in New York, without seeking monetary damages if Trump would retract his claim that she lied and acknowledge his actions.

Zervos appeared at a Los Angeles news conference alongside her lawyer, Gloria Allred, who said Zervos took and passed a lie-
detector test before filing her suit….

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She’s gonna be the target of Trump supporters for sure ……

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Update on Legal Marijuana in Colorado and Washington State…

The studies on use are similar…

But do NOT come to same conclusions…

The nation’s first recreational marijuana shop opened nearly three years ago in Colorado. Since then, a growing body of research has shown that the availability of recreational marijuana — in Colorado and elsewhere — is having little to no effect on teens’ propensity to smoke weed.

That’s the conclusion, at least, of the official statistics out of Colorado through 2015. It’s what federal data shows nationwide through this year. And it’s also backed up by other federal surveys of drug use in the states where marijuana is legal.

The data on this point has been consistent enough that longtime skeptics of the merits of marijuana legalization, like Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, are expressing surprise at the findings. “We had predicted based on the changes in legalization, culture in the U.S. as well as decreasing perceptions among teenagers that marijuana was harmful that [accessibility and use] would go up,” Volkow told U.S. News and World Report earlier this month. “But it hasn’t gone up.”

However, a study out Tuesday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics flies somewhat in the face of the new conventional marijuana wisdom. Examining marijuana use among high school students in Washington state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012, it finds that rates of marijuana use increased by about 3 percent among 8th- and 10th-graders over that period.

The authors posit that reduced stigma about marijuana use is one factor leading to the results that they observed.

“Our study suggests that legalization of marijuana in Washington reduced stigma and perceived risk of use,” said lead author Magdalena Cerdá of the University of California in Davis in a news release, “which could explain why younger adolescents are using more marijuana after legalization.”

The findings are something of a puzzle….

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Democrats begin their legal defense against Obamacare repeal…

Following the playbook used by Republicans around the country to undo many action’s of President Obama in immigration policy  and other things….

Democrats are joining legal actions that challange the effort’s to abolish the Affordable Healthcare program know as Obamacare….(In this case the question is about insurance subsidies repayments for Healthcare companies for those customers who need help paying for their Insurance)

The details of the lawsuit are wonky, but involve payments to insurers that if eliminated could bring immediate chaos to the individual health insurance market. The enrollees’ effort to get involved in the case also heralds the beginning of an era when Trump opponents — largely shut out from controlling other levers of power — will have to depend on the courts to push back on an agenda that they say is already raising serious legal and Constitutional concerns.

“This is the start of the Democrats’ major effort to scale back the Trump administration,” said Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at UCLA. “The courts are the only possibility for checking Donald Trump. With Republicans in control of Congress, we can’t expect to see Congress checking the President.”

Progressive legal advocates will be following a template used aggressively by conservatives in the Obama era who were able to block major agenda items with, in some cases, a single district court decision…..

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The President-Elect is ordered to sit and answer questions in a Celebrity Chef Lawsuit

People shouldn’t be surprised at this…

Donald Trump has scutched people in his business dealings….

And he’s got more court days coming his way unless he settles things up….

Great look for a guy about to become Presidente, eh?

The federal judge presiding over a lawsuit Donald Trump brought against a celebrity chef who cancelled plans to open a restaurant in his new Washington, D.C. hotel has ordered the President-elect to sit for a deposition in New York during the first week of January.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Jennifer A. Di Toro ruled on Wednesday that Trump must sit for the deposition, which may last for up to seven hours, CNN reported….

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Democrats will begin pushing back by taking Trump & Co. To court if need be….

Echoing a tactic sussecfully used by Republicans to stop numerious President Obama actions….

Democrat’s….Led by State Attorney General’s around the country, will seek to use the courts to thwart moves to curtail advances by Republicans in Congress and the White House on several policy issues including immigration, healthcare and climate change….

In addition, Democrats , again like Republicans , will work to pass state legilation to counter holes left by moves by Republicans on the Fedewral level….

One attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is already investigating Donald J. Trump over possible violations of New York State law at his charity foundation.

Another, Maura Healey of Massachusetts, has joined Mr. Schneiderman in an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil — whose chief executive, Rex W. Tillerson, is Mr. Trump’s choice for secretary of state — lied to investors and the public about the threat of climate change.

Ms. Healey also has a new fund-raising pitch: “I won’t hesitate to take Donald Trump to court if he carries out his unconstitutional campaign promises,” she recently wrote to supporters.

A third, Representative Xavier Becerra, who was chosen this month to become California’s attorney general, has dared the Trump administration to “come at us” over issues including immigration, climate change and health care.

 

As Democrats steel themselves for the day next month when the White House door will slam on their backs, some of the country’s more liberal state attorneys general have vowed to use their power to check and balance Mr. Trump’s Washington.

If the Trump administration withdraws from environmental, antitrust or financial regulations, the attorneys general say they will plug regulatory holes that may gape wide open, deploying state laws like New York’s Martin Act, which allows the state attorney general to pursue wide-ranging investigations on Wall Street.

They have pledged to defend undocumented immigrants, and to combat hate crimes that many believe were unleashed by Mr. Trump’s polarizing campaign.

And if Mr. Trump’s policies veer toward the unconstitutional, several of the 10 current and incoming Democratic attorneys general interviewed recently said they would apply a remedy favored by Mr. Trump himself: a lawsuit…..

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How ironic that Democarst are now turning to ‘states rights’ policies  and the courts  that where used against them in the last eight years…..

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