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The Trump Administration Is Apparently Ignoring Court Orders
RewireFebruary 1, 2017

It is the primary role and mission of the United States Marshals Service to provide for the security and to obey, execute, and enforce all orders of the United States District Courts, the United States Courts of Appeals, the Court of International ...more »

This Gorsuch Ruling Pans Agency Deference. Here's Why It Matters to Business
The National Law Journal (registration)February 1, 2017

Gorsuch, referring to both Chevron and a 2005 sequel, National Cable & Telecommunications Association v. Brand X Internet Services, said, “Chevron and Brand X permit executive bureaucracies to swallow huge amounts of core judicial and legislative ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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The hidden heart of unaccountable big government
New York PostFebruary 28, 2017

In his epic scholarship on the administrative state, Philip Hamburger argues that it's “a version of absolute power.” Constitutional law arose, Hamburger writes, to check the prerogative power of the British crown, and now the federal bureaucracy is ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Hate crime law should override freedom of speech - law professor
NewshubFebruary 15, 2017

Concerns over freedom of speech shouldn't trump hate crime legislation, according to a leading legal brain. Police are pushing the Government to introduce a law specific to hate crimes, in the wake of an expletive-laden assault on a group of Muslim ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Rally For Love Planned in Livermore
Livermore IndependentFebruary 2, 2017

A Rally for Love will be held on Sunday, February 12, from 12:00 to 1:30 PM at the Bankhead Theater Plaza. This event is planned as a peaceful, family-friendly, non-partisan gathering to honor and celebrate diversity and to demonstrate solidarity with ...more »

Native Americans
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Mattis stresses unity, inclusion at Martin Luther King Event
PentagramFebruary 2, 2017

King called upon Americans “many times to strive together and to fight together and to do their duty in the long struggle for equality and civil rights,” Mattis said at a Pentagon ceremony honoring King. “In our memories and our hearts and certainly by ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Washington court finds no free exercise right to ignore antidiscrimination law
ReligiousLiberty.TV (blog)February 18, 2017

In a unanimous en banc ruling issued yesterday, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington rejected a florist's claim that state anti-discrimination statutes did not apply to her religion-based refusal to sell flowers for use in a same-sex wedding ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Freedom of Information Act: Available for anyone
The DefenderFebruary 9, 2017

It was also the day that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) requested documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in an effort to uncover the incoming president's potential conflicts of interest. However, any citizen has the right to ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Budget act changes Army sexual assault policy
Fort Leavenworth LampFebruary 2, 2017

David Vergun | Army News Service. WASHINGTON — Changes to the law covering the review of discharges, the definition of sexual harassment and reporting requirements for the Department of Defense have taken effect. Many of the changes in the law ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Canada Free PressFebruary 2, 2017

“The so-called 'sanctuary movement' is a concerted effort by left-wing administrations in major cities to thwart the purposes of the Patriot Act, undermine federal immigration law, and cripple the efforts of the Department of Homeland security to ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Opinion: We Won't Stop Providing Sanctuary in Austin, Denver
NBCNews.comFebruary 8, 2017

Moreover, courts have found that keeping people in custody because of a mere request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement violates the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unlawful search and seizure. In this country, the Constitution requires ...more »


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