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    (CNN)The Fulton County District Attorney's office slammed GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham's "extreme position" to have his subpoena quashed, saying he should be required to testify before the special purpose grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, according to a new court filing. "Senator Graham's repetition of his previous arguments does not entitle him to partial quashal, and the District Attorney respectfully requests that his motion be denied," Donald Wakeford, Fulton's chief senior assistant district attorney, wrote in a motion filed on Monday. The litigation over the subpoena is back before US District Judge Leigh Martin May of the Northern District of Georgia, who had previously denied Graham's motion to quash the subpoena. The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals has since instructed May to consider whether the subpoena should be partially quashed or modified in accordance with the Constitution's Speech or Debate Clause, which shields lawmakers from some law enforcement actions when it covers certain conduct that is part of lawmakers' legislative duties. Graham's attorneys argue that his calls to Georgia...
    Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio J.D. Vance slammed his Democrat competitor Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) for stating that women should be able to abort their unborn children at any point in pregnancy. “Here’s Kamala Harris stooge Tim Ryan defending abortion through 40 weeks. This is a barbaric position anywhere in the world (even European nations typically don’t allow abortion after 12 weeks). But it’s an especially radical position in Ohio,” Vance tweeted in response to a clip of Tim Ryan talking to Fox New’s Special Report host Bret Baier on Wednesday. Here’s Kamala Harris stooge Tim Ryan defending abortion through 40 weeks. This is a barbaric position anywhere in the world (even European nations typically don’t allow abortion after 12 weeks). But it’s an especially radical position in Ohio. https://t.co/ObtePxlUHH — J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) May 5, 2022 The segment was about the influence the leak of the Supreme Court’s potential decision to overrule Roe v. Wade could have on midterm elections. On Monday night, Politico released a draft opinion, seemingly written by Justice Samuel Alito, which would overturn the Court’s...
    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) nor his office could explain to Breitbart News why Utah’s junior senator opposed making Ketanji Brown Jackson a federal circuit judge last year and then voiced his support for her to become a Supreme Court Justice this year. Romney joined the 43 other Senate Republicans in 2021 to oppose Jackson’s bid to become a circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Romney said in a statement on Monday that he would support Brown’s candidacy for the Supreme Court: After reviewing Judge Jackson’s record and testimony, I have concluded that she is a well-qualified jurist and a person of honor. While I do not expect to agree with every decision she may make on the Court, I believe that she more than meets the standard of excellence and integrity. I congratulate Judge Jackson on her expected confirmation and look forward to her continued service to our nation. Romney’s office declined to respond to a Breitbart News’s request for comment as to why the senator opposed Jackson for the circuit judge position but would support her joining...
    Getty Daishen Nix The Chicago Bulls won’t have a first-round pick, but they still have a selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. The proverbial ping-pong balls didn’t bounce in the Bulls’ favor on Tuesday night. They conveyed their first-round pick to the Orlando Magic as a part of the trade that brought Nikola Vucevic to the Bulls. Had the Bulls’ pick fell within the Top-4, they would have kept it. While Chicago won’t have the more desirable selection, they are scheduled to select 38th if they execute their right to swap picks with the New Orleans Pelicans as expected. Throughout history, we’ve seen second-round picks turn into All-Stars and even Hall-of-Famers. A second-round pick, Nikola Jokic, just won the league MVP earlier this month. By the way, the man instrumental in the Denver Nuggets selecting Jokic is the Bulls’ current VP of Basketball Operations, Arturas Karnisovas. There is no doubt Bulls fans would have loved a shot at Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs or Jalen Green. However, they might still have a chance to get a solid contributor. Chicago...
    It was a Knicks-Hawks battle for the fourth seed and home-court advantage, and it became a night of bloody carnage and overtime at the frenzied Garden. Julius Randle scored 40 points and the Knicks (33-27) won their eighth straight game, posting a 137-127 victory Wednesday night before a wild crowd of 2,000 that was hyped right from the national anthem. The Knicks tied their longest winning streak since 2014, when they also won eight straight. With their 3-point shooting frenzy, the Knicks survived the physical battle, which forced Hawks superstar Trae Young to miss the fourth quarter and OT. More importantly, the Knicks moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference, which means if the season ended today, they would host a first-round playoff series. And it could be against these hot Hawks, which the Knicks swept 3-0 in the season series. There are a dozen games left before the Knicks’ first postseason since 2013. Randle now has two 40-point outings against the Hawks this season. He scored two big baskets in the final 1:18 of the...
    When the Supreme Court recently issued an injunction favoring California churches in a coronavirus restrictions dispute, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal minority in dissent. It was not the first time. Since Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the court, Roberts, more often than not, has voted with the minority when it comes to religious freedom during the pandemic. The minority is a new position for Roberts, who, since being nominated by President George W. Bush in 2005 and confirmed by the Senate, historically has voted with the majority more than any of the other justices currently serving on the court. But former President Donald Trump’s three appointees, Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch, have left the centrist Roberts at odds more often with his fellow Republican-appointed colleagues. The chief justice still commands the court, but in the past year sometimes has found himself alienated from other court conservatives. SUPREME COURT SITS ON POTENTIALLY BLOCKBUSTER ABORTION CASE Roberts is known for valuing the court’s institutional legitimacy. Here are three times that the chief justice has found himself at odds...
    The new top federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., will abide by a Trump-era policy that charges some gun crimes in federal rather than local court, despite concerns from city leaders and justice reform advocates that the policy results in harsher prison sentences. The Washington Post reports that acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips is planning to stand by the policy, which applies to people with violent criminal records who are caught with firearms, though Phillips has said in court filings that his office will "review and monitor" the policy's impact and possibly consider modifications. The Post notes Phillips' decision surprised advocates, who had expected President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - GOP pounces on Biden's infrastructure plan Biden administration unveils network of community leaders to urge COVID-19 vaccinations Pompeo 'regrets' not making more progress with North Korea MORE's Department of Justice (DOJ) to turn away from the Trump policy that had targeted predominantly Black areas of D.C. D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) has spoken out against the policy, arguing it worsens the problems of mass incarceration and policing in Black communities. “Local autonomy...
    Expectations are high for President Biden to reverse course on the Trump administration’s Supreme Court case challenging the Affordable Care Act. The Trump Justice Department, in arguments made at the court a week after the election, claimed that Obamacare is unconstitutional because its individual mandate, a tax which propped up the law’s constitutionality in past cases, was wiped out by Congress in 2017. Most justices looked skeptically on those arguments. Biden at the time pledged to “protect and expand” what is widely seen as former President Barack Obama’s signature presidential achievement. And one of the first ways that Biden could do that is by instructing the solicitor general’s office to stop defending his predecessor’s position on the Affordable Care Act. The move would be unusual, since the Justice Department typically seeks continuity in the transition between administrations' legal positions. The tradition is a long-standing one, with the understanding that the solicitor general's office represents the interests of the country distinct from any particular administration's desires. Biden’s acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar did not respond to request for comment....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With the Illinois Department of Employment Security failing to address issues with unemployment claims properly, a Glenview man had to take them to court to get his benefits. It’s a case we first brought to Gov. JB Pritzker months ago – something that Glenview man, John R. White, made all the difference. On Thursday, CBS 2’s Tara Molina asked the state about the length White had to go to get a fix, and what that says to others stuck waiting. The efforts White took on worked for him, eventually – but he acknowledges not everyone who needs their unemployment benefits has the time and resources to file a lawsuit to get them. With the help of Illinois’ Assistant Attorney General, John White resolved the dispute he had with IDES – and now he’s receiving unemployment benefits. “They resolved the problem and I was able to certify, and I got what I was owed,” White said. But it didn’t happen overnight. White told us back in September he filed a lawsuit in small claims court...
    President-elect Joe Biden is considering Federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland for the Attorney General position under his administration, according to a new report.  Sources told NPR that Garland, 68, is among the names that Biden is considering for the position, which is currently held by William Barr.  Garland was the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit until his seven-year term ended in February 2020 and continues to be a circuit judge, a position he has held since 1997.  A new report says that Federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland (center with Joe Biden, left, and Barack Obama, right) is on President-elect Biden's short list for Attorney General RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Trump 'wants to end birthright citizenship before he leaves... Donald Trump returns to the White House briefing room... Share this article Share During his legal career, he oversaw the prosecution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, 'Unabomber' Ted Kaczynski and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombings.  Garland went on to make headlines in 2016,...
    Senate Democrats have decided to make the ongoing court battle over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act the centerpiece of their argument against the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. In her opening statement, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, pointed to repeated statements by President Trump promising to nominate judges who would overturn the law, popularly called Obamacare, during Senate confirmation hearings Monday morning. “Health-care coverage for millions of Americans is at stake with this nomination,” Feinstein said, noting that on Nov. 10 the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case California v. Texas, wherein 20 Republican-led states have sued to have the law struck down. The Trump administration has declined to defend the law in court. “The president has promised any judge he nominates will overturn the ACA,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, in his opening remarks. “Judge Barrett has already made it clear she considers the act unconstitutional,” he added, referring to 2017 article she wrote that argued that Chief Justice Roberts 2013 decision to uphold the...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told reporters on Thursday that he would disclose his position on “court packing” after the November election. “You’ll know my opinion on court-packing when the election is over,” Biden said, responding to a reporter’s question from an airport hangar in Arizona. It’s a great question. I don’t blame you for asking. But you know the moment I answer that question, the headline in every one of your papers will be about that.” Biden said he wanted the media’s focus to be “on what’s happening now,” but suggested he would be open to the prospect of altering the court, saying, “The election has begun. There has never been a court appointment once an election has begun. Four million people have already voted. They’re denying the American people the one shot they have under constitutional law to have their input.” The former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), have been under pressure to say whether they would seek to alter the court’s composition, but have declined to answer on numerous occasions. The Senate is expected...
    Republican Senator Ted Cruz defended his colleagues' decision to support President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee after failing to back Barack Obama's four years ago under similar circumstances.  'Everybody has changed their position,' the GOP senator from Texas told CBS' 'This Morning.'  'Every Democrat has flipped,' he added. 'There's a reason for that. Both sides believe something fundamentally different about Supreme Court justices. The Democrats and Joe Biden have promised to nominate liberal activist judges.' He noted Republicans - both President Trump and Senate Republicans - ran for office promising to name conservative judges to the courts, adding that since the GOP kept control of the Senate in the 2018 midterms, voters gave them the nod of approval to confirm a justice.  'President Trump ran promising to nominate principled constitutionalists to the court. The American people elected him.The American people elected a Republican majority three times in 2014, 2016, 2018. The Republican majority in the Senate ran promising to confirm constitutionalist judges,' Cruz said. Republican Senator Ted Cruz defended his colleagues' decision to support President Donald Trump's Supreme Court...
    Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said Saturday that Republicans “should hold the same position” they did in 2016 to decide who should fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Flake’s comments came in a tweet in the days following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served for more than 25 years as a left-leaning member on the court. “In 2016, nine months before an election, we Republicans said that the next president should fill a Supreme Court vacancy,” Flake wrote. In 2016, nine months before an election, we Republicans said that the next president should fill a Supreme Court vacancy. Today, six weeks before an election, we should hold the same position. Preserving the institution of the Senate should be paramount to any political gain. — Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) September 19, 2020 Flake also stated that “preserving the institution of the Senate” by waiting until the presidential election concludes is “paramount to any political gain.” “Today, six weeks before an election, we should hold the same position,” Flake added. “Preserving the institution of the Senate should be paramount to...
    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pressed Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” on whether there was “hypocrisy” between the Cotton’s 2016 comments to avoid a Supreme Court justice confirmation during a presidential election year and his current call to move forward with a nomination after Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. In a clip from the Senate floor in 2016, Cotton said, “Why would we squelch the voice of the people? Why would we deny the voters to weigh in on the makeup of the Supreme Court?” Wallace said, “You really don’t think there is any hypocrisy at all in saying we need to give voters… You stated a pretty firm principle in 2016 about Merrick Garland. It’s wrong to deny voters a chance to weigh in. You don’t see any hypocrisy between that position then and this position now?” Cotton said, “Chris, the Senate majority is performing our constitutional duty and fulfilling the mandate that the voters gave us in 2016 and especially in 2018.” Wallace pushed Cotton, asking if he would...
    Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke about the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, honoring the late Supreme Court Justice and weighing on when he believes is the right time to fill her vacant seat, as The Guardian reported. Biden, who was a senator when Ginsburg was nominated to the count and voted to confirm her, made it certain that people understood where he stands on the issue of nominating someone to replace her. “There is no doubt, let me be clear, that the voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider,” Biden said. “This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election.” He added that the upper chamber must take the same position as there are just under 50 days left before the election in November. He also weighed in on Ginsburg’s life. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not only a giant in the legal profession, but a beloved figure, and my heart goes out to...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Supreme Court said that it would continue to assess the position of serving UK judges on the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal in discussion with the UK government. Under a 1997 agreement, Britain has provided two serving law lords to sit on the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. "Whether judges of the Supreme Court can continue to serve as judges in Hong Kong will depend on whether such service remains compatible with judicial independence and the rule of law," said the president of the UK Supreme Court Robert Reed. Reed added that the Supreme Court supported judges in Hong Kong in their commitment to safeguard judicial independence and the rule of law. (Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by William James) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    BERLIN (AP) — Facebook’s fight against German regulators was dealt a blow Tuesday after a top court agreed with antitrust authorities that the company was abusing its dominant market position in its use of users’ data to better target ads. The Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, last year determined Facebook was exploiting its dominance in social media to force users to share data from other Facebook-owned services like WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as third-party websites through the “Like” and “Share” buttons. It gave Facebook several months to stop collecting data and combining it with Facebook users’ accounts without their consent. Facebook appealed that decision, and a Duesseldorf court ruled it did not have to comply with the regulations until the case had been decided. In its decision Tuesday, the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe overturned that decision, agreeing with the Cartel Office that Facebook’s terms of use leave “private Facebook users with no choice” and said the company had to comply with the regulators. “There are no serious doubts about Facebook’s dominant position in...
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