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Here Are The Major 2020 Supreme Court Rulings
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A look at the major Supreme Court rulings of 2020, including on abortion, religion and immigration.
scotusblog.com Aug 13, 2020, Thursday
Court Denies Republicans’ Request To Reinstate Witness Requirement For Rhode Island Absentee Ballots - SCOTUSblog
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to intervene in a dispute over absentee ballots for the upcoming elections in Rhode Island. The justices rejected a request by the Republican National Committee and Rhode Island Republicans to freeze a lower-court order that approved an agreement between state e
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New York AG James Accuses Gun Group NRA Execs Of Self-dealing
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According to the lawsuit, the senior leadership of the NRA squandered millions in donations on personal trips, private jets and expensive meals.
thetrace.org Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
Daily Bulletin: The NRA Is Funneling Money Into A Newly Formed Super PAC
The National Rifle Association’s existing PAC, the Political Victory Fund (PVF), may take contributions, capped at $5,000 a year, only from NRA members. Spending restrictions also apply. The new super PAC, called just the Victory Fund, however, may accept donations of any size from individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and other PACs with no limits on what it can spend. While the PVF can give directly to candidates, the Victory Fund is prohibited from doing so and can’t coordinate its spending with parties or campaigns. According to Federal Election Commission filings, the new super PAC has collected more than $1 million since it was formed in March. All of the money has come from the NRA’s lobbying arm. The larger takeaway: While super PACs have donor disclosure requirements, “social welfare” organizations like the NRA do not. Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics, said it is increasingly common for social welfare groups to fund super PACs as a way to “skirt disclosure rules.” Records show the PAC has spent only $14,000 so far, all of it on in-kind contributions to the NRA’s lobbying arm. It’s evidence, Massaglia said, that the NRA and the Victory Fund are sharing resources and staff. Such setups, she said, “contribute to an erosion of campaign finance transparency.” — Will Van Sant, staff writer.
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E. Jean Carroll: Trump attacked me in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman.
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The Elle advice columnist says the assault took place in Bergdorf Goodman.
snopes.com Aug 09, 2020, Sunday
Judge Nixes Trump Bid To Delay Suit From Woman Alleging Rape
A New York judge knocked down President Donald Trump’s bid to delay a lawsuit from a woman who accused him of rape, ruling that the presidency doesn’t shield him from the case.
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictions On Removal Of CFPB Director But Leaves Bureau In Place
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In response to the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency with approximately 1,500 employees that tackles everything from payday loans to financial literacy programs and helping consumers navigate the COVID-19 pa...
washingtonpost.com Aug 01, 2020, Saturday
Opinion | The CFPB Once Defended Consumers. Thanks To Trump, It Now Helps Companies Prey On Them Instead. - The Washington Post
In the midst of all our crises, Kathy Kraninger’s inept management of the CFPB seemingly barely merits a moment of attention. But it should.
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Supreme Court Stop 1 Million Floridians From Voting
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The justices refused to halt Florida’s poll tax on ex-felons—and didn’t bother explaining why.
news.nike.com Jul 30, 2020, Thursday
Michael Jordan And Jordan Brand Announce Initial Partners For $100 Million, 10-Year Commitment - Nike News
Addressing systemic racism in America requires urgent action and long-term engagement — Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand are committed to both.
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ProPublica Publishing Thousands Of Police Discipline Records That New York Kept Secret For Decades
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ProPublica obtained these police records from New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board. NYPD unions are suing to halt the city from making the data public.
projects.propublica.org Jul 26, 2020, Sunday
The NYPD Files: Search Thousands Of Civilian Complaints Against New York City Police Officers - ProPublica
After New York state repealed a law that kept NYPD disciplinary records secret, ProPublica obtained data from the civilian board that investigates complaints about police behavior. Use this database to search thousands of allegations.
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Gunman Dressed As FedEx Driver Kills Son, Wounds Husband Of New Jersey Federal Judge Esther Salas
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A gunman reportedly entered the North Brunswick home of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas, fatally shooting her 20-year-old son and critically wounding her husband.
theatlantic.com Jul 21, 2020, Tuesday
Judge Salas Shooting Suspect Left Pro-Trump Paper Trail - The Atlantic
In a trove of documents published online, Roy Den Hollander directed misogynistic and racist insults at U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas, and expressed support for the president.
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The Voting Rights Advancement Act Of 2019 To restore key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
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U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced legislation today to help address the most egregious forms of recent voter suppression by developing a process to determine which states and localities with a recent history of voting rights violation...
motherjones.com Jul 18, 2020, Saturday
They Praise John Lewis But Hate Black Voting Rights And Black Lives Matter – Mother Jones
What do they think he fought for?
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Justice Ginsburg Says Cancer Has Returned, But Won't Retire
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Friday she is receiving chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer, but has no plans to retire from the Supreme Court. The 87-year-old...
latimes.com Jul 18, 2020, Saturday
What would McConnell do if Ginsburg's seat became vacant? - Los Angeles Times
After what he did to Merrick Garland, Mitch McConnell’s hypocrisy would be on full display if Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.