by on December 26, 2017
On Thursday, a federal judge dismissed a foreign emoluments lawsuit against President Donald J. Trump alleging that he violated the Constitution through his businesses because of a lack of standing, and said that this should be resolved by Congress. “We would likely be living in a different world if elected officials were legally bound to carry out the political promises they made prior to taking office,” wrote Judge George B. Daniels of the United States District Court in Manhattan wrote in ...
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by on January 6, 2018
US President Donald Trump (L) listens with US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen during a meeting with Republican Members of the Senate about immigration at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 4, 2018.  World leaders who use Twitter help foster “necessary discussion,” the social media platform said in an apparent defense of President Trump’s tweets. The calls for Twitter to block Trump from its service were renewed on Tuesday after the president boasted his “nucl...
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by on February 27, 2018
President Donald Trump and Boeing have struck a deal over the development of two new Air Force One planes at a price tag of $3.9 billion, the White House and Boeing said Tuesday, and the President has asked for the planes to be ready by 2021. Trump met with Boeing executives last Tuesday in the White House to finalize the deal. Two officials said the President asked for the new plane to be done by 2021, the beginning of what would be a second term, which is three years sooner than the ...
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by on January 16, 2018
BOOK A NIGHT at LAX’s Residence Inn and you may be fortunate enough to meet an employee named Wally. His gig is relatively pedestrian—bring you room service, navigate around the hotel's clientele in the lobby and halls—but Wally’s life is far more difficult than it seems. If you put a tray out in front of your door, for instance, he can’t get to you. If a cart is blocking the hall, he can’t push it out of the way. But fortunately for Wally, whenever he gets into a spot of trouble, he can cal...
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by on April 11, 2018
In cities like Jacksonville and St. Louis, maps of mortgage approvals and home values in black neighborhoods look the same as they did decades ago, before the passage of the landmark fair housing law. “Sue the bastards.” That was the slogan adopted by the National Neighbors advocacy campaign for fair housing in 1970, two years after Congress passed the Fair Housing Act. At long last, black home buyers and renters were able to seek and find justice in the courts, in part because it was ...
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by on February 5, 2018
The CMS has granted Indiana's Medicaid waiver that imposes work requirements and premiums on its beneficiaries.  The waiver continues the state's Medicaid expansion, known as the Healthy Indiana 2.0 plan. Under the program, beneficiaries pay premium contributions, have health savings accounts, get incentives for healthy behaviors and can be locked out of benefits if they don't pay premiums. CMS Administrator Seema Verma had recused herself from weighing in on any decisions involving th...
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by on January 29, 2018
Ravi Ragbir (c.) is pictured with hundreds of supporters as he arrives for his annual check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in March 2017 A federal judge ordered immigration activist Ravi Ragbir be released from custody on Monday, granting him a temporary reprieve from deportation to his native Trinidad and Tobago. In a seven-page decision, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Katherine Forrest wrote that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had violated Ragbir’s rights to d...
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by on May 31, 2018
If you want help from the president, it helps to be famous, to know him personally or to accuse the government of executing a high-profile witch hunt against you. A Trump pardon pattern has emerged. When it comes to pardons from this populist president, the little guy need not apply — at least, not yet. If you want President Donald Trump to offer that relief, it helps to be famous, to know him personally or to accuse the government of executing a high-profile witch hunt against you....
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by on July 11, 2018
There's big business at New York's federal courts in suing companies whose websites are unusable by the blind. Over the years, Manhattan attorney Jeffrey Gottlieb reckons he has brought more than 100 lawsuits against companies that haven't made their websites usable by the blind. Although federal law prohibits plaintiffs from collecting large amounts of damages, the cases are so irksome to the business community that Congress is asking the Trump administration to crack down on them. "T...
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by on April 16, 2018
Coachella turns into Beychella. Beyoncé proved why she is the world’s greatest entertainer on Saturday (April 14) with a history-making performance on Day 2 of Coachella. After postponing last year’s performance due to her pregnancy, Queen Bey slayed with a spectacular 105-minute set, complete with a marching band, outfit changes, and fireworks. Backed by an army of 100 dancers and band members, she kicked off the homecoming-themed performance with a pep rally. After entering in a regal B...
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by on February 8, 2018
Potentially competitive primaries and general elections are raking in donations. A glass jar for coin donations Like squirrels stockpiling nuts for the winter, Congressional incumbents and challengers alike gathered campaign contributions at the end of 2017 in anticipation of the looming Election Day in 2018. The Federal Elections Commission recently published the campaign filing reports for the final quarter of 2017, from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, revealing the financial outlook for candid...
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by on January 2, 2018
Voice-activated smart devices can be used for alerts, alarms and web searches – but what about reporting crime? It may seem far-fetched, but one police force believes it's possible. Popular products such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home – now a fixture in households around the world – will soon be used to access real-time crime warnings and breaking news alerts, according to Rob Flanagan, an innovation chief at Lancashire Police. In a speech at a College of Policing conference, first...
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