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Mar 13, 2017

Top NY federal prosecutor says he was fired

Preet Bharara, one of the most high-profile federal prosecutors in the country, said he was fired Saturday after refusing to submit a letter of resignation as part of an ouster of the remaining U.S. attorneys who were holdovers from the Obama administration, according to people familiar with the matter. Bharara’s dismissal was an about-face from […]

Mar 13, 2017

Justice Dept. lays out defense of revised travel ban

The Justice Department on Monday laid out its first significant legal defense of President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, arguing in a court filing that the harms opponents say it causes are “speculative” and that the president was well within his authority to issue the directive. Responding to a lawsuit from the state of Hawaii, […]

Mar 10, 2017

A look at legal issues with Trump’s revised travel ban

SEATTLE — Some of the states that helped derail President Trump’s first travel ban are mounting efforts to block his second one, saying that while the new order applies to fewer people, it’s infected with the same legal problems. Hawaii on Wednesday launched the first lawsuit over the revised order after amending an earlier complaint […]

Mar 10, 2017

Democratic AGs fight Trump travel ban

SEATTLE — In stepping up legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, Democratic attorneys general are trying to use the court system to thwart the executive branch in the same way their GOP counterparts did under President Barack Obama. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday he was asking a federal judge […]

Mar 9, 2017

Ex-aides: Trump has long been worried about recorded calls

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before he tweeted about wiretaps, Donald Trump worried about who was listening in on his calls. As a real estate mogul and reality TV star — well before he alleged on Twitter that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones during the campaign — Trump expressed regular concern that his phone […]

Mar 7, 2017

Money Management: Are animal spirits justified this time?

“Animal Spirits” is the latest buzzword being used to describe the powerful market rally that continues to occur since President Trump was elected on Nov. 8. In fact, the S&P 500 has rallied over 11% since the election. What exactly are animal spirits? Famous economist John Maynard Keynes used the term in his book “The […]

Mar 3, 2017

Analysis: Special prosecutors create as much controversy as they resolve

Lots of investigations, lots of questionable results. That, in a nutshell, sums up the more than 40-year history of the role of special prosecutors, the outside lawyers the U.S. government has on occasion tapped to investigate wrongdoing by one of its own. The pressure is mounting on the Justice Department to appoint such a prosecutor […]

Mar 1, 2017

Legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump’s new travel ban — mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way. The new order is expected to be issued in the coming […]

Mar 1, 2017

Trump gives GOP leaders rallying cry, roadmap for change

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave Republican congressional leaders a rallying cry and even a roadmap as they try to push through a sweeping and divisive agenda on health care, taxes and more. In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Trump said largely what GOP leaders were hoping to hear Tuesday […]

Feb 28, 2017

Commentary: Financial markets love Trump — do they know something the rest of us don’t?

Two very different dynamics are afoot: 1) The stock market’s on a tear, up 11 percent since the election (12 percent including dividend payouts, compared with about 0 over the comparable period before the election). CEOs parade out of meetings with President Trump, gleeful as they promulgate endorsements of the new president, who clearly makes […]

Feb 27, 2017

AP sources: White House to propose boosting defense spending

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House will propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year. President Donald Trump’s proposal for the 2018 budget year, which will be sent […]

Feb 23, 2017

Transgender teen to press Supreme Court case

WASHINGTON — Attorneys for a transgender teen who sued his school board for barring him from the boys’ bathroom said Thursday that they plan to continue to press his case before the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw guidance on transgender students that had buoyed his lawsuit. Lawyers with the American […]

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