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Jan 13, 2020

Trump attacks former official picked to review FBI reforms

WASHINGTON – Taking a cue from a GOP ally, President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked a former senior Justice Department official appointed by a federal judge to review the FBI’s proposed wiretap application reforms in the wake of a critical inspector general report. “You can’t make this up! David Kris, a highly controversial former DOJ […]

Jan 10, 2020

Judge denies Trump effort to stop columnist defamation suit

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has lost a bid to block an advice columnist’s lawsuit over his remarks that she lied in accusing him of rape. In a decision this week, a Manhattan judge declined to order a hearing on Trump’s request to dismiss E. Jean Carroll’s defamation suit and to put evidence-gathering […]

Jan 8, 2020

Trump gets woman’s suit delayed until New York’s top court weighs in

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump got a reprieve Tuesday in a former “Apprentice” contestant’s lawsuit over his response to her sexual assault allegations, when appeals judges gave him permission to appeal to New York’s highest court and put proceedings on hold in the meantime. Trump’s lawyers have been trying to get Summer Zervos’ […]

Jan 3, 2020

Trump’s plan to curb teen vaping exempts some flavors

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials will begin cracking down on most flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-delivery devices. The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will prohibit fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors from small, [&hellip[...]

Dec 31, 2019

Impeachment-related lawsuit by former Trump aide is declared moot

WASHINGTON – A federal judge Monday dismissed a lawsuit involving a former top national security aide to President Donald Trump after House Democrats said last month that they were no longer seeking to force the aide to testify in impeachment proceedings against the president. Charles Kupperman, a deputy to John Bolton when Bolton was Trump’s […]

Dec 24, 2019

Trump is remaking the federal judiciary

WASHINGTON – After three years in office, President Donald Trump has remade the federal judiciary, ensuring a conservative tilt for decades and cementing his legacy no matter the outcome of November’s election. Trump nominees make up 1 in 4 U.S. circuit court judges. Two of his picks sit on the Supreme Court. And this past […]

Dec 23, 2019

Cuomo blocks more judges performing marriages, blames Trump

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor has vetoed a bill to allow out-of-state federal judges to perform marriages over his displeasure with President Trump’s appointments to the federal bench. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Friday veto message said he can’t support a bill that would authorize marriages by more federal judges, including those appointed […]

Dec 20, 2019

Lawsuit says Trump’s green-card rules show preference for ‘the wealthy and the white’

NEW YORK – Organizations critical of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies filed a broad lawsuit Thursday challenging new restrictions for green-card seekers who may need government help to pay for food and health care. The legal challenge amplifies similar litigation protesting the administration’s “public charge” policies. It calls the rules discriminatory, saying they crea[...]

Dec 19, 2019

Trump impeached on charges of abuse of power, obstruction

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors. The historic vote split along party lines Wednesday night, much the way it has divided the nation, over a charge […]

Dec 16, 2019

Justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump’s pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major confrontation between the president and Congress that also could affect the 2020 presidential campaign. Arguments will take place in late March, and the justices are poised to issue decisions […]

Dec 13, 2019

Trump’s hotel in D.C. is at the center of anti-corruption, emoluments lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. – Appeals court judges appeared divided Thursday about whether to take the extraordinary step of dismissing a novel lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors to his hotel in downtown Washington. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit was taking a second look at […]

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk, Thursday, May 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Dec 12, 2019

House asks Supreme Court not to delay access to Trump’s financial records, citing threat to 2020 elections

WASHINGTON – Lawyers for Congress urged the Supreme Court on Wednesday not to delay House committees’ access to President Donald Trump’s financial records, saying the information could be crucial to investigating foreign involvement in American politics and legislative protections for next year’s elections. “Nothing is more urgent than efforts to guard against foreign influence in [&[...]

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