Trump Wants Clean Water Rule Gone. Now Comes The Hard Part.

April 21, 2017

The president is trying to make good on that pledge. Nearly two months ago, Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to review and reconsider the Obama-era regulation that was widely celebrated by environmentalists and panned by industry groups and politicians in some states. The Supreme Court this month denied the administrations request to delay a case intended to sort out which court should handle litigation over the …

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Arkansas Court Blocks Executions Of 2 Prisoners As State Pushes Ahead With ‘Conveyor Belt’ Lethal Injections

April 18, 2017

The Arkansas Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision on Monday, granted stays of execution for Bruce Ward and Don Davis. Both had been scheduled to die Monday, the first of what critics call the statesconveyor beltplan for multiple executions. State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said she would immediately appeal. Later, Rutledges office said she wouldnt appeal Wards stay at this time. In Mondays ruling, the U.S.Eight Circuit Court of Appeals said the five inmates had ample time already to …

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47,155 arrests: Turkey’s post-coup crackdown by the numbers

April 15, 2017

… force had been arrested. That number has since grown more than ten-fold. THE MILITARY Turkish authorities claim that an estimated 1.5% of the army were involved in the coup attempt. Thousands have been arrested, which has left the military dangerously understaffed, according to a senior officer in the Turkish military. THE JUDICIARY Just three days after the attempted coup, 200 top Turkish court officials, including members of the Supreme Court, had been taken into custody …

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CNN 10 – April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

… broke international law and that they would, quote, “response strongly” to any aggression Syria. The U.S. missiles were fired from U.S. warships in the Eastern Mediterranean. And in response and in apparent show of force, Russia has moved a warship to a port in western Syria. The Middle Eastern nation has continued operations at the damage airbase. In the U.S. capitol, Neil Gorsuch is set to sworn in today as the 113th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed him on …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… for her leadership, such an election would be doubly so. But there is another significant Holyrood vote on the horizon – on the UK government’s so-called “Great Repeal Bill” as part of the Brexit process. The UK government has already confirmed that the Scottish Parliament’s consent should be sought for that legislation. Given the pro-independence majority, Holyrood could quite easily withhold that consent. And while the Supreme Court has noted that the Scottish …

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What is Neil Gorsuch’s religion? It’s complicated

March 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNN)Earlier this month, the Trump administration summoned two dozen religious leaders to a private meeting. The mission: to rally support for Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. According to several participants, White House staffers emphasized Gorsuch’s robust defense of religious rights as a judge on the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals. In one prominent decision, Gorsuch argued that the government should rarely, if ever, coerce the consciences of believers. …

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Trump rails against court ruling blocking travel ban

March 16, 2017

Nashville (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday decried a federal judge’s decision to block the travel ban he enacted via a revised executive order as a politically motivated decision that makes the US look “weak” and vowed to take his case to the Supreme Court if necessary. “The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge and should have never been blocked to start with,” Trump said during a rally in …

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