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Justices Will Hear Challenges to Mandatory Employee Arbitration

Justices Will Hear Challenges to Mandatory Employee Arbitration | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
Deciding whether companies can use employment contracts to prohibit workers from banding together to take legal action over workplace issues.
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What the Chief Justice Should Have Said

What the Chief Justice Should Have Said | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
In his year-end review, John G. Roberts Jr. should have warned against blocking Supreme Court nominations for partisan advantage.
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The Stolen Supreme Court Seat

The Stolen Supreme Court Seat | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
Senate Republicans’ nine-month blockade of President Obama’s nominee was an outrageous, infuriating stunt. And then it worked.
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Chief Justice Salutes Trial Judges for Tackling ‘Daunting Workload’

Chief Justice Salutes Trial Judges for Tackling ‘Daunting Workload’ | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. noted in his annual report that federal trial judges typically have 500 cases on their docket each year. The Supreme Court issued 62 decisions in its last term.
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Roberts steers clear of controversy, praises district judges in year-end report

Roberts steers clear of controversy, praises district judges in year-end report | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
The chief justice highlights the underappreciated role of federal district judges.
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Immigration cases swamp federal court system

Immigration cases swamp federal court system | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal lawyers forced to go after only the worst offenders
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Trump to inherit more than 100 court vacancies, plans to reshape judiciary

Trump to inherit more than 100 court vacancies, plans to reshape judiciary | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
Obama to leave office with nearly double the number of federal court vacancies Bush left.
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To Combat Trump, Democrats Ready a G.O.P. Tactic: Lawsuits

To Combat Trump, Democrats Ready a G.O.P. Tactic: Lawsuits | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
Republican attorneys general may have set the stage for their Democratic counterparts by using the courts to block parts of President Obama’s agenda.
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Sanctuary Cities Are Safe, Thanks to Conservatives

Sanctuary Cities Are Safe, Thanks to Conservatives | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
Supreme Court precedent makes it unconstitutional to take away federal funding.
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Can Trump cut off funds for sanctuary cities? The Constitution says yes.

Can Trump cut off funds for sanctuary cities? The Constitution says yes. | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
It's legal to cut off funds for cities and universities that protect immigrants.
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Justices Wrestle With Role of Race in Redistricting

Justices Wrestle With Role of Race in Redistricting | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court is trying to solve a constitutional puzzle: how to disentangle race from partisanship when drawing legislative maps.
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The Supreme Court Tackles The Political Riddle Of Race-Based Gerrymandering

The Supreme Court Tackles The Political Riddle Of Race-Based Gerrymandering | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
Every 10 years, after the census is complete, legislators in statehouses across the country embark on a time-honored tradition: remapping the boundaries of thei…
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Poll: 80% Want Justices Who Apply Constitution as Originally Written

Poll: 80% Want Justices Who Apply Constitution as Originally Written | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
(CNSNews.com) -- A new Marist Poll shows that the vast majority of Americans want Supreme Court justice nominees who apply the Constitution as originally written.
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GOP Bill Would Ban Supreme Court From Citing Its Own Obamacare Cases

GOP Bill Would Ban Supreme Court From Citing Its Own Obamacare Cases | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) hates Obamacare so much that he doesn't even want the Supreme Court to cite its own major Obamacare cases in future opinions, according to a bill he introduced Tuesday.

The bill itself list the names of major lawsuits the Affordable Care Act has faced at the Supreme Court and bars them "from citation for the purpose of precedence in all future cases."
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Obama could still force Merrick Garland onto Supreme Court during ‘intersession recess’

Obama could still force Merrick Garland onto Supreme Court during ‘intersession recess’ | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
President Obama will have one last chance to force Judge Merrick Garland onto the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday -- but it's a legal gamble and one that has so many pitfalls that even those who say he could get away with it believe it isn't worth the fight.
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Under Trump, the Federal Courts Will Be Up for Grabs

Under Trump, the Federal Courts Will Be Up for Grabs | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
The incoming president has a substantial opportunity to shift the entire federal judiciary to the right.
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Federal Judge Halts Obamacare Transgender, Abortion-Related Protections Nationwide

Federal Judge Halts Obamacare Transgender, Abortion-Related Protections Nationwide | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
The same federal judge who stopped enforcement of Obama administration's transgender guidance for schools stopped enforcement of
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North Carolina Judge Blocks Attempt To Strip Governor Of Some Powers

North Carolina Judge Blocks Attempt To Strip Governor Of Some Powers | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
The judge temporarily blocked a law removing the State Board of Elections from the governor's control. The Republican-controlled Legislature's action was called a "power grab" by Democrats.
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From Delay To Action: The Supreme Court To Take A Conservative Turn In 2017

From Delay To Action: The Supreme Court To Take A Conservative Turn In 2017 | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell took a big gamble in not advancing the nomination of a centrist judge for the Supreme Court, appointed by President Obama. It's about to pay off — big league.
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Chief Justice Roberts Shuts Down Bid to Force Garland Vote

Chief Justice Roberts Shuts Down Bid to Force Garland Vote | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
A long-shot effort to force U.S. Senate action on the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland failed Monday at the hands of Chief Justice John Roberts
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The Economist explains: What is the Emoluments Clause? | The Economist

The Economist explains: What is the Emoluments Clause? | The Economist | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
DIPLOMATS from various countries have spent the past few weeks booking suites at the Trump International Hotel in Washington in the hope of ingratiating themselves with president-elect Donald Trump.
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Trump’s Deportation Plan Stops Here

Trump’s Deportation Plan Stops Here | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
From the day he announced his campaign and called Mexicans “rapists” through 17 months of promises to erect his big, beautiful wall, Donald Trump made
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More on federalism, the Constitution, and sanctuary cities

More on federalism, the Constitution, and sanctuary cities | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
My response to David Rivkin and Elizabeth Price Foley's argument that the Constitution gives Trump broad power to coerce sanctuary cities.
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Gun Control Advocates Find a Deep-Pocketed Ally in Big Law

Gun Control Advocates Find a Deep-Pocketed Ally in Big Law | Law, Courts and Politics | Scoop.it
Offering free legal services to the gun control groups, law firms say they are hoping to match the resources, coordination and power of the gun lobby.
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