Separation of Powers: All 53 Republican senators rebuke 5 Democrat senators for threatening the Supreme Court and assaulting judicial independence in gun case
1A Press: The government deciding what is fake news? FEC chairwoman and Defense Department moving in this direction. This is trouble.
Discrimination: Supreme Court is asked to take 3 cases presenting question of whether ‘sex’ in the Civil Rights Act includes sexual orientation and gender identity; do agencies really have that power or should it be left to Congress to decide?
1A: unions fighting Janus mandatory dues decision at the state level; 100 bills to skirt Supreme Court ruling introduced
1A Religion: Peace cross case to figure prominently in suit against New Hampshire VA hospital for Bible display
2A: 4th Circuit rules Charleston church shooting victims can sue U.S. over lapses in vetting gun purchasers
1A Free Press: court restores press pass of punk reporter who swore at President Trump in the Rose Garden
1A Religion: 3rd Circuit rules Pennsylvania House need not give nontheists opportunity to offer the invocation
4A: 11th Circuit becomes 11th court of appeals to uphold nationwide remote-access computer search in child pornography cases; this warrant exceeded magistrate’s authority but officers relied on it in good faith
4A: 1st Circuit upholds search of package believed to contain methamphetamine even though warrant application mistakenly included wrong attachment describing a different package
Discrimination: a church cannot take control of an entire town and discriminate against nonmembers or use the town’s resources to advance the church’s interests (the infamous Warren Jeffs again)
1A: proposed Alaska Bar Association rule to combat discrimination by lawyers threatens free speech and religious liberty
2A: 7th Circuit again upholds Chicago’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
5A Self-Incrimination: panel discusses compelled decryption of smartphones
14A Due Process: a criminal court that depends on fines for a substantial portion of its budget is acting unconstitutionally in not providing a neutral forum
Electoral College: opponents of the National Popular Vote Compact in Colorado gathered enough signatures to place a referendum on the 2020 ballot to repeal enabling state legislation
Federal prosecutor in Ohio files anti-Semitism charges, warns white nationalists they don’t have a constitutional right to have people listen to their garbage, but others do have the right to live and worship in peace
Shame! on the woman who destroyed several U.S. flags in Virginia neighborhoods
Kudos! To Nexstar television for starting the broadcast day on its 171 stations with the National Anthem
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