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Supreme Court Rules for Texas in Redistricting Case

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld Texas’s legislative districting plan by a 5-4 decision against charges that the legislative lines violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) or the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Klukowski: Second Amendment and Due Process Allow NRA-Backed White House Proposal on “Extreme Risk Protection Orders”

The National Rifle Association is right to support President Trump’s call for state-level Emergency Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) – under which a court can take guns in rare situations for just a few days when there is evidence that a person may be on the verge of extreme violence – because such temporary measures are consistent with the original meaning of the Constitution’s Second Amendment and Due Process Clause.

WASHINGTON, DC-JAN 27: President Trump will most likely fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court this year. Many expect him to put forward a conservative justice that will tip the balance of the court. This will particularly be important as conservatives hope to overturn cases such as Roe v. Wade. …

Big Cases Still Waiting for Supreme Court Decisions in 2017

Seventeen cases from this year’s Supreme Court term are still pending, with decisions expected in the next eight days. Religious liberty, the constitutional rights of illegal aliens, and free-speech rights to express messages some people find offensive are several of the high-profile issues raised in the remaining cases.

PROVO, UT - OCTOBER 25: People cast their ballots on electronic voting machines on the first day of early voting at the Provo Recreation Center, on October 25, 2016 in Provo, Utah. Early voting in the 2016 presidential election begins October 25 for Utah residents and is open until November …

DOJ to Oversee ‘Discriminatory’ Texas Town’s Elections for 6 Years

Just before city candidates will begin to sign up for running for office, a federal judge has issued a judgment and injunction prohibiting the City of Pasadena from using what she ruled was an unconstitutional redistricting plan. The municipality will also be placed under federal “preclearance” for six years–requiring Justice Department approval to any changes to election rules.

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Texas City’s Elections Under DOJ Oversight After Hispanic Discrimination Ruling

Pasadena, Texas, will be monitored by the Justice Department now that a federal judge has ruled that the City violated the Voting Rights Act by intentionally changing its city council districts to decrease Hispanic influence. The City, which the court ruled has a “long history of discrimination against minorities,” will have to get permission from the DOJ to make any changes in election policy going forward, otherwise known as pre-clearance.

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Thankful: Texas Defending the Lone Star State Against Federal Overreach

Texans have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday. The Lone Star State has taken President Barack Obama to court over 45 times since he became president in 2009 and have fought for state sovereignty and against federal overreach when he has issued executive orders and federal policies

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Texas Pastors Slam Georgia’s Demand to Review Sermon Notes

HOUSTON, Texas — The head of a national and state pastors organization based in Houston said, “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Georgia’s demand is even worse than when the Mayor of Houston demanded 17 different categories of materials, including sermons, from the seven of us.” The pastors say they are outraged about the State of Georgia asking for copies of a pastor’s sermons in litigation there.

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Clarence Thomas Speech Marks 25th Anniversary on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas offered a rare glimpse Wednesday at the Heritage Foundation into his 25 years of public service on the Court and the life of America’s longest-service African-American justice.

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WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton Says Vetting Refugees Is Impossible

Americans will decide between the sharply contrasting immigration visions of Trump and Clinton—one focusing explicitly on security and America’s interests, the other saying behind closed doors that she believes in “open borders” but does not say so publicly,

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Federal Judge Blocks North Carolina’s HB 2 Bathroom Law

Plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits over North Carolina’s HB 2 (the “bathroom bill”) scored a partial victory Friday when a federal district court made clear it was bound by higher-court precedent to rule for the plaintiffs. But that victory may be short-lived, as the U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide this matter in 2017.

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Texas Voter ID Case Compared to Area 51 Alien Conspiracy

Comparing allegations of racial discrimination to a government cover-up of extraterrestrials at Area 51, prominent federal appeals judges criticized their court’s invalidating of Texas’ voter ID law—a ruling that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton now promises to take to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Constitution Allows Muslim Immigration Ban

While Hillary Clinton and her Democrats are trying to sell Khizr Khan as a constitutional expert, the reality is that the Constitution allows Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigrants from terror-related countries. However, if a liberal justice takes Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court, the ban would be struck down nonetheless.

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U Texas Professors Sue to Block New Campus Carry Law

Three University of Texas professors have filed a request for a temporary injunction in federal court to block Texas’ new campus carry law. They filed the legal action the same day that the law took effect.

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Pair of Bikers in Twin Peaks Shootout Case Push to Recuse Waco D.A.

Bikers who were caught-up in the Twin Peaks arrests in May 2015 have filed motions to recuse the Waco District Attorney. They say they cannot get a fair trial because there is a conflict of interest and have asked for the appointment of an attorney pro tem.

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Lefty AG Blinks: Drops Climate Inquisition Investigation Against ExxonMobil

Only a few months after a coalition of left wing attorneys general and environmentalists commenced an intimidation campaign against ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) for its presumed politically incorrect views on climate change, the effort has begun to stall after the U.S. Virgin Islands dropped its subpoena amid accusations of political bias and civil rights violations.

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Supreme Court: Pennsylvania Chief Justice Cannot Rule on Death Penalty Case

In a 5-3 split decision, last Thursday the Supreme Court held that Chief Justice Ronald Castille of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court cannot be part of deciding a convict’s case because 30 years ago he was one of the prosecutors involved with the original prosecution, creating an “impermissible risk” of bias that would violate due process.

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Eleven States Sue Obama: Transgender Demands Unconstitutional

Eleven states—led by Texas—filed a federal lawsuit today, arguing that the Obama administration’s redefining “sex” to include gender identity—and threatening to sue and strip funding from states and schools that refuse to go along—violates both federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

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Federal Courts Invalidate Virginia and North Carolina Legislative Maps

Election politics and race are back at the Supreme Court this spring, as first one, and now two, states fight to get the justices to reverse lower-court decisions that threw out the legislative district lines adopted by state lawmakers, decisions holding that those maps included gerrymandered districts that violate the law.

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Religious Liberty, Public Corruption

WASHINGTON—Former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R-VA) bribery conviction, as well as the constitutionality of state laws banning money from going to religious schools, have joined the Supreme Court’s docket, as the justices on Friday filled eight spots on their docket for cases to be decided by the time the current year’s term ends in June.

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Trump’s Muslim ‘Ban’ and the Constitution

Every president is sworn to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” so before considering whether Donald Trump’s plan to ban all Muslim immigration into the country is good policy, Americans needs to ask if it’s constitutional.

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Supreme Court Faces Big Cases as 2015 Term Begins

WASHINGTON—Obamacare, religious liberty, Iran, and racial preferences are four of the major issues the justices will confront during the Supreme Court’s annual Term, which begins Monday, Oct. 5. The High Court will decide between 70 and 80 cases over the

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Supreme Court Mistake That Opened the Door to Birthright Citizenship

Advocates of birthright citizenship are finally getting their act together, moving away from commentators who are manifestly clueless on the legal arguments for and against the proposition that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees citizenship to every child born in America, shifting their focus to lawyers and scholars who have seriously studied this issue and can give a serious defense of birthright citizenship—a serious defense that, nonetheless, is wrong.

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History and Law Agree: No Birthright Citizenship

Conservative Republicans have been saying for years that the Constitution only guarantees birthright citizenship to some children born in this country, not to all. In an unlikely turn of events, the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause has emerged from the halls of the law-geeks to come front-and-center in the national dialogue.

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Media Ignores Constitutional Experts Debunking Birthright Citizenship

Myths about birthright citizenship—promoted by liberals, embraced by establishment Republicans, and repeated by mainstream media pundits without critical examination—have been debunked by experts spanning the political spectrum. But none of those people are being given A-list treatment by major media

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Liberal and Establishment Arguments for Birthright Citizenship Fail

Most arguments for birthright citizenship pushed by the political left and many establishment Republicans are baseless. For those who do try to make a legal argument, the strongest one is based upon two Supreme Court precedents, which were wrongly decided and should be overruled.