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With Trump Case, SCOTUS Steps 'Into Freshly Fallen Snow'

It will consider whether the 14th Amendment prevents Trump from holding office

(Newser) - Of all the Donald Trump-related court moments of recent months, Thursday's will be among the most consequential, and certainly the most historic. As the New Republic puts it: The Supreme Court is "stepping out into freshly fallen snow." It will be the first time a case about...

Illinois Keeps Trump on the Ballot
Illinois Keeps Trump
on the Ballot

Illinois Keeps Trump on the Ballot

Election board declares it doesn't have the authority to kick him off

(Newser) - Illinois' election board on Tuesday kept former President Trump on the state's primary ballot, a week before the US Supreme Court hears arguments on whether his role in the 2021 attack on the Capitol disqualifies him from the presidency. The board's unanimous ruling comes after its hearing officer,...

Monumental Ruling Puts Supreme Court in Hot Seat

Ruling Puts
Supreme Court
in Hot Seat
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Monumental Ruling Puts Supreme Court in Hot Seat

Trump is widely expected to prevail in ballot challenge, however

(Newser) - The bombshell decision of the Colorado Supreme Court to keep Donald Trump off the 2024 presidential ballot in that state now shifts attention to the US Supreme Court, where an appeal is expected to land quickly. The Colorado court ruled 4-3 that Trump engaged in insurrection and is therefore barred...

Lawsuit Seeks to Keep Trump Off the Ballot
Judge Rejects Taking
Trump Off Colorado Ballot

Judge Rejects Taking Trump Off Colorado Ballot

Ruling says 14th Amendment doesn't apply to the presidency

(Newser) - A judge on Friday decided to keep Donald Trump on Colorado's presidential primary ballot, rejecting the argument that the US Constitution bars anyone from holding office who "engaged in insurrection." District Judge Sarah Wallace ruled that the clause does not apply to the presidential candidates, the AP...

Supreme Court Rejects Attempt to Disqualify Trump

Court refuses to hear appeal in long-shot case filed by little-known GOP candidate

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has rejected a Republican candidate's long-shot bid to have a much better-known candidate disqualified. On the first day of its new term, the court declined to hear an appeal from John Anthony Castro, who sought to disqualify Donald Trump under the 14th Amendment, reports Reuters . Section...

Inside California Dems' Effort to Boot Trump From Ballot

Group asks state attorney general to expedite court ruling on former president's eligibility

(Newser) - Nine Democrats in California are seeking an expedited court ruling that could bar former President Donald Trump from the March 5 presidential primary ballot, claiming he's ineligible to resume office. The lawmakers—who echo conservative law scholars in arguing Trump may have violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment,...

2 Constitutional Scholars Say Trump Ineligible to Run
New Argument Asserts
Trump Is Ineligible to Run
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New Argument Asserts Trump Is Ineligible to Run

Law review article cites a clause in the 14th Amendment about supporting an insurrection

(Newser) - Former President Trump is miles and miles ahead of his Republican competitors. But if an upcoming law review article is correct, the former president shouldn't even be running in the first place. The argument that Trump is constitutionally ineligible is being made by conservative scholars William Baude of the...

It's Time to Push Back Against the 'Inhumanity' in Our Prisons
Don't Ignore the Suffering
in America's Prisons

Don't Ignore the Suffering in America's Prisons

Writing for 'Philly Inquirer,' Cheryl Smith slams 'soul-chilling inhumanity' toward incarcerated

(Newser) - The Eighth and 14th Amendments are meant to prevent cruel and unusual punishment, as well as discrimination and unequal treatment—including for the incarcerated. But that's not what's being applied in America's prisons, Cheryl Smith writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer , where she lays out the "soul-chilling...

Should We Relax on Gay Rights? 'Yes—and No'
Should We Relax on
Gay Rights? 'Yes—and No'

Should We Relax on Gay Rights? 'Yes—and No'

Ruth Marcus warns why we shouldn't dismiss Thomas' seemingly outlier push on nixing other precedents

(Newser) - Attached to the Supreme Court's majority opinion in overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday was a solo concurring opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas that suggested he'd like to also reconsider cases involving contraception, same-sex marriage, and other private sexual conduct. The pundit consensus has since deemed the chances...

Trump Wrangles With the 14th Amendment on Twitter
Trump Gives His Read of the
14th Amendment on Twitter
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Trump Gives His Read of the 14th Amendment on Twitter

He zeroes in on 5 key words

(Newser) - Whether President Trump can end birthright citizenship with an executive order comes down to one's reading of the 14th Amendment. As NPR explains in a fact-check piece, a "small but vocal group of conservative legal scholars" have zeroed in on five crucial words, bolded here: "All persons...

Suit: I Sat in Waste During 18 Days in Prison Transport Van

Edward Kovari says his extradition from Va. to Texas was a horrendous one

(Newser) - It's bad enough to be detained for a crime you didn't commit; it's worse when that detention leads to nearly three weeks in the back of a van, deprived of a bathroom. The Washington Post reports a Virginia man is suing for just that, saying he was...

GOP Rep Accused of White Nationalism After Tweet

Steve King praises far-right Dutch pol, rails against 'somebody else's babies'

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Steve King, who recently courted controversy by trying to keep Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill , found himself at the center of new outrage Sunday when he brought Twitter "to a screeching halt" with what the BBC calls an "inflammatory" post complimenting far-right Dutch politician Geert...

Biloxi Running 'Debtors Prison From the Dark Ages': ACLU

Class-action lawsuit says Miss. city is shaking down poverty-stricken residents

(Newser) - Debtors prisons are supposedly a thing of the distant past —except in Biloxi, Miss. That's according to a class-action lawsuit filed against the city, its police department, the courts, and a private probation company, alleging these agencies have conspired to threaten poor residents into paying up to avoid...

Children of Illegal Immigrants Hurt by Texas Ruling

Judge says Texas can keep denying birth certificates to US-born kids

(Newser) - The 14th Amendment of the Constitution grants citizenship to any person born in the US regardless of the immigration status of their parents. That didn't stop a federal judge from ruling Friday that Texas officials can continue denying birth certificates to the children of illegal immigrants, the Los Angeles ...

Lawsuit: New Orleans Runs Modern 'Debtors' Prison'

System targeting poor is 'illegal, unconstitutional, and unjust': complaint

(Newser) - Six plaintiffs filed a federal class-action lawsuit yesterday against Louisiana's Orleans Parish for instituting what amounts to an "illegal, unconstitutional, and unjust modern debtors' prison" for people who fail to pay court fines over what are often minor offenses, the New Orleans Advocate reports. The complaint alleges individuals...

Why Trump's Birthright Citizenship Plan Matters

It's starting one of the most substantive political debates yet

(Newser) - One of the most talked about election topics at the moment is Donald Trump's proposal to end birthright citizenship for immigrants—the notion that anyone born in the US automatically becomes a citizen. "I don't think they have American citizenship," he told Bill O'Reilly on...

Judge Strikes Down Virginia's Gay Marriage Ban

Ban violates 14th Amendment, she rules

(Newser) - America has "arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect," said a federal judge yesterday as she struck down Virginia's ban on gay marriage. The judge, who decided the ban violated the 14th Amendment's equal protection...

Obama: Gay Marriage Bans 'Probably' Unconstitutional

President says debt sustainable for next 10 years

(Newser) - It looks like President Obama's views on gay marriage are continuing to " evolve ." When he first expressed his support for gay marriage last May, Obama also said he thought it was a state issue (a position he's since reaffirmed ). Now, however, the president is saying...

Behold US' Most Ridiculous Anti-Immigration Policy

Florida's tuition rule is immoral, unconstitutional: Linda Greenhouse

(Newser) - Move over Arizona and Alabama, because Florida, the home of nearly a million Cuban refugees and their descendants, “has come up with perhaps the most bizarre and pointless anti-immigration policy of all,” writes Linda Greenhouse in the New York Times . The state’s Board of Education has quietly...

Democrats to Obama: Use the 14th Amendment

Leaders in the House say he shouldn't rule it out

(Newser) - Desperate times: Some high-ranking Democrats say President Obama should invoke the 14th Amendment and raise the debt ceiling on his own. James Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, made the pitch to the Democratic Caucus this morning, reports the Hill . By doing so, Obama would bring "needed stability to our...

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