Editorial: The Supreme Court just fired a shot at how Illinois handles delinquent property taxes
The conservative wing objected to the dismissal of property rights. The liberals focused on egregious fines. But despite their different reasonings, the members of the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found in favor of a woman who got nothing when the government seized her condo because of $2,300 worth of unpaid property taxes and pocketed all ...Read more
FBI Director to face contempt of Congress hearing in escalating Biden probe
WASHINGTON — A House committee plans to vote on a contempt of Congress resolution against FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday, escalating a Republican-led inquiry into President Joe Biden’s actions as vice president.
The dramatic move comes as Comer asserts Wray is refusing to fully comply with a subpoena to turn over an unclassified...Read more
Trump subpoenaed for document cited in taped Bedminster meeting, report says
Former President Donald Trump was reportedly hit with a subpoena for a classified document said to describe a potential U.S. plan to attack Iran — with his lawyers telling the feds they couldn’t find any such document.
The previously unknown subpoena was served in recent months, CNN reported Friday, as special counsel Jack Smith probes an ...Read more
How Colorado Democrats say they'll unseat Lauren Boebert in Colorado's 3rd district
DENVER — U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert’s seat in Colorado’s sprawling 3rd Congressional District is vulnerable, Democratic officials say, and they’re launching a 17-month campaign to replace the far-right congresswoman.
Colorado Democratic Party Chair Shad Murib announced the organization’s 546 Project Monday morning. The project takes its...Read more
FBI Director to Face Contempt of Congress Hearing in Escalating Biden Probe
WASHINGTON — House Republicans plan to hold a contempt of Congress hearing against FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday, escalating a probe into President Joe Biden’s actions as vice president.
The dramatic move comes after Wray’s refusal to comply with a subpoena for unclassified FBI-held document or documents that, Republicans say...Read more
Denver woman challenges longstanding Colorado law requiring anti-abortion activists to give patients space at clinics
DENVER — A Denver woman is mounting a new legal challenge to a longstanding Colorado law that prohibits anti-abortion activists from approaching within eight feet of people outside abortion clinics.
The law was crafted in 1993 by Colorado lawmakers to curb so-called “sidewalk counseling” — last-minute, one-on-one appeals by protesters ...Read more
Supreme Court will decide whether T-shirt mocking Trump as 'too small' can be trademarked
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday that it will decide whether former President Trump can be mocked as "too small" on a trademarked T-shirt. Usually, the trademark law does not allow for using someone's name over his objection.
But in this instance, a federal appeals court said California lawyer Steve Elster had a free speech right ...Read more
Trump lawyers meet with DOJ officials in records probe
Donald Trump’s legal team met with officials at the U.S. Justice Department to discuss the investigation into classified documents that were found at the former president’s Florida estate, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Trump attorneys James Trusty, John Rowley, and Lindsey Halligan were seen leaving the building on Monday,...Read more
Supreme Court will decide whether T-shirt mocking Trump as 'too small' can be trademarked
The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether former President Trump can be mocked as "too small" on a trademarked T-shirt. Usually, the trademark law does not allow for using someone's name over his objection.
But in this instance, a federal appeals court said California lawyer Steve Elster had a free speech right to mock Trump as "too ...Read more
Republican prosecutor declined to pursue cases similar to those brought by DeSantis' election police
A Republican state attorney last May declined to prosecute six voter fraud cases that involved circumstances strikingly similar to the cases later brought against 20 ex-felons by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ election police unit and statewide prosecutors.
The office of State Attorney Bill Gladson, whose district includes The Villages and five ...Read more
Baseless anti-trans claims fuel adoption of harmful laws – two criminologists explain
It has been seven years since North Carolina made headlines for enacting a “bathroom bill” – legislation intended to prevent transgender people from using restrooms that align with their gender identity.
After boycotts threatened to cost the state more than US$3.7 billion, legislators repealed the law in 2017. Since then, ...Read more
Sudan’s war is wrecking a lot, including its central bank – a legacy of trailblazing African American economist and banker Andrew Brimmer
The war in Sudan between two rival generals for control of the country is devastating in so many ways. Hundreds of civilians have been killed, thousands injured and more than 1 million people are now homeless. The fighting is even wreaking havoc on the country’s central bank.
In late April 2023, a video surfaced of a branch of the ...Read more
Commentary: Biden's foreign policy unnecessarily drives China and Russia together in opposition
Joe Biden had much experience in foreign policy before being elected president, but he is certainly no Richard Nixon. Although Nixon had to resign because of domestic corruption linked to the U.S. war in Southeast Asia, he was masterful in driving a wedge between the two communist great powers—Maoist China and the Soviet Union—to achieve ...Read more
Commentary: The DOJ's classified documents case was already dire for Trump. Now it looks even worse
We continue to receive intriguing but incomplete reports about what special counsel Jack Smith was doing a few weeks ago. And while they concern the details of an already obviously powerful case of obstruction and other charges against Donald Trump in the federal classified documents case, they underscore the impression that the case Smith is ...Read more
Commentary: Employers can now sue unions over strikes. Here's how that will intimidate workers
The Supreme Court dealt a serious blow on Thursday to a core protection of workers, the right to strike. The court held that unions can be sued for the “foreseeable” damages their strikes cause employers — a sweeping threat to the federally protected right, because virtually all strikes (and employer lockouts) pose a “foreseeable” ...Read more
Tussle in Texas over how elections are run could spread to other states
A move by Texas Republicans to abolish the position of Harris County elections administrator and hand new oversight powers to the governor-appointed secretary of state could provide a blueprint for GOP leaders in other states who want to tilt elections in their favor, Democratic lawmakers and independent election experts say.
Republican ...Read more
One party has governed Mexico's biggest state for a century. It looks as if that is about to change
For nearly a century, one party has governed Mexico's most populous state.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI, dominated political life in Mexico for decades by rigging elections, buying off labor unions and suppressing dissent. Even after its nationwide monopoly was broken in 2000, the party maintained a tight grip on ...Read more
Clarence Thomas' friend refuses latest Senate request to talk about travel he provided justice
WASHINGTON — Harlan Crow, a billionaire Republican donor, has refused a second request by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden to answer questions about gifts and travel he provided to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
The committee doesn’t have authority to make demands about Crow’s friendship with Thomas when other sources ...Read more
Biden signs debt limit deal into law, averting a US default
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed legislation averting a U.S. debt default, sidestepping a catastrophic blow to the economy with a bipartisan victory that defied Washington expectations.
The measure brokered with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy limits federal spending for two years and suspends the debt ceiling through the 2024 election. ...Read more
Biden uses debt limit deal as launch pad for his reelection bid
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is seizing on the debt limit deal he negotiated as an opening argument for reelection, though he faces a tough sell with voters who are skeptical of his performance in office.
The agreement mitigated proposed Republican cuts to anti-poverty benefits, reduced government spending far less than the GOP demanded, ...Read more
- One party has governed Mexico's biggest state for a century. It looks as if that is about to change
- FBI Director to face contempt of Congress hearing in escalating Biden probe
- Baseless anti-trans claims fuel adoption of harmful laws – two criminologists explain
- Biden uses debt limit deal as launch pad for his reelection bid
- How Colorado Democrats say they'll unseat Lauren Boebert in Colorado's 3rd district