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Wis. transgender boy who won right to run for prom king, wins right to use boys' bathroom - for the time being 22.9.2016 Washington Post
Wis. transgender boy who won right to run for prom king, wins right to use boys' bathroom - for the time being
WHY IT MATTERS: Executive Authority 22.9.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- THE ISSUE: "Your Majesty" isn't in the American political lexicon. But when a president sets a major policy by edict, skirting Congress, it invariably sets off a debate that traces back to the time of kings and queens - and the Founding Fathers who rejected the authority of the crown....
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California Supreme Court votes to review a libel case over negative Yelp reviews 22.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The California Supreme Court accepted Yelp's appeal of a decision ordering it to strip the Internet of comments posted about a San Francisco law firm. 

The law firm owner, Dawn Hassell, sued Ava Bird, the woman who allegedly posted the reviews--a disgruntled former client --and lower courts agreed...

California Supreme Court will decide: Can court order Yelp to take down defendant’s post, though Yelp wasn’t even a party to the lawsuit? 22.9.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
California Supreme Court will decide: Can court order Yelp to take down defendant’s post, though Yelp wasn’t even a party to the lawsuit?
Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 220: Nine days and counting to fund the government 22.9.2016 Daily Kos
It's Wednesday, September 21, and Day 220 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 189 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy.  The Senate was supposed to be dealing with government funding today, as there are now just nine days left before the end of the fiscal year and government funding. They voted Tuesday evening to advance the bill, even though it hasn't been seen by anybody yet. They are considering a "shell bill" which will eventually—hopefully within the next eight days!—include all the funding stuff that it has to include for the lights to stay on, plus maybe finally doing something about Zika and Flint, Michigan. Republicans are also fighting for a bunch of other unnecessary political crap. The holdup appears to be over various add-ons Republicans want, although the status of those items in the ongoing talks was not immediately clear. One rider ...
House passes bill to block high-cost regulations under litigation 22.9.2016 The Hill
All rules with an economic impact of more than $1 billion annually would be blocked for at least 60 days.
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Next president could face a 50-50 Senate 22.9.2016 Politico
Any one senator — from Elizabeth Warren on the left to Ted Cruz on the right — might be empowered to block cabinet nominations.
Hearings are coming: How to restore the lost confirmation 22.9.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Hearings are coming: How to restore the lost confirmation
California Supreme Court to hear Yelp free-speech case 22.9.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed on Wednesday to hear a lower-court case that some Internet companies say has the potential to chill free speech online. The judge ordered Yelp to remove the reviews in a decision that was upheld by a second judge and a state appeals court. [...] Yelp, as well as a who’s who of Internet companies, said the case would create a dangerous precedent, opening a pathway for people or companies to gut online content they find distasteful. Aaron Schur, Yelp’s senior director of litigation, said in a statement that the San Francisco reviews site is happy the high court will hear the case: “We look forward to making our full arguments to the Court and explaining how the lower court's decision is ripe for abuse, contradicts long-standing legal principles, and restricts the ability of websites to provide a balanced spectrum of views online.” Since Bird, the reviewer, did not appear in court, Goldman said that meant the original court only heard one side of the ...
Business and the Roberts court without Scalia 22.9.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Business and the Roberts court without Scalia
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Managing the Cauvery dispute 22.9.2016 Hindu: Home
Judicial intervention often resolves questions that the executive finds too sensitive to handle. By directing the Centre to constitute a Cauvery Management Board within four weeks, the Supreme Court ...
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The Obama administration lacks the authority to pick and choose which religious groups are exempted from the contraceptive mandate 21.9.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The Obama administration lacks the authority to pick and choose which religious groups are exempted from the contraceptive mandate
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A U.S. judge just disclosed how often law enforcement asked to secretly track electronic records 21.9.2016 Washington Post
A U.S. judge just disclosed how often law enforcement asked to secretly track electronic records
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Ajay Shirke re-elected as BCCI Secretary, MSK Prasad appointed chairman of selectors 21.9.2016 New Kerala: World News
Ajay Shirke re-elected as BCCI Secretary, MSK Prasad appointed chairman of selectors
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New selectors need to be in touch with reality to deliver (Column: Just Sport) 21.9.2016 New Kerala: World News
New selectors need to be in touch with reality to deliver (Column: Just Sport)
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Noah Feldman: When the county commission's prayer goes too far 21.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Plenty of local governments open their meetings with a quick, generic prayer from a member of the clergy. But is it different when the lawmakers themselves say “Let us pray” and then supplicate God to open everyone’s heart to the message of Jesus Christ? Does that violate the Constitution? In a significant defeat for religious liberty, a federal appeals court has upheld a continuous practice of sectarian, public prayer by the members of a North Carolina board of county commissioners. The dissent...
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Texas officials keep ignoring the courts on voter ID, and a federal judge is really hacked off now 21.9.2016 Daily Kos
Texas leaders apparently figured they could get away with ignoring federal court rulings about their voting procedures. Ignoring as in violating. For a couple of months now, they’ve been publicizing false claims about the state’s voter ID requirements for the November election. On Tuesday Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos slapped them down hard. She’s indicated anger in previous rulings on voting procedures, but as Ian Millhiser at Think Progress notes , this time “she’s pissed.” Consequently, she dished out some specific instructions about what officials must do immediately.  At some point, you’d think maybe the prospect of a bit of jail time might be used to rattle the teeth of these vote suppressors. But that’s not something in Ramos’ bailiwick. When the Supreme Court made mincemeat out of a key element of the Voting Rights Act back in 2013 in the Shelby ruling, you could almost feel the smiles of Texas officials determined to make it harder for certain cohorts of American citizens to vote. Citizens of ...
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Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 219: Republicans decide to take a hostage or two 21.9.2016 Daily Kos
It's Tuesday, September 20, and Day 219 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 188 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy.  The Senate has a vote today in their ongoing effort to keep government from shutting down in 10 days. The vote was originally scheduled for Monday afternoon, then delayed until 2:15 PM ET on Tuesday, then pushed back again to 5:15 PM ET Tuesday. This is the cloture vote to get agreement to move on to debate to keep the government's lights on. Following the weekly conferences lunches, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a few glimpses into what happened in it to allow that vote to go forward—mostly caving in to hostage-taking on the part of a few of his members. The Senate will probably go into next week because Sen. Rand Paul and a few others are demanding a vote on a resolution disapproving the sale of more than a billion dollars ...
When is it NOT okay for cops to shoot someone? 21.9.2016 Daily Kos
Well, according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, it’s not cool to shoot someone a second or so after you have asked them to comply with an order . That’s what an officer in Tustin in Southern California is finding out now.  Officer Osvaldo Villarreal claims an unarmed suspect named Benny Herrera had a weapon before Villarreal shot and killed Herrera. Villarreal also claims that Herrera “charged” him — or, at least, that Herrera “closed the distance . . . very quickly” — after the officer ordered the suspect to remove his hand from his pocket. Video of the incident disagrees. That video, according to a federal appeals court, “shows that the command and the shots were almost simultaneous, separated by less than a second.” Villareal was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting last year by the Orange County District Attorney’s office: “ … which said in 2013 that the shooting was reasonable and justified because Villarreal fired after Herrera ignored orders to show his hands. A video captured by a ...
'Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power' 21.9.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
'Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power'
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