Supreme Court splits on Trump tax cases, potentially shielding returns until after election

Source: Politico The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a split decision on subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s tax returns and financial records, unanimously rejecting his broadest claims of “absolute” immunity in a New York state criminal investigation, but ruling that lower courts did not do enough to scrutinize congressional subpoenas for similar records. The pair of highly-anticipated decisions likely mean more delays and court proceedings on … Continue reading Supreme Court splits on Trump tax cases, potentially shielding returns until after election

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Facebook takes down accounts and pages of Trump ally Roger Stone

Source: Reuters Facebook Inc on Wednesday removed 50 personal and professional pages connected to U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone, who is due to report to prison next week. Facebook moved against Stone on the same day it took down accounts tied to employees of the family of Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro and two other networks connected to domestic political operations in Ecuador and … Continue reading Facebook takes down accounts and pages of Trump ally Roger Stone

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Scientists warn of potential wave of COVID-linked brain damage

Source: Reuters Scientists warned on Wednesday of a potential wave of coronavirus-related brain damage as new evidence suggested COVID-19 can lead to severe neurological complications, including inflammation, psychosis and delirium. A study by researchers at University College London described 43 cases of patients with COVID-19 who suffered either temporary brain dysfunction, strokes, nerve damage or other serious brain effects. “Whether we will see an epidemic on … Continue reading Scientists warn of potential wave of COVID-linked brain damage

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Supreme Court upholds Trump’s limits on birth control coverage

Source: Politico The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Trump administration’s broad rollback of Obamacare rules requiring employers to provide free birth control to women, in a major victory for religious groups allied with President Donald Trump. The Supreme Court, in its 7-2 ruling, sought to resolve a long-running legal battle that previously vexed the justices — how to strike the right balance between ensuring access … Continue reading Supreme Court upholds Trump’s limits on birth control coverage

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Harvard, MIT Sue To Block Trump Administration From Stripping Student Visas Amid Pandemic

Source: The Hill Harvard and MIT filed a lawsuit on Wednesday that seeks to prevent the Trump administration from stripping foreign students of visas if their universities move exclusively to online classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit comes after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Monday that international students whose courses move entirely online would be required to depart the country, rescinding a previous … Continue reading Harvard, MIT Sue To Block Trump Administration From Stripping Student Visas Amid Pandemic

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Trump administration formally withdraws US from WHO

Source: The Hill The White House has officially withdrawn the United States from the World Health Organization (WHO), a senior administration official confirmed Tuesday, breaking ties with a global public health body in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. withdrawal is effective as of Monday and has been submitted to the United Nations secretary-general, the official said Tuesday. Full Story @ The Hill Continue reading Trump administration formally withdraws US from WHO

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Cell Phone Robocall Ban Ahead Of 2020 Election

Source: UPI The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decades-old ruling banning robocalls from cell phones and expanded restrictions to prohibit robocallers from attempting to collect government-backed debts. As the 2020 federal election looms, political consultants, pollsters and non-profits challenged the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act banning automated calls as unconstitutional under the First Amendment. A loophole passed in 2015 by the U.S. Congress previously … Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Cell Phone Robocall Ban Ahead Of 2020 Election

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States can punish ‘faithless’ electors, Supreme Court rules

Source: Politico The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that states are free to remove and punish presidential electors who break with their pledges to support designated candidates. Advocates for so-called faithless electors argued that the Constitution’s silence on the issue should prevent states from being able to fine or swap out electors who stray from the winner of the statewide popular vote, but the justices ruled … Continue reading States can punish ‘faithless’ electors, Supreme Court rules

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US surpasses record 55,000 new cases of coronavirus

Source: Reuters The United States reported more than 55,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the largest daily increase any country has ever reported, according to a Reuters tally. Just two weeks ago, the United States was reporting about 22,000 new cases a day. Florida reported the biggest increase of any state so far on Thursday, recording over 10,000 new cases in a single day. With 21 … Continue reading US surpasses record 55,000 new cases of coronavirus

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Putin wins right to extend his rule until 2036 in landslide vote

Source: Politico Russians voted by a landslide to pass constitutional changes that will allow Vladimir Putin to run for president twice more, potentially extending his rule until 2036. The amendments will “Reset” the two-term presidential limit to zero, allowing Putin to run for another two six-year, consecutive mandates after his current term ends in 2024. Putin has said he is yet to decide whether he would … Continue reading Putin wins right to extend his rule until 2036 in landslide vote

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Trump: Black Lives Matter is a ‘symbol of hate’

Source: Politico President Donald Trump on Wednesday called New York City’s decision to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Fifth Avenue a “symbol of hate,” rebuking his home town’s embrace of a rallying cry that has stirred nationwide protests against racism. “The only symbol of hate is President Trump. This is just his latest attempt to brazenly push hate and try to divert our attention from the … Continue reading Trump: Black Lives Matter is a ‘symbol of hate’

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U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Likely Higher Than Reported, Study Shows

Source: Reuters The number of Americans who died from COVID-19 in March through May was likely significantly higher than the official U.S. count due in part to state-level reporting discrepancies, according to a study published on Wednesday. The overall number of U.S. deaths for any cause tallied by the National Center for Health Statistics during March, April and May was 781,000, or 122,300 more than the … Continue reading U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Likely Higher Than Reported, Study Shows

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Poll: Trump job approval dips as coronavirus fears rise

Source: Politico Disapproval of the job Donald Trump is doing as president is continuing to rise, with nearly 6 in 10 voters giving the president negative marks amid a new coronavirus surge throughout parts of the country, according to a new poll. The latest POLITICO/Morning Consult survey, out Wednesday, found that Trump’s job approval sank to 39 percent, with 59 percent of voters disapproving. At the beginning … Continue reading Poll: Trump job approval dips as coronavirus fears rise

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Judge blocks release of book by Trump’s niece

Source: Politico A New York state judge has issued a temporary restraining order against a book President Donald Trump’s niece Mary intended to publish next month offering an unflattering account of her relationship with the president, his father Fred and other family members. Poughkeepsie-based Judge Hal Greenwald issued the order Tuesday at the request of President Trump’s brother Robert, who claims the book violates a non-disclosure … Continue reading Judge blocks release of book by Trump’s niece

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U.S. nears 2.7 million total COVID-19 cases, 130,000 deaths

Source: UPI COVID-19 has killed nearly 130,000 people in the United States since the start of the pandemic, which includes a total caseload of almost 2.7 million, updated figures showed Tuesday. According to Johns Hopkins University, 2.682 million cases have been reported in the United States over the last four months. The death toll is listed at just over 129,500. The United States has, by far, the most reported … Continue reading U.S. nears 2.7 million total COVID-19 cases, 130,000 deaths

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