Big govt, Courts, Politics

SCOTUS Drops Political Gerrymandering Case

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to decline imposing legal limits on how lawmakers draw electoral districts, dismissing challenges brought by Democrats in North Carolina and Republicans in Maryland. “The high court said partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions that federal courts cannot decide,” reported The Wall Street Journal. The ruling comes ahead of the 2020 census that will require the redrawing of district maps to account for population shifts and could be even more gerrymandered with the ruling no longer pending. This is a major development, as Democrats hope to stop the GOP from drawing districts to favor the 2020 election. We expect this decision to have long-term ripple effects.

Here’s more from Wall Street Journal…

Federal judges have no authority to correct partisan gerrymandering, the Supreme Court said Thursday in a 5-to-4 decision that allows politicians to keep drawing electoral districts that entrench their power unless state law—or future congressional legislation—keeps them from doing so.

The decision by the court’s conservatives majority overruled lower courts and rejected two constitutional challenges partisan district mapmaking, one brought by Democrats North Carolina and another bye Republicans in Maryland.

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Courts, Immigration, Politics

Judge Trumps Pelosi’s Border Wall Stall

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden rejected Nancy Pelosi’s Left-wing scheme to leave America’s borders wide open, ruling that the House of Representatives does not even have the standing to block the Trump administration from reallocating Defense Department funds for border wall construction. “While the Constitution bestows upon members of the House many powers, it does not grant them standing to haul the executive branch into court claiming a dilution of Congress’s legislative authority,” McFadden explained. Ignoring the national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, Pelosi and her gaggle of low-IQ colleagues attempted to challenge the allocations as harming Congress’ constitutional power of the purse.

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Monday ruled against House Democrats who tried to block the Trump administration from reallocating Defense Department funds for a border wall.

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden said the House of Representatives does not have standing to bring the challenge, calling it a political fight between two branches.

“While the Constitution bestows upon members of the House many powers, it does not grant them standing to hale the executive branch into court claiming a dilution of Congress’s legislative authority,” McFadden’s decision reads.

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McConnell Vows to Fill SCOTUS Vacancy in 2020

The Left is foaming at the mouth after Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) vow to fill any Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 if given the chance. McConnell’s unequivocal, “Uh, we’d fill it” has now triggered accusations of a double standard given his refusal to do so when Barack Obama was facing reelection. “We’ve known all along how hypocritical the @senatemajldr is,” said 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro. “But his shamlessness at stealing a Supreme Court seat is appalling.” But this is McConnell, so we’ll see if he can stick to his guns. Nevertheless, we’d love to see him quote Obama, “I won.”

Here’s more from Fox News…

Democrats are livid after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stated that Republicans would confirm a new Supreme Court justice in 2020 if given the chance, despite refusing to do so when Barack Obama was president during the last presidential election.

McConnell made the comments during a speech in his home state Tuesday afternoon. Asked what Republicans would do if there was a vacancy on the court in 2020, he replied, “Uh, we’d fill it.” In 2016, McConnell and his fellow Republicans chose not to vote on Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, claiming that the next president should get to make that decision.

As a result, President Trump later successfully nominated the conservative Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Garland is widely considered more centrist.

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Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Whistleblower Blows Whistle Again

Christopher Sign-the reporter who broke the headline about then U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch meeting with former president Bill Clinton on the Phoenix tarmac in 2016-still believes that the encounter was not about discussing golf and grandchildren. Recalling the pinnacle of the FBI investigation into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s secret server, Sign says he has yet to find a corroborating witness that Bill even touched a golf course during that trip. “To this day, I have never found a single person who claims or corroborates any story that Bill Clinton played golf on this particular trip,” Sign reported. It’s yet another step toward piecing together the real story behind the DOJ/DOS collaboration to exonerate Hillary.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The journalist who broke the story about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton on a hot summer’s day in 2016 doubts the former president’s claim that he played golf while in Phoenix.

That chance encounter on June 27, 2016, led to a firestorm of criticism, as it took place during the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of an unauthorized email server and the presidential election in which she was the Democratic candidate. Lynch and Bill Clinton claim his wife’s emails were never discussed. Both say Clinton brought up golf, while Lynch said Clinton told her he had played golf during that particular trip to Arizona.

“To this day I have never found a single person who claims or corroborates any story that Bill Clinton played golf on this particular trip,” Christopher Sign, who was a morning anchor at ABC15 when he broke the story, told RealClearInvestigations.

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GOP Senators Demand “Highly Classified” Clinton Memo

Three Republican senators-all committee chairmen-are turning up the heat on Attorney General Bill Barr to reveal “highly classified information” that the FBI refused to pursue as part of the Hillary Clinton secret server investigation. The FBI memo from May 2016 says that the information is “necessary” to complete the investigation…but the FBI declined to investigate before former FBI Director James Comey closed the investigation in July 2016. According to a letter sent by Senators Lindsey Graham (SC), Chuck Grassley (IA), and Ron Johnson (WI), the IG’s finding “raises significant issues associated with the FBI’s failure to review certain highly classified information in support of its Midyear investigation.” The house of cards continues to crumble for the Deep State.

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

The Republican chairmen of three Senate committees are pressing Attorney General William Barr for details about “highly classified information” that the FBI declined to investigate as part of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

The FBI drafted a memo in May 2016 saying that the information was “necessary” to complete the investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information on her private email server, according to the Republicans.

But as the Justice Department inspector general found in a report released last year, the FBI declined to take up the matter before closing the Clinton investigation in July 2016.

The trio of senators want to know why.

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Ex-Obama Lawyer Caught in Mueller Dragnet

Former Obama White House lawyer Greg Craig is expected to be indicted for failure to disclose his work in 2012 for the Russia-backed president of Ukraine. The Wall Street Journal reported, “The people familiar with the situation say they believe Mr. Craig will be charged with making false statements to the Justice Department unit that oversees the activities of foreign agents, though other charges are possible.” The charges stem from findings in the Mueller report and focus on whether or not Craig made false statements to the Justice Department in 2013. Why none of this was reported by the Leftist media during the highest point of the Russia collusion is obvious.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The legal team for former Obama White House lawyer Greg Craig say that they expect Craig to be indicted in the near future on charges related to work that he performed in 2012 for the Russia-aligned government of Ukraine.

“Mr. Craig has refused to accept a plea deal, and the matter could be presented to a grand jury for indictment as soon as Thursday, people familiar with the matter say,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The people familiar with the situation say they believe Mr. Craig will be charged with making false statements to the Justice Department unit that oversees the activities of foreign agents, though other charges are possible.”

The case against the 74-year-old Democrat — who has served in senior legal positions under two Democrat presidents — originated from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

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Senate Republicans Speed Up Judicial Nominations

Senate Republicans aren’t waiting for the Left to play nice when confirming President Trump’s pending judicial nominations. After the Democrats have used delay tactics for months, the Republicans are now poised to change Senate rules to cut the debate time from 30 hours to two hours for district court judges and sub-Cabinet level executive branch nominees. Republicans will be using the “nuclear option” to advance the rules change with a simple majority much like Harry Reid used in the 113th Congress. Harry Reid is really second-guessing that nuclear option stunt now.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Senate Republicans this week are poised to make good on a monthslong threat to change the rules in order to speed up confirming President Trump’s judicial nominees.

A vote to advance a measure could take place as early as Tuesday and comes after months of delay tactics employed by Senate Democrats eager to slow Trump’s effort to seat new federal judges.

The Senate rules change would slash debate time from 30 hours to two hours for district court judges as well as sub-Cabinet level executive branch nominees.

Republicans, who control the majority, plan to advance the rules change with 51 votes, a move that would block Democrats from filibustering the change in what many consider to be a “nuclear option” maneuver.

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Courts, Issues, Politics

Christian Baker Jack Phillips Wins AGAIN

Once again Christian baker Jack Phillips has successfully defended his First Amendment rights in another round of legal harassment from LGBT activists and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The first round that gained national attention regarded gay “marriage” and this most recent cake, “transgender celebration.” The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who represented Phillips, announced Tuesday that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission “will dismiss its most recent charges against cake artist Jack Phillips in the wake of newly discovered evidence of the state’s ongoing hostility toward religious freedom.” Political correctness and Leftism Gestapo tactics are on the losing end of history.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a Christian nonprofit that advocates for religious freedom and traditional values, announced Tuesday that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission “will dismiss its most recent charges against cake artist Jack Phillips in the wake of newly discovered evidence of the state’s ongoing hostility toward religious freedom.”

After Phillips prevailed at the Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Christian baker was targeted for refusing to create a transgender celebration cake due to his religious beliefs concerning sex and gender. ADF explains:

On June 26, 2017, the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, an attorney asked cake artist Jack Phillips to create a cake designed pink on the inside and blue on the outside, which the attorney said was to celebrate a gender transition from male to female.

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Rosenstein, Comey, Mueller, and McCabe Collusion Conspiracy Theory Skeptics?

According to John Dowd, a former personal attorney representing President Trump in the Russia collusion investigation, top federal law enforcement officials did not “sincerely believe” in the conspiracy theory in the first place. Rather, Dowd says, Rosenstein, Comey, Mueller, and McCabe were in on a “coup” against President Trump. Dowd detailed, “They play games with his counterintelligence business an attempted coup by Comey and his crowd. And, the evidence is all over there. I take the New York Times article as an admission of their bad behavior.” Dowd is a tad biased, of course, but his point is taken. The evidence points-and we expect Mueller’s report will back as well-to one obviously conclusion: Trump is innocent of the very collusion for which the FBI is guilty.

A partial transcript is as follows:

JOHN DOWD: Little did I know that it appears that they were all in it together. I mean, Rosenstein, Comey, Mueller, McCabe, the whole crowd and they were out to get this president, no matter what. I don’t think they sincerely believed anything about Russia.

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White House Prepping to Replace RBG

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, missed Supreme Court oral arguments this week for the first time since joining the bench decades ago. The Heritage Foundation’s Elizabeth Slattery warns, however, that “we shouldn’t read too much into the fact that she’s missed three days of oral arguments” since Ginsburg just had surgery Dec. 21 and is recovering from early-stage lung cancer. The missed days of work could indicate additional recovery time in as much as they implicate future health concerns for Ginsburg who has a well-documented history with various cancers. Nevertheless, the White House, as a precaution, has quietly let top Republicans know it is prepared for any vacancy and has a list of replacement candidates at the ready. Are you ready for another Supreme Court battle?

Here’s more from Fox News…

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s absence this week from Supreme Court oral arguments – her first since joining the bench – has touched off a burst of speculation as well as low-key planning from the White House about the possibility of a departure.

At the same time, observers aren’t convinced the liberal backbone of the court is going anywhere. And as she recovers from early-stage lung cancer surgery, they suggest talk of a vacancy is premature.

“We shouldn’t read too much into the fact that she’s missed three days of oral arguments,” said Elizabeth Slattery, host of the conservative Heritage Foundation’s “Scotus 101” podcast. “She famously was back on the bench the day after her beloved husband Marty passed away so she’s obviously very committed to the job. But clearly she needs time to recuperate.”

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