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Donald J. Trump et al v. International Refugee Assistance Project

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Presidency,Recreation/Travel,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/16-1436_l6hc.pdf

Supreme Court opinion that allows the Trump travel ban relating to six Middle Eastern countries to continue to be enforced except for those travelers who have a credible claim of relationship with a U.S. person or entity.  Students admitted to U.S. universities would not be affected by the ban. From the U. S. Supreme Court

 

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer

Categories: Children,Education,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-577_khlp.pdf

7-2 Supreme Court ruling that churches cannot be excluded from government programs with a secular purpose.  The case involved a Missouri church that wanted to qualify for a state government grant program for upgrading school playgrounds.  From the U.S. Supreme Court

 

Matal v Tam

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-1293

Unanimous Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. government violates the 1st Amendment by refusing to register trademarks that disparage people or groups.  The case involved an Asian-American musical group that called itself “The Slants.”  The Patent and Trademark Office refused to issue a patent.  The decision has implications for the long-standing controversy over certain professional sports team names.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-466

8-1 Supreme Court decision, reversing a lower court decision on class action lawsuits.  Ruled that hundreds of people who sued a drug company in California could not sue because they were not residents of the state.  Strikes a blow at so-called “court-shopping.”  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Ziglar v. Abbasi

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-1358

4-2 Supreme Court decision that high U.S. officials can’t be held liable for alleged unconstitutional treatment of individuals detained after the 9/11 attacks.   Hundreds of illegal aliens were detained in the aftermath of the attacks.  The former Attorney General, FBI Director, and INS Commissioner were named as defendants.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

James Comey Testimony Before the Senate Intelligence Committee

Categories: Congress,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Presidency,Russia

https://www.c-span.org/video/?429381-1/former-fbi-director-comey-say-president-obstructed-justice

Searchable video of the testimony of the former FBI director before the Senate panel on 6/8/17 regarding his conversations with the president about the investigation into Russian interference with the American election. From the C-SPAN Video Library

 

Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Presidency,Treaties

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/06/01/statement-president-trump-paris-climate-accord

Speech defending U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.  From the White House

 

Deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease, United States, 1999-2014

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6620a1.htm

Provides data and trends about fatalities from the form of dementia known as Alzheimer’s Disease.  A 54% increase in deaths from Alzheimer’s occurred in the time span from 1999 to 2014.  From Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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