Parties Line Up to Sue Trump on ‘National Emergency’ Declaration
- If Trump plans to pay for construction by reallocating military funds, individuals or businesses who lose funding as a result of that decision could also sue.Central to the arguments against the emergency declaration will be the separation-of-powers doctrine that affords Congress the right to allocate or not allocate money for certain discretionary programs.
- Trump’s exercise of the power in a matter of national security is on much more solid ground than President Barack Obama’s 2009 emergency to deal with swine flu, said John Eastmen, a constitutional law professor at Chapman University and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
- There aren’t many legal determinations on the president’s powers under the National Emergencies Act. One such case is a Korean War-era lawsuit dubbed the steel-seizure case, which addressed President Harry Truman’s lack of authority to seize private property without the support of Congress.
The Supreme Court will decide if the 2020 Census can ask about citizenship, possibly affecting the distribution of billions of dollars in federal money
- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal money.
- The justices have agreed to a speedy review of a lower court ruling that has so far blocked the Trump administration from adding the citizenship question to the census for the first time since 1950.
- Both the administration and opponents of the question agreed the court should settle the matter quickly because census forms need to be printed soon.
- Arguments will take place in late April.
- A decision should come by late June.
Donald Trump declares national emergency at US southern border
- Washington | President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a move designed to circumvent Congress and build additional barriers at the southern border, where he said the United States faces "an invasion of our country".
- In a Rose Garden news conference, Trump did not mention of signing the bill but his acting chief of staff told reporters he intends to do so.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Trump's hand was forced on declaring a national emergency by congressional Democrats.
- But acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, speaking to reporters earlier, said Trump intends to sign the spending bill on Friday or possibly Saturday.
- California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said that his state will take Trump to court to block his emergency declaration.
Trump says he expects the Supreme Court to uphold his national emergency declaration after presumptive losses in lower courts
- President Donald Trump said Friday that he anticipated his national emergency declaration to be rejected by multiple federal courts but ultimately upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Trump cited the decision Friday when he declared a national emergency over illegal immigration.
- If the Supreme Court does hear a case regarding the president's emergency declaration, it could potentially do so in its term beginning in October.
- Experts have said that there does not exist any precedent for a legal challenge contesting a president's determination that a situation amounts to a national emergency.
- Some influential senators, including vocal Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, pressed the president to declare an emergency if he could not otherwise obtain funding for his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.
'Carlton Dance' refused copyright registration
- Former "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has been involved in a lawsuit with Take-Two Interactive, publisher of the video game "NBA 2K," and the publisher of "Fortnite" over avatars in the games being able to do the dance that his character popularized on the hit '90s sitcom.
- A letter from Saskia Florence, a supervisory registration specialist with the US Copyright Office, to Ribeiro's attorney, David Hecht, surfaced this week as part of federal court documents in California.
- Ribeiro debuted the moves during a scene on the popular show that starred Will Smith.
What Australian couples can learn from Amazon's Jeff Bezos divorce
- In a 1992 case involving an artist, the court divided the family assets two-thirds to the artist husband and one third to the wife, on the basis the husband had special skills as an artist and made a major contribution to the couple's substantial assets.
- She says legally the involvement of a third party (in Jeff Bezos' case he was understood to be having an affair with Lauren Sanchez, the wife of Hollywood talent agent Patrick Whitesell) should not affect the financial settlement in Australia.
- Swaab family lawyer Marilyn Hauptmann says judges will decide cases based on individual circumstances but if the Bezos divorce took place in Australia, it would be difficult to establish a case for splitting assets differently on the basis one party had made more financial contribution to the relationship.
TransCanada to appeal Montana ruling if Keystone XL construction delayed again
- doesn’t get the ruling it wants in Montana to allow the pipeline giant to begin construction of the long-delayed Keystone XL project, the company will pursue further appeals in higher courts — but potentially lose the coming summer construction season.
- Late last year, as the company was preparing the pipeline route for construction, it was hit with another legal setback from a U.S. District Court decision in Montana that overturned U.S. President Donald Trump’s approval of the pipeline and granted an injunction against most construction activity.
- The Calgary-based company announced Thursday that its existing Keystone pipeline system operated at close to full capacity over the course of the fourth quarter.
- TransCanada said it now has commercial support for all available capacity on its proposed 590,000-bpd Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta into the U.S. and has started pre-construction activities.
Rising rapper YNW Melly grieved publicly for two friends. Police say he killed them
- Police said YNW Melly fatally shot his friends and then staged the crime scene to look like a drive-by shooting.
- The arrest stems from the deaths of Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr., both of Vero Beach, Florida, according to Miramar Police.
- On October 26 at 4:35 a.m., police said, Cortlen Henry drove up to the Memorial Miramar Hospital with both victims in the vehicle.
- Further investigation and forensic evidence found that YNW Melly shot and killed Williams and Thomas, and that YNW Melly and Henry then staged the scene to resemble a drive-by shooting, police said.
- At the end of the video, text on screen says, "YNW Melly and his friends were the targets of a drive-by shooting" in Miami four days after the film was completed.
- Williams and Thomas were killed, the text says.
Mitch McConnell just set a hugely dangerous precedent on national emergencies
- In announcing that President Donald Trump would sign the compromise legislation to keep the government open past Friday, McConnell also expressed support for Trump to declare a national emergency on the border -- a move that will allow the chief executive to tap into funds already allocated by Congress for other purposes to bridge the gap between the funding for his border wall in this compromise deal ($1.375 billion) and the amount Trump says he needs ($5.7 billion).
- He is saying that on this one issue -- in order to get what he wants (the government staying open) he is willing to allow Trump to declare a national emergency and, thereby, take money Congress has dedicated to some other purpose to use for something the President considers more of a priority.
Trump will declare a national emergency to build his border wall. Here's what could happen next.
- President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency to bypass Congress to secure enough funds to build his border wall, The White House announced Thursday afternoon.
- News reports have indicated that the Trump administration reviewed several options for how to best use emergency powers to secure the wall funding.
- But a legislative challenge to Trump's national-emergency powers could also hit roadblocks, thanks to a 1983 Supreme Court case that blocked Congress from using simple-majority votes to overrule a president's emergency declaration.
- Though plaintiffs in any lawsuits against Trump will likely try to question his administration's assertion that a national-security "crisis" is occurring along the southern border, the Supreme Court justices may well defer to his judgment on the issue, as they did with the travel ban.