Supreme Court Limits Presidential Appointment Powers

The Supreme Court this week curtailed the appointment power of presidents by ruling that no one can be named as an acting head of a federal agency if that person has been nominated for the full position and that position requires Senate approval. The ruling springs from an action by then-President Barack Obama, who in 2011 named Lafe […]

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SCOTUS Refuses to Reconsider Obamacare Immigration Plan Injunction

In July, the Obama White House petitioned the Supreme Court to reconsider its tie vote on a lower court’s injunction against implementing President Obama’s executive orders that would grant deportation deferrals and even work permits to some 4 million undocumented immigrants. On Monday, the first day of the court’s 2016-2017 session, the justices turned down the […]

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Supreme Court Blocks Transgender Bathroom Choice

The U.S. Supreme Court has placed a temporary hold on a lower court order that okayed free choice of bathroom usage by transgender individuals. The action follows a ruling last week by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that voided the transgender rights interpretation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). That court said only […]

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Federal Court Rules Against EEOC’s Interpretation of Title VII

In a sharp rebuke to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and its finding that the sex discrimination provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act covers gender identity and sexual orientation, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has ruled that only Congress or the Supreme Court can extend that protection. […]

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Administration Asks SCOTUS to Revisit Immigration Decision

The Department of Justice (DOJ), on behalf of the Obama administration, has petitioned the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision on the president’s immigration executive orders “before a full nine-member court.” The court earlier tied 4-4 in reviewing a Texas federal judge’s injunction against the executive orders that would defer deportation and grant work permits […]

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Federal Judge Issues Injunction Against ‘Persuader Rule’

U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings on Monday issued a preliminary nationwide injunction against the so-called “Persuader Rule” that would force businesses during union organizing activities to reveal minute details of their preparations, specifically the sources of the information and the tactics used in their effort to “persuade” their employees not to unionize. The so-called “Persuader […]

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Obama Immigration Declarations Declared Dead by SCOTUS Tie Vote

Even after losing their potent ally Antonin Scalia, the once-majority Supreme Court conservatives were still able to block President Obama’s immigration executive orders by means of a tie vote, which left Obama’s November 2014 edicts blocked by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. A tie vote leaves the court decision being contested as the last […]

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SCOTUS Sides With Tyson Workers’ Donning-Doffing Suit

The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, has sided with Tyson meat packers in a $5.8 million lawsuit claiming they were not compensated for time spent donning and doffing safety gear. The decision was even more noteworthy for two other facts: The court let the class action certification stand after its previous Walmart decision severely […]

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Supreme Court to Rule on Obama’s Immigration/Executive Authority

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on the legality of President Obama’s twin executive orders of November 2014 that aimed to block deportation of illegal immigrations and also offer millions of them work permits. Obama’s plans were blocked first by a federal district judge in Texas and then by the U.S. 5th […]

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Administration Asks SCOTUS for Immediate Relief on Immigration

Facing somewhat long odds, the Obama administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court for an immediate stay on a federal district court injunction against its immigration executive orders that would free up nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and also grant many of them work permits. The most notable of these executive actions are two […]

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