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February 10, 2020

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RT Wendy Weiser - 1/ Today an appeals court rules members of Congress can’t sue over the emoluments clause. Also today: @washingtonpost reports the Secret Service pays up to $650 a night at Trump’s hotels. This is on top of the millions being spent by reps of foreign govts.

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Individual members of Congress barred from suing President Trump over business dealings (The Washington Post) “Individual members of Congress cannot sue President Trump to stop his private businesses from accepting payments from foreign governments, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled Friday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously dismissed a lawsuit filed by more than 200 Democrats in Congress seeking to enforce the Constitution’s anti-corruption emoluments provision.

“The Members can, and likely will, continue to use their weighty voices to make their case to the American people, their colleagues in the Congress and the President himself, all of whom are free to engage that argument as they see fit. But we will not — indeed we cannot — participate in this debate,” according to the unsigned order from Judges David S. Tatel, Thomas B. Griffith and Karen LeCraft Henderson.”

Love the billionaire bucks flooding the 2020 elections? Thank Charles Koch (The Guardian) “When Michael Bloomberg entered the 2020 race, some declared his $60bn fortune an asset for taking on Donald Trump, who once claimed he was going to self-fund his own campaign.

Trump and his party raised a record-shattering nearly half a billion dollars in disclosed donations last year – a number that does not include the hundreds of millions in dark money non-profit groups will spend on social media and TV ads.

How did we end up with such a broken system where billionaires can openly or anonymously spend millions to distort election results in our representative democracy?

Charles Koch – whose mega-corporation Koch Industries is running a PR campaign with the tagline “We made that” – helped make that, or rather helped break that.”
Trump’s executive power grab continues in Supreme Court financial records cases
Quartz - February 7
L.A Federal Judge Deals Major Blow to ICE Practice of Asking Local Police to Detain People
Los Angeles Times - February 7

DC Court declines to rehear net neutrality case
The Hill - February 7

Federal appeals court upholds Philadelphia law prohibiting employers from asking about wage history
JURIST - February 7


Federal court rules Alabama’s system of electing appellate judges constitutional
The Alabama Political Reporter - February 7


‘An outstanding jurist’: Former Lake County prosecutor named full circuit judge by Illinois Supreme Court
Lake County News-Sun - February 7


Report: State Courthouses Continue To Violate Juvenile Justice Law
WBUR - February 7

New York

‘Reform the reform’ — Judges call for changes to state bail law
Brooklyn Eagle - February 7

North Carolina

Court: State policies discriminate against NC residents with disabilities
Carolina Public Press - February 7

Past time for the state Supreme Court to end racial bias in North Carolina criminal trials
NC Policy Watch - February 7


Judge Dawn Gentry: Kentucky lawmakers move ahead with possible impeachment of NKY family court judge
Cincinnati Enquirer - February 7


The Wrong Way to Reform Judicial Elections
Brennan Center for Justice - February 7
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