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Source: The Week

How California became Trump's toughest foe

Today 05:09 GMT

Last month, Brown signed a bill moving the presidential primary up to March, ahead of all but four states, which should dramatically expand California's influence over both parties' nominations.

In addition, California sued to prevent Trump's repeal of the program that protects "DREAMers" who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, and federal courts have temporarily blocked Trump's repeal. California's status as a "sanctuary" state was demonstrated in February when Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf posted a tweet alerting residents of an upcoming immigration sweep.

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Source: Washington Post

Professor barred from university system for class that offered course credit to students who protested Kavanaugh

Today 08:04 GMT

And incendiary — when people learned that students at the University of Southern Maine had been offered course credit if they joined a bus full of people planning to protest Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and lobby Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to vote against it.

Hundreds of people called the university, including furious alumni, upset students, and prospective students and their parents.

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Source: Reuters

On The Case: A podcast by Alison Frankel

Saturday 19:05 GMT

A new podcast series from Reuters columnist Alison Frankel goes right into the eye of the storm, talking about law and precedent with experts who know their stuff inside and out.

Reuters legal columnist Alison Frankel talks to Arthur Hellman, a law professor and expert on the federal courts, about Trump’s picks to the appellate bench and how his appointments could impact the balance of power of Democratic and Republican-appointed judges.

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Source: Washington Post

Europe’s top court orders Poland to halt a law forcing Supreme Court judges into retirement

Saturday 14:30 GMT

Europe’s top court ordered Poland’s government on Friday to immediately halt implementation of a controversial law designed to force more than a dozen of the nation’s Supreme Court justices into early retirement.

The surprise decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) sets up a potential clash between European authorities and the right-wing Polish government, which has been accused of subverting the rule of law with a bid to pack Supreme Court with sympathetic judges.

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Source: Fox News

US student detained in Israel for BDS support allowed to enter Jewish state after deportation overturned

Saturday 13:35 GMT

Israel's Supreme Court said Thursday an American graduate student stuck for more than two weeks in immigration limbo will be allowed to enter the country, ruling the woman's desire to study in the Jewish state undermined her previous support of an anti-Israel boycott campaign.

Unlike her first foray, however, Alqasem's follow-up visit nearly ended before it began, and authorities barred her from entering the Jewish state and ordered her deportation.

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Source: DW

EU court orders Poland to suspend judges' retirement

Saturday 13:35 GMT

Warsaw must "immediately suspend" the legal changes that force their Supreme Court judges to retire, according to the EU's top court. Judicial independence in the country is "under threat."

"Poland must immediately suspend the application of the provisions of national legislation relating to the lowering of the retirement age for Supreme Court judges," the EU's top court said on Thursday. The Luxembourg-based court also ordered the suspension be applied with "retroactive effect" to Supreme Court judges already in retirement.

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Source: Global News

Liberals to introduce changes to bestiality law in bill to crack down on animal cruelty

Friday 08:05 GMT

WATCH BELOW: New proposed bill aims to close loopholes in Canadian Animal Protections act. There have been two attempts in the last two years to reform Canadian animal welfare laws, which followed a controversial decision by the Supreme Court in June 2016 to limit the crime of bestiality to acts that specifically involve penetration between a person and an animal.

She tried to get MPs to agree to amend the definition of bestiality to “any contact by a person, for a sexual purpose, with an animal.”

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Source: Reuters

U.S. courts abruptly tossed 9,000 deportation cases. Here's why

Thursday 16:23 GMT

Over ten weeks this summer, a record 9,000 deportation cases, including Barrios’, were terminated as immigration attorneys raced to court with challenges to the paperwork their clients had received, a Reuters analysis of data from the Executive Office for Immigration Review shows.

(Reuters) - Liliana Barrios was working in a California bakery in July and facing possible deportation when she got a call from her immigration attorney with some good news.

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Source: DW

Hardliners vow to keep women out of Kerala temple

Thursday 13:35 GMT

Since Monday, thousands of temple devotees - both men and women - have gathered at the temple to make sure that women cannot visit the temple.

Violence broke out Wednesday at two base camps leading to Kerala's Sabarimala Temple, as protesters forcibly stopped women from entering the hilltop shrine despite a Supreme Court ruling last month that permits their entry. For decades, women of menstrual age were not allowed to enter the temple as its presiding deity, Ayyappa, is believed to be a celibate.

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Source: CBS News

Heidi Heitkamp attends debate against Kevin Cramer after apologizing for misleading ad

Friday 23:42 GMT

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election this year, is facing off against Republican Kevin Cramer for their first debate Thursday evening.

"In an attempt to bring awareness to this issue and push back against dismissive comments toward sexual assault survivors by Kevin Cramer, our campaign worked with victim advocates to identify women who would be willing to sign the letter or share their story," Heitkamp said in a statement. Cramer responded that it was a "revictimization of victims."

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Source: CBS News

At debate, Heidi Heitkamp immediately apologizes for misleading ad

Saturday 06:04 GMT

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election this year, faced off against her Republican challenger, Kevin Cramer, for their first debate Thursday evening.

However, a recent Supreme Court ruling has now made it more difficult for Native Americans in North Dakota to vote, which could also affect Heitkamp's re-election prospects.


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