The Supreme Court has set up a showdown of LGBTQ rights versus ‘religious freedom’

June 27, 2017

… after Phillips denied them service in 2012. They’d planned to marry in Massachusetts, since same-sex marriage wasn’t legal nationwide at the time, and hold a reception in Colorado. The couple wanted a cake for the reception, but Phillips told them that fulfilling their request violated his religious beliefs and that other cake shops would be able to help. In 2015, the Colorado Court of Appeals determined that making a cake for Craig and Mullins didn’t mean Phillips condoned …


Here are the funniest lines from a coal CEO’s attempted takedown of John Oliver’s coal industry takedown

June 23, 2017

… Murray’s lawyers seem to be working under a loose definition of “good faith efforts” that encompasses cease-and-desist letters. Neither ceasing nor desisting “Intentionally and in obvious retaliation for this humanitarian request, Defendant Oliver boldly announced ‘[a]s we have been explicitly told to cease and desist, let us do neither of those things, and let’s talk about Bob Murray.’” How many lawsuits are able to claim that a defendant explicitly …


Nicola Sturgeon to face Scottish farming leaders – BBC News

June 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRuth Davidson asked Nicola Sturgeon whether the Scottish government will ask for an extension to the farm payments deadline Nicola Sturgeon is to address farming leaders the day after it emerged the Scottish government has again asked for an extension to the deadline for making EU subsidy payments. The European Commission has confirmed the government wants next week’s deadline extended until 15 October. Ms Sturgeon had …


London fire: Inquest versus inquiry – BBC News

June 23, 2017

… is normally a senior judge. The Grenfell Tower inquiry is likely to be established under the Inquiries Act, which means the chair will have statutory powers to summon witnesses, compel them to give evidence on oath and produce evidence. That can strengthen the power of an inquiry over an inquest. Counsel to the inquiry can put detailed questions to witnesses, both on behalf of the inquiry itself and at the request of key interested parties. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption …


Jeff Sessions And The Trump Team Really Don’t Want To Say ‘Executive Privilege’

June 14, 2017

… with the president is a long-standing executive-branch-wide practice, a Justice Department spokesman told HuffPost. The basis for this historical practice is laid out in the 1982 memos from President Reagan and then-Assistant Attorney General [Theodore] Olson. Pending a final Presidential decision on the matter, the Department Head shall request the Congressional body to hold its request for the information in abeyance, Reagan wrote. The Department Head shall expressly indicate that the …


Is Reality Winner A Leaker, A Whistleblower Or Something Else?

June 9, 2017

… whistleblowers have have several options for raising their concerns. They can bring evidence to their departments inspector general, members of Congress and federal prosecutors. Another route involves asking officials permission to publish the scandalous information and filing a lawsuit if the request gets denied. Black strips placed by censors mask the identity of detainees in an undated combination of photos from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. Theres ample reason for potential …


Even In The Military, Black People Are Punished Disproportionately: Report

June 8, 2017

… aware of the racial disparity and have done nothing to address it. Along with the report, Protect Our Defenders called on Congress to launch an investigation into any potential racial bias in the militarys justice system and to provide recommendations to resolve the issue. Every military branch except the Coast Guard responded to the FOIA request for the study.Each branch provided different sets of data that spanned from 2005 to 2015, so comparing racial gaps between the service branches is …


Reality Check: What is the Prevent strategy? – BBC News

June 5, 2017

Social services departments have become increasingly involved in identifying Prevent cases because of their duty to counter radicalisation. About 7,500 referrals were made to the scheme in 2015-16 – the equivalent of 20 a day – according to a Freedom of Information request to the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). Out of those referrals, action was taken in one in every 10 cases. No action at all was taken in 37% of the cases, while a quarter of people referred were …


New Jersey Democrat Faces Criticism For Goldman Sachs Investment In Abusive Company

June 4, 2017

… NJ Advance Media report. Murphys campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from HuffPost, but provided a statement to NJ Advance Media. Phil Murphy, a candidate for governor of New Jersey, speaks during the First Stand Rally in Newark, New Jersey, on Jan. 15. Johnson has nonetheless had a hard time establishing himself as the races true progressive, notwithstanding Murphys history at the controversial Goldman Sachs and the wave of anti-elite populism sweeping both …


Pete Souza’s most legendary Donald Trump trolls

May 28, 2017

… throwing out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals. We’ll allow it, Pete. By request: President Obama with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 Summit in 2011. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Mar 17, 2017 at 12:39pm PDT Troll Level: 7 Points deducted for “by request,” but nothin’ like a reminder of how our president used to have good relationships with other world leaders. Fond mems! Back in 2010 before Congress voted on the …


New Republican Bill Makes Suing Cops For Civil Rights Violations Really Tough

May 27, 2017

… hit with a federal charge and possible federal prison time without the option to seek damages for a civil rights violation. Defendants, if found guilty,would face the federal death penalty and a mandatory minimum of 30 years in federal prison. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) introduced a twin bill to Cornyn’s in the House.  Cornyn and Poe both introduced the same billlast year. Cornyn Cornyn and Poes offices did not respond to HuffPosts request for comment. Kevin Lamarque / …


Jared Kushner Reportedly Draws Interest Of FBI In Russia Investigation

May 26, 2017

The FBI is looking at Jared Kushner, President Donald Trumps son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of its investigation into Russias influence in the 2016 election, The Washington Post and NBC News reported Thursday evening. Kushner met with Kislyak in December and Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, a state-owned bank, after Trump was elected, at Kislyaks request. U.S. intelligence officials have already concluded that Russia interfered in the U.S. election …


Data Mining to Find Tax Cheaters

May 25, 2017

… when combined with other information. A team of prosecutors and IRS agents—whose number Davis would only describe as “substantial”—is trying to identify the leavers by pairing the bank data with other evidence collected by law enforcement. Banks, however, could lump the money flows into monthly summaries for each account, potentially making it harder to match them exactly to a single transfer authorities already know about. The team can also request information from …


Fox Stands By DNC Murder Conspiracy Theory Even After Main Source Changes Story

May 18, 2017

… report on Richs laptop within 96 hours of his murder. NBC reported Wednesday that , raising doubts about the forensic report and how the unnamed federal investigator would be aware of such details about the contents of Richs computer. Efforts to reach Zimmerman by phone on Wednesday afternoon were unsuccessful. She did not respond to an email request for comment. Neither Fox 5 nor Fox News have issued corrections to their pieces, though Fox News Tuesday afternoon to note the Rich familys …


Jason Chaffetz Says He’s ‘Ready’ To Subpoena James Comey Memo

May 17, 2017

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Trump Reportedly Revealed Classified Info During Meeting With Russian Officials

May 16, 2017

… coordination with other nations on sensitive foreign policy issues. Trump revealed information to the Russian visitors that jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State, the Post the report, adding that (Several Senate Intelligence Committee members told NPRs Scott Detrow they had not been briefed on the disclosure.) A White House spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment on whether Trump shared classified information with the Russian officials. …