The President Wants To Stop McGahn And White House Aides From Spilling The Obstruction Beans On Congress

Jared Kushner, the president’s special advisor and peacemaker extraordinaire, got a chance to show the world why his security clearance came from Trump, not from security officials. At the Time 100 Summit, Kushner did an interview, and it contained vintage Trump damage control.

Trump overrode security officials so Jared could hold press conferences that defy common sense. Mr. Kushner told the Time interviewer the Russians only ran a couple of Facebook ads during the 2016 campaign, and the ads didn’t interfere with the election. According to Kushner, the Mueller investigation did more damage to America’s democracy than Facebook ads. Jared said the Russian Facebook ads were bad, but Mueller’s two-year investigation did more harm to democracy.

Kushner wants to stay in the public eye while Prime Minister Netanyahu plans to annex the Golan Heights. The Prime Minister plans to name a town after Mr. Trump. Plus, Netanyahu loves Kushner Middle East plan, and so does his father-in-law. Kushner hasn’t talked to the Palestinians about his plan, according to the New York Times. But he does have backing from the Saudi Prince. Kushner and the Saudi prince are big buds.

According to Vox.com, the Mueller report claims Sarah Sanders lies when she holds press briefings. Sanders told Mueller she has occasional slip-of-the-tongue moments when reporters ask her pertinent questions. She lied about James Comey after Trump fired him. But she stood behind her lies about Comey when George Stephanopoulos interviewed her on his Sunday talk show. Sanders is proud of her vocal part in the Trump con job, according to the Washington Post.

The Trump con job didn’t last long on White House lawyer Don McGahn. McGahn spent more than 30 hours with Mueller’s investigators, and he let them know Trump wanted Mueller to go. The president asked McGahn to fire Mueller. But McGahn stopped Trump from obstructing justice when he refused to follow his orders.

Mr. Trump claims all his aides follow his orders. But Mueller was able to find several aides who don’t. And their testimony has Trump nervous. Trump claims he’ll pull rank with executive privilege in order to stop aides and McGahn from sitting in front of Congress.

Mr. Trump knows if they tell Congress about the White House chaos and the Trump lies his autocracy might be in jeopardy. But Congressman Jerry Nadler the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee told the press it’s too late for Trump to pull the executive privilege card to stop McGahn from testifying.

Federal Judge Rules Against Trump Abortion Rule

A federal judge in Oregon decided to block a decision by the Trump administration to withhold funding from clinics that perform abortions. The administration also wants to deny government funding to clinics that provide referrals to abortion providers as well as abortion counseling.

The new Title X rule from the Trump administration is scheduled to become effective in May. The law would stop all government funds that go to Planned Parenthood and clinics where abortions are performed. Planned Parenthood is a major target for the Trump administration due to the subsidies it provides for women who cannot afford abortions on their own. Planned Parenthood clinics offer other healthcare to women as well.

Critics of Title X say the law is simply an attempt by the president to pander to his base ahead of next year’s election. President Trump promised to defund Planned Parenthood while campaigning for office in 2016.

The lawsuit filed against Title X in Oregon named the plaintiffs as the American Medical Association and the Planned Parenthood Federation.

Michael McShane, United States District Judge, announced Tuesday he is issuing a temporary injunction against the restrictions the Trump Administration seeks to impose on Planned Parenthood and other clinics offering abortion services.

It is not clear when the ruling from McShane will be formalized or how much reach the ruling will possess.

The Justice Department stands in opposition to the injunction and made the request that the injunction only becomes applicable to case plaintiffs.

Congress approved $286 million in funding for Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics through Title X grants in 2017. The money approved by Congress is not to be used for abortions. However, critics say the money has provided subsidies for clinics like Planned Parenthood that perform the abortions.

Barbara McAneny, President of the American Medical Association, applauded Judge McShane for the stance he has taken. She says it is obvious the judge understands the issues and ‘got it right.’

Planned Parenthood Federation President, Leana Wen, praised the decision of McShane as a victory for both doctors and patients. Wen also reminded supporters that more work is ahead of them. She explains the current victory is temporary and the fight must continue.

Legal battles over the issue are looming in other states as well. Media reports state a Title X case pending in California is expected to garner national attention soon.

Read More: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/u-s-judge-washington-state-blocks-new-trump-abortion-rule-n998706

Supreme Court Decides To Rule On LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination Cases

On April 22, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to hear three cases involving workplace discrimination against those in the LGBTQ community. At issue in these cases is whether or not laws that ban discrimination against a person’s sex also apply to those who are gay or transgender.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees due to a number of factors. These include a persons sex, race, religion or national origin.

According to the interpretation of the law by the Obama Administration, Title VII’s protection of workers against discrimination based on sex also including barring discrimination against someone based on that person’s sexual orientation. Since the Trump Administration has come to power, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is interpreting Title VII to only apply to a person’s sex and not a person’s sexual orientation.

The Supreme Court will hear three cases concerning workplace discrimination of LGBTQ workers. The first case involves an instructor in New York who was fired. The second case involves the firing of a child welfare worker from the state of Georgia. The third case is somewhat different. The third case involves an employee who states that she was fired when she revealed to her employer that she was in the process of transitioning from a male to a female.

These cases will be watched closely by legal experts. Former Justice Anthony Kennedy was considered a more moderate voice on the Supreme Court on the issue of LGBTQ rights. His was the deciding vote which allowed gay marriage to become legal throughout the United States.

Now, Brett Kavanaugh is serving in Anthony Kennedy’s place. Mr. Kavanaugh is considered to be much more conservative than Mr. Kennedy. Legal observers believe that Justice Kavanaugh may join with the other four conservative members of the Supreme Court and rule that Title VII does not apply to those in the LGBTQ community.

Read More: http://time.com/5575299/supreme-court-lgbt-gay-job-discrimination/

New York’s Mandatory Vaccination Order Upheld

The United States is currently experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of measles cases in several years. Currently, there are 21 states with confirmed measles cases. There are 555 cases spread through 20 of the states. However, the state of New York has seen the most number of measles cases by far. 329 cases of measles have been confirmed in Brooklyn, and over 220 cases are confirmed in the rest of the state of New York.

CNBC reports due to the high number of measles cases, the city of New York mandated that all children would be required to have a measles vaccination unless a child was proven to have a legitimate medical reason to be exempt from vaccination. Those who failed to have a child vaccinated would face fines from the city.

Parents who did not want to have their children vaccinated filed suit claiming that the city was overreaching its authority. Those protesting against mandatory vaccination stated that they believed that quarantining affected individuals would do just as much good as mandatory vaccination. Health officials countered by stating that the measles virus is transmissible before a person shows any sign of having the infection.

This week Judge Lawrence Knipel ruled that New York did have the right to order mandatory vaccination. The judge ruled that the situation was a health emergency that the city had the right to act upon.

Almost every case of measles that has occurred in New York has been in non-vaccinated individuals. Most cases have occurred in Orthodox Jewish areas where vaccination rates are low.

In other areas of the country, cases are also occurring almost entirely in non-vaccinated people. Many parents are not giving the vaccine to their children due to the unscientific belief that vaccines are the cause of autism in children.

In order for a person to be protected from measles, two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine must be given. If a person contracts measles, there can be serious health effects even if the person survives the initial infection.

Border Crisis Gets Militant

As recently reported by CNN, the immigration situation at the southern border has the potential to turn violent quickly. Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a written statement that a fairly organized militia group has detained more than 100 immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The militia group refers to itself as the United Constitutional Patriots and vows to fight against the entry of undocumented immigrants into the U.S. The group is not affiliated with any state, local or federal law enforcement organization and appears to be operating under the umbrella of vigilante justice.

An observer took a video of the recent incident in which the militia group members attempted to prevent immigrants seeking asylum in crossing the border. What is unusual about this incident is that it was actually caught on camera because these types of anti-immigrant militia groups usually operate under the radar. The members dress in military gear and often obstruct their face while carrying weapons. The video shows men ordering the immigrants to stop and sit down while they contact actual Border Control to come arrest the immigrants. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has issued an official statement that they do not coordinate in any official capacity with the militant group, although members of the group do frequently contact Border Patrol to respond to situations involving detained immigrants.

The American Civil Liberties Union has spoken out against the United Constitutional Patriots and has argued that this group violates the constitutional rights of immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. They also contend that it is actually a crime for members of the United Constitutional Patriots to pose as Border Patrol agents and detain any immigrants without proper authority from federal law enforcement agencies. In addition, they have condemned U.S. Customs and Border Patrol for not taking a stronger stance against groups like the United Constitutional Patriots in preventing them from posing as law enforcement officials or obstructing access across the border for immigrants seeking asylum.

While no one appears to be hurt in the video posted online of the most recent incident involving members of the United Constitutional Patriots, civil rights activists are concerned that these types of situations have the potential to turn violent quickly. Even though the immigrants may not be armed, the members of the United Constitutional Patriots and other groups like them do not necessarily have the training or wherewithal to remain calm in tense situations.

Trump Wants The Courts To Kill Obamacare

President Trump is on one of his fabulist adventures. Bill Barr’s Mueller summary gave Trump the ammunition he needed to stick it to the Democrats. The Trumpster is on top of the world now that he believes the Mueller investigation can’t hurt him. He knows his loyal Trumpians think he won another battle in the Washington swamp. His supporters claim he won’t stop giving them more of that Trump political magic.

Most Americans want to see the full Mueller report. But Attorney general Bill Barr won’t release the report without redacting some of the juicy parts in the report. Those parts claim Trump and his campaign did collude with Russians in 2016. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the chair of the Congressional Oversight Committee wants to force Barr to release the Mueller report without all those black marker lines. But Barr won’t do that, according to sources inside the Department of Justice. Mr. Barr said he would send the redacted report to Congress in mid-April.

The Republicans thought the Barr summary would be enough to keep Trump focused. Senators Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell thought Trump would keep his exoneration in front of the public as long as he could. But in true Trump fashion, he changed his campaign game plan. Trump wants to officially burn Obamacare to the ground. And that news sent McConnell and Graham into re-election panic mode.

According to a Republican Texas judge, Obamacare is unconstitutional. When the Republicans changed Obamacare in 2018, the change made the nine-year-old Affordable Healthcare Act unconstitutional. That ruling is in the hands of an appellate court right now. Trump’s lawyers asked the court to send Obamacare to the healthcare graveyard. If that happens, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance.

But as Politico.com explains, if Trump wins the appeal, the case will go to the Supreme Court and legal experts think Trump will lose that battle. Trump told his voter base his healthcare plan would be better, cheaper, and cover pre-existing conditions even though Trump doesn’t have a formal healthcare plan.

Trump asked former HCA CEO Rick Scott to develop a new plan. Scott, the new Senator from Florida, left the healthcare industry to enter politics because his credibility in the healthcare industry was under attack. But in Trump’s world, Scott is the best healthcare professional on the planet.

Mitch McConnell won’t touch the healthcare issue this time around. McConnell knows the Democrats won that battle during the mid-term elections. He wants Trump to go it alone in this political battle. And most Republicans think McConnell is right.

 

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Supreme Court Strengthens Government’s Ability to Detain Legal Immigrants

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision this past Tuesday that the U.S. government can detain legal immigrants without the need of a hearing. This can even happen months after they have served their prison sentence.
This was a 5-4 decision that reversed an earlier ruling. This is viewed as a significant victory for the current administration. The prior ruling was released by the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
Similar to the Obama administration, the Trump administration believes that the government should have the authority to detain immigrants for deportation whenever they want. The prior requirement of detaining immigrants only immediately after a jail sentence is no longer applicable.
Justice Samuel Alito was outspoken in his support of the measure. He stated that immigration law can be used to detain immigrant’s years after they’ve served their sentence.
On the other hand, Justice Stephen Breyer felt that this ruling gave the central government too much authority. He stated that the current law was sufficient, which declares that the government cannot detain a legal immigrant absent of a legal hearing unless that person was detained after being released from custody relating to a criminal conviction.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling came as a response to two different class-action cases.
Mony Preap, a legal permanent resident of Cambodian descent, was convicted on the charge of marijuana possession in 2006. Federal authorities failed to detain him until 2013. This happened after he received a second sentence for battery, which is considered a non-deportable offense.
Another similar case occurred when Bassam Yusuf Khoury was detained two years after serving a 30-day sentence for a drug charge in 2011. Khoury was kept in custody for six months after finally winning out his case. Khoury still remains in the United States to this day.
In both of these cases, the American Civil Liberties Union defended each plaintiff.
To read more about this, check out the original at NPR.

Trump Issues First Ever Veto

President Trump recently issued his first-ever veto as president of the United States. Donald Trump vetoed a measure pushed forth by Republicans and Democrats that would end his declaration for a border wall along the American-Mexican border.
The veto was in response to Trump’s own Republican party, which made efforts to stymie the wall’s construction. The border wall was a promise made during his initial campaign to become president and is sure to become a focal point of the upcoming 2020 presidential elections.
Congress will most likely not be able to override the veto decision. The bipartisan decision was done to combat the process to use money allocated for other programs to fund the border wall’s construction.
Twelve Republicans in the Senate felt that Trump had abused his authority as president.
Trump has doubled down on the need for a border barrier. He’s cited the immigration crisis as cause for the wall’s importance and was openly supportive of his veto decision.
The White House had made efforts to lobby the border wall’s necessity to Republicans in the Senate to help bolster support. Trump did not acknowledge the White House’s efforts at lobbying support but noted that he had sympathy for the opposition’s attempt at hindering the barrier’s creation.
The Attorney General stated that Trump’s emergency declaration was completely legal.
As a response to the veto, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives said that her chamber would attempt to override the veto during a vote held on March 26.
However, since the Senate would also have to override the veto, the possibility of it happening is rather slim. It is unlikely that more Republicans will display bipartisanship towards this issue.
Although Trump has often pointed out a linkage between illegal immigration and crime, researchers have noted that immigrants are not as likely to engage in criminal activities.
Ultimately, the President hopes to erect the wall to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise. To read more about this issue, check out the original here.

Some Trumpians Abandon The Trumpsters Sinking Political Ship

President Trump may be on the verge of a political meltdown. There are some Republican senators in Washington who still think the constitution is worth fighting for. The Republicans who backed Pelosi and company’s quest to stop Trump’s fascination with building a useless wall for an incredible amount of money know it is not only a stupid it is also unconstitutional.

That means the other Republican senators who didn’t vote with Pelosi think being a Trumpian is more important than upholding the constitution they swore to protect. That should scare a lot of Americans, according to the New York Times. If senators put other egocentric and political issues before the constitution American democracy is in serious trouble, according to political science experts.

Smart guys like Steve Bannon, Roger Stone, and Paul Manafort believe Trump did the right thing by circumventing Congress to build his wall. They say that’s part of the swamp draining process. Maybe that’s what Trump had in mind when he came up with that slogan. He’s draining the constitution by making senators and congressman believe his gangster constitution is the way to go.

And here’s the dangerous part of senators ignoring the people’s wishes. Democracy becomes an oligarchy. That means a small group of people control the country. And that’s Trump’s plan, according to the Washington Post.

Republican senators led by Kentucky Senator Mitt McConnell control the country. Even the Democrats can’t stop these constitution bandits. from being unconstitutional lawmakers. These unconstitutional senators pledge their allegiance to the Trumpster, and democracy is in cardiac arrest.

But there are signs a few Republicans see the cracks in Trumptopia. They know new investigations in New York could reveal some ugly things about the Trumpster. His kids have ugly things hanging their gold-plated closets too.

The senators who believe Cohen know they have to abandon ship in order to political and ethically survive this infestation of Trumpism.

Mr. Trump will continue to claim his innocence. He’ll continue to cry and lie in order to build his wall. But the lawmakers who still believe in the constitution will stop his con game when there’s too much evidence not to stop it. When that happens, the Republicans who sided with Trump should think about another line of work, according to some Democrats.

The 2020 election will tell what kind of government America really has. If Trump gets reelected, the answer will be obvious. The world will send condolences for the loss Americans suffer from their Trumpian ignorance.

Read More: http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/03/trump-threatens-violence-if-democrats-dont-support-him.html

British Lawmakers Are Ready To Throw Theresa May’s Brexit Deal In The Trash Again

Prime Minister Theresa May is in serious trouble. She wants a Brexit deal with the EU as much as Trump wants an $8.6 billion border wall. According to the New York Post, May’s attempt to leave the EU and keep the border open between the ever-feuding Irish seems to be dead in the water. The EU claims it will keep the border open, but there are conditions the U.K. has to accept to keep it open. And Parliament doesn’t like the conditions.

May is between an EU rock and a Parliamentary hard place. Her February EU deal went nowhere the last time parliament voted and according to several British lawmakers, her new deal will go down in British smoke too. March 29, 2019, is the deadline for Britain to accept the current EU deal. If Parliament rejects it, the U.K. could leave the EU without a deal. A no-deal Brexit would be an economic and financial disaster for the U.K., so the word is parliament will vote to stop a No-Brexit deal.

Parliament will then vote to extend the March 29th deadline. That will vote will give May a chance to ask the EU for a delay. Once the EU agrees to extend the exit date, Parliament will vote again for another public vote on Brexit. Some British lawmakers think a new vote will show most Brits want to stay in the EU. According to several British news reports, staying in the EU makes more sense than leaving. If May’s Brexit deal is out, and the EU agrees to an extension, a new Brexit referendum will follow, according to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Whatever happens in Parliament with the Brexit issue, May’s future is in jeopardy, according to a CNN report. Even members of her Conservative Party think May has to go if there’s no Brexit deal. But May will give it another go in Brussels before she calls it quits. She knows her political future depends on her convincing EU leaders to take her new deal. But according to recent news reports the EU is sick of May and the Brexit situation.

May’s fight with Parliament mirrors Trump’s fight with Congress in a strange way. Trump’s new budget will include another $8.6 billion to build his border wall. And the Democrats will reject that budget, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Speaker Chuck Schumer.

That rejection could trigger another government shutdown. And that’s one difference between the U.S. and the U.K.’s legal debacles. May won’t shut the government down because lawmakers don’t agree with her. But Trump seems to like his ability to make lives of American’s miserable until he gets what he wants.

Former Southern District Of New York Attorney Dan Goldman Joins The Congressional Intelligence Committee’s Team

The American public wants to know the full story about Russians interference during the 2016 presidential election. Some Americans think the Russians helped Trump get elected. But they don’t know all the juicy details about Trump’s role with the Russians even though seven members of Trump’s campaign had a lot of interactions with Russians during that time.

Most Americans now know Trump was on a mission to build the largest hotel in Europe in Moscow thanks to Michael Cohen dropping a dime before the Congressional Oversight Committee. But U.S. voters don’t know if Trump asked Putin for help to win the election.

According to Mr. Cohen, Trump needed Putin’s help to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. And thanks to Cohen’s testimony, Americans know Trump gave Cohen the okay to give Putin the more than $50 million penthouse in the new Trump Tower Moscow for free.

The Mueller investigation will answer some questions about collusion, according to legal experts like Alan Dershowitz. But Dershowitz claims Mueller’s investigation did not find any proof of collusion. And Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, claims they never will.

But there’s another legal fly lurking in Trump’s purer than the driven snow story. And the Congressional Intelligence Committee wants to use that legal fly to bring the president down.

Intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff brought former Southern District of New York prosecutor Dan Goldman on board because Goldman has a successful track record prosecuting Russian mobsters. Mr. Goldman is now the director of the committee’s investigations. Goldman spent 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in New York. Dan’s new job is to get to the bottom of the relationship between Trump and Russia.

Some reports say prosecutors from the Southern District of New York think Mr. Trump ruled a criminal empire under the guise of the Trump Organization. Trump’s involvement with the Russians started in 2015. But according to a New York Times article, the president’s wanted to build a Trump Tower in Russian more than 20 years ago. Mr. Goldman’s job will be to find the truth about Trump’s alleged illicit affairs with Russia.

Mr. Goldman also has experience nailing money launderers. And he was one of the attorneys who sent the Genovese crime family to jail for racketeering. There are reports the Trump organization allegedly did some money laundering through a German Bank. The intelligence committee also wants Goldman to confirm that claim as well as other nefarious claims that relate to Trump.

Cohen Bares All In Front Of Congress

Roughly a year ago, rumors surfaced that current United States President Donald J. Trump had engaged in an affair with adult film star and entertainer Stormy Daniels in the mid-2000s. At the time, Trump was married to his current wife, Melania Trump, who was then pregnant with the couple’s son Baron.

Months after the rumors initially came to light, it became clear that President Trump had paid Stormy Daniels over $100,000 as part of a non-disclosure agreement to not speak about the affair between them. Although Trump did not pay Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, directly, he had paid his attorney Michael Cohen to deliver the payment of “hush money” to the adult entertainment figure.

Just yesterday, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, Michael Cohen testified in front of the United States House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee to address how he was involved with President Trump and whether Trump did anything wrong after he assumed office as the President of the United States of America.

Cohen was called to testify because he was found guilty of a handful of federal charges that ultimately landed him a three-year bid in prison back in December. Although it’s not clear when Michael Cohen, who has since been disbarred as an attorney in the United States, will go to prison to begin serving his sentence, it is clear that he helped Donald Trump cover up illegal activities. The charges that Cohen was slapped with included lying in front of United States Congress while under oath about Trump’s activities related to erecting a Trump Tower in Moscow, Russia, and covering up violations in campaign finance law that the Trump campaign had made prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Michael Cohen was first hired by Donald Trump in 2007.

At the hearing yesterday, Cohen admitted that both he and President Trump knew that paying Stormy Daniels any amount of money to stay quiet about the pair’s affair more than a decade before he took office was illegal. It was also made clear that Trump was fully aware that Cohen made payments to at least one other woman that Trump had an affair with roughly a decade ago, as well. Cohen was reimbursed in full for all the payments that he helped facilitate between President Trump and the women that he had allegedly slept with some years ago.

It’s not clear what will happen to President Trump.

The Supreme Court Says Decisions Made By Dead Judges Don’t Count

The Supreme Court is a mighty force in America’s Democracy. Supreme Court judges get a new label when a president nominates a federal judge and Congress confirms the nomination. For a lawyer, it is the Legal Hall of Fame. They are the superheroes of the justice system. And to confirm their superhero status they suddenly become “Justices” instead of federal judges.

And they get to keep their Justice job for life. Back when the Founding Fathers were on the hunt for judges, the only way to find a decent judge was to dangle the lifetime job idea in front of them. But today, the lawyers who want to be judges are drops in a legal ocean filled with deserving lawyers. A lawyer would be crazy not to want a lifetime federal judgeship that could turn into a lifetime justiceship.

But there are downsides to being any kind of lifetime judge. Judges have to stay out of politics, and they can’t act like they support one cause over another in their private life. In fact, their private lives are pretty private. Even the press stays away from throwing shade at Supreme Court Justices or federal judges unless they do or say something really stupid. Like Brett Kavanaugh did several times during his Congressional testimony.

When Congress confirms a federal judge or Supreme Court Justice, they don’t have to worry about another job, ever. But they may have to worry about a case they authored if they die before the final filing.

According to a recent Supreme Court ruling, a dead judge’s decision doesn’t count if the decision came after the death of the judge. In other words, all the constitutional power that judge enjoyed in life ends when he reaches the other side of legal nowhere.

The case that determined that ruling is the U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the Ninth Circuit Stephen Reinhardt’s death. Judge Reinhardt was the author of a decision filed 11 days after his March 29, 2018 death. Judge Reinhardt was 87 when he put his lifetime job skills to work and authored the case. But only five judges on the panel approved his decision out of the 10 judges on the panel. Even though Reinhardt had an important role in the case, his vote doesn’t count because he wasn’t a judge when the filing involving the federal Equal Pay Act got to the final filing stage.

A No-Deal Brexit Will Be A Day-To-Day Game-Changer For U.K. Citizens

Most U.K. citizens know the odds are against Theresa May. EU leaders believe the U.K. Parliament won’t budge on the Irish border issue, so the EU thinks May won’t be able to make a deal they can live with before the March deadline.

EU citizens wanted the U.K. to stay when the Brits voted to leave in 2016. But their attitude about the split changed dramatically over the last three years. EU citizens want the U.K. to leave in March, and they don’t care if there’s a signed deal that makes their departure official.

U.K. citizens didn’t expect Parliament to put up such a lame fight with the EU. They thought leaving the EU would be easy. They didn’t expect they would walk out the EU door without a signed deal that would protect the way they live life day-to-day. But that’s going to happen unless May’s “Hail Mary” attempt to close the Brexit deal works.

The day after a no-deal Brexit, U.K. citizens will have to request a green card to prove they have insurance if they plan to drive to Europe. Insurance companies don’t charge citizens for green cards but it may take a month or more to get one. And their U.K. driver’s license won’t work in the EU after March 29th. They will need to buy an International Driver’s Permit to drive through Europe. And they will have to purchase a different one if they drive to Spain and France.

Plus, their old EU insurance card won’t work when they travel through Europe. The Brits will have to buy travel insurance if they plan a European trip. The Brits will also need a visa to visit Europe and visas aren’t cheap. A 90-day visa will cost $68 every time they apply for one. And if the Brits want to take their pets with them to Europe, they must prove their pets are healthy. They will need an animal health certificate from a registered veterinarian.

The good news is phone roaming charges won’t go into effect the day after a No-Brexit deal. But the phone companies said that might change. If the phone companies decide to implement roaming charges again that move would be a costly one for Brits who still have friends and relatives living in the EU. U.K. retirees who live in Europe and get a U.K. state pension may discover their pension is what the Brits living in Canada and Australia call a “frozen pension.” The U.K. government plans to uprate pensions in 2019 and 2020, but that won’t happen unless there is a signed Brexit deal.

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenges To Census Questions Regarding Citizenship

The Supreme Court of the United States decided on Friday it would discuss whether or not additional questions regarding citizenship should be added to the census in 2020. The case arguments will take place in April.

The case now belongs to the Second United States Circuit Court of Appeals and has been fast-tracked to make a decision possible before the printing of census forms in June. The Washington Post and the National law Journal each received copies of the cert grant.

Jesse Furman, U.S. District Judge in Manhattan, found a month ago Wilber Ross, Secretary of Commerce, violated the Administrative Procedure Act when he added citizenship questions to the census format.

Furman asserted Ross disregarded statutes involving data collection and the necessity to provide Congress with notice of actions. Furman went on to say the Secretary acted in an arbitrary fashion intended to conceal the true intent of his actions. However, Furman ruled no violation of due process took place since it was not proven Ross intended to discriminate against minorities or individuals who were not citizens of the United States.

Ross explained the questions were being added to the census in order to provide the higher level of citizenship data requested by the Department of Justice. The data is needed, according to Ross and the Department, to support efforts to enforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Furman stated his belief that Ross solicited the request from the Department of Justice for reasons already possessed by the Secretary.

There have been two lawsuits filed in the case, reports Bloomberg. One was filed by 18 states and several county and city municipalities. The second lawsuit included several advocacy groups for immigrant causes as plaintiffs. The two lawsuits have been consolidated into one for the case.

The lawsuits argue the additional questions will cause immigrants to be more reluctant to participate in the census process. Plaintiffs believe this will reduce the number of immigrants counted on the census.

The House of Representatives has supported the plaintiffs and filed an Amicus Brief in a demonstration of this support. The House explains an inaccurate account will have a direct effect on the allocation of federal dollars to the states, as well as, House representation for states.