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White House names 3 nominees for 9th Circuit after conservative attacks

Source: CNN

After a day of attacks from commentators on the right, the White House announced Wednesday night that it planned to nominate three judges for the California seats on the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

The left-leaning 9th Circuit has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump, but when the White House last week announced its plans to renominate dozens of judges who had not received a hearing during the last Congress, those who had been previously nominated for the 9th Circuit weren't on the list.

Carrie Severino of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network referenced Feinstein and California's other US senator, Democrat Kamala Harris, in a morning tweet: "why on earth would the WH agree to tarnish its sterling legacy of circuit court judges &abandon the opportunity to improve the notorious 9th Cir to help Sens (and a would-be POTUS challenger) who are shafting him every chance they get?"

In a release Wednesday evening, the White House press office announced that Daniel P. Collins, Kenneth Kiyul Lee and Daniel A. Bress had been nominated for the 9th Circuit. But Patrick Bumatay, who had been slated for the 9th Circuit last time around, was listed to serve as a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of California, instead of the 9th Circuit.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/30/politics/9th-circuit-court-appeals-nominees-white-house-judges/index.html

Useless Senator From Louisiana Takes To The Floor To Moan About The Saints Game

Source: Deadspin

The U.S. government entered day 35 of its shutdown today. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees have not been paid in over a month, the airline industry is on the brink of total collapse, and the lines outside food banks get longer every day. Meanwhile, Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, who is getting paid despite the shutdown, arrived on the Senate floor today to whinge about the blown call from last weekendís NFC title game:

This dork went on for over five minutes, stiffly making his way through an explanation of the play before coming to his point, which is that... referees should receive letter grades after each game? This is what sports radio rants would sound like if everyone who called into sports radio shows did so from outside the steam room at their country club.

The country may be being held hostage by a President and Republican party whose only goal is to erect an entirely useless monument to racism in the middle of the American desert, but at least this guy is enjoying his Friday sillies.

Read more: https://deadspin.com/useless-senator-from-louisiana-takes-to-the-floor-to-mo-1832059518

Exclusive: U.S. to begin returning asylum seekers to Mexico on Friday - official

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United States will return the first group of migrants seeking asylum in the United States to the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Friday, a spokesman for Mexicoís president said on Thursday.

In a major policy change, U.S. President Donald Trumpís administration said on Dec. 20 it would send non-Mexican migrants who cross the U.S. southern border back to wait in Mexico while their U.S. asylum requests are processed.

The spokesman for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorís office did not specify the nationalities of those to be returned to Mexico, although the policy was aimed at helping cope with rising numbers of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States.

The two countries have held two meetings to work out details of the plan to return migrants seeking U.S. asylum across the shared border. Mexico has said it will not accept anybody facing a credible threat in Mexican territory.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-mexico-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-to-begin-returning-asylum-seekers-to-mexico-on-friday-official-idUSKCN1PI2VV

Supreme Court agrees to review NYC gun restrictions

Source: The Hill

The Supreme Court said Monday that it will hear a challenge to a New York City law banning residents from transporting a handgun to a second home or shooting range outside the city limits even if the gun is licensed, locked and unloaded.

The challenge was brought by The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. and three licensed gun owners in the city, Romolo Colantone, Efrain Alvarez and Jose Anthony Irizarry.

Colantone argued that he wants to be able to transport his handgun to his second home in Hancock, N.Y., to protect himself and his family. Colantone, along with Alvarez, Irizarry and the Rifle & Pistol Association, said they want to be able to transport handguns to target ranges and shooting competitions outside New York City to hone their shooting skills.

They claim the cityís ban violates the Second Amendment, the Commerce Clause of the Constitution and the constitutional right to travel.

Read more: https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/426408-supreme-court-agrees-to-review-nyc-gun-restrictions
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