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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Virginia Redistricting Case

SCOTUS to hear Virginia redistricting caseThe Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday in a case that could determine if members of Congress can interject themselves in legal disputes over the borders of neighboring districts.

Ten current and former Republican members of Congress from Virginia want the Supreme Court to stop a court-ordered redistricting plan in that state. But first the lawmakers will have to convince the justices that they have the right to challenge it.


Anti-Trump protester punched, kicked at Tucson rally

Protester punched at Trump rally in TucsonViolence once again marred a Donald Trump campaign event Saturday as the Republican front-runner rallied thousands of supporters at two stops ahead of Arizona's presidential primary.

Video from an event in Tucson shows protester Bryan Sanders getting escorted out of the building by security when he is punched in the head and then kicked while on the ground.


Protesters block road outside Trump Arizona event, march in NYC

Protesters block road in AZDozens of protesters blocked traffic near a Donald Trump event in Arizona on Saturday, while demonstrators marched in New York City to protest the GOP front-runner.

The protesters in Arizona parked vehicles sideways on Shea Boulevard, blocking both lanes of traffic into Fountain Hills, Arizona, where Trump held a rally Saturday afternoon, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Joaquin Enriquez told CNN.


Trump fights summer trial in Trump University lawsuit

Trump fights summer trial in Trump U lawsuitRepublican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is fighting efforts to hold a trial in a federal class-action lawsuit over his Trump University real-estate program either just before or after the Republican National Convention in July.

Such a trial has the potential to pull Trump off the campaign trail in order to serve as a witness. And in a filing late Friday night in federal court in San Diego, lawyers for Trump said plaintiffs' lawyers are intentionally trying to schedule the trial to interfere with his presidential campaign.


Obama nominates Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

Merrick FarlandUS President Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, an appellate court judge, to the Supreme Court.

White House confirmed the news on Wednesday, emphasising his readiness for the job and history of support from both Republicans and Democrats.

"No one is better suited to immediately serve on the Supreme Court," a White House official said in a statement on Wednesday.


The Economist rates Trump presidency among its top 10 global risks

Donald Trump global economic riskA Donald Trump presidency poses a top-10 risk event that could disrupt the world economy, lead to political chaos in the U.S. and heighten security risks for the United States, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Electing Trump could also start a trade war, hurt trade with Mexico and be a godsend to terrorist recruiters in the Middle East, according to the latest EIU forecasts.


Opponents of GMO Labeling Broke Washington's Campaign Finance Law

GMO Labeling opponents broke lawA court in Washington has ruled that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) violated the state's finance disclosure law when it funneled millions of dollars in dark money from its major corporate members to the campaign that defeated a 2013 ballot initiative to label food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.  

The GMA could face up to a $33 million fine if a trial court determines that members of its staff knew they were breaking the law when they attempted to hide the identities of processed food companies opposed to the ballot initiative, which would have required special labels for grocery items containing GMO ingredients.


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