Judge Rules Against Trump Administration, Says Census Counting Must Continue Through October

A judge ruled Thursday night that 2020 Census counting can continue through October 31.

The ruling was issued by California district judge Lucy H. Koh against the Trump administration, which sought to stop counting after Sept. 30, a month before its previously scheduled completion.

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Judge Orders U.S. to Stop Detaining Migrant Children in Hotels

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to stop detaining immigrant children in hotels before expelling them from the United States, saying the much-criticized practice skirted “fundamental humanitarian protections.”

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that the use of hotels as long-term detention spaces violates a two-decade-old settlement governing the treatment of immigrant children in custody. She ordered border agencies to stop placing children in hotels by Sept. 15 and to remove children from hotels as soon as possible.

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Tiktok to Fight Trump Over His Pending Order to Ban Its App

Video app TikTok said it will wage a legal fight against the Trump Administration’s efforts to ban the popular, Chinese-owned service over national-security concerns.

TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, insisted Monday that it is not a national-security threat and that the government is acting without evidence or due process. The company said it will file suit against the government later Monday in federal court in California. A copy of the complaint could not be obtained.

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States Try Again to Block Coal Sales That Trump Revived

A coalition of states, environmentalists and American Indians on Monday renewed its push to stop the Trump administration from selling coal from public lands after a previous effort to halt the lease sales was dismissed by a federal judge.

Joined by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and several environmental groups, Democratic attorneys general from California, New York, New Mexico and Washington state filed a lawsuit challenging the administration’s coal program in U.S. District Court in Montana.

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Conservatives Praise Supreme Court for Ruling States Can’t Discriminate Against Religious Schools

The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday that states can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education in a 5-4 ruling. 

Hailed as a victory for religious freedom, the justices upheld a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private schooling in which almost all the recipients attend religious schools.

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President Trump Reportedly Considering Forming Panel to Review Anti-Conservative Bias in Big Tech

President Donald Trump is considering forming a commission to review anti-conservative bias on social media platforms, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the idea.

A potential White House-created commission would examine allegations of online bias and censorship, according to the report. The administration will also encourage the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Election Commission to conduct similar reviews, the sources told the WSJ.

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Judge Sanctions Trump Admin After Citizenship Question Lawsuit

An Obama-appointed federal judge sanctioned the Trump administration on Thursday, ruling that the White House did not provide sufficient documentation amid its failed attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Jesse Furman, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ordered the Trump administration on Thursday to pay attorney fees as punishment.

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Tina Smith Accuses Trump Administration of Spreading ‘Flat-Out Misinformation’ on Coronavirus

Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) accused President Donald Trump and his administration of spreading “misinformation” about the coronavirus in a recent interview.

The Minnesota senator said the Trump administration “didn’t move quickly on developing” a test for the virus.

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Walz Sends Letter to Trump Admin in Response to ‘Immoral’ Efforts to Deport Hmong, Lao Residents

Gov. Tim Walz sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week expressing his opposition to “any agreement resulting in the deportation of Hmong and Lao Minnesotans.”

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Michigan and Minnesota Sue Trump Admin Over Effort to Allow Release of 3D-Printed Guns

Michigan and Minnesota have joined a lawsuit challenging a federal regulation that would allow blueprints for 3D-printed guns to be posted online.

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Ellison Joins Lawsuit Against ICE Over Practice of Arresting Illegals in Courthouses

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced his support last week for a lawsuit that would halt the federal immigration arrests of illegal immigrants in and around state courthouses across the country.

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Ellison Sues Trump Administration Over Food-Stamp Work Requirements

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison joined 15 attorneys general and New York City in filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

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Omar Leads Colleagues in Calling for Extension of TPS for Somalis

A group of 50 House Democrats led by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week asking for an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Somalis.

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Gov. Walz Consents to Continued Refugee Resettlement: ‘The Inn Is Not Full’

Gov. Tim Walz offered his consent to continue Minnesota’s participation in the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program in a letter sent Friday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Ellison Leads Third Legal Effort to Protect Liberians from Deportation

Attorney General Keith Ellison has for the third time this year filed a legal motion to protect Liberians from President Donald Trump’s attempt to end their Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) protections.

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Rep. Dean Phillips Claims He Would Support Impeachment Inquiry Even if Trump Were a Democrat

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN-03) spoke at length about the impeachment inquiry during a town hall Saturday night in Brooklyn Park where he said he would support the current impeachment inquiry even if it were against a Democrat.

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Nessel, Ellison Praise Judge for Blocking Trump Admin Religious Liberty Rule

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel praised a district court for its decision to block a Trump Administration rule that would have allowed health care workers to refuse certain services on religious liberty grounds.

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Attorney General Ellison Says Trump ‘Makes it Necessary’ to Sue ‘Almost on a Daily Basis’

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Tuesday that while he didn’t run for office to challenge President Donald Trump, the president has made “it necessary to take him to court on a daily basis.”

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Minnesota Businesses Sign Legal Brief in Support of Upholding DACA

Several prominent businesses headquartered in Minnesota signed on to an amicus brief in support of upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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Acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Ken Cuccinelli Joins the Tennesseee Star Report to Talk About His Recent Regulation Victory on Asylum

On Thursday morning’s The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 am to 8:00 am – Leahy was live from radio row in Washington, D.C. and welcomed Ken Cuccinelli who is currently working in the Trump administration as acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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