Stories tagged: constitution
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 2:03 p.m.
Venezuela installs new all-powerful assembly rejected by US
Defying the U.S. and international community, Venezuela installed a new legislative body Friday that will have virtually unlimited power to rewrite the South American nation’s constitution and eliminate the last …
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
Venezuela leader’s foes levy new sanctions and fresh strike
Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro at home and abroad tried again Wednesday to pressure the socialist leader into halting his plans to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution though there was no public …
Tue., July 25, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Strict D.C. concealed carry gun permit law blocked by appeals court
A federal appeals court has blocked a District of Columbia law that makes it difficult for gun owners to get concealed carry permits.
UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 9:36 p.m.
Lawsuit: Washington cyberstalking law violates free speech
A retired Air Force major is asking a federal court to declare Washington state’s cyberstalking law unconstitutional, saying he’s been threatened with prosecution – and up to a year in …
Tue., July 11, 2017, 7:46 p.m.
Trump sued for blocking Twitter users
President Donald Trump and high ranking members of the White House staff were sued on Tuesday by the Knight First Amendment Institute, which alleges the president’s blocking of dissenting Twitter …
Mon., June 26, 2017, 8:11 a.m.
A Colorado ‘cake artist’ bakes up a big First Amendment case for Supreme Court
A self-described Colorado “cake artist” who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple has served up a potential Supreme Court blockbuster pitting freedom of speech and religious …
Mon., June 12, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
Two attorneys general sue Trump over his business ties
The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia filed a federal lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump, alleging he violated the Constitution by improperly retaining ties to his …
Wed., May 17, 2017, 12:56 p.m.
Alaska owner plans to resurrect strip club boat for summer
An Alaska man is resurrecting a strip club he operated on board his converted crab boat before he was convicted on waste disposal charges involving the vessel.
UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 9:11 p.m.
Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims
Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under …
Wed., May 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Venezuela’s Maduro starts constitution rewrite amid protests
Thousands of protesters were met with plumes of tear gas in Venezuela’s capital Wednesday, just miles from where President Nicolas Maduro delivered a decree kicking off a process to rewrite …
Wed., May 3, 2017, 7:46 a.m.
Polish president wants referendum on constitution in 2018
Poland’s president says he wants the country to hold a referendum next year on possible changes to the nation’s 20-year-old constitution.
Sat., April 1, 2017, 12:23 p.m.
Venezuela walks back move to strip congress’ power
Venezuela’s president and Supreme Court backed down Saturday from an unprecedented move to strip congress of its legislative powers that had sparked widespread charges that the South American country was …
Mon., March 27, 2017, 11:11 a.m.
Disruptive Idaho session prompts bill to change process
An Idaho Democrat wants to amend the state’s Constitution to no longer require lawmakers from reading an entire bill aloud before they can vote on it.
Fri., March 17, 2017, 8:36 p.m.
Administration files notice it will appeal ruling against second version of travel ban
The Trump administration filed court papers Friday hoping to salvage its second version of a travel ban after two judges in separate cases this week found that it probably violated …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 9:32 a.m.
Trump’s immigration ban promises constitutional showdown
Did President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration ban Muslims from the country on the basis of their religion? That will be a central question when federal judges dig more …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 3:46 p.m.
Syria opposition rejects Russian draft of new constitution
Syria’s opposition rejected a proposal from Russia on a new constitution for the conflict-torn country, warning the Kremlin against repeating the mistake made by the Bush administration after the U.S.-led …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 11:02 a.m.
Trump business ties violate Constitution, lawsuit claims
To fight what it called a “grave threat” to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing …
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 12:04 p.m.
Kennewick may repeal panhandling rules, deemed unconstitutional
Panhandling could become more visible in the Tri-Cities. A Kennewick law banning panhandling at some intersections is likely unconstitutional following a pair of court rulings expanding free speech rights to …
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, 4:51 a.m.
Analysis: You can’t strip flag-burners of citizenship, even if flag-burning could be made a crime
Donald Trump tweet Tuesday: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016, 8:21 a.m.
Trump wants stiff penalties for burning American flag
President-elect Donald Trump started Tuesday by issuing a broadside on the First Amendment, suggesting on social media that burning the American flag should be a criminal offense.
Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 10:55 a.m.
Merrick Garland’s faint Supreme Court hope dashed by judge
Merrick Garland’s last, long-shot chance at being confirmed as a Supreme Court justice has now vanished: A federal judge this week dismissed a case that sought to force the Senate …
Tue., Nov. 1, 2016, 3:31 p.m.
Talk of holding a Supreme Court seat vacant for four years is without precedent
One issue weighing heavily on Republican minds these days is the Supreme Court seat vacated in February with the passing of Antonin Scalia. In an unprecedented step earlier this year, …
Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, 7:05 p.m.
Washington shooting suspect waives right to speedy trial
The suspect in the fatal shooting of five people in a Washington state mall has agreed to waive his right to a speedy trial.
Thu., Sept. 22, 2016, 7 p.m.
Spokane Valley could become a Second Amendment sanctuary city under councilman’s proposal
A city councilman wants Spokane Valley to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary city and symbolically proclaim the city’s support for its citizens’ right to keep and bear arms.
Tue., Sept. 6, 2016, 2:28 p.m.
Oregon ranching standoff: What you need to know as trial begins
Trial is gearing up this week for armed ranchers who took over a national bird sanctuary in rural Oregon to oppose federal management of public lands.
Thu., May 19, 2016, 1:59 p.m.
Sweeping gun-control measures get California Senate OK
Democrats in the California Senate made another attempt Thursday to outlaw the sale of assault weapons with easily detachable ammunition magazines as part of a wide-ranging slate of gun control …
Thu., May 19, 2016, 9:21 a.m.
Justices say no constitutional right to speedy sentencing
A unanimous Supreme Court has ruled that a delay in imposing a prison sentence does not violate the Constitution’s right to a speedy trial.
Thu., April 28, 2016, 10:32 a.m.
Seattle compost rule thrown out by judge as unconstitutional
An environmental effort in Seattle to stop residents from tossing food scraps and other compost into the trash was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday by a judge who said trash collectors …
Sat., March 7, 2015
Idaho state senator defies call for apology to Hindus
BOISE – An array of religious leaders is calling for an Idaho state senator to apologize for her comments this week that Hinduism “is a false faith with false gods.” …
Thu., June 26, 2014, 7:49 a.m.
High court rebukes Obama on recess appointments
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president’s power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President …