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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

Appeals court revives suit against Trump over business ties

A lawsuit by restaurant workers and a prominent restaurateur and hotelier who say President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution was restored Friday by a federal appeals …


Court to Trump: Blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional

President Donald Trump lost a major Twitter fight when a federal appeals court said he violated the First Amendment whenever he blocked a critic to silence a viewpoint.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019

Judge allows Democrats’ lawsuit against Trump to proceed

A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit that accuses President Trump of profiting off the presidency in violation of the Constitution to move forward.


UPDATED: Sun., March 31, 2019

Girls were forced to wear skirts at school to ‘preserve chivalry.’ So they sued – and won.

This week a federal judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled that a school’s policy toward girls’ clothing was unconstitutional, the culmination of a court fight that began …


Marc A. Thiessen: Trump is undermining Congress’s power of the purse. Republicans must vote to stop it.

One would think that constitutional conservatives would be leading the fight in the Senate to reverse the president’s extraordinary emergency declaration and reclaim Congress’s power of the purse. So far, …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018

Dershowitz says New York probe, not Mueller, is ‘greatest threat’ to Trump

President Donald Trump should be more worried about prosecutors in New York than about the ongoing Russia probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller III, retired Harvard Law School professor …


Cuba forms commission to update Soviet-era constitution

Cuban legislators took the first step Saturday toward drafting a new constitution.


Lawsuit says Iowa’s voter ID law violates state constitution

Iowa’s new voter identification law violates the state constitution and will make it harder for some people to cast a ballot, plaintiffs alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018

Anti-abortion politicians push efforts to prosecute women

Anti-abortion rhetoric is intensifying ahead of midterm elections as officials in Republican-dominant states push legislation that would punish both doctors and patients, even though such laws are likely unconstitutional.


Russia’s Syria talks end with plan to draft new constitution

A Russia-hosted Syrian peace conference ended Tuesday with a plan to draft a new constitution as part of efforts to end the nearly seven-year civil war, but key opposition and …


Scott Pruitt once said Trump ‘would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama – and that’s saying a lot’

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a 2016 interview that “Donald Trump in the White House would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama,” according to …


Idaho lawmakers to consider call to amend US Constitution

Idaho lawmakers will once again be asked to consider joining fellow Republican-dominated states calling for a constitutional amendment to limit federal government power.


Lawsuit: Teen expelled for sitting for Pledge of Allegiance

A lawsuit says a Houston student’s Constitutional rights were violated when she was expelled for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017

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

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 …


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

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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

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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …