Can the president be charged with obstruction of justice? A tweet by Donald Trump - or maybe his lawyer - is raising the question. His lawyer says the president can’t be guilty of obstruction of justice because, well, he’s the president. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether a baker can refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The baker says it’s his First Amendment right to say no.
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Attorneys arguing on behalf of cakemaker Jack Phillips are part of a massive legal organization called Alliance Defending Freedom. That’s a conservative Christian “legal army” committed to defending Christians whom – they say – are being punished for living by their religious convictions.
After more than a month of secrecy, we now know that the LA Weekly’s new owners include attorneys, investors, a boutique hotel developer, and real estate developer. All of them are men, and most seem to have stronger ties to Orange County than to Los Angeles. One of them is Brian Calle. He used to be the opinion editor for the Orange County Register and 10 other Southern California News Group papers.
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For the first time in the U.S., a woman who received a uterus transplant has given birth. Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas announced it on Friday. That’s where the woman got the transplant; she was born without a uterus. We learn about the mother and the uterus donor, risks behind the transplant and birth, and whether it will - or should - be a viable option for women across the U.S.
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Some undocumented immigrants consider self-deportation The Senate voted on four immigration bills this week, but all failed. We get reaction from an El Segundo-based woman who used to be a DACA recipient, but got a green card a few years ago. Her cousins are DACA recipients, and her brother and parents are undocumented. She says her parents are considering self-deporting.
What we know about the mass school shooting in Florida On Wednesday, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. The Anti-Defamation League says he was affiliated with a white supremacist group. We learn about this group, hear what politicians have to say about the incident, and remember those who’ve died at school shootings since Sandy Hook.
California DACA recipient fights for permanent fix This week, the Senate is debating and voting on an immigration bill -- or bills. We talk about what might come out of it. We also get a personal story of one DACA recipient, who quit her job and spent her savings to travel to Washington DC to advocate for a permanent DACA fix.
How common is domestic abuse? White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned last week after his two ex-wives and a former girlfriend accused him of physical and emotional abuse. Domestic violence affects women across the board. We talk with a wealthy, Harvard-educated woman who was married to an abusive man.
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