FROM Lawrence Hurley
The US Supreme Court Takes Aim at Public Sector Unions The US Supreme Court heard arguments today in Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association . The issue is the state's legal requirement that teachers pay for the benefits of collective bargaining even if they've refused to join the union.
Supreme Court Rules Petition Signers Have No Right to Privacy The US Supreme Court has given a victory to advocates of gay rights. Late today, it ruled 8 to 1 that people who sign initiative petitions have no expectation of privacy . The case arose in Washington State, but applies to people who signed up to put Proposition 8 , the ban on same-sex marriage, on California's 2008 ballot. Lawrence Hurley reports for the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
Supreme Court Says No to Medical Marijuana Challenge California voters legalized medical marijuana 13 years ago, but it's still prohibited under federal law. Because of that conflict, San Diego and San Bernardino Counties have refused to issue identification cards. Today the US Supreme Court threw out their case, as we hear from Lawrence Hurley, who covers the court for the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?