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 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.
Is America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?