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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?