Trademarks cannot be banned purely because they are offensive, the Supreme Court said Monday in a ruling that could impact one of the National Football League’s biggest controversies.Banning an offensive trademark “offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for a unanimous court. BREAKING: #SCOTUS says law that barred the Washington Redskins from registering their name as a trademark is unconstitutional. pic.twitter.com/Gpe8Wgnj5u — Jimmy Hoover (@JimmyHooverDC) June 19, 2017
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sparked a mini-meltdown in the media Monday with a tweet challenging the fairness of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.Special Counsel Stocks Staff with Democrat DonorsIMAGE: YouTubeGingrich, who also on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” pointed to the early hires that special counsel Robert Mueller has made.“Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair,” he tweeted. “Look who he is hiring.check fec [sic] reports. Time to rethink.”He’s not wrong about the donations. Four top lawyers hired by Mueller have contributed tens of thousands of dollars over the years to the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates, including former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump’s 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.One of the hires, Jeannie Rhee, also worked at a lawyer for the Clinton Foundation and helped persuade a federal judge to block a conservative activist’s attempts to force Bill and Hillary Clinton to answer questions under oath about the operations of the family-run charity.Campaign finance reports show that Rhee gave Clinton the maximum contributions of $2,700 in 2015 and again last year to support her presidential campaign. She also donated $2,300 to Obama in 2008 and $2,500 in 2011. While still at the Justice Department, she gave $250 to the Democratic National Committee Services Corp.Rhee also has contributed to a trio of Democratic senators, Mark Udall of New Mexico; Chris Van Hollen of Maryland; and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.James Quarles, who worked on the Watergate investigation has a young prosecutor, has an even longer history of supporting Democratic politicians. He gave $1,300 to Obama in 2007 and $2,300 in 2008. He also gave $2,700 to Clinton last year.
Former FBI Director James Comey didn’t let every cat out of the bag in his prepared opening statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee, released the day before his testimony. “I understood that I could be fired for any reason and for no reason at all,” James Comey says.The initial words under oath Thursday morning from Comey, who President Donald Trump fired May 9, barely resembled that earlier statement. And during questions and answers, he offered some surprises.“Lordy, I hope there were tapes,” Comey exclaimed at one point to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., referring to a one-on-one dinner conversation with Trump in which his loyalty was a topic.He talked mostly about Trump, but also about the president’s vanquished opponent Hillary Clinton and political pressure from Loretta Lynch, former President Barack Obama’s second attorney general.The ousted FBI director also reaffirmed several times that Trump never was personally under investigation. The hearing before the Senate committee, which lasted nearly three hours, also contained a few awkward exchanges.Here are seven key points from Thursday’s much-talked-about event:1. Neither Trump Nor His Administration Asked Comey to Back Off Russia Probe.
The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it has set June 12 as the deadline for the challengers of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to file their responses.On Thursday night, the Trump administration appealed a ruling of the 4th Circuit Court blocking implementation of the temporary travel ban as likely unconstitutional on the grounds of religious discrimination.The 4th Circuit ruled Trump’s executive order contained “vague words of national security” but that its context “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”
Former Vice President and self-styled inventor of the Internet Al Gore, infamous primarily for his many debunked prophecies about global-warming doom, is demanding that humanity fork over another $15 trillion to supposedly save the planet from alleged man-made “climate change.” In a report produced by his new group of crony capitalists and tax-funded climate alarmists, dubbed the “Energy Transitions Commission” (ETC), Gore and his allies demand as much as $600 billion annually for decades to help meet the g
Something big is going down at Fort Stewart, Georgia.On Tuesday, the base was placed on lockdown and several soldiers were arrested because authorities believe that they either have in the past or are currently selling, possessing, or using cocaine, Popular Military reported.While the investigation is continuing, Popular Military reports that it had been told by a source there could be as many as 64 soldiers from the “3-15 Infantry Battalion and the 1-30 Infantry Battalion” involved in the affair.
Delta is letting employees offer customers nearly $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet.United is taking steps too. It will require employees seeking a seat on a plane to book it at least an hour before departure, a policy that might have prevented last Sunday’s confrontation.Those and other changes show airlines are scrambling to respond to a public-relations nightmare — the video showing airport officers violently yanking and dragging 69-year-old David Dao from his seat on a sold-out United Express flight.
More Corruption? Democrat Caught Paying Hundreds of Thousands Dollars to Daughter ⋆ The Constitution
Near the end of March we reported that longtime Democrat leader Alcee Hastings (D-FL) had become embroiled in a corruption scandal that saw him paying his girlfriend over $2.5 Million over the last 20 years.Hastings girlfriend was his highest paid employee, even though she was not among his closest, or most important staff members.Now, news is breaking that another popular Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), has been discovered in a similarly troubling ethical conundrum.The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that Karen Waters has been paid over $600K by her mother since 2006:
New guidance from the Trump administration out Wednesday will officially end the federal hiring freeze implemented days after the president took office.“This does not mean that the agencies will be free to hire willy-nilly,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters ahead of the formal release.Instead, agencies are instructed to act wherever possible to bring their workforce size and activities in line with Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget plan, which called for deep cuts to nearly every corner of the government and elimination of numerous programs.Of course, the president’s budget request is merely a proposal, and it is congressional appropriators who will do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to how the government spends its money.By the end of June, agencies are directed to report to OMB with a draft of their long-term restructuring plans and the status of their “progress on near-term workforce reduction actions,” according to the guidance.