1A: San Francisco ordinance requiring health warnings on soda labels struck down as compelled speech (9th Circuit)
Free Expression: Council of Europe says sharia law is incompatible with freedom of expression, freedom of religion, democracy, etc.
1A Religion: University of Iowa puts 32 religious student groups on probation for supposed discrimination in ongoing tussle over whether Christian groups can be forced to have gay leaders against their beliefs
2A: South Dakota becomes 14th state to enact constitutional carry (no permit required to carry a firearm)
2A: Dems say they need “a new massacre” to succeed on the gun control issue
4A: a police threat to break down door if it’s not opened is not a coercive warrantless entry, Fourth Circuit rules
5A: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) proposes seizing closed industrial plants to implement Green New Deal
Discrimination: more political bias in public accommodations - California restaurant won’t serve customers wearing MAGA hats. Brandon Straka: so order your food and put on your hat when the food is being made
14A Due Process: appeals court says pistol-whipping is not a ‘crime of violence’ under Supreme Court precedent, over dissent that vagueness should be assessed in light of the facts of the case, not just statutory language (4th Circuit)
Art 1, Sec 9 Habeas Corpus: ordinarily time-barred claim can go forward because actual innocence test met (massive defects in the evidence - witness with memory problems, suggestive lineup, bad forensics, etc.) (4th Circuit)
Nationwide Injunctions - more commentary coming in against lower federal courts issuing nationwide injunctions. There have been 30 against the Trump administration, “matching the total number of injunctions against the first 42 presidents combined”
Why the Articles of Confederation failed - weak central government, supermajority required for everything in the legislature, states had their own foreign policies, etc.
“John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court” (one hour video on early Chief Justice who favored a big federal government)
California’s out-of-control referendum process teaches other states why they should avoid ‘direct democracy’
Shame on Don Lemon! He tried to browbeat Gladys Knight into not singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Her reply: “It’s about respect... there are so many that have died for our great country even in my family”