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Supreme Court OKs Pentagon funds for border wall

by Mickey McLean
Posted 7/27/19, 12:17 pm

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Trump administration can now send construction crews to the U.S. southern border to build sections of a wall using $2.5 billion in Department of Defense funds. The five conservative justices on the court Friday reversed a lower court decision and lifted a freeze on Pentagon funds President Donald Trump sought for wall construction after declaring a national emergency in February. “Wow!

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Supreme Court pays respect to late Justice Stevens

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 7/22/19, 02:03 pm

WASHINGTON—Supreme Court justices, joined by President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and other dignitaries, honored former Justice John Paul Stevens on Monday as his body lay in repose at the court. Stevens, a Supreme Court justice for almost 35 years after his nomination by President Gerald Ford in 1975, died at age 99 last week after a stroke.

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The Slants

Seeing eye to eye

Race Issues | Why an Asian American band took its controversial trademark battle to the Supreme Court—and how its frontman saw humanity in others
by Mary Reichard
Posted 7/18/19, 03:31 pm

In 2013 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied an Oregon punk rock band’s request to trademark its name, “The Slants,” on grounds it disparaged Asian Americans. The band, led by California native Simon Tam, appealed: He says its goal was to reclaim the term from racial slurs and “inject it with pride.” In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the trademark denial violated the First Amendment and granted the band’s request. Since then, Tam has written a memoir and started a foundation to help Asian American artists.

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