Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's first Supreme Court appointment, cast the deciding vote in a decision released Tuesday that sided with an immigrant fighting his deportation.
Gorsuch sided with court's four liberal justices in favor of the immigrant, James Garcia Dimaya, who the government sought to deport after his second first-degree burglary conviction in California.
The Justice Department argued his first-degree burglary conviction constituted a crime of violence, which is an aggravated felony that results in deportation under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
However, the court said Tuesday that the law’s definition of a crime of violence is too vague. 
In delivering the opinion of the court Justice Elena Kagan relied on a 2015 ruling in which the court said a similar clause in the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) that defined a “violent felony” was unconstitutionally void for vagueness.

WaPo Editorial Board To Democrats: Don't Play Games, Confirm Mike Pompeo
Rex Tillerson is gone and CIA Director Mike Pompeo is slated to be the nest secretary of state. He’ll have to be confirmed for that post, go through hearings, and Democrats have not been a disappointment in showing how insufferable they are. Democratic opposition to Pompeo is growing, even those who voted to confirm him for CIA Director. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) is the latest to join Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Jeanne Sheehan (D-NH). With John McCain (R-AZ) unavailable due to medical reasons and Paul’s defection, finding the votes could get rough for Republicans (via The Hill):
CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday [4/12] faced a grilling from Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, suggesting he faces uncertain prospects to win a panel vote to become the nation’s top diplomat.
Pompeo declined to answer repeated questions from Democrats related to the ongoing Russia investigations and was challenged at several points to break with President Trump, as lawmakers voiced concerns that he would be too deferential as secretary of State.

Barbara Bush, former first lady, dead at 92

With her cloud of snow-white hair, signature three strand pearls and compelling presence, Barbara Bush's image was what she laughingly called "everybody's grandmother." But the feisty, outspoken Bush was also a tireless advocate for literacy , an author, experienced campaigner and both wife and mother of a U.S. president.

Bush, 92, died Tuesday, shortly after her family announced she was in failing health and would decline further medical treatment in favor of "comfort care." There were no details of her specific health problems.
The announcement w
as made in a statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush.

"A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 92. She is survived by her husband of 73 years, President George H. W. Bush; five children and their spouses; 17 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and her brother, Scott Pierce. She was preceded in death by her second child, Pauline Robinson 'Robin' Bush, and her siblings Martha Rafferty and James R. Pierce."

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