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Breaking: US Supreme Court Reverses Alabama Supreme Court Ruling, Sides With Lesbian Adoptive Mom



The U.S. Supreme Court has restored adoption rights for a parent divorced from her same-sex partner.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a woman lost her rights to her adoptive children when she and her same-sex partner split.

As NCRM reported last year, the Alabama Supreme court ruled the woman, known only as “V.L.,” should lose her parental adoptive rights because another state, where the couple first resided, had no right to grant them in the first place.

“V.L.” is not the birth mother but had obtained adoptive parental rights in Georgia. The couple, who never married, split, and her same-sex partner, identified only as “E.L.,” won the Alabama Supreme Court case denying her parental rights as the adoptive mother.

In December, the Supreme Court stayed the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision and temporarily restored V.L.’s parental rights while it took time to decide whether or not to hear the case. 

Monday morning, the Supreme Court issued a ruling reversing the Alabama decision.

Buzzfeed’s Chris Geider tweeted the decision:

USA Today notesthe case presented a test of an issue that crops up occasionally in state and federal courts since the Supreme Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage: Can gays and lesbians be denied adoption rights?”

“While at least 30 states have permitted second-parent adoptions, almost all of them have done so under statutory frameworks that, like Georgia’s, do not expressly embrace the concept,” V.L. attorneys wrote in a brief. “As a result, the number of children who could be adversely affected by the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision is large.” 

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.


UPDATE I: 10:19 AM EST –
The decision was unanimous.


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Trump Openly Solicits Payment to US Treasury for His ‘Approval’ of TikTok Sale – Which He Is Forcing



President Donald Trump says he is allowing Microsoft to purchase the U.S. assets of the popular Beijing-based TikTok social media video sharing app, in a sale Trump personally is forcing.

In discussing what he sees as the broad portions of an agreement the President used a real estate term to openly solicit the payment that would have to be made to the U.S. Treasury.

“I said a very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the U.S. Treasury of the United States, because we’re making it possible for this deal to happen,” Trump told reporters Monday afternoon.

“Now they don’t have any rights, unless we give it to them,” Trump continued. “If we’re going to give them the rights then it has to come into this country, it’s a little like the landlord-tenant. Without a lease, the tenant has nothing, so they pay what’s called ‘key money’ or they pay something, but the United States should be reimbursed.”

Trump is actively forcing the sale of a foreign-owned company, after announcing he would ban it over the weekend. And now that he’s forcing the sale, he’s saying the U.S. should get a “substantial” cut from the sale of the company – or he will not allow it to go through.

In some states and certain situations, “key money” is illegal.

It is not known if any other U.S. company purchasing a foreign asset or company was ever required to pay what effectively sounds like a bribe.


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Trump Under Investigation for Bank and Insurance Fraud by Manhattan District Attorney, Legal Filing Suggests



Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. on Monday moved to dismiss a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s attorneys, and in that legal filing suggested he is investigating the president and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud.

Vance “made the disclosure in a new federal court filing arguing Mr. Trump should have to comply with its subpoena seeking eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns,” The New York Times reports. “Mr. Trump has asked a judge to declare the subpoena invalid.”

The filing cites “undisputed” news reports to make clear that Vance has a legal basis for his subpoena ordering Trump’s accounting firm to hand over 8 years of the president’s personal and corporate tax returns.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month supported Vance’s attempts to obtain the documents.

A nearly two-year old New York Times investigation found that “President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents,”

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Top Trump Advisor Attacks Coronavirus Task Force’s Adm. Giroir – So He Can Push Hydroxychloroquine



Trump White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro is attacking the Coronavirus Task Force member in charge of COVID-19 testing. Admiral Brett Giroir over the weekend acknowledged hydroxychloroquine has been proven to be not effective in the fight against the coronavirus, echoing the position of the FDA and the CDC, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Dr. Deborah Birx. Earlier Monday President Donald Trump attacked Dr. Deborah Birx.

Navarro – a discredited economist who routinely pushes President Donald Trump’s talking points – went on CNN and was asked by anchor Jim Sciutto to share his opinion on the malaria drug the right wing has been dangerously pushing as a “cure” for coronavirus.

Sciutto noted Adm. Giroir had stated there are at least five studies out now that prove hydroxychloroquine offers no benefit to patients in the fight against coronavirus.

“Is it time for the administration to focus on proven treatments?” Sciutto asked.

Navarro, who has also attacked Dr. Fauci, including in the op-ed pages of USA Today, immediately slammed Giroir.

“I take exception to Giroir’s analysis,” Navarro, who has no medical training, said. “He hasn’t looked at the data in the last two weeks.”

Giroir is a medical doctor, a four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and serves as Trump’s Assistant Secretary for Health.

Navarro then threw out the names of other doctors, in an attempt to somehow discredit Giroir and sow doubt in the minds of viewers.

“My view of this now is doctors’ opinions are a dime a dozen,” Navarro declared.

Sciutto even said in the U.S., “it’s not a ‘both sides’ thing, the country has a way of approving treatments –”

Navarro interrupted him: “No it is a both sides, it is both sides,” which is false.



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