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Yet Another Win for Virginia Transgender Teen Gavin Grimm at 4th Circuit

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Fourth Circuit Hands Down Another Decision Against Gloucester County School Board

Virginia teenager Gavin Grimm was handed yet another win at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday afternoon. Back in April the appeals court ruled in favor of the transgender teenaged boy, affirming that discrimination against transgender students qualifies as sex discrimination under Title IX. 

Grimm had sued the Gloucester County School Board, which adopted a policy forcing him to use a single-stall restroom. The April ruling was a big win, but the Gloucester County School Board appealed, asking that a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit re-hear the case. They refused, handing Grimm another win.

This week, the Gloucester County School Board announced it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case, and asked the 4th Circuit, in light of the possibility they might win at the Supreme Court, to stay – place a hold on – its ruling, again forcing Grimm into a discriminatory setting. 

Thursday afternoon, the 4th Circuit handed Grimm another win. In a 2-1 vote, the judges refused to stay their ruling.

What’s next?

The Gloucester County School Board can ask the Supreme Court to stay the 4th Circuit’s ruling. If they do, and if the Supreme Court agrees to stay the 4th Circuit’s ruling, that is no indication of how they would rule, or even if they will take the case. If the Supreme Court refuses to intervene, and not stay the 4th Circuit’s ruling, it’s more likely they will not take the case, suggesting they see no need to review the court’s decision.

Or, the Gloucester County School Board can just accept the 4th Circuit’s ruling, and wait for the Supreme Court to agree to hear its case – or to refuse to review it.

As Joe.My.God. notes, the 4th Circuit includes “Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, and (hello) North Carolina.”

Equality Case Files has today’s ruling.

 

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Rod Rosenstein Admits He Authorized Release of Strzok-Page Texts That Spawned Preposterous GOP Conspiracy Theories

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In a court filing released on Friday, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein admitted that he authorized the release of the text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Strzok and Page, who were involved in the Russia investigation prior to dismissal by former special counsel Robert Mueller, and whose extramarital affair inflamed Fox News’ outrage for months, revealed a dislike of President Donald Trump in their text messages, which formed the basis of GOP conspiracy theories that the FBI had been secretly working to bring down the president with the Russia investigation.

Subsequent investigations have failed to find any evidence that Strzok, Page, or any other FBI officials tried to politically target Trump with the power of the agency. However, a recent inspector general report suggests some of their surveillance practices may have been improper and require reform.

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‘Contempt of Congress Is Illegal’ Declared One of Trump’s Newest Attorneys – Just Days Before the House Voted to Impeach

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One of the lesser-known names on the new list of lawyers President Donald Trump approved to defend him during the Senate impeachment trial delivered a damning remark last month – damning for President Trump, that is.

“Contempt of Congress is illegal,” said Robert Ray, who served as the final Whitewater independent counsel after Ken Starr.

The Washington Post’s Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent report Ray made the stunning remark – one of the Articles of Impeachment essentially is contempt of Congress, or technically, obstruction of Congress – to The Daily Signal, a right wing website run by the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The Senate could force Hunter Biden and others to testify or face prosecution for contempt of Congress, said former independent counsel Robert Ray, who was involved in the investigation that led to Clinton’s impeachment.

“The Senate has the power to compel witnesses. So, subpoenas would be enforceable. Contempt of Congress is illegal. I don’t know that they have the votes, as a political question,” Ray told The Daily Signal. 

That’s problematic for Trump, given his attorney has said the actions for which he is being charged are illegal.

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Also problematic are these words: “No person is above the law, even the president of the United States.” Ray made that damning statement, as The New York Times reports, 20 years ago when Bill Clinton was the impeached president being tried by the Senate.

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On September 26, Ray told Maria Bartiromo there were not enough votes in the House, “yet,” to impeach Trump. Less than three months later Trump was impeached.

He also said, “impeachment to me is two things. You have to show both the high crime and misdemeanor, and you have to show an abuse of power.”

Trump was literally impeached for an abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Remember, Ray said “contempt of Congress is illegal,” and “you have to show an abuse of power.”

He seems to have been making the House’s arguments for them.

 

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‘Obsessed’ Trump Blasted for ‘Craven’ Decision to Gut Michelle Obama’s Healthy School Lunch Rules on Her Birthday

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This Friday, the Trump administration announced that it will be rolling back school lunch standards on vegetables and fruits that were championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama, The Hill reports.

The Agriculture Department said in a statement that the new standards will allow schools more flexibility “because they know their children best.”

But according to President Trump’s critics on Twitter, the move is just another vindictive attempt to reverse any and all accomplishments that came out of the Obama White House:

 

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