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It Has Arrived: the Long-Threatened House Lawsuit Against Obama — House Republicans on Friday filed a long-threatened lawsuit against the Obama administration over what GOP leaders have called executive overreach by President Barack Obama. The complaint, embedded below, is focused on changes made by the administration to health law policy after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law.

AM Roundup: Immigration Plan Ignites Debate over Executive Power — Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news: Executive power: The president's immigration-overhaul plan has ignited a debate over the legal boundaries of his power, leaving Republicans exploring whether they could litigate claims that his actions violate the law.

FCC Lays Groundwork for More Curbs on Prison Call Rates — Regulators are considering banning payments made by telecommunications companies to states for the exclusive rights to provide call services in their prisons and jails, the latest effort by the Federal Communications Commission to rein in rates for inmates' telephone calls.

Veterans accuse six banks of aiding US foes — More than 200 veterans and their families filed a lawsuit Monday accusing six major banks of helping Iran move tens of millions of dollars to groups targeting US soldiers in Iraq during the war.

Veterans Accuse Six Banks of Aiding U.S. Foes — More than 200 veterans and their families filed a lawsuit Monday accusing six major banks of helping Iran move tens of millions of dollars to groups targeting U.S. soldiers in Iraq during the war. The suit, filed in Brooklyn federal court, comes less than two months after the first U.S.

Kansas Justices Overcome Criticism over Death-Penalty Ruling — Two Kansas Supreme Court justices who were challenged over their ruling in a death-penalty case won new six-year terms on the high court. Justices Eric Rosen and Lee Johnson weren't in a contested race. In Kansas, after a justice is appointed by the governor and serves a six-year turn, voters get to decide whether to keep the justice, by checking yes or no.

Judicial Elections: Races to Watch — Supreme-court justices in 22 states will face the voters this Election Day, although in 14 they will be running in uncontested, yes-or-no elections. The elections come as the struggle between corporate groups and trial lawyers to influence who sits on state high courts has broadened to include national political groups.

Judges to Begin Weighing Shorter Sentences for Thousands of Inmates — Starting Saturday, federal judges can begin reviewing the cases of tens of thousands of federal prisoners who may be eligible for a reduced sentence. The U.S. Sentencing Commission estimates that more than 46,000 inmates could receive a shorter sentence - an average of about two years off their total - following a tweak to the sentencing guidelines that altered the formula for calculating penalties for drug-trafficking offenses.

These Tricksters Earn Their Treats — Not all American kids get their Halloween candy for free. In some haunts, including St. Louis, Mo., and Des Moines, Iowa, trick-or-treaters have to tell a joke before they get candy. The tradition appears to date back to at least the 1930s and, historians say, has roots in Old-World mumming -- the practice of people in disguise visiting homes to perform dances, music, jokes or recitations.

In St. Louis, Trick-or-Treaters Tell Jokes to Earn Halloween Candy — When 7-year-old Jimmy Striler dons his Red Ninja costume this year, he will be armed with a plastic sword. He will also carry something else St. Louis, Mo., children must have with them on Halloween: corny jokes.
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Nov 21, 2014

The walkie-talkie at the next table crackled. "No, they do not have nachos," the man replied. "Over."… @smithjenBK

Nov 21, 2014

RT @stltoday: ACLU wins federal court orders on right to film police in Ferguson, elsewhere

Nov 21, 2014

RT @walterolson: You're so vain you probably think this act of subtweet microaggression is about you.

Nov 21, 2014

A few times a year, a handful of U.S. Marshals takes part in raids in Mexico against drug suspects…

Nov 21, 2014

If you're in a Veterans Affairs building, remember: "loud, boisterous and unusual noise" is prohibited.…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @brkend: The House lawsuit vs Obama administration has been assigned to veteran Judge Rosemary Collyer. Nominated by Pres George W. Bush in 2002.

Nov 21, 2014

It Has Arrived: the Long-Threatened House Lawsuit Against Obama via @WSJ

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