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Reality TV’s ‘Sister Wives’ polygamist will petition SCOTUS to make his four marriages legal

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The star of the reality TV show Sister Wives is planning to take his case against Utah’s bigamy laws all the way to the Supreme Court.

Salt Lake City news station Fox 13 Now reports that Kody Brown and his four wives have until September 10 to file a petition for certiorari that will formally ask the Supreme Court to review their case.

The family will be appealing a 2015 decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit that upheld Utah’s anti-bigamy laws that forbid cohabiting with another adult in a marriage-like arrangement while already married to another adult.

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Fox 13 Now notes that the Brown family first became the subject of a legal investigation after their reality TV show began airing in 2010. Kody Brown and his wives — Meri, Christine, Janelle and Robyn — first sued the state of Utah over its laws prohibiting multiple marriages in 2012, as they argued that such laws “infringe on their rights to privacy and religious freedom.”

If the Supreme Court takes up the case, it will be the first polygamy-related case that it’s taken up in more than a century.


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Pennsylvania Dem unloads on GOPers who pushed to reopen as they hid colleague’s COVID-19 infection

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Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) lashed out at Republican lawmakers who remained silent after testing positive for COVID-19.

Democrats this week accused Republicans of withholding information after Rep. Andrew Lewis (R) tested positive for the virus.

"It's been a week, perhaps longer, that House Republican leadership knew that at least one of their members had tested positive for COVID-19," Sims explained in a Facebook post. "But they didn't go on quarantine until they were done serving alongside us, especially those of us that serve on the State Government Committee."

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‘Art of the Deal’ ghostwriter: ‘Psychopath’ Trump is ‘driven by an insatiable narcissistic hunger’ and an obsessive ‘need to dominate’

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President Ronald Reagan, in the 1980s, famously asserted that someone who agreed with him 70% of the time was a 70% ally and not a 30% enemy. But President Donald Trump, on the other hand, is furious if someone disagrees with him even on rare occasions. Author Tony Schwartz, who co-wrote or ghost-wrote Trump’s famous 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal,” analyzes Trump’s mentality in a May 28 article for Medium — stressing that the president is motivated, above all else, by a “need to dominate.”

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Bill Barr and the White House plan to collect information on social media users when Trump signs Executive Order: reports

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A draft of President Donald Trump's social media executive order shows it would create disturbing structures that could allow the President of the United States to personally target social media companies he feels are taking action against his supporters, enable his supporters to report that action directly to the White House, and empower the Attorney General of the United States to collect publicly available "watch-lists" of social media users that monitor not only their online activities but their offline activities as well.

The draft is not final, but both the speed with which it will be signed and reports show it likely has not gone through interagency review, as CNN's Brian Fung, who calls it "hastily conceived," notes.

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