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Trump’s legal appeal to keep his finances hidden could be heard by Merrick Garland

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President Donald Trump was dealt a stinging blow when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 he cannot block Congress from subpoenaing his financial records, with the lone dissenter being a judge he appointed.

The president may well appeal that decision, and one way to do that would be to request an “en banc” rehearing where the entire D.C. Circuit reviews the case. But as MSNBC’s Kendis Gibson and former prosecutor Glenn Kirschner discussed on Saturday, one of the judges who would then hear the case is a familiar name: Merrick Garland, the Supreme Court nominee who was denied a hearing by Senate Republicans so Trump could fill it with an extreme-right replacement.

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“It could still take some time depending how the appellate court handles this,” said Kirschner.

“A noteworthy name at the top of that court. Isn’t there?” Gibson pressed him. “Merrick Garland.”

“Yes,” said Kirschner. “You know what? He was done wrong … He also is renowned for being a fair, circumspect, thoughtful jurist, and I have every confidence that he will divorce all of his experience, some might say his mistreatment from his mind. He’ll saw the legal wood in front of him and decide the issue based only on the merits of the arguments.”

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After surprise ruling, firearm-makers may finally decide it’s in their interest to help reduce gun violence

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Mass shootings have become a routine occurrence in America.

Gun-makers have long refused to take responsibility for their role in this epidemic. That may be about to change.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 12 refused to block a lawsuit filed by the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting victims, clearing the way for the litigation to proceed. Remington Arms, which manufactured and sold the semiautomatic rifle used in the attack, had hoped the broad immunity the industry has enjoyed for years would shield it from any liability.

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CNN panel blows up Lindsey Graham’s ‘hearsay’ talking points: ‘He knows what he’s saying is nonsense’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday lashed out at the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry and argued that it was completely illegitimate because it was relying on "hearsay" testimony from witnesses such as George Kent and Bill Taylor.

CNN's John King reacted to Graham's latest tirade by taking all his talking points apart piece by piece, starting with his accusation that evidence can't be gathered from hearsay. In particular, King pointed to the role that hearsay played in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

"He's talking about hearsay -- Number One, this is not a court of law, Congress is not a court of law," he said. "Number Two, I would remind Lindsey Graham, Linda Tripp heard about [Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky] from a friend."

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Two quotes that defined the first day of public impeachment hearings

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Editor’s note: Wednesday was the first day of public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry. Two career diplomats – William B. Taylor Jr., acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs – gave testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. Two scholars listened, and each picked one quote to analyze.

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