SAN DIEGO — Three California lawmakers announced proposed legislation Thursday that would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition on all state property, effectively ending gun shows on state fairgrounds. The laws would build on legislation passed in 2019 that prohibits gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and in 2021 at the Orange County Fair and Event Center. Both venues had hosted the Crossroads of the West sales several times a year for decades. Senate Bill 915, introduced by state Sen. Dave Min, an Irvine Democrat, would extend the prohibition to all 73 California state fairgrounds. "...
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‘Cipollone is a dangerous witness for Trump’: Jan. 6 panel wants to know what crimes White House counsel worried about
The House select committee has issued a subpoena for testimony from former White House counsel Pat Cipollone.
Previous witnesses have testified that Cipollone expressed concerns about the legality of Donald Trump's schemes to overturn his election loss, and the panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection wants to hear directly from the former White House counsel about those worries, reported the Washington Post.
“He was a witness to major aspects of our investigation,” Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-MD) told the Post. “It seems as if he was putting up a lot of red flags and trying to hang on to the rule of law as much as possible.”
Cipollone was present when then-attorney general William Barr told Trump his pressure campaign on the Department of Justice was highly improper, and he was there when the former president threatened to install new leadership at the DOJ to act on his false claims about election fraud.
The White House counsel also cautioned Trump that his fake electors scheme was legally unsound and warned attorney John Eastman not to pressure vice president Mike Pence to meddle in the electoral count, and Cipollone repeatedly warned that Trump going to the Capitol with his supporters would result in him being "charged with every crime imaginable."
“He likely can make it clear beyond peradventure that the illegality of the challenges to the election and the riot planning was known to Trump,” said trial lawyer David Lurie. “Cipollone is a dangerous witness for Trump because it was his job to speak up when legal lines were being crossed.”
SAN JOSE — Famed civil rights activist and labor leader Cesar Chavez’s family home, where he lived from 1951 to 1953, is on the market, and a local nonprofit is looking to purchase it. Located in East San Jose at 53 Scharff Ave. in a neighborhood originally known as “Sal Si Puedes” — meaning get out if you can — the property was designated a historical landmark by the San Jose City Council in August 1993. Chavez, who in 1962 co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Dolores Huerta, lived in the San Jose home with his family for several years while working in nearby apricot orchards...
The United States made history on Thursday as Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
The 51-year-old's appointment by Democratic President Joe Biden means white men are not in the majority on the nation's highest court for the first time in 233 years.
While her confirmation is a milestone, it won't change the 6-3 conservative majority on the court, which has come under fire for recent rulings broadening the right to bear arms and eviscerating abortion rights.
Jackson spoke only to say her oaths during Thursday's brief ceremony.
She had picked up support from three Senate Republicans during a grueling and at times brutal confirmation process, delivering Biden a bipartisan 53-47 approval for his first Supreme Court nominee.
Jackson's swearing-in marks a major moment for Biden, who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1980s and 90s, meaning he has the unprecedented distinction of both naming and overseeing the appointment of a Supreme Court justice.
The appointment presents an opportunity for his administration to pivot from a spate of bad news in recent months, with Biden's poll ratings still languishing below 40 percent amid runaway inflation ahead of midterm elections in November.
Crucially, it has allowed Biden to show the Black voters who rescued his floundering 2020 primary campaign that he can deliver for them.
At 42 days, the confirmation was among the shortest in history, although longer than it took to seat Donald Trump's last court pick during his presidency, Amy Coney Barrett.
As the final word on all civil and criminal legal disputes, as well as guardian and interpreter of the Constitution, the Supreme Court seeks to ensure equal justice under the law.
Four of the justices on the nine-member court are now women, making it the most diverse bench in history -- although they all attended the elite law schools of Harvard or Yale.
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