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Fox News: David Bossie: Nancy Pelosi takes the gavel in the House and what's her first target? Free speech

On Thursday, the 116th Congress began and San Francisco’s Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives once again.  Hopefully, she won’t revert to her old tricks by passing bills so the rest of us can find out what’s in them.

As the president of Citizens United, I know that every two years around this time the left ramps up its wrongheaded quest to gut the First Amendment and attack the landmark “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision that protects robust free speech rights for all of the American people. And this year is no exception, as House Democrats prepare to unveil H.R. 1 today.

A recent column in The New York Times entitled “After Citizens United, a Vicious Cycle of Corruption,” opens by stating, “In the eight years since it was decided, Citizens United has unleashed a wave of campaign spending that by any reasonable standard is extraordinarily corrupt.” An intriguing opening perhaps, but the entire opinion piece contains no evidence of corruption whatsoever. Liberals just can’t come to grips with the fact that spending a lot of money to participate in the political process doesn’t equal corruption.

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Fox News: David Bossie: Hey, Mitt Romney -- Washington needs problem solvers, not headline grabbers

Mitt Romney is just like Hillary Clinton.  Six years later, he’s still upset that he’s not president.  So, instead of coming to Washington as a problem solver like he campaigned, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney chose to start his tenure as Utah’s junior United States Senator as part of the problem.

In the midst of a government shutdown over securing our border, Romney chose to side with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi by attacking President Donald Trump in an op-ed in The Washington Post instead of offering his opinion about how to solve our illegal immigration crisis and end the shutdown. Oh Mitt, why am I not surprised? This behavior is extremely disappointing coming from someone who was the Republican nominee for President in 2012. Romney should be helping President Trump, not trying out for CNN’s next anti-Trump Republican talking head.

First of all, why did Senator Romney choose the Washington Post for his op-ed? Why not choose a paper in Utah, the state that he represents? It’s because Romney is a swamp creature more concerned about raising his own national profile than representing the people of Utah.

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CU & CUF file amicus brief re: The American Legion v. American Humanist Association (Bladensburg Cross)

CU & CUF file amicus brief re: The American Legion v. American Humanist Association (Bladensburg Cross)

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‘Pathetic Attempt for Relevancy’: Bossie Slams Romney’s New Anti-Trump Op-Ed

David Bossie slammed Mitt Romney for a scathing op-ed in which the incoming Utah senator criticized President Trump's leadership.

Romney, who will be sworn into the Senate on Thursday, wrote in the Washington Post piece, "His conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office."

Romney said not all of Trump's policies and appointments have been "misguided," but he said the president should demonstrate "the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect."

"As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit," he wrote. "With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring."

Trump responded on Twitter Tuesday morning, urging Romney to focus on issues like border security and to be a "team player."

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Fox News: Obamacare ruled unconstitutional by Texas judge

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was struck down by a Texas judge on Friday, a move that could suddenly disrupt the health insurance status of millions of Americans. The decision comes amid a six-week open enrollment period for the program.

Texas, along with 19 states, had argued to U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor that they had been hurt by a jump in the amount of people utilizing state-backed insurance. When Congress cut the tax penalty from the program in 2017, the states claimed, it essentially undercut the Supreme Court’s reasoning for finding former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation constitutional in 2012.

“The remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole,” O’Connor wrote in a 55-page opinion, according to Bloomberg. O'Connor is a conservative Republican appointee who previously blocked other Obama-era policies.

"As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster," President Trump tweeted following the ruling. "Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!"

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CU and CUF file amicus brief at the Supreme Court re: DACA

Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation joined with other conservative organizations in an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to take up the Trump Administration's appeal of two federal appeals court rulings that prohibit the Administration from implementing a policy decision to rescind the Obama Administration's DACA policy that allows certain illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S.  Among other things, the brief argues: The decisions by the 2nd and 9th Circuits "to force the retention of DACA on the nation is nothing less than an unconscionable attempt to nullify the results of a presidential election."  

CU & CUF Amicus Brief R... by on Scribd


CU and CUF File Amicus Brief in American Legion's Bladensburg Cross Case

Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation have joined forces with other conservative groups in urging the Supreme Court to review and reverse a ruling by the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which held that the Bladensburg Memorial Cross, which has stood on public ground for over 100 years, is an unconstitutional entanglement between government and religion.  Our amicus brief supports The American Legion's call for clarification of the "confused state" of the Supreme Court’s Establishment Clause jurisprudence.  More specifically, we urge the Court to abandon the framework derived from its 1971 decision in Lemon v. Kurtzman  and apply, instead, "an interpretive test that is suited to the original text of the Establishment Clause."

American Legion Bladensburg Cross Amicus Brief by Citizens United on Scribd


CU & CUF Statement: Supreme Court Upholds President Trump’s Travel Ban Proclamation

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, has upheld President Trump's travel ban proclamation.  The Court rejected the claim that the ban exceeds the President's statutory authority under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act ("INA"), concluding: "The Proclamation is squarely within the scope of the President's authority under the INA." 

The Court also said the Plaintiffs were unlikely to prevail on their claim that the ban violates the 1st Amendment's Establishment Clause because it disfavors the Muslim religion. In matters involving immigration and national security, the Court said that even where there is "extrinsic evidence" of religious hostility, the policy will be upheld "so long as it can reasonably be understood to result from a justification independent of unconstitutional grounds." The Court concluded the Plaintiffs were unlikely to prove their case under that standard, stating: "The Proclamation is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices. The text says nothing about religion."

Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation are proud to have supported the President's travel ban executive order from the very beginning in amicus briefs at various federal courts including the Supreme Court.


CU & CUF Texas Obamacare Amicus Brief Filed

Citizens United joined with other conservative groups to file a "friend of the court" brief in support of a federal lawsuit brought by Texas and several other states with the goal of striking down the Obamacare law in light of Congress having repealed the tax penalty for failure to comply with the law's healthcare insurance mandate.

CU-CUF Texas Obamacare Amicus Brief by Citizens United on Scribd


CU and CUF joined forces with other conservative organizations in filing an amicus brief on DACA

Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation joined forces with other conservative organizations in filing an amicus brief urging the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York to overturn a U.S. District Court judge’s order imposing a nationwide injunction that prohibits the Trump Administration from dismantling former President Obama’s DACA program – a program allows certain aliens to remain in the United States despite being here illegally  – during the pendency of a lawsuit challenging the termination of the program.

Citizens United & Citizens United Foundation Amicus Brief in 2nd Circuit Court Of Appeals Re: DACA by Citizens United on Scribd


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