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Supreme Court Blocks Obama's Climate-Change Plan

February 10, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night blocked the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan for the duration of legal challenges against it, placing President Obama’s foremost effort to combat climate change in serious jeopardy. The Court’s order in West Virginia v. EPA, which is currently being heard in the D.C....

Restoring Voting Rights for Felons in Maryland

February 9, 2016 The Maryland General Assembly restored Tuesday the right to vote for more than 40,000 released felons, overriding a veto by Governor Larry Hogan. Maryland’s Senate approved the bill on a narrow 29-18 vote, while the state House of Delegates voted 85-56 in favor of it on January 20. Under the...

Water Problems in Flint Are Worse Than Initially Thought

January 14, 2016 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced Wednesday that Flint, Michigan, and the surrounding Genesse County have seen a spike in Legionnaires’ disease over the past year, killing 10 people and compounding the area’s growing water-supply crisis. Dr. Edith Wells, the chief medical executive of the Michigan Department of Health and Human...

U.S. Analysis 'Not Consistent' With North Korea’s Claim of a Hydrogen-Bomb Test

January 6, 2016 What we know so far: —North Korea says it successfully detonated its first hydrogen bomb on Wednesday morning at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. It called the test a “self-defense against the U.S. having numerous and humongous nuclear weapons.” —Although there has been no independent confirmation of the test, condemnation...

New York's 'Historic Agreement' on Solitary Confinement

December 17, 2015 New York will enact major changes to its use of solitary confinement in prisons as part of a settlement with the New York Civil Liberties Union, the state announced Wednesday. The announcement from one of the nation’s largest prison systems caps the most successful year yet for solitary-reform advocates. Under...

Texas Sues Federal Government Over Syrian Refugees

December 2, 2015 Texas filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block federal agencies from resettling a family of Syrian refugees in the state later this week, opening the first legal challenge by the states to the Obama administration’s refugee-resettlement programs. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which oversees refugee resettlement for the state,...

A ‘Deeply Disturbing’ Police-Involved Killing in Chicago

November 24, 2015 Updated at 7:54 p.m. ET The city of Chicago released the dashcam footage of Laquan McDonald's final moments Tuesday evening, one day earlier than they had originally announced. City officials gave journalists a link to a third-party site where they would have a one-hour window to download the six-minute and...

Court Rules Obama's Immigration Executive Actions Are Unconstitutional

November 10, 2015 The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a series of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration on Friday, frustrating the administration’s efforts to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and setting up a potential showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel ruled against the Obama administration...

Thursday's Benghazi Hearing Was Tense, Lengthy

October 23, 2015 It’s a good bet that Thursday was the climax for the House select committee on Benghazi. After almost 18 months and dozens of hearings, the committee interviewed Hillary Clinton on Thursday, in a marathon public hearing that lasted 11 hours. The session was tense, often testy, and saw some heated...

Daily Fantasy Sports Labeled Gambling, Shut Down in Nevada

October 16, 2015 The Nevada Gaming Control Board ruled Thursday that daily fantasy-sports games constitute gambling under state law, dealing a significant blow to the multi-billion-dollar industry as it comes under increasing scrutiny from state and federal law-enforcement agencies. Under federal law, daily fantasy-sports sites like FanDuel and DraftKings are considered games of...