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Federal Judges Refuse to Reinstate Trump's Immigration Ban

February 9, 2017 A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court’s order blocking the Trump administration from enforcing its immigration and refugee order, handing the president his highest-profile legal defeat yet over the controversial ban. In an unsigned opinion, the panel decisively rejected the Justice Department’s...

When Your Judge Isn't A Lawyer

February 6, 2017 Do you want to be a massage therapist in Helena, Montana? You’ll need 500 hours of study to receive your license first. What about a barber at a shop in Billings? Get ready to spend 1,500 hours practicing your craft. How about one of state’s justices of the peace, with...

An Acting Attorney General Fired for Defying Trump

January 31, 2017 President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates only hours after she instructed Justice Department lawyers not to defend his controversial executive order restricting Muslim travel and immigration to the United States, escalating a growing political crisis that has consumed his early presidency. In an extraordinarily personal statement announcing the...

What's Causing Chicago’s Homicide Spike?

January 25, 2017 President Trump threatened Tuesday night to use federal power to “fix the horrible carnage” unfolding in Chicago, referring to the city’s extraordinary recent spike in homicides. If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in...

Why Trump Is Wrong About His Conflicts of Interest

November 23, 2016 Only 13 days after he became president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump found himself already entangled in questions about conflicts of interest. First came pictures of his daughter Ivanka, one of the Trump children who he says will oversee his “blind trust,” sitting in on meetings between her father...

Untangling Trump's Conflicts of Interest

November 23, 2016 Only 13 days after he became president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump found himself already entangled in questions about conflicts of interest. First came pictures of his daughter Ivanka, one of the Trump children who he says will oversee his “blind trust,” sitting in on meetings between her father...

Alabama Chief Justice's 'Suspension From Office'

September 30, 2016 An Alabama court indefinitely suspended Roy Moore, the state’s controversial chief justice, from office Friday for ordering probate judges to defy federal court rulings on same-sex marriage bans. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary found Moore guilty on all six counts filed against him, including failure to “uphold the integrity...

After Cosby, California Changes Its Rape Laws

September 29, 2016 California has eliminated its statute of limitations for rape and other sexual-assault charges—in a major change to its criminal code. The measure, proposed by State Senator Connie Leyva, a Democrat from Chino, eliminated the state’s 10-year window on prosecuting a broad set of sex-related crimes. Governor Jerry Brown signed the...

Yahoo's Half-a-Billion Hack

September 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A “state-sponsored actor” stole personal data from at least 500 million Yahoo user accounts, the troubled tech company said Thursday. The pilfered data contains a wealth of personal information, including “names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords […] and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions...

The World's Biggest Marine Refuge: 442,000 Square Miles, 7,000 Species, 5 Sunken Aircraft Carriers

August 26, 2016 With a stroke of a pen Friday, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument became as large as its name. President Obama added more than 442,000 square miles to the Pacific Ocean wildlife refuge north of Hawaii on Friday, quadrupling its size and cementing its status as the largest marine protected area...

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