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Donald Trump Attacks a 'Mexican' Federal Judge

May 31, 2016 Gonzalo Curiel is a federal judge in southern California and a former federal prosecutor. He is also, according to Donald Trump, “a hater of Donald Trump.” The presumptive Republican nominee for president devoted almost a quarter of his hour-long rally in San Diego on Friday night to criticizing Curiel, who...

Targeting the Taliban's Leader

May 23, 2016 U.S. forces carried out a drone strike in Pakistan targeting Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, on Saturday night, U.S. officials said. CNN reported that the U.S. believes Mansour was likely killed in the strike, although details are scarce and verification is difficult. The New York Times...

More Fallout From the Iran Sailor Incident

May 13, 2016 The U.S. Navy announced Thursday it had fired the commander of 10 U.S. sailors briefly detained by Iran in January after their ship entered Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. The Navy Times has more: Cmdr. Eric Rasch, who at the time of the Jan. 12 incident was the...

Schools Are Put on Federal Notice to Respect Transgender Rights

May 13, 2016 The Education and Justice Departments will send a letter Friday to every public-school district in the country notifying school administrators that discrimination against transgender students violates federal civil-rights law. In the letter, which offers the most detailed federal guidance yet for educators on transgender students and their rights, the departments...

A Legal Victory Against Obamacare

May 12, 2016 A federal district judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Thursday the Obama administration had improperly funded a major subsidy of the Affordable Care Act, dealing a surprise blow to President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. At issue in the case, House of Representatives v. Burwell, is Section 1402 of the ACA, which...

The Last Stand for Alabama's Chief Justice?

May 9, 2016 Roy Moore, Alabama’s quixotic chief justice, faces removal from the bench once again. The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission charged Moore with six counts of violating judicial ethics Friday evening for issuing an order in January that blocked marriage licenses for same-sex couples statewide. In its 32-page complaint on Friday, the...

Obama Grants Clemency to 58 Federal Prisoners

May 6, 2016 President Obama commuted the sentences of 58 federal prisoners Thursday, his latest step in an effort to reduce what he described as “excessive punishments” within the criminal-justice system in the waning days of his administration. Thursday’s commutations raise the number of people commuted under his tenure to 306—a far higher...

Army Captain Sues Obama Administration Over the War Against ISIS

May 5, 2016 The United States is currently waging an illegal war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, an Army officer said in a lawsuit Wednesday that carries major constitutional implications for the Obama administration’s campaign against the militant group. Nathan Smith, a U.S. Army captain and intelligence officer currently stationed in Kuwait,...

Soldier Takes Obama to Court Over War on ISIS

May 5, 2016 The United States is currently waging an illegal war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, an Army officer said in a lawsuit Wednesday that carries major constitutional implications for the Obama administration’s campaign against the militant group. Nathan Smith, a U.S. Army captain and intelligence officer currently stationed in Kuwait,...

Automatic Voter Registration Comes to Vermont

April 29, 2016 Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation Thursday to automatically register eligible voters who apply for a driver’s license or state ID, making the Green Mountain State fourth in the nation to enact an automatic voter-registration law. “While states across the country are making it harder for voters to get to...