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Affirmative Action Survives at the Supreme Court

June 23, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Thursday the University of Texas at Austin’s plan to increase student diversity, defeating a conservative challenge that sought to imperil affirmative-action programs in higher education. “Considerable deference is owed to a university in defining those intangible characteristics, like student body diversity, that are central to...

Obama Condemns ‘Most Deadly Shooting in American History’ as FBI Opens Probe

June 12, 2016 This article has been updated. “Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history,” President Obama said as he addressed the nation from the White House in the aftermath of an attack in an Orlando nightclub in the early hours of Sunday that left about 50 people dead and another...

Fraud Charges for a New York City Union Boss

June 8, 2016 Federal agents arrested Norman Seabrook, the domineering president of New York City’s correctional-officers union for more than two decades, on federal fraud charges Wednesday. In a 17-page criminal complaint, prosecutors allege Seabrook invested $20 million from the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association’s pension fund in Platinum Partners, a...

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...