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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...

The Supreme Court Expands FBI Hacking Powers

April 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Supreme Court approved a new rule Thursday allowing federal judges to issue warrants that target computers outside their jurisdiction, setting the stage for a major expansion of surveillance and hacking powers by federal law-enforcement agencies. Chief Justice John Roberts submitted the rule to Congress on behalf of the...

The Supreme Court Just Expanded the FBI's Hacking Powers

April 29, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court approved a new rule Thursday allowing federal judges to issue warrants that target computers outside their jurisdiction, setting the stage for a major expansion of surveillance and hacking powers by federal law-enforcement agencies. Chief Justice John Roberts submitted the rule to Congress on behalf of the...

The Supreme Court Expands FBI Hacking Powers

April 29, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court approved a new rule Thursday allowing federal judges to issue warrants that target computers outside their jurisdiction, setting the stage for a major expansion of surveillance and hacking powers by federal law-enforcement agencies. Chief Justice John Roberts submitted the rule to Congress on behalf of the...

A Cruz-Kasich Alliance to Stop Trump

April 25, 2016 Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich announced plans Sunday night to collaborate against Donald Trump in three upcoming state primaries, formalizing an 11th-hour effort among some Republicans to deny their party’s front-runner the nomination through a contested convention. First, the Cruz campaign said in a late-evening press...

Sanders and Cruz Gain Ground

April 11, 2016 It’s a good day for the insurgent candidates in both presidential races. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won his eighth victory out of the last nine Democratic contests in the Wyoming caucuses on Saturday. In the nearby Rocky Mountains, Texas Senator Ted Cruz locked up all of Colorado’s GOP delegates on...

One Person, One Vote, Eight Justices

April 4, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously turned back a legal effort to reinterpret the “one person, one vote” constitutional rule Monday, ruling that states may rely on total population when drawing their legislative districts. The case, Evenwel v. Abbott, was brought by two Texas voters, Sue Evenwel and Edward Pfenninger, who...