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A Divided Supreme Court Hands Public-Sector Unions a Win

March 29, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4 in Friedrichs v. CTA on Tuesday, thwarting a legal challenge that labor activists feared would deal a crippling blow to public-sector unions throughout the country. “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court,” the justices wrote in a brief, unsigned ruling. The case...

A Voter-ID Battle Simmers in Texas

March 10, 2016 The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday it would rehear a case on Texas’s voter-ID law with its full complement of judges, setting up a major voting-rights battle ahead of the 2016 elections. Wednesday’s order underscores the increased power of the federal appellate courts while Justice Antonin Scalia’s former...

Chief Justice John Roberts Rejects Plea to Block the EPA's Air-Pollution Rule

March 4, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request Thursday to block the EPA’s mercury-emissions rule while legal challenges proceed, handing a temporary victory to the the Obama administration and environmental groups. Twenty states asked lower courts to block the rule’s enforcement while their case against the EPA is ongoing. The D.C....

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...