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Trump Orders Justice Department to Find Way to Add Citizenship Question to Census
Census
Trump Orders Justice Department to Find Way to Add Citizenship Question to Census
2019-07-03 23:29:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A lawyer for the Justice Department said Wednesday that President Donald Trump has ordered it to find a way to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, despite an announcement yesterday that the documents were already being... Read More

Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether White House Can End DACA
Immigration
Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether White House Can End DACA
2019-06-28 20:41:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A day after ending their current term with a pair of controversial opinions, the U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it will decide next year whether the Trump administration can shut down Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Restore Alabama Abortion Law
Civil Rights
Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Restore Alabama Abortion Law
2019-06-28 20:35:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will not revive Alabama's ban on second-trimester abortions, the justices announcing Friday they are content to have lower court orders blocking the law to remain in place. Though Alabama's Attorney General Steve Marshall regularly... Read More

Inmate's Murder Conviction Tossed Due to Repeated Effort to Keep Blacks Off Jury
Supreme Court
Inmate's Murder Conviction Tossed Due to Repeated Effort to Keep Blacks Off Jury
2019-06-21 20:46:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The murder conviction and death sentence of a black inmate in Mississippi cannot stand because the trial court failed to recognize a prosecutors efforts to keep blacks off the jury was due at least in part to discriminatory... Read More

Tensions High During Committee Hearing On Reparations for African Americans
Civil Rights
Tensions High During Committee Hearing On Reparations for African Americans
2019-06-21 20:38:13
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - A House Judiciary subcommittee held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on whether the federal government should consider compensating the descendants of slaves in the United States. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who became the... Read More

Justices Send Same-Sex Wedding Case Back to Oregon Court of Appeals
Civil Rights
Justices Send Same-Sex Wedding Case Back to Oregon Court of Appeals
2019-06-17 19:48:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court tossed an Oregon appeals court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The justices' one-sentence order directs appellate judges in Oregon to reconsider the case in light... Read More

DC Circuit Rejects Trump Policy of Blocking Abortions for Undocumented Teens
Civil Rights
DC Circuit Rejects Trump Policy of Blocking Abortions for Undocumented Teens
2019-06-14 18:48:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Trump administration's policy of blocking abortions sought by undocumented pregnant teenagers in federal custody cannot "be squared with Supreme Court precedent." In 2017, the Trump administration adopted a... Read More

North Carolina's GOP-led House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of Abortion Bill
State News
North Carolina's GOP-led House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of Abortion Bill
2019-06-07 21:00:23
by Dan McCue

North Carolina's Republican-led House on Thursday failed to override Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a bill that would require doctors to try to preserve the life of an infant born alive during an attempted abortion. To override Cooper's veto... Read More

House Bid to Give ‘Dreamers’ a Path to Citizenship Garners Bipartisan Support
Immigration
House Bid to Give ‘Dreamers’ a Path to Citizenship Garners Bipartisan Support
2019-06-05 21:16:53
by Dan McCue

The Democrat-led House passed legislation Tuesday that would create a path to citizenship for about 2.5 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The bill, which passed by a vote of 237-187, with seven Republicans voting in... Read More

Michigan Governor, Lawmakers Announce Legislation to Protect LGBTQ Rights
Michigan
Michigan Governor, Lawmakers Announce Legislation to Protect LGBTQ Rights

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan lawmakers kicked off LGBTQ Pride Month on Tuesday by announcing legislation to amend Michigan’s civil rights law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity. Lawmakers and supportive groups say... Read More

Circuit Judge Blocks Missouri from Suspending License of State's Only Abortion Clinic
In The News
Circuit Judge Blocks Missouri from Suspending License of State's Only Abortion Clinic
2019-05-31 19:35:22
by Dan McCue

A circuit court judge in St. Louis on Friday stepped in to block Missouri officials from taking away the license of the state's only abortion clinic. The decision by St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer to issue a temporary... Read More

Louisiana Governor Says He'll Sign 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill
State News
Louisiana Governor Says He'll Sign 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill
2019-05-30 20:44:28
by Dan McCue

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Thursday that he will sign a strict new abortion law barring the procedure once a heartbeat is detectable -- a point that comes before many women realize they are pregnant. In a written statement,... Read More

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