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Biden, Trump Take Opposing Stands: One Visits Floyd Family; the Other Meets With Police
Political News
Biden, Trump Take Opposing Stands: One Visits Floyd Family; the Other Meets With Police

WASHINGTON — As Joe Biden stood with the family of George Floyd on Monday in demanding police accountability, President Donald Trump also made clear where he stands, meeting with law enforcement officers and accusing Biden of undermining public safety. Much... Read More

House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
Congress
House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
2020-06-08 19:54:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House and Senate Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday, the first legislative response to mass protests that have gripped the nation in the wake of the death of an unarmed black man while... Read More

ACLU Sues Over Police Force on Protesters Near White House
Litigation
ACLU Sues Over Police Force on Protesters Near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump administration Thursday, alleging officials violated the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed from a park near the White House by police using chemical agents before President Donald... Read More

Emotions Run High as Anti-Lynching Bill Stalls in Senate
U.S. Senate
Emotions Run High as Anti-Lynching Bill Stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate impasse over a widely backed bill to designate lynching as a federal hate crime boiled over on Thursday in an emotional debate cast against a backdrop of widespread protests over police treatment of African Americans.... Read More

Obama Steps Out as Nation Confronts Confluence of Crises
Political News
Obama Steps Out as Nation Confronts Confluence of Crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November election. In doing... Read More

Senators Join Hoyer In Urging Replacement of Dred Scott Author's Statue
Congress
Senators Join Hoyer In Urging Replacement of Dred Scott Author's Statue
2020-06-04 12:04:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Maryland's Democratic Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on Wednesday introduced legislation in their chamber to replace the bust of Roger B. Taney, author of the Supreme Court's racist Dred Scott decision, currently on display in the... Read More

US Legislatures Slow to Pass Laws Limiting Use of Force
State News
US Legislatures Slow to Pass Laws Limiting Use of Force

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A wave of police killings of young black men in 2014 prompted 24 states to quickly pass some type of law enforcement reform, but many declined to address the most glaring issue: police use of force.... Read More

Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
In The News
Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
2020-06-02 19:24:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House could return to Capitol Hill early to consider legislation to overhaul policing policies in response to the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody and the nationwide protest and violence that has followed. Last... Read More

Civil Rights Coalition Urges Quick Action On “Systemic” Police Brutality
Civil Rights
Civil Rights Coalition Urges Quick Action On “Systemic” Police Brutality
2020-06-02 19:13:32
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A coalition of hundreds of national civil rights organizations urged Congress on Monday to address systemic police violence against African-American people in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis last... Read More

China Approves Hong Kong Security Legislation, Defying Trump
Geopolitics
China Approves Hong Kong Security Legislation, Defying Trump

Chinese lawmakers approved a proposal for sweeping new national security legislation in Hong Kong, defying a threat by President Donald Trump to respond strongly to a measure that democracy advocates say will curb essential freedoms in the city. The National... Read More

More Nuance Needed In Church Lawsuit Over Virginia Governor’s Stay-At-Home Orders
State News
More Nuance Needed In Church Lawsuit Over Virginia Governor’s Stay-At-Home Orders
2020-05-07 14:59:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - As state governments weigh their responses to the coronavirus pandemic, religious groups across America have voiced concerns that lockdown measures could infringe on their constitutional rights. Last month, police broke up a gathering of 16 people at Lighthouse... Read More

Justices Appear Divided Over 'Obamacare' Birth Control Mandate
Supreme Court
Justices Appear Divided Over 'Obamacare' Birth Control Mandate
2020-05-06 20:38:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared to be divided Wednesday over the future of a pair of Trump administration rules that allow employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women... Read More

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