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2021-05-04 19:21:51
by TWN Staff
Corruption Cases Against Public Officials, Law Enforcement Rising

Prosecutions for "official" corruption -- a catch-all meaning bribery, graft, conflicts of interest and other violations by federal, state, local... Read More

Prosecutions for "official" corruption -- a catch-all meaning bribery, graft, conflicts of interest and other violations by federal, state, local officials and law enforcement -- have been rising steadily during the first six months of FY 2021, according to a... Read More

Senate OKs Bill to Fight Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step... Read More

High Court Moves Away from Leniency for Minors Who Murder

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade in which the Supreme Court moved gradually toward more leniency for minors... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade in which the Supreme Court moved gradually toward more leniency for minors convicted of murder, the justices on Thursday moved the other way.The high court ruled 6-3 along liberal-conservative lines against a... Read More

2021-04-14 15:30:54
by TWN Staff
Ponzi Scheme Mastermind Bernie Madoff Dies in Prison

Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history, died in a... Read More

Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history, died in a federal prison early Wednesday. He was 82. Madoff died at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C., apparently from natural... Read More

Senate Filibuster Test Over Asian-American Hate Crime Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to start debate on legislation confronting the rise of potential hate crimes against... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to start debate on legislation confronting the rise of potential hate crimes against Asian Americans, a growing problem during the coronavirus crisis that will also test whether the chamber can push past partisanship... Read More

2021-04-14 14:05:10
by Kate Michael
Younger AAPI Taking the Helm to Combat Anti-Asian Violence

WASHINGTON DC — For Michigan State Sen. Stephanie Chang it has been hard to find words to explain the violence... Read More

WASHINGTON DC — For Michigan State Sen. Stephanie Chang it has been hard to find words to explain the violence and senseless killings of the last several months to her mixed-race six-year-old daughter.  “She’s Asian and Black and I want... Read More

2021-04-12 23:07:27
by Victoria Turner
Unintended Consequencs of Sex Trafficking Laws

The two federal laws governing sex trafficking online have disproportionately harmed more sex workers than saved victims of human trafficking,... Read More

The two federal laws governing sex trafficking online have disproportionately harmed more sex workers than saved victims of human trafficking, said Danielle Borrelli, operations coordinator at the California Cybersecurity Institute, today at a Lincoln Network event moderated by Alexiaa Jordan.  ... Read More

2021-04-09 14:36:46
by Alexa Hornbeck
Individuals with Disabilities at High Risk of Sexual Assault

The Bureau of Justice Statistics issued a report stating those with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven... Read More

The Bureau of Justice Statistics issued a report stating those with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than those without disabilities.  “Persons with developmental disabilities are at highest risk of sexual assault in this country,”... Read More

2021-03-30 20:17:29
by Tom Ramstack
Jan. 6 Insurrectionists May Get No More than Slap on the Wrist

WASHINGTON -- Arrests of Jan. 6 insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol are continuing this week even as the zeal to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Arrests of Jan. 6 insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol are continuing this week even as the zeal to throw the defendants in prison with severe sentences begins to subside or run into stumbling blocks of criminal law. In... Read More

2021-03-29 13:16:01
by TWN Staff
Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Push for Domestic Terrorism Commission

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats have endorsed the Commission on Domestic Terrorism Act of 2021, which... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats have endorsed the Commission on Domestic Terrorism Act of 2021, which would create an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the federal government’s failure to more broadly respond to the threat of domestic... Read More

2021-03-22 15:25:40
by Dan McCue
Justices May Reinstate Death Sentence for Boston Marathon Bomber

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider reinstating the death sentence for Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider reinstating the death sentence for Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  As is their custom, the justices did not explain their rationale for taking up the appeal filed by the... Read More

2021-03-18 22:29:50
by Tom Ramstack
Asian Americans Seek Protection Against Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON -- The day before actor Daniel Dae Kim testified to Congress Thursday about hate crimes against Asian Americans, he... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The day before actor Daniel Dae Kim testified to Congress Thursday about hate crimes against Asian Americans, he talked about an attack on his sister while he was being interviewed on CNN. “She was running in her own... Read More

Surprise Tax Forms Reveal Extent of Unemployment Fraud in US

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Unemployment agencies across the country were bombarded with so many claims during the pandemic that many... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Unemployment agencies across the country were bombarded with so many claims during the pandemic that many struggled to distinguish the correct from the criminal. Now, simple tax forms — barely enough to fill a half-sheet of... Read More

2021-02-04 22:24:03
by Tom Ramstack
Experts Tell Congress to Prepare for Conflicts with Domestic Terrorists

WASHINGTON -- Some domestic terrorism experts left no doubt during a congressional hearing Thursday they believe new laws and intelligence... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Some domestic terrorism experts left no doubt during a congressional hearing Thursday they believe new laws and intelligence procedures are needed to avoid the kind of violence displayed during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. They... Read More

Canada Designates the Proud Boys as a Terrorist Entity

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government designated the Proud Boys group as a terrorist entity on Wednesday, noting they played... Read More

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government designated the Proud Boys group as a terrorist entity on Wednesday, noting they played a pivotal role in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The Proud Boys have faced increased scrutiny... Read More

2021-01-30 19:31:48
by Dan McCue
Republicans Ask FEC If Campaign Cash Can Be Spent on Personal Security

WASHINGTON - The Republican fundraising arms for the House and Senate have asked the Federal Elections Commission whether members of... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Republican fundraising arms for the House and Senate have asked the Federal Elections Commission whether members of Congress can use campaign funds to pay for personal security personnel for themselves or their families. In a letter dated... Read More

2021-01-29 20:27:50
by Dan McCue
FBI Says RNC, DNC Pipe Bombs Placed Night Before Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON - Investigators now believe that pipe bombs left at the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees earlier... Read More

WASHINGTON - Investigators now believe that pipe bombs left at the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees earlier this month were actually placed at both locations the night before thousands of Pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. According... Read More

2021-01-21 20:24:12
by Dan McCue
FBI, ATF Increase Reward Leading to Arrest of Capitol Hill Pipe Bomb Suspect

WASHINGTON - The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have increased the reward for information that could... Read More

WASHINGTON - The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have increased the reward for information that could help identify a suspect who placed pipe bombs outside the headquarters of the Democratic and Republican National Committee offices Jan.... Read More

2021-01-12 19:24:08
by Dan McCue
DC's Top Federal Prosecutor Condemns Violence Against Journalists at Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON - The top federal prosecutor in Washington said Tuesday investigators are aware of multiple reports of reporters being assaulted... Read More

WASHINGTON - The top federal prosecutor in Washington said Tuesday investigators are aware of multiple reports of reporters being assaulted and otherwise abused during last Wednesday's siege at the U.S. Capitol and vowed to bring the guilty parties to justice.... Read More

2021-01-11 17:46:53
by Kate Michael
ACS Details Post-Insurrection Consequences and What They Mean

WASHINGTON — Days after rioters breached the U.S. Capitol building, interrupted the Constitutionally-required Electoral College vote tallying process, and forced... Read More

WASHINGTON — Days after rioters breached the U.S. Capitol building, interrupted the Constitutionally-required Electoral College vote tallying process, and forced the evacuation of Congress on January 6, 2021, there is a growing call for consequences for all of those involved,... Read More

2021-01-08 17:32:16
by Dan McCue
FBI Offers $50K Reward for Information On Pipe Bombs Found Outside RNC, DNC

WASHINGTON - The FBI's Washington field office is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the... Read More

WASHINGTON - The FBI's Washington field office is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for placing suspected pipe bombs outside the RNC and DNC headquarters Wednesday afternoon. According... Read More

2021-01-07 17:47:14
by Dan McCue
What They're Saying About the Attack on the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol is once again secure, though remnants of the mayhem that transpired Wednesday afternoon and evening... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol is once again secure, though remnants of the mayhem that transpired Wednesday afternoon and evening remain. Much of the trash left behind by marauding protestors had been swept into piles by Thursday morning, though shards... Read More

2021-01-07 17:20:12
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Chief Says Violent Attack on US Capitol 'Unlike Anything' He Ever Experienced

WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund said Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike anything he's... Read More

WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund said Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike anything he's experienced in his 30 years in law enforcement in Washington D.C. In a written statement, Sund went on to defend... Read More

2020-12-10 15:56:39
by Sean Trambley
Senators Seek to Help Victims of So-Called ‘Revenge Porn’ Sue Their Perpetrators

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., introduced bipartisan legislation... Read More

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., introduced bipartisan legislation to allow individuals to seek compensation and relief in federal court for the non-consensual disclosure and transmission of intimate images... Read More

US Probing Potential Bribery, Lobbying Scheme for Pardon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for a pardon as well as a related plot to offer a hefty political contribution in exchange for clemency, according to... Read More

2020-11-24 15:32:03
by Sean Trambley
Espaillat-Rooney Bill Boosts Funding and Cooperation in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON – Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan measure increasing funding to the Caribbean Basin Security... Read More

WASHINGTON – Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan measure increasing funding to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative to help combat corruption and illicit drug trafficking between the United States and Caribbean nations. Introduced by Reps. Adriano... Read More

2020-10-26 17:28:27
by Tom Ramstack
Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States

RICHMOND, Va, - Virginia’s General Assembly passed a jury sentencing reform bill this week that is revolutionary for the state... Read More

RICHMOND, Va, - Virginia’s General Assembly passed a jury sentencing reform bill this week that is revolutionary for the state but is already being done nearly everywhere else. The bill allows juries to decide whether a criminal defendant is guilty... Read More

2020-09-29 20:19:41
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Tries to Root Out White Supremacy Among Police

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers and witnesses at a congressional hearing Tuesday urged greater vigilance of police departments to weed out officers... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers and witnesses at a congressional hearing Tuesday urged greater vigilance of police departments to weed out officers with White supremacist tendencies. They said the White supremacists create a risk of inflaming racial tensions in a way that... Read More

2020-09-14 21:08:10
by Tom Ramstack
Congressional Resolution Supporting Asians Seeks to Protect Against COVID-19 Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON -- A congressional resolution that started Monday as a condemnation of hate crimes against Asians quickly turned into a... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A congressional resolution that started Monday as a condemnation of hate crimes against Asians quickly turned into a dispute over who should be blamed for the devastation caused by coronavirus. Democrats blamed President Donald Trump for mishandling the... Read More

2020-09-10 15:19:50
by Daniel Londono
Gottheimer Seeks to Strengthen Protections Against Terrorist Activity on Social Media

Rep. Josh Gottheimer wants to hold social media platforms accountable when terrorist organizations use their website portals to raise funds... Read More

Rep. Josh Gottheimer wants to hold social media platforms accountable when terrorist organizations use their website portals to raise funds and spread propaganda. A proposal by the New Jersey Democrat, the Online Arsenal to Combat Foreign Terrorist Organizations, would fine... Read More

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