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Trump Inaugural Committee Head Accused of Being UAE Agent
Law
Trump Inaugural Committee Head Accused of Being UAE Agent

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chair of former President Donald Trump's 2017 inaugural committee was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging he secretly conspired to influence U.S. policy to benefit the United Arab Emirates, even while he was seeking a position... Read More

Man Who Threatened Federal Judge Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison
Law
Man Who Threatened Federal Judge Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison
2021-07-20 21:07:55
by Tom Ramstack

A man who threatened a federal judge presiding over prosecution of a Trump national security adviser was sentenced in Washington, D.C. Monday to 18 months in prison. Frank J. Caporusso, a 53-year-old electronic parts salesman, had pleaded guilty to threatening... Read More

DC Circuit Strikes Down GOP Challenge to Proxy Voting
Congress
DC Circuit Strikes Down GOP Challenge to Proxy Voting
2021-07-20 19:51:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  - A Republican-led challenge to a House resolution allowing members to vote remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic ended abruptly Tuesday after the D.C. Circuit held it had no authority to review a “core” legislative act of Congress. House Resolution... Read More

Biden Picks Jonathan Kanter for Assistant AG for Antitrust
Antitrust
Biden Picks Jonathan Kanter for Assistant AG for Antitrust
2021-07-20 19:35:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated Jonathan Kanter to serve as assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice. Kanter is a distinguished antitrust lawyer with over 20 years of experience, the White House... Read More

Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships
Tourism
Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships will remain in place after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a previous ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations. The one-paragraph decision by a three-judge... Read More

President Calls for Ending DACA Uncertainty After Court Declares Program 'Illegal'
Immigration
President Calls for Ending DACA Uncertainty After Court Declares Program 'Illegal'
2021-07-18 12:06:09
by Dan McCue

President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, by executive order in 2012, a federal judge ruled Friday. But U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, presiding in the federal court in Houston, stopped short... Read More

Judge Refuses to Toss Lawsuits by Students Seeking Tuition Refunds
Law
Judge Refuses to Toss Lawsuits by Students Seeking Tuition Refunds
2021-07-16 20:06:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- In a ruling with implications for the upcoming fall semester, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. last week refused to dismiss lawsuits by college students seeking tuition refunds. The students want at least part of their tuition and... Read More

Trump Lawyers Might be Penalized Over Michigan Election Case
In The States
Trump Lawyers Might be Penalized Over Michigan Election Case

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether to order financial penalties or other sanctions against some of former President Donald Trump's lawyers who signed onto a lawsuit last year challenging Michigan's election results. The lawsuit alleging widespread fraud... Read More

Attorney Who Arranged Hush Money From Trump Sentenced to Prison
Criminal Justice
Attorney Who Arranged Hush Money From Trump Sentenced to Prison
2021-07-09 21:10:48
by Tom Ramstack

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who pressured former President Donald Trump to pay a settlement to a stripper, was sentenced to 30 months in prison yesterday for trying to extort millions of dollars from sportswear company Nike Inc. He is scheduled... Read More

Attorneys General Sue Google For Anticompetitive Practices
Antitrust
Attorneys General Sue Google For Anticompetitive Practices

Attorneys general from 36 states and Washington, D.C., hit Google LLC with yet another antitrust lawsuit Wednesday, accusing the company of unfair business tactics to monopolize sales of apps used on Android phones.  The lawsuit says Google bought off competitors... Read More

Attorneys for Britney Spears Resign From Conservatorship Case
Law
Attorneys for Britney Spears Resign From Conservatorship Case
2021-07-08 13:08:25
by Tom Ramstack

The court-appointed attorneys representing Britney Spears in her conservatorship case resigned Tuesday after the pop icon asked a judge for permission to hire her own counsel. The high-profile case is testing whether California's conservatorship laws protect the wealthy celebrities they... Read More

Raskin, Lieu, Yarmouth Step Up to Protect a Free Press
Media
Raskin, Lieu, Yarmouth Step Up to Protect a Free Press
2021-07-08 12:32:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and John Yarmuth, D-Ky., are stepping up to protect journalists from being compelled to reveal confidential sources and to prevent federal law enforcement from abusing subpoena power. On Wednesday, the three... Read More

Fighting for Reproductive Justice as #freebritney Ignites Debate
Law
Fighting for Reproductive Justice as #freebritney Ignites Debate
2021-07-06 13:42:05
by Alexa Hornbeck

The hashtag “#freebritney” has recently been flooding social media channels after the pop sensation claimed her 2008 court-mandated conservatorship withheld her from removing her intrauterine device, hindering her ability to reproduce, an issue which has been at the heart of... Read More

Who’s Who on the Select Committee Investigating Capitol Siege
Congress
Who’s Who on the Select Committee Investigating Capitol Siege
2021-07-02 14:39:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created quite the splash by appointing Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming to the new select committee that will soon begin a new investigation into the violent Jan. 6 attack on the... Read More

Trump Organization CFO Surrenders Ahead of Expected Charges
Law
Trump Organization CFO Surrenders Ahead of Expected Charges

The Trump Organization's longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, surrendered to authorities early Thursday ahead of an expected court appearance on the first criminal indictment in a two-year investigation into business practices at Donald Trump's company. Weisselberg was photographed walking... Read More

SEC Appoints Grewal as Director of Enforcement
Regulation
SEC Appoints Grewal as Director of Enforcement
2021-06-30 19:10:43
by Brock Blasdell

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that Gurbir Grewal, New Jersey’s attorney general since 2018, has been appointed as the director of the Division of Enforcement.  “I’m honored and delighted to welcome Attorney General Grewal to the SEC,” Gary... Read More

Microsoft Exec: Targeting of Americans' Records 'Routine'
Law Enforcement
Microsoft Exec: Targeting of Americans' Records 'Routine'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement agencies secretly seek the data of Microsoft customers thousands of times a year, according to congressional testimony being given Wednesday by a senior executive at the technology company. Tom Burt, Microsoft's corporate vice president... Read More

Judge Dismisses Gov't Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook
Technology
Judge Dismisses Gov't Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday dismissed antitrust lawsuits brought against Facebook by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of state attorneys general, dealing a significant blow to attempts by regulators to rein in tech giants. U.S.... Read More

Supreme Court Says Alaska Natives Should Get COVID-19 Aid
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says Alaska Natives Should Get COVID-19 Aid
2021-06-25 21:17:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Friday that millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief aid tied up in court for months, rightfully should be given to Alaska Natives rather than tribes in other parts of the country. The case cast... Read More

Giuliani’s Law License Suspended After Election Fraud Claims
Law
Giuliani’s Law License Suspended After Election Fraud Claims
2021-06-25 20:09:29
by Tom Ramstack

A New York state appeals court on Thursday suspended Rudolph Giuliani from practicing law because of his allegedly false statements that challenged the integrity of the 2020 presidential election and defeat of former President Donald Trump. Giuliani is a former... Read More

From Biden to Congress, Big Tech is Under Mounting Pressure
Antitrust
From Biden to Congress, Big Tech is Under Mounting Pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Without speaking a word or scratching a pen across paper, President Joe Biden drove up the pressure on Big Tech companies already smarting under federal and congressional investigations, epic antitrust lawsuits and near-constant condemnation from politicians of... Read More

Judge Tosses Most Claims Over Clearing Protesters in DC Park
Law
Judge Tosses Most Claims Over Clearing Protesters in DC Park

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police before then-President Donald Trump walked to... Read More

Justice Dept. Says Marshals Service Unable to Properly Protect Judges
Courts
Justice Dept. Says Marshals Service Unable to Properly Protect Judges
2021-06-21 23:51:02
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A new Department of Justice audit found the U.S. Marshals Service is too understaffed and poorly equipped to adequately protect the nation’s judges. The report was partly a response to the killing last year of a New Jersey... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Biden's Pause on New Oil, Gas Leases
Energy
Federal Judge Blocks Biden's Pause on New Oil, Gas Leases

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana who ordered that plans continue for lease sales that were delayed for... Read More

Justice Department to Tighten Rules on Seizing Congress Data
Justice
Justice Department to Tighten Rules on Seizing Congress Data

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will tighten its rules around obtaining records from members of Congress, Attorney General Merrick Garland said, amid revelations the department under former President Donald Trump had secretly seized records from Democrats and members of... Read More

Stretch of Mass Shootings Occur Nationwide Over Weekend
Crime
Stretch of Mass Shootings Occur Nationwide Over Weekend
2021-06-14 18:24:33
by Reece Nations

A violent string of mass shootings killed at least 10 people and left another 50 injured in nine separate incidents across six states between Friday and Sunday this past weekend. Mass shootings are typically defined as incidents in which four... Read More

Bipartisan Antitrust Package Seeks to Rein in Tech Giants
Congress
Bipartisan Antitrust Package Seeks to Rein in Tech Giants
2021-06-11 19:58:30
by Dan McCue

House lawmakers on Friday introduced sweeping antitrust legislation aimed at restraining the power of large tech companies and preventing corporate consolidation across the economy. Introduced by Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Buck, R-Colo.,... Read More

Trump DOJ Seized Data from House Democrats in Leaks Probe
Justice
Trump DOJ Seized Data from House Democrats in Leaks Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department under former President Donald Trump seized data from the accounts of at least two members of the House Intelligence Committee in 2018 as part of an aggressive crackdown on leaks related to the Russia... Read More

Mexican Drug Kingpin’s Wife Pleads Guilty in D.C. Court
Crime
Mexican Drug Kingpin’s Wife Pleads Guilty in D.C. Court
2021-06-11 14:33:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 15 after pleading guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Emma Coronel Aispuro,... Read More

Support Grows in Congress For Revised Child Abuse Law
Congress
Support Grows in Congress For Revised Child Abuse Law
2021-06-10 23:29:46
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee unanimously approved a sweeping overhaul of federal legislation on Thursday to prevent child abuse and neglect. The House already approved a similar version of the bill, nearly guaranteeing it will reach President Joe Biden’s desk... Read More

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