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Stephen Miller’s New Legal Group to Challenge Biden Policies With Lawsuits
Political News
Stephen Miller’s New Legal Group to Challenge Biden Policies With Lawsuits

WASHINGTON - He’s baaack. Stephen Miller, that is.  Former President Donald Trump’s senior White House advisor and the architect behind that administration’s hard line immigration policies, is launching a new organization this week, America First Legal. And, though the 35-year-old... Read More

Biden Reverses Course on Sanctions Against ICC
Foreign Affairs
Biden Reverses Course on Sanctions Against ICC
2021-04-06 13:25:02
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced Friday that he is reversing a Trump administration policy that sanctions the International Criminal Court in what he described as another sign of a return of U.S. foreign policy to more cooperation. Trump criticized... Read More

Pre-Trial Reforms Struggle to Balance Rights of Defendants and Crime Victims
Courts
Pre-Trial Reforms Struggle to Balance Rights of Defendants and Crime Victims
2021-03-26 18:54:43
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- As Congress struggled Friday to find the fine line between protecting crime victims and suspects in pre-trial proceedings, federal prosecutors were trying to recover from an embarrassing blunder. In both cases, the federal government seeks to eliminate stumbling... Read More

Intel Officials: Violent Extremists Pose ‘Elevated Threat' to US
Law Enforcement
Intel Officials: Violent Extremists Pose ‘Elevated Threat' to US
2021-03-18 13:00:15
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Violent extremists motivated by political grievances and racial biases pose an “elevated threat” to the U.S. homeland, according to an unclassified intelligence report released Wednesday. The assessment from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence echoes warnings... Read More

Congress Should Reform 'Standing Doctrine'
Law
Congress Should Reform 'Standing Doctrine'
2021-03-17 20:21:14
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - A legal barrier meant to protect the separation of powers is delaying and preventing justice by keeping legitimate lawsuits from being decided on their merits, a panel of legal practitioners said on Wednesday, adding Congress should step in... Read More

Portland Mayor Supports 'Kettling' After Civil Liberties Complaints
Cities
Portland Mayor Supports 'Kettling' After Civil Liberties Complaints
2021-03-16 17:49:51
by Daniel Mollenkamp

PORTLAND, Ore. -  A mayor-led press conference that prominently featured law enforcement on Monday afternoon condemned the "violence and intimidation tactics" of groups operating in Portland which they described as lawless, prone to property damage, and bad for the community.... Read More

Two Charged in Assault of Capitol Officer Who Died After Riot
Law Enforcement
Two Charged in Assault of Capitol Officer Who Died After Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have arrested and charged two men with assaulting U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray during the Jan. 6 riot, but they do not know yet whether it caused the officer's death.George Tanios,... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Final Trump Bid to Reverse 2020 Election
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rejects Final Trump Bid to Reverse 2020 Election
2021-03-08 18:00:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by former President Donald Trump to nullify his election loss in Wisconsin, rejecting the last remaining appeal seeking to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. In an unsigned order, the justices... Read More

Takeaways: What Hearings Have Revealed About Jan. 6 Failures
Law Enforcement
Takeaways: What Hearings Have Revealed About Jan. 6 Failures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many questions remain unanswered about the failure to prevent the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But after six congressional hearings, it's clear that the Capitol Police were unprepared and overwhelmed as hundreds of Donald Trump's... Read More

Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches
Law Enforcement
Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches
2021-03-03 16:43:19
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Thirty years ago today, on March 3, 1991, a Los Angeles motorist named Rodney King was severely beaten by four White police officers wielding metal batons, an event that would ultimately seal his place in recent civil rights history.  This... Read More

Judge Holds Off on Approval of TikTok Settlement
Social Media
Judge Holds Off on Approval of TikTok Settlement
2021-03-02 21:29:26
by Sara Wilkerson

CHICAGO - A federal judge on Tuesday put off approval of a proposed $92 million class-action settlement by the social media app TikTok, wanting to give attorneys at least 21 days to address his questions about the proposal. U.S. District... Read More

FBI Chief to Face Questions About Extremism, Capitol Riot
Law Enforcement
FBI Chief to Face Questions About Extremism, Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law... Read More

Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
Antitrust
Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
2021-02-26 15:02:10
by Victoria Turner

Congress needs to create mandates to curb the abusive power exerted by a handful of online platforms, according to all six witnesses at a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday. During the hearing, members of a House Judiciary subcommittee grappled with... Read More

Antitrust Reforms Could Kill Competition
Antitrust
Antitrust Reforms Could Kill Competition
2021-02-23 22:07:55
by Victoria Turner

Four panelists warned today that proposed legislative reforms for more aggressive antitrust enforcement in Big Tech would likely spill over across all industries, hindering innovation and harming consumers. Strengthening the antitrust laws - federal and state statutes that restrict the... Read More

What NY Prosecutors Could Learn from Trump's Tax Records
In The States
What NY Prosecutors Could Learn from Trump's Tax Records

NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. fought for a year and a half to get access to former President Donald Trump's tax records.Now, thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, he will soon have them.... Read More

Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’
Congress
Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’
2021-02-23 15:58:08
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Merrick Garland brought his middle-of-the-road opinions of justice to a Senate hearing Monday to help lawmakers decide whether to confirm him as the next U.S. attorney general. Garland is a federal judge who also is President Joe Biden’s... Read More

British Court Ruling Against Oil Company Could Expand Liability for Foreign Accidents
Energy
British Court Ruling Against Oil Company Could Expand Liability for Foreign Accidents
2021-02-19 15:15:36
by Tom Ramstack

A ruling by Britain's top court last week that said Royal Dutch Shell oil company could be liable in English courts for pollution by its subsidiary in Nigeria, is likely to expand the company’s potential liability abroad. The court’s decision... Read More

Riot Lawsuit Just Part of Trump's Post-Impeachment Problems
Law
Riot Lawsuit Just Part of Trump's Post-Impeachment Problems

NEW YORK (AP) — Acquitted by the Senate of inciting last month's U.S. Capitol insurrection, former President Donald Trump faces more fallout from the unrest, including a lawsuit from a congressman Tuesday. But his biggest legal problems might be the... Read More

Congress Considers Changes To Presidential Clemency Law
Law
Congress Considers Changes To Presidential Clemency Law
2021-02-10 15:11:16
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A backlash against former President Donald Trump continued Tuesday, first with a Senate trial on whether to impeach him again and second with a House hearing on whether to strip the presidency of some authority to grant clemencies... Read More

Columbus, Ohio, City Council Passes Police Reform Policy
Cities
Columbus, Ohio, City Council Passes Police Reform Policy
2021-02-09 20:09:40
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Less than two months after the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man by a Columbus police officer, the City Council last week passed a comprehensive police reform policy it hopes will reduce the number of police-involved... Read More

Schools Struggle with Teachers Over Return to In-Class Learning
Education
Schools Struggle with Teachers Over Return to In-Class Learning
2021-02-09 15:44:20
by Tom Ramstack

Public school classes are resuming this week but some teachers in cities nationwide say they might not be there. They are threatening sickouts or strikes because of the risk of COVID-19 infection if they return to in-class education. The United... Read More

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

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
Foreign Affairs
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 a pivotal role in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The Proud Boys have faced increased scrutiny... Read More

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

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

Sen. Klobuchar Calls for Higher Antitrust Enforcement of Big Tech Companies
Technology
Sen. Klobuchar Calls for Higher Antitrust Enforcement of Big Tech Companies
2021-01-29 14:27:56
by Victoria Turner

Big Tech is only “growing stronger” due to the pandemic and federal antitrust agencies need to “get serious about enforcement in the tech sector,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., during this week’s State of the Net Conference. “We need that... Read More

DOJ Rescinds ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Rule
Immigration
DOJ Rescinds ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a “zero tolerance” enforcement policy for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, which resulted in thousands of family separations. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued the new memo... Read More

College Sports Faces Bribery Scandal After Conviction of Adidas Marketers
Sports
College Sports Faces Bribery Scandal After Conviction of Adidas Marketers
2021-01-25 17:23:00
by Tom Ramstack

A federal court in New York on Friday upheld the convictions of three Adidas shoe company executives for paying bribes to basketball recruits to direct them to specific universities. The bribes were to ensure the recruits signed with Adidas-sponsored schools.... Read More

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

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

DC Circuit Vacates Trump Rollback of Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Standards
Emissions
DC Circuit Vacates Trump Rollback of Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Standards
2021-01-19 18:04:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration "rested critically on a mistaken reading of the Clean Air Act" when it sought to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas emission standards for existing power plants, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday. The ruling on President... Read More

Voice of America Director Accused of Financial and Media Self-Dealing
In The News
Voice of America Director Accused of Financial and Media Self-Dealing
2021-01-14 15:01:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Trump-appointed chief executive who oversees Voice of America is facing an onslaught of crises only days before the president is scheduled to leave office. First, the attorney general of the District of Columbia last week sued U.S.... Read More

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