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

A circuit court judge in St. Louis on Friday stepped in to block Missouri officials from taking away the license... Read More

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

2019-05-29 20:35:53
by Dan McCue
Special Counsel Mueller Makes First Public Statement on Russia Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller made his first public statement on the Trump-Russia investigation Wednesday, reiterating that if his investigators "had... Read More

Special counsel Robert Mueller made his first public statement on the Trump-Russia investigation Wednesday, reiterating that if his investigators "had confidence the president had not committed a crime, we would have said so," but beyond that saying very little. Mueller... Read More

2019-05-24 20:40:26
by Dan McCue
ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue Alabama over Abortion Ban

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Friday to block an Alabama law that... Read More

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Friday to block an Alabama law that bans nearly all abortions and makes performing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The... Read More

2019-05-21 21:46:30
by Tom Ramstack
DC Radio Station Must Register As Russian Agent, Judge Rules

WASHINGTON -- A Washington, D.C. radio station must register as a foreign agent because of its persistent broadcasts of Russian... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Washington, D.C. radio station must register as a foreign agent because of its persistent broadcasts of Russian news and information that critics describe as propaganda, a federal judge ruled last week. This week, the Justice Department hailed... Read More

2019-05-21 21:28:50
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Agrees to Keep Seal in Place in Cohen Campaign Finance Probe

A federal Judge in New York agreed to continue to seal search warrant materials related to an investigation of campaign... Read More

A federal Judge in New York agreed to continue to seal search warrant materials related to an investigation of campaign finance violations by President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. The decision by U.S. District Judge William Pauley III... Read More

2019-05-21 21:20:38
by Dan McCue
McGahn Defies Subpoena, No-Show at House Hearing

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Tuesday opened the panel's hearing on Russia interference in the 2016 election by... Read More

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Tuesday opened the panel's hearing on Russia interference in the 2016 election by warning the visibly absent former White House Counsel Don McGahn that he will be held in contempt for failing to... Read More

2019-05-21 12:48:25
by Dan McCue
George Washington to Citizens United: A History of Campaign Finance Reform

From the very beginning of the Republic, campaign finance has been a hard subject to discuss in polite company. In... Read More

From the very beginning of the Republic, campaign finance has been a hard subject to discuss in polite company. In a capitalist society, things, including access to whatever serves as the public megaphone of the era, simply cost money. And... Read More

2019-05-17 21:30:56
by Dan McCue
Fourth Circuit Holds Administration Broke Law In Rescinding DACA

A divided Fourth Circuit court ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals... Read More

A divided Fourth Circuit court ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, otherwise known as DACA, was unlawful because the administration failed to "adequately explain" its decision. In a majority ruling... Read More

2019-05-17 21:04:50
by Dan McCue
Eight Republicans Join House Democrats In Vote to Ban LGBT Discrimination

Eight House Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues Friday in voting in favor of legislation banning discrimination against members of the... Read More

Eight House Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues Friday in voting in favor of legislation banning discrimination against members of the LGBT community. H.R. 5, also known as The Equality Act, was jointly introduced in both the House and the Senate... Read More

2019-05-13 22:09:31
by Dan McCue
iPhone Users Can Sue Apple Over App Store Prices, Justices Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday held that iPhone users can proceed with a class-action against Apple over what the... Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday held that iPhone users can proceed with a class-action against Apple over what the plaintiff's claim is the company's monopoly over app sales. While the decision is potentially a landmark ruling for consumers seeking... Read More

2019-05-10 21:11:51
by Dan McCue
Chairman Neal Issues Subpoenas for Trump Tax Returns

Representative Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Friday issued subpoenas for six years of President... Read More

Representative Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Friday issued subpoenas for six years of President Donald Trump's tax returns. The subpoenas give Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig until 5 p.m. next... Read More

2019-05-08 23:08:16
by Dan McCue
New Democrats Endorse H.R. 5 Barring Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday formally endorsed H.R. 5, also known as the Equality Act, which aims to amend... Read More

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday formally endorsed H.R. 5, also known as the Equality Act, which aims to amend the federal Civil Rights Act to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The coalition, which... Read More

2019-05-08 20:57:07
by Dan McCue
New York Senate OKs Giving US House Access to Trump's State Tax Returns

New York State's Democrat-controlled Senate Wednesday easily approved a bill that would allow three congressional committees to review President Donald... Read More

New York State's Democrat-controlled Senate Wednesday easily approved a bill that would allow three congressional committees to review President Donald Trump's state tax returns. The vote was 39-21. The bill, which now must be approved by New York's Democrat-controlled Assembly,... Read More

2019-05-08 20:52:28
by Dan McCue
Ex-Police Officer Who Killed Black Motorist During Traffic Stop Appeals Conviction to Supreme Court

A former North Charleston, South Carolina police officer who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for killing a black motorist... Read More

A former North Charleston, South Carolina police officer who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for killing a black motorist who fled a traffic stop four years ago, has appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Slager pleaded... Read More

2019-04-29 18:25:54
by Dan McCue
Battle Over Trump Income Taxes Poised to Escalate As Congress Returns

As lawmakers returned to Washington on Monday, a dominant question in the air was just how contentious things are likely... Read More

As lawmakers returned to Washington on Monday, a dominant question in the air was just how contentious things are likely to get as a number of House committees resume their investigations of President Donald Trump. Among those in a state... Read More

2019-04-26 20:36:04
by Dan McCue
Momentum Builds In Wisconsin for an In-State Solution to Partisan Gerrymandering

As Wisconsinites await the outcome of two partisan gerrymandering cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last month, momentum is... Read More

As Wisconsinites await the outcome of two partisan gerrymandering cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last month, momentum is growing for in-state resolution to a very similar controversy. Earlier this month, three counties passed resolutions asking the state legislature... Read More

2019-04-26 20:17:28
by Dan McCue
Sealed Records for Nonviolent Marijuana-Related Arrests Addressed in Bipartisan Bill

Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., and Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., are leading a bipartisan effort in the House to ensure that... Read More

Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., and Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., are leading a bipartisan effort in the House to ensure that individuals arrested for nonviolent federal crimes stemming from marijuana possession get "a second shot at a better life." On Monday,... Read More

2019-04-26 20:02:26
by Dan McCue
Activist Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Role in Russian Influence Campaign

Maria Butina, the Russian gun rights activist who pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to influence U.S. government policy in... Read More

Maria Butina, the Russian gun rights activist who pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to influence U.S. government policy in the run-up to the 2016 election, was sentenced Friday to 18 months in federal court in Washington for failing to... Read More

2019-04-23 21:36:51
by Dan McCue
IRS Misses Deadline On Trump Tax Returns, Setting Stage for Legal Battle

The Internal Revenue Service missed a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to hand copies of President Donald Trump's personal and business... Read More

The Internal Revenue Service missed a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to hand copies of President Donald Trump's personal and business tax returns over to Congress, setting the stage for a potentially lengthy legal battle. In a letter to House Ways... Read More

2019-04-22 23:16:31
by Dan McCue
House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Former White House Counsel McGahn

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday issued a subpoena to former White House Counsel Donald McGahn requesting that he appear... Read More

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday issued a subpoena to former White House Counsel Donald McGahn requesting that he appear before the panel on May 7. In a statement, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said he believes McGahn may... Read More

2019-04-22 20:20:31
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court to Take Up LGBT Job Discrimination Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up the question of whether provisions of the federal Civil Rights Act... Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up the question of whether provisions of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting employment discrimination applies to LGBT individuals. The justices said they would hear Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia,... Read More

2019-04-16 21:12:28
by Dan McCue
What's In a Name? The Supreme Court Will Decide in ‘FUCT’ Trademark Dispute

Perhaps it should have been docketed as the case that dare not speak its name. At least that's how it... Read More

Perhaps it should have been docketed as the case that dare not speak its name. At least that's how it seemed Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court convened to hear arguments on whether the First Amendment's protection of freedom of... Read More

2019-04-16 21:04:13
by Dan McCue
Mueller and His Investigation Still Largely An Enigma On Eve of Report's Release

On Thursday, the world will get its first real, if redacted, look at the final report detailing Special Counsel Robert... Read More

On Thursday, the world will get its first real, if redacted, look at the final report detailing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with those activities. Throughout it... Read More

2019-04-15 21:52:13
by Dan McCue
North Carolina Lawmakers Open Door to Qualifying More Voter IDs for 2020

A bill filed in the North Carolina House of Representatives last week would ease some standards that identification cards issued... Read More

A bill filed in the North Carolina House of Representatives last week would ease some standards that identification cards issued by state colleges, universities and other institutions have to meet before they can be used as photo Voter ID in... Read More

2019-04-11 22:54:21
by Dan McCue
Michael Avenatti Charged with Extortion, Bank and Wire Fraud

Attorney Michael Avenatti, the longtime foe of President Donald Trump best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested... Read More

Attorney Michael Avenatti, the longtime foe of President Donald Trump best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested in New York on Monday on charges of extortion and bank and wire fraud. Geoffrey S. Berman, U.S. Attorney for... Read More

2019-04-11 20:33:26
by Dan McCue
Assange Charged With Computer Hacking in US Following UK Arrest

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's nearly seven-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London came to an abrupt end on Thursday... Read More

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's nearly seven-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London came to an abrupt end on Thursday morning when police entered the building and arrested him after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. In a statement, London's Metropolitan police... Read More

2019-04-05 00:25:50
by Dan McCue
Nadler Steps Up Push for Mueller Docs After Explosive Media Reports

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday ratcheted up the pressure on Attorney General William Barr to release the... Read More

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday ratcheted up the pressure on Attorney General William Barr to release the full, unredacted Robert Mueller report on his Russia investigation following a pair of explosive stories published in the New York... Read More

2019-04-02 21:12:46
by Dan McCue
Ex-Hill Staffer Sentenced to Prison for Election Crimes Scheme

A former congressional staffer was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay more than a half million... Read More

A former congressional staffer was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay more than a half million dollars in restitution for a multi-year scheme in which he defrauded donors and used a portion of the proceeds to... Read More

2019-04-02 20:57:40
by Dan McCue
North Carolina GOP Chair, Donor Charged in Bribery Scheme

A federal grand jury has indicted the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party and a major Republican campaign donor... Read More

A federal grand jury has indicted the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party and a major Republican campaign donor on conspiracy and bribery charges related to a bid to curry favor with the state's insurance commissioner. Robert Cannon "Robin"... Read More

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