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Federal Judges Probe For ‘Purposeful Discrimination’ Behind North Carolina Voting Law

Federal appeals court judges on Tuesday probed the intent behind a sweeping 2013 North Carolina law that changed the state’s election rules. A lawyer for the state, Thomas Farr, defended the law and denied claims by attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department and civil rights groups that the law intentionally suppressed minority voters, speaking before […]

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U.S. senators who voted against tougher gun control laws will pay in next election, advocates say

Advocates vowed Tuesday to hold do-nothing senators accountable in the next election for their failure to pass legislation aimed at stopping the nation’s gun violence epidemic. “Make no mistake, we will remember in November,” said Lucia McBath, whose son was shot and killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Fla. following a dispute over loud […]

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Suit targeting Council on American-Islamic Relations over fake lawyer is reinstated by DC Circuit

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit seeking to hold the Council on American-Islamic Relations Action Network responsible for a contract employee at a regional chapter who falsely claimed to be a lawyer. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against CAIR’s national office in a decision (PDF) on Tuesday. The […]

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Orlando Massacre Wasn’t Enough To Spur Senate To Pass Gun Control Bills

WASHINGTON — Just over a week after the worst mass shooting in American history, the Senate failed Monday to advance a pair of modest and popular gun violence reform measures. One would have barred gun sales to anyone who has been on a terrorist watch list in the previous five years or who is “reasonably” […]

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Federal Judge Refuses To Block Mississippi Anti-LGBT Law

(Reuters) – A federal judge in Mississippi has allowed to stand a new state law that permits people to deny wedding services to same-sex couples based on religious objections. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves argued in his four-page order that since none of the lawsuit’s plaintiffs would be harmed by the law in the immediate […]

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The Supreme Court Just Ruled In Favor Of The Police State, And Sonia Sotomayor Is Not Having It

WASHINGTON — In a powerful dissent to a Supreme Court ruling that took an expansive view of the limits the Constitution places on police misconduct, Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday seemed to address the people most affected by unfortunate encounters with the police — black and brown Americans. “Do not be soothed by the opinion’s technical language: This case […]

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Maker Of Gun Used In Newtown Massacre Claims Overreach In Lawsuit

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Reuters) – The maker of the assault rifle used to kill 26 children and educators at a Connecticut school in 2012 argued on Monday that attempts to limit the sale of such weapons to civilians are best left to lawmakers and not families of the victims who sued the company. A lawyer for […]

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Supreme Court Declines To Take Up ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Enacted In Wake Of Sandy Hook

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a sweeping ban on so-called “assault weapons” enacted in the wake of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The court’s decision not to get involved in the dispute comes amid a renewed debate over gun rights after a gunman killed […]

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Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump Is A ‘Small, Insecure Money-Grubber’

Peter Andrew Hart In her feud with Donald Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is taking no prisoners. A week after Warren called Trump a “thin-skinned, racist bully,” she found a way to hammer him even harder. Speaking at the New Hampshire Democratic State Convention on Saturday, Warren pilloried the presumptive GOP presidential nominee over his […]

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GOP Mayor Leaves Republican Party, In Part Because Of Donald Trump

Marina Fang After determining that he cannot support Donald Trump as his party’s presidential nominee, a Republican lawmaker has abandoned the party altogether — a sign of growing discontent within GOP ranks. Danny Jones, the four-term mayor of Charleston, West Virginia, announced Friday that he changed his party identification to “unaffiliated.” “For the first time […]

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