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  • President Trump Apologizes for Coronavirus Deaths

    Monday, May 11, 2020
    In a series of tweets, Trump said, “I’m sorry I didn’t act sooner and I’m sorry that I’ve pushed to open up the country before the pandemic is under control. As you know, I’ve added my name to the stimulus checks that Americans have received. Now I’ve asked to add my name to the death certificates of all Americans who die of the coronavirus from now on.”   read more
  • Ohio Disenfranchises Voters Who Skipped 2012 Election, Suit Claims

    Monday, April 11, 2016
    In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless allege that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s “actions violate the roll-maintenance provisions of the National Voter Registration Act,” causing many Ohioans to be deprived of their voting rights “merely because they had not voted for a period of six years.”   read more
  • Juvenile Lifers Have Little Shot at Release Despite Court Decision

    Monday, April 11, 2016
    The U.S. Supreme Court may have struck down mandatory life sentences for minors, but a new federal complaint says hundreds of these “juvenile lifers” have received no “meaningful opportunity for release.” Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, a nonprofit prisoners’ rights advocacy organization.   read more
  • Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Going to Trial

    Monday, April 11, 2016
    A challenge to what 12 Democratic voters claim is “one of the worst partisan gerrymanders in American history” is headed to trial in Wisconsin next month. The voters sued the individual members of Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board in 2015, claiming that Republican lawmakers secretly crafted and hurriedly passed a redistricting plan that would give them overwhelming – and unfair – control of the state legislature.   read more
  • Job Market Starting to Improve for College Graduates

    Monday, April 11, 2016
    Recruiters, on-campus career specialists and economists remain generally upbeat about prospects for this year’s graduates. Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute projects that hiring will be up 15% across all degree levels from last year, part of a stuttering rebound from the Great Recession and its aftermath, 2009 to 2013. Of course, applicants’ experiences will vary, perhaps significantly, depending on their field of study and position sought.   read more
  • Primary Process Is No Exercise in Democracy

    Monday, April 11, 2016
    For decades, both major parties have used a somewhat convoluted process for picking their nominees, one that involves ordinary voters in only an indirect way. As Americans flock this year to outsider candidates, the kind most hindered by these rules, they are suddenly waking up to this reality. And their confusion and anger are adding another volatile element to an election being waged over questions of fairness and equality.   read more
  • Wells Fargo to Pay $1.2 Billion to Settle Mortgage Fraud Case

    Sunday, April 10, 2016
    Prosecutors said Friday that Wells Fargo will pay $1.2 billion to settle claims of mortgage fraud related to government-insured loans, a penalty that represents a fraction of the lender's profits. Wells Fargo Bank admitted that it told the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that certain residential home mortgage loans were eligible for federal housing insurance when they were not.   read more
  • Arizona Legislature Demands Journalists Undergo Background Checks to Access House Floor

    Sunday, April 10, 2016
    Under a new rule implemented by Arizona's Republican House Speaker David Gowan, reporters convicted of “a felony within the last 10 years or a misdemeanor within the last five years, excluding traffic arrests” would be denied “non-employee” badges. Non-employee badges are typically held by law enforcement officers and reporters. The rule comes after the Arizona Capitol Times reported in January that Gowan racked up travel costs at the state’s expense.   read more
  • Springsteen Band Member Calls Anti-LGBT Law “Evil Virus” After Bruce Cancels N.C. Concert

    Sunday, April 10, 2016
    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band canceled their North Carolina concert because of the state’s new law blocking anti-discrimination rules for the LGBT community, said guitarist Steven Van Zandt, calling it the kind of legislation that’s like an “evil virus” spreading around the U.S. The band had been scheduled to play Sunday in Greensboro.   read more
  • South Dakota Oil Spill Called “Small” by TransCanada Comes to 17,000 Gallons

    Sunday, April 10, 2016
    The spill that TransCanada officials initially called “small in scope” released almost 17,000 gallons of oil into South Dakota farmland near the small town of Freeman, according to the company’s most recent estimates. TransCanada crews have been at the site of the spill around the clock since it was discovered last weekend by local landowner Loren Shultz. So far, they have excavated 100 miles of pipeline in search of the spill’s source, according to the Associated Press   read more
  • Administration Urges Petraeus Investigation Files Be Sealed

    Sunday, April 10, 2016
    The Justice Department urged a U.S. judge late Friday to keep secret many of the court records in the now-abandoned lawsuit over leaks in the investigation that led to the resignation of former Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus. The files include transcripts of sworn interviews with senior Obama administration officials about the sex scandal and its fallout.   read more
  • Louisiana Man Faces 20 Years to Life in Prison for Stealing Candy Bars

    Saturday, April 09, 2016
    The possible sentence raised questions with Judge Franz Zibilich, who was overseeing Grimes' arraignment last week. "Isn't this a little over the top?" Zibilich said. "Twenty years to life for a Snickers bar, or two or three or four." Grimes' lawyer agreed, saying: "They're spending their time to lock someone up for years over $31 worth of candy." The D.A.'s office emphasized that the alleged crime was considered a felony by the state.   read more
  • U.S. Agency Tasked with Voter Support is Accused of Voter Suppression

    Saturday, April 09, 2016
    The agency’s executive director, Brian D. Newby, had been in his job less than three months in January when he unilaterally reversed a policy that the body’s commissioners, two Democrats and two Republicans, had endorsed since the agency’s creation in 2002: that people registering to vote need offer no proof, beyond swearing an oath, that they are American citizens. There was but one problem, critics say: Newby had no authority to make policy, a power reserved to the agency’s four commissioners.   read more
  • Top Energy Firms and U.S. Gov’t No Match for Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit (Round 1)

    Saturday, April 09, 2016
    Judge Coffin rejected motions by the U.S. government and big energy companies to dismiss the lawsuit by 21 plaintiffs ages 8 to 19. Hundreds of people came to show their support for the youths, who contend the release of dangerous carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere is a violation of their constitutional rights. They are demanding the U.S. government create a plan to significantly cut the emissions. "The future of our generation is at stake," said plaintiff Victoria Barrett, age 16.   read more
  • Why So Few Americans in Panama Papers? Firm “Defends” its Rejection of U.S. Clients

    Saturday, April 09, 2016
    Ramon Fonseca, who started the firm with Jurgen Mossack, said their law firm has only a handful of American clients, most of them members of Panama's burgeoning expat retirement community. It's not out of any anti-Americanism or fear of the IRS. "My partner is German, and I lived in Europe, and our focus has always been the European and Latin American market," said Fonseca. "He loves the U.S. a lot, and I do, too. [But] as a policy we prefer not to have American clients."   read more
  • Highest Use of Force by Border Patrol Occurs in Most Remote Border Areas

    Saturday, April 09, 2016
    Agents in the Big Bend Sector, a sprawling part of West Texas that includes Big Bend National Park, used guns five times during the 2015 fiscal year that ended in September. Only agents in San Diego reported using guns more often — six times. In the sector of El Centro, California, a span of desert in eastern California, agents reported 68 instances of force during the same period, though none reported firing their weapons. CBP released the use-of-force data by sectors for the first time.   read more
  • Aggressive Superheroes and Painted Topless Women Banished to Times Square Phantom Zones

    Saturday, April 09, 2016
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the topless women undermined the family-friendly nature of the square the city wanted to promote. On Thursday, several performers in superhero costumes came to the council chambers to defend their profession. Abdel Amine Elkhezzani, a Spider-Man performer in Times Square, said he would lose most of his business if he had to stay in a certain zone. “We go up to people and interact with them and entertain them and kind of convince them to take pictures with us,” he said,   read more
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