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Biden rules issued from now on vulnerable to repeal if he loses

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has either reached, or is fast approaching, the date after which Congress can vacate rules across the federal government under the Congressional Review Act should President Joe Biden lose his reelection bid in November.

While more than 80 CRA resolutions have been introduced this Congress in an attempt to...Read more

Polls open for Georgia runoffs for Congress, Capitol and local races

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ATLANTA — Voters are finalizing candidates Tuesday in runoff elections for some of Georgia’s tightest races, deciding on candidates for Congress, the General Assembly and county offices.

One of the most closely watched races is a Republican contest for a congressional seat in west Georgia, where a former aide to Donald Trump faces a former ...Read more

US laws created during slavery are still on the books. A legal scholar wants to at least acknowledge that history in legal citations

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As the story of Juneteenth is told by modern-day historians, enslaved Black people were freed by laws, not combat.

Union Gen. Gordon Granger said as much when he read General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, in front of enslaved people who were among the last to learn of their legal freedom.

According to the order, the law ...Read more

Joining NATO binds countries to defend each other – but this commitment is not set in stone

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The outcome of the upcoming U.S. presidential election is going to have major consequences for the relationship between the U.S. and its allies. While President Joe Biden is a firm believer in the value of the transatlantic alliance, Republican contender Donald Trump has for years railed against U.S. participation in the North Atlantic Treaty...Read more

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Editorial: Donald Trump and that 'horrible' city

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We’re not fancy campaign consultants or anything, but it seems to us less than optimal to be the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president of the United States and then trash the swing-state city where your party plans to hold its convention just a few weeks later.

Precisely what Donald Trump said about Milwaukee in a closed-door ...Read more

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A new Kansas political party is testing an old ban on a once-common election strategy

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Imagine walking into the voting booth and looking at the ballot. One candidate’s name is listed twice in the race for state representative – once as a Republican or Democrat and once as a third-party candidate.

Kansas law prohibits this scenario, but it’s exactly what United Kansas, a new political party, wants to achieve.

If the party ...Read more

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Schumer plans vote on bump stocks ban after Supreme Court ruling

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Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to push to outlaw rapid-fire gun bump stocks Tuesday following the Supreme Court striking down a government agency’s effort to ban the deadly devices favored by mass killers.

The Democratic Majority Leader will seek to win unanimous consent for a measure to ban the devices, which allow semiautomatic weapons ...Read more

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Ex-Trump adviser urges him to cut ties with China, restart nuclear tests

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If Donald Trump returns to the White House, he should sever all economic ties with China, consider deploying the entire U.S. Marine Corps to Asia and resume live nuclear weapons testing, his former national security adviser writes in an article offering the most detailed account of what foreign policy may look like in a second Trump term.

The ...Read more

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Biden team unveils $50 million ad campaign tied to Trump debate

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President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign is kicking off a $50 million June advertising blitz, targeting minority voters in battleground states ahead of his debate with Donald Trump next week.

The new ad, titled “Character Matters,” cites the former president’s conviction at his New York trial and other legal cases while portraying ...Read more

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'Wake-up call.' Judge rejects effort to overturn MO abortion ban on religious grounds

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — After a Missouri judge rejected an effort to strike down the state’s abortion ban on religious freedom grounds, the possibility of overturning the ban could hinge on a statewide vote in November.

St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Jason Sengheiser on Friday ruled against a lawsuit brought by more than a dozen progressive faith ...Read more

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Maxine Waters tells judge of 'nightmares' after Texas man threatened to cut her throat

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Rep. Maxine Waters stood at the podium in front of a federal judge to tell him of the nightmares that stemmed from a Texas man's threats, including one to cut her throat.

Waters told U.S. District Court Judge Gary Klausner on Monday that her family members — several of whom were present in the Los Angeles courtroom — live "in fear every day...Read more

NC lawsuit ties casinos, campaign money and defamation claims

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A lawsuit filed by former Rockingham County Commissioner Craig Travis against Commissioner Kevin Berger, the son of Senate leader Phil Berger, provides new details about how, Travis alleges, state lawmakers and local leaders attempted to secure a casino in Stokesdale.

Berger is one of three commissioners, along with the chairwoman of Rockingham...Read more

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Ex-Trump adviser urges him to cut ties with China, restart nuclear tests

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If Donald Trump returns to the White House, he should sever all economic ties with China, consider deploying the entire U.S. Marine Corps to Asia and resume live nuclear-weapons testing, his former national security adviser writes in an article offering the most detailed account of what foreign policy may look like in a second Trump term.

The ...Read more

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Supreme Court's redistricting decision could hurt map challengers

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s recent decision on South Carolina’s congressional map will make it more difficult for voters to prove state lawmakers improperly relied on race in drawing new congressional lines, advocates and legal experts say.

The opinion laid out a new standard that requires challengers to show that state legislators ...Read more

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What Philly's gun violence drop looks like in neighborhoods like Kensington, North Philly, and Parkside

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PHILADELPHIA —Two years ago, 38 people were shot in Tioga and Nicetown in just the first five months of the year. This year, there have been just eight shootings there.

Like other cities across the country, Philadelphia has experienced significantly lower levels of gun violence so far this year — and the drop-off is especially pronounced ...Read more

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Editorial: Saving the pill: The Supreme Court averts disaster with mifepristone ruling

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Last week, the nation dodged a bullet with the Supreme Court’s 9-0 decision tossing a lawsuit that had sought to end the decades-old FDA approval of the drug mifepristone, which is used in medication abortions. The trouble for the plaintiffs was that they could not point to any specific harm that they or anyone else suffered from the approval ...Read more

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Commentary: The Supreme Court went out of its way to ignore common sense on bump stocks

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On Friday, the Supreme Court once more narrowed the power of the government to protect the American people from gun violence. In a 6-3 decision, split along ideological lines, the justices invalidated a rule adopted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that prohibited a device, bump stocks, that effectively turns ...Read more

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Editorial: Bumping against the law: Supreme Court's bump stock ruling misses the point

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In a 6-3 ruling along ideological lines Friday, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority decided that congressional intent be damned in siding with a plaintiff who had sued against the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ determination that bump stocks basically turned legal firearms into prohibited machine guns.

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1789 or 1866 is not 2024: Why historians have a difficult task in guiding Supreme Court justices as they decide today’s legal issues

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History matters at the U.S. Supreme Court, where most justices either embrace or occasionally rely on a form of interpretation called “originalism,” which holds that the original meaning of the Constitution should be sought, and relied on, to decide cases.

Historians matter at the Supreme Court these days, too.

In recent ...Read more

Modern-day outlaws, ‘sovereign citizens’ threaten the rule of law

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In May 2024, an Oklahoma man was arrested and charged with kidnapping and murdering two women, becoming the fifth member of an anti-government group called “God’s Misfits” to face such charges.

With the investigation still underway, details about God’s Misfits remain scarce. The group’s members may be part of the so-called �...Read more