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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

Justice Stephen Breyer will be retiring from the Supreme Court at the end of the term, according to Wednesday morning reporting from NBC. ... Read more»

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Immigration judges take free speech case to 4th Circuit

A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit heard arguments Tuesday over a Trump-era rule that immigration judges say continues to violate their freedom to speak out about government policies on their own time. ... Read more»

States accuse Google of tricking users to get location data

Attorneys general for three other states and the District of Columbia filed lawsuits Monday against Google, alleging that the ubiquitous internet titan collected valuable data about its users' locations through deception - similar to the lawsuit filed by Arizona in 2020.... Read more»

New study finds voting by mail does not increase risk of voting fraud

A first-of-its-kind study focused on the likelihood of various attacks on mail voting in the United States determined "that expanding mail voting is safe and should be used moving forward because it increases voter access and reduces the likelihood of adversarial interference."... Read more»

One way out: How the perilous quest for asylum becomes a migrant’s 'safest option'

People are forced to flee increasingly violent Central American countries like Honduras, where the United States’ endorsement of the 2009 coup of the democratically elected President led to extreme levels of insecurity and instability that continue to drive people out of the country.... Read more»

Arizona sues White House in battle over use of COVID-19 funding

Republican Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona sued the Biden administration Friday after the feds demanded changes to the state’s programs that send relief money to school districts without mask mandates. ... Read more»

Judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal workers

A Trump-appointed federal judge issued a nationwide injunction Friday blocking the requirement for federal employees to get inoculated against COVID-19, matching the federal contractor mandate already blocked by a nationwide injunction.... Read more»

Lawmakers consider immigration court overhaul to crack backlog of 1.6 million cases

Members of the House Judiciary Committee met Thursday to hear testimony about making immigration courts independent of the Department of Justice as the system faces a historic backlog of nearly 1.6 million cases. ... Read more»

L.A., Long Beach ports see progress moving backlogged containers, but bigger issues persist

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which last year became the focal point of the massive supply-chain meltdown that left store shelves empty and cranked up inflation, have been making progress in recent months addressing some of the most acute bottlenecks on the docks.... Read more»

Supreme Court shoots down Trump request to keep Jan. 6 records secret

The Supreme Court on Wednesday night denied a last-ditch attempt from former President Donald Trump as he sought to keep his White House records out of the hands of the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. ... Read more»

Voting rights legislation fails to overcome filibuster despite rule change attempt

Legislation that would create new federal guidelines for mail-in and early voting and end partisan gerrymandering failed to overcome a filibuster from Republicans Wednesday night, despite a last-ditch attempt by Democrats to alter the Senate's rules to push through the legislation.... Read more»

Biden to provide 400 million N95 masks to Americans

As the Omicron variant surges and hospitals are pushed to capacity, the Biden administration announced a new program Wednesday to give 400 million nonsurgical N95 masks to Americans free of charge to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

Safety limits for human-caused pollution now exceeded

For the first time, researchers have announced the limits that synthetic pollutants can be safely forced into the environment by human hands — and that we’ve already broken through them. ... Read more»

'Calm before the storm': Remain in Mexico 2.0 on track to repeat failings of first

The second iteration of the Migrant Protection Protocols promises to return just as many or more asylum seekers as its antecedent when the program expands in the coming months, and some suggest bleak fates for the migrants who slipped through the cracks in MPP 1.0. ... Read more»

For at-home COVID tests, free order day is coming

The Biden administration will make half a billion free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests available for online order at COVIDTests.gov on Jan. 19 - there will also be a phone line for anyone unable to order tests online - and is in the process of purchasing another half billion tests.... Read more»

Social media giants subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee

The congressional committee charged with investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed four large Silicon Valley social media companies Thursday, saying the companies had failed to furnish requested items vital to the investigation. ... Read more»

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