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A man walks outside the Garvey Park Gym in Rosemead, California, in September 2022. Artist MariNaomi created the mural to raise awareness about violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Only a minuscule number of hate crimes are reflected in federal, state and local databases and reporting systems, and without a true understanding of what’s happening, it’s difficult to address hate crime and stop it. Read more»

The House Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol lasted over a year and a half and conducted more than 1,000 interviews.

After a year and a half, the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol released a 154-page summary of its final report that concludes former President Donald Trump was responsible for a “multi-part plan to overturn the 2020 Presidential election.” Read more»

Trump already faces two probes by the Department of Justice over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, as well as for having taken government records from the White House and stored them at his South Florida resort home Mar-a-Lago. 

House lawmakers who have been investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol voted on Monday to have the Department of Justice prosecute former President Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection - the first time that a former president has faced such a referral. Read more»

A protected Saguaro cactus stands taller than the 30-foot steel bollard border wall erected by the Trump administration which cuts through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona.

A Fifth Circuit judge lambasted President Joe Biden for canceling border wall construction projects, calling it "absurd" his administration is installing cameras and sensors to deter migrants in lieu of physical barriers. Read more»

Erosion can be seen along a privately funded border wall in Mission in June 2020.

A private border wall built along the Rio Grande in South Texas could collapse during extreme flooding, according to a federally commissioned inspection report that the government sought to keep secret for more than a year. Read more»

If no appeal is filed within seven days, the review by special master Raymond Dearie, a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York, will end and the case will be dismissed.

A federal appeals court unanimously reversed a Florida federal judge’s appointment of a special master to examine hundreds of documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s home, ruling the lower court lacked jurisdiction to consider the request for an outside review. Read more»

A federal jury entered a guilty verdict Tuesday against Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the extremist right-wing Oath Keepers group, the culmination of nearly three days of deliberation in a high-profile seditious conspiracy trial that lasted more than a month. Read more»

Though RealPage says the information is aggregated and anonymized, some experts have said using private data from competitors to set rents could run afoul of antitrust laws.

The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has opened an investigation into whether rent-setting software made by a Texas-based real estate tech company is facilitating collusion among landlords and allowing property managers to illegally coordinate their pricing. Read more»

The Trump administration implemented the pause on student loan repayments due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Biden administration has extended it multiple times.  

The Department of Education announced it is extending the pandemic-era pause on federal student loan repayments until June 30 while legal challenges to the administration’s student debt relief program are fought over in the courts. Read more»

Arizona is one of several states where armed groups have been seen watching drop boxes for non-existent voter fraud leading to an increase in cases being submitted to the DOJ of voter intimidation by the Secretary of State’s Office.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that it will be sending personnel to monitor the polls in five counties in Arizona - including Pima County - and 23 other states as voter intimidation complaints reach double digits in the state. Read more»

The First Amendment and finding a way to tailor an order that is amenable to both parties will likely be key to the case going forward and was the key point of contention and discussion Monday.

The Justice Department is seeking a temporary restraining order against a group that is surveilling drop boxes across Arizona after the judge overseeing one of the cases last week declared that the injunction being sought would likely violate the First Amendment. Read more»

Maricopa County officials have stepped up monitoring of ballot drop boxes after four more reports over the weekend of voters who felt intimidated by people watching and videotaping the sites.

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said he plans to step up security at voting locations in the run-up to Election Day, following more reports of individuals – in some cases armed – filming and tailing voters at Arizona ballot drop boxes. Read more»

Among the groups calling for the Biden administration to move more quickly on the expungement of cannabis possession convictions were former inmates who had been convicted on the charge.

Students from across the country rallied outside the White House Monday to demand that President Joe Biden deliver on a campaign promise to release prisoners convicted of marijuana possession. Read more»

Members of the panel have said Trump and people close to him have contacted witnesses in apparent attempts to dissuade them from offering truthful testimony.

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol sent a subpoena Friday to former President Donald Trump, demanding documents and testimony from the person the panel has said was central in orchestrating a plan to overturn the 2020 election. Read more»

Deanna Daugherty drops her ballot off at the ballot drop box Thursday outside the Maricopa County Juvenile Court in Mesa, where two other voters reported being photographed and followed Monday by a group watching the box.

Election officials reacted swiftly to reported voter intimidation this week at a Mesa ballot drop box - referring the report to the Justice Department and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich - and reassured voters they are working with law enforcement to address such incidents. Read more»

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