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Claytoonz: Trump's turdlings

A New York state judge issued a ruling Thursday that Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr, and Ivanka Trump must sit down and face questions from investigators over potential bank fraud, tax dodging, and shady real estate values.... Read more»

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New legal filing reveals startling details of possible fraud by Trump Organization

A new legal filing by New York’s attorney general this week accused former President Donald Trump’s company of misleading lenders about the financial health of its landmark downtown Manhattan skyscraper, 40 Wall Street, while seeking to renew the building’s mortgage.... Read more»

Fifth Circuit overturns nationwide injunction on vaccine mandate for health care workers

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday overruled a lower court’s nationwide injunction against a Biden administration mandate that required healthcare workers at federally funded facilities to receive COVID-19 vaccines. ... Read more»

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Ranked-choice voting survived its biggest election season yet

Ranked choice voting, lauded by advocates for avoiding costly runoffs and ensuring that winners in crowded races earn majority support, is steadily gaining steam nationally - this year, 32 cities in seven states used the voting method. ... Read more»

Supreme Court leans toward expanding gun rights

New York gun restrictions on who can qualify to get a concealed-carry license drew sharp questions Wednesday at Supreme Court oral arguments, suggesting similar laws across the country could soon find themselves in a cascade of dominoes. ... Read more»

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First major 2nd Amendment case before the Supreme Court in over a decade could topple gun restrictions

The Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, expected by mid-2022, could declare a New York state restriction on carrying concealed handguns in public places unconstitutional - which could loosen gun regulations in many parts of the country.... Read more»

False Arizona claims play part in suspension of Giuliani law license

A series of baseless claims Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani made falsely alleging that tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants voted in the 2020 general election in Arizona were among the claims that led a New York disciplinary panel to suspend hiss license to practice law.... Read more»

Impunity after a deadly police shooting: 'There was no discipline because no wrongdoing was found'

To understand why police are so rarely held accountable for killings, you should know about Kawaski Trawick, and what didn’t happen to the officer who shot him. ... Read more»

Northeast states slap quarantine on Arizona travelers to stem COVID-19 spread

Arizonans will face a 14-day quarantine if they travel to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, whose governors announced the restriction Wednesday to keep people from COVID-19 “hot spots” from bringing the infection with them.... Read more»

FactCheck

Trump falsely claims COVID-19 death projection assumes 'no mitigation'

Dismissing concerns that states are reopening too soon, President Donald Trump incorrectly said that a newly revised model projecting 134,000 COVID-19 deaths by August “assumes no mitigation.” In fact, the model assumes states will keep their existing social distancing measures in place, unless suspensions have already been announced.... Read more»

Angry patients charged for telemedicine after being promised waived costs

Policymakers and insurers across the country say they are eliminating copayments, deductibles and other barriers to telemedicine for patients confined at home who need a doctor for any reason. But in a fragmented health system, the shift to cost-free telemedicine for patients is going far less smoothly than the speeches and press releases suggest. In some cases, doctors are billing for telephone calls that used to be free.... Read more»

Ducey, cities want federal COVID aid

President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have questioned whether the federal government should provide aid to state and local governments that are facing massive fiscal problems as they grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, dimming the hopes of governors and mayors who have asked Congress and the White House for financial lifelines.... Read more»

Court upholds real-world conviction in case that used virtual currency

Laundering money with virtual currency is still a real-world crime, a federal appeals court ruled, as it upheld a five-count conviction against an Arizona man. ... Read more»

Addiction treatment shfits under coronavirus challenges

Helping patients stay in recovery from an opioid addiction was never easy. The coronavirus crisis made it harder. ... Read more»

Why coronavirus testing takes so long: a behind-the-scenes look at the steps involved

After a slow start, testing for COVID-19 has ramped up in recent weeks, with giant commercial labs jumping into the effort, drive-up testing sites established in some places and new types of tests approved under emergency rules set by the Food and Drug Administration.... Read more»

Analysis

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, familes wonder whether to pull elderly relatives from nursing homes

With the coronavirus moving through facilities that house older adults, families across the country are wondering “Should I bring Mom or Dad home?” Most retirement complexes and long-term care facilities are excluding visitors. Older adults are asked to stay in their rooms and are alone for most of the day.... Read more»

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