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    1. Louisiana Abortion Restrictions Struck Down by Supreme Court

      Louisiana Abortion Restrictions Struck Down by Supreme Court

      The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana abortion law, handing a win to abortion rights advocates who feared the conservative court would break with past rulings to rein in protections that emerged from the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade.

      The justices voted 5-4 to invalidate Louisiana’s admitting-privilege law in the first major abortion ruling of the Trump era, which came after the court struck down a nearly identical Texas restriction four years ago. The ruling, which underscored the razor-thin voting margin over abortion rights, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's four liberals, is likely to make future Supreme Court decisions over a woman’s right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy an even more ...

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    2. Congress Demands Trump Admin Disclose Knowledge on Russian-Offered Bounties

      Congress Demands Trump Admin Disclose Knowledge on Russian-Offered Bounties

      A bipartisan group of congressional leaders is demanding the Trump administration explain what it knew about reports US intelligence concluded Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US troops.

      The White House briefed a group of House Republican lawmakers on the matter on Monday, while Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and CIA Director Gina Haspel to provide all-member briefings to Congress on the intelligence. And several key Senate Republicans said they are seeking more information from the Trump administration, too.
       
      "Congress and the country need answers now," wrote Pelosi, a Democrat from California. "Congress needs to know what the intelligence community knows about this significant ...
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    3. Supreme Court Clears Way for First Federal Executions Since 2003

      Supreme Court Clears Way for First Federal Executions Since 2003

      The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for President Donald Trump’s administration to carry out the first federal executions since 2003, turning away an appeal by four inmates challenging the lethal injection protocols due to be used.

      The justices left in place a lower court ruling that had let the executions proceed. The condemned men, convicted in federal courts of murder, had appealed after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on April 7 threw out a judge’s injunction that had blocked the executions.

      The inmates - Daniel Lee, Wesley Purkey, Alfred Bourgeois and Dustin Honken - are scheduled for execution in July and August at a federal prison in Terre Haute ...

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    4. Trump Retweets Video Where Supporter Yells 'White Power'

      Trump Retweets Video Where Supporter Yells 'White Power'

      President Donald Trump on Sunday morning retweeted a video of senior citizens in Florida participating in a golf-cart parade where one supporter yelled “white power” twice while pumping his fist in the air.

      “Thank you to the great people of The Villages,” Trump tweeted, referring to the retirement community where the events happened. “The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!“

      The president deleted the tweet a few hours later.

      The scene that erupted in The Villages took place amid continuing unrest across the country over police brutality and racism after the May 25 killing of a Black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer. Trump ...

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    5. Mississippi Passed Bill to Remove Confederate Symbol from State Flag

      Mississippi Passed Bill to Remove Confederate Symbol from State Flag

      The Mississippi state legislature on Sunday passed a bill to remove the Confederate emblem from their flag in a historic referendum on the only remaining state flag to feature the Confederate insignia. The bill will now go to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, who has said he would sign it into law.

      The legislation -- which cleared the state House in a 91-23 vote and the state Senate with a 37-14 vote -- comes as Mississippi lawmakers have been weighing a change to their flag for weeks amid ongoing racial justice protests across the country. The flag, first adopted in 1894, has red, white and blue stripes with the Confederate battle emblem in the corner.
      The bill establishes a commission to ...
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    6. Pelosi Says Nationwide Mask Mandate is 'Definitely Long Overdue'

      Pelosi Says Nationwide Mask Mandate is 'Definitely Long Overdue'

      Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday a nationwide mandate to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of coronavirus is “definitely long overdue.” 

      “Definitely long overdue for that,” Pelosi told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's “This Week.” “And my understanding that the Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] has recommended the use of masks but not required it because they don’t want to offend the president.”

      The speaker called on President Trump to “be an example” to the U.S. and wear a face covering, saying “real men wear masks.” Pelosi also demanded the Senate and White House act to pass the $3 trillion coronavirus relief package approved by the House last month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky ...

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    7. Supreme Court Rules Against Asylum-Seekers' Right to Object in Court

      Supreme Court Rules Against Asylum-Seekers' Right to Object in Court

      In a win for the Department of Homeland Security, the Supreme Court said Thursday that a Sri Lankan farmer who lost his bid for asylum in the United States after immigration officials ordered his removal could not challenge that decision in federal court.

      The ruling will keep courthouse doors closed to asylum seekers in expedited removal processes who say they cannot return home because they have a credible fear of torture or even death.
       
      The ruling is a win for the Trump administration, which has attempted to dramatically limit who's eligible for asylum in the US, though it likely won't have an immediate impact since the vast majority of asylum seekers are currently barred from entering the country ...
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    8. Trump Admin Urges Supreme Court to Scrap Obamacare

      Trump Admin Urges Supreme Court to Scrap Obamacare

      President Donald Trump’s administration petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the Obamacare law introduced by his predecessor that added millions to the healthcare safety net, seeking to scrap coverage during the novel coronavirus crisis.

      Solicitor General Noel Francisco, in a filing late on Thursday, argued for the administration that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - one of former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature achievements - became invalid after the previous, Republican-led Congress axed parts of it. “No further analysis is necessary; once the individual mandate and the guaranteed-issue and community-rating provisions are invalidated, the remainder of the ACA cannot survive,” Francisco wrote, adding that lawmakers in 2017 did not show that they intended for the ACA to continue ...

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    9. House Passes Police Reform Named After George Floyd

      House Passes Police Reform Named After George Floyd

      The House on Thursday passed sweeping criminal justice reforms aimed at curbing the use of excessive force by law enforcement after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by Minneapolis police one month ago.

      The package was crafted exclusively by the majority Democrats — drawing howls of criticism from GOP leaders — and its passage was never in doubt, as Democrats of all stripes united in a 236 to 181 vote to send the measure to the Senate.

      GOP Reps. Will Hurd (Texas), Fred Upton (Mich.), and Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.) bucked party lines and voted for the measure. Democrats are hoping to seize on the momentum generated by the massive protests that followed Floyd’s death to ...
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    10. House to Vote Today on Police Reform Bill

      House to Vote Today on Police Reform Bill

      House Democrats are set to pass a policing reform proposal on Thursday named in honor of George Floyd, whose death in police custody has sparked nationwide calls to address police misconduct and racial injustice and prompted weeks of protests and civil unrest.

      The vote comes a day after Democrats blocked a competing Republican bill in the Senate. The House bill is expected to pass largely along party lines, with Republicans opposing it.
       
      The legislation -- titled the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 -- has provisions to reform qualified immunity for law enforcement, prohibitions on racial profiling on the part of law enforcement and bans no-knock warrants in federal drug cases. It would ban chokeholds at the federal level and ...
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    11. Poll Shows Biden Lead in 6 Pivotal Swing States

      Poll Shows Biden Lead in 6 Pivotal Swing States

      Former Vice President Joe Biden has strengthened his standing in several states critical to determining the outcome of the 2020 White House race, according to new surveys, as President Donald Trump falls further behind in the very battlegrounds that helped propel him to office in 2016.

      The latest results of a series of New York Times/Siena College polls released Thursday represent another boon for the Biden campaign, which has enjoyed commanding leads over Trump in surveys of voters nationwide but remained locked in closer contests with the president’s reelection effort in the swing states he wrestled from Hillary Clinton four years ago.

      Across a half-dozen key states where Trump prevailed in 2016 — Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania ...

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    12. Pelosi Leads Push to Strengthen Obamacare Amid Trump's Opposition

      Pelosi Leads Push to Strengthen Obamacare Amid Trump's Opposition

      Flicking a dismissive jab at President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a plan Wednesday to expand “Obamacare," even as Trump's administration is about to file arguments in a Supreme Court case to strike it down.

      Pelosi announced an upcoming floor vote on her measure, setting up a debate that will juxtapose the Democrats' top policy issue, Trump's unrelenting efforts to dismantle Obama's legacy, and the untamed coronavirus pandemic.

      On Thursday, the Trump administration is expected to file papers with the Supreme Court arguing that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Pelosi wants her bill on the House floor Monday.
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    13. Senate Democrats to Reject GOP Police Reform Bill

      Senate Democrats to Reject GOP Police Reform Bill

      The U.S. Senate headed for a showdown on Wednesday over a Republican police reform bill that Democrats have rejected as too limited to rein in police misconduct as public protests continue over George Floyd’s death.

      The bill, crafted by the Senate’s only Black Republican, Senator Tim Scott, must garner 60 votes to move forward in the 100-seat chamber. But Republicans control only 53 votes, and Democrats have vowed to oppose the measure while urging talks on a new bipartisan measure.

      “It will never get 60 votes,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer vowed on Tuesday. “We need a bipartisan bill and a process to get there. That’s when we will move a bill.” A vote is expected ...

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    14. Trump Prepares Executive Order to Reinforce Laws Against Vandalizing Monuments

      Trump Prepares Executive Order to Reinforce Laws Against Vandalizing Monuments

      President Trump said Tuesday he is preparing an executive order to reinforce existing laws that punish people for vandalizing monuments as he digs in on his opposition to the removal of statues honoring controversial historical figures.

      "I will have an executive order very shortly, and all it’s really going to do is reinforce what’s already there, but in a more uniform way," Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for a trip to Arizona.

      The president's comments came after individuals attempted to topple a statue of President Jackson in Lafayette Square across the street from the White House on Monday night. Law enforcement intervened, deploying pepper spray and using force to disperse the protesters before ...

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    15. Biden Campaign Severely Restricts Contact with Foreign Officials

      Biden Campaign Severely Restricts Contact with Foreign Officials

      Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is severely restricting its staffers’ and volunteers’ contacts with foreign officials to avoid even the perception of outside interference with this year’s election — a move it attributes to a “poisonous environment” created by President Donald Trump.

      The decision, though made last year, was shared with POLITICO this week as a new book from former national security adviser John Bolton alleges that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help ensure his reelection. It could be a tough policy to enforce given that the Biden campaign’s foreign policy apparatus has expanded to more than 1,000 people and that foreign governments are increasingly eager to establish connections with the campaign.

      Trump was impeached late ...

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    16. Trump Signs Executive Order Suspending Work Visas

      Trump Signs Executive Order Suspending Work Visas

      President Trump on Monday signed an executive order to suspend the issuance of certain temporary worker visas through the end of 2020, cracking down further on immigration after signing a more narrow measure in April.

      The order applies to H-1B visas, H-2B visas, H-4 visas, L-1 visas and certain J-1 visas. It is the latest effort by the Trump administration to satisfy immigration hawks and groups that argue American workers should be prioritized, especially amid the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

      H-1B visas are used for skilled workers and are common in the tech industry and is the largest visa program of those included in Monday's order as its recipients can stay for multiple years.

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    17. Biden Commits to 3 Debates, Criticizes Trump's Request for More

      Biden Commits to 3 Debates, Criticizes Trump's Request for More

      Former vice president Joe Biden’s campaign has agreed to three scheduled debates with President Donald Trump this fall, and in a letter sent to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) Monday by campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon, criticized what she said was Trump’s shifting stance on how many debates in which he's willing to participate.

      In the letter, O’Malley Dillon writes that Biden, once formally invited by the commissioner after he officially becomes the Democratic nominee later this summer, will participate in three CPD-commissioned debates slated for Sept. 29, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22.

      Biden’s campaign manager cautioned that the campaign was accepting the invitation on the parameters previously laid out by the commission ...

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    18. Primary Elections Held Today in Kentucky, New York, Virginia

      Primary Elections Held Today in Kentucky, New York, Virginia

      Elections are set for three U.S. states Tuesday, including a Senate Democratic primary contest in the mid-south state of Kentucky for a spot to face Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November and a tough Democratic primary challenge longtime Congressman Eliot Engel is facing in New York.

      In the Kentucky race, polls indicate a tight race between former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, who narrowly lost a 2018 bid for a seat in the House of Representatives, and Charles Booker, a 35-year-old state lawmaker.

      McGrath was the early favorite in the race and raised $41 million in campaign funds while earning the endorsements of key Democratic figures such as Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.  But Booker, who raised ...

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    19. Trump Campaign Blames Protesters and Media for Rally Attendance

      Trump Campaign Blames Protesters and Media for Rally Attendance

      Just fewer than 6,200 people attended President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Tulsa Fire Department said Sunday -- a figure Trump's reelection campaign is disputing as it also seeks to blame "radical" protesters and the media for it's smaller-than-expected crowd size.

      The department monitored the crowd at the Bank of Oklahoma Center, an arena that can hold just more than 19,000, and public information officer Andy Little told CNN that Saturday's general admission count does not include suite holders, staff and media.
       
      Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh disputed the department's count Sunday, saying, "12,000 people went through the metal detectors so that number is way off." He added that the ...
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    20. Trump Trade Adviser Defends Trump's Comment About Slowing Down Testing

      Trump Trade Adviser Defends Trump's Comment About Slowing Down Testing

      White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that President Donald Trump was only joking when he said he asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing for the sake of optics.

      Speaking with CNN's Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,“ Navarro repeatedly said, "Come on now, Jake. You know it was tongue in cheek. Come on now. That was tongue in cheek," cutting off Tapper as he repeatedly asked about the president's remarks.

      "I don't know that it was tongue in cheek at all," Tapper retorted. "That's news for you, tongue in cheek," Navarro said with a dismissive laugh.

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    21. US Attorney Geoffrey Berman Fired After Dispute With Trump Admin

      US Attorney Geoffrey Berman Fired After Dispute With Trump Admin

      In a Friday night fray, AG Barr announced that Geoffrey Berman had “stepped down.” When Berman defiantly refused to go, Trump canned him. Well, we don’t call it the Sovereign District of New York for nothin’ …

      There is tumult in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where I proudly spent nearly 20 years as a prosecutor. In a nutshell, after the two men met in Manhattan on Friday, Attorney General Bill Barr announced that evening that SDNY U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman was stepping down. Later during the night, Berman issued a statement essentially saying, “Like hell I am!”

      Inevitably, President Trump fired Berman on Saturday afternoon, as announced by Barr ...

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    22. Supreme Court Rules Against Trump Ending DACA

      Supreme Court Rules Against Trump Ending DACA

      The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Trump administration's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation.

      The 5-4 ruling was written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.
       
      In penning the opinion, Roberts once again sided with the liberals on the bench in a momentous dispute that will infuriate judicial conservatives who are still bitter that he once provided the deciding vote to uphold Obamacare.
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    23. Facebook Removes Trump Campaign Ads Featuring Symbol Used by Nazis

      Facebook Removes Trump Campaign Ads Featuring Symbol Used by Nazis

      Facebook has removed a number of posts and ads run by Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that featured a symbol used by the Nazis for violating its “policy against organized hate”.

      The takedown on Thursday came amid increasing pressure on Facebook from civil rights leaders, Democratic politicians, and the company’s own employees to take a stronger stance against the president’s ugly and at times violent and hateful rhetoric on the platform, though it is not the first time that Facebook has removed Trump campaign ads for violating policies.

      The now-removed ads featured an image of an inverted red triangle with a black border and the message: “Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups are running through our streets and causing ...

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    24. Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Leader Paintings in Capitol

      Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Leader Paintings in Capitol

      Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday ordered the removal of four portraits of former House speakers who also served as Confederate leaders, a symbolic step to rid the U.S. Capitol of pro-slavery relics amid a nationwide reckoning over race.

      Pelosi will join the House clerk to take down the paintings Thursday afternoon, a day before the holiday “Juneteenth,” which marks the day that the last enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy learned of their freedom.

      “There’s no room in the hallowed halls in this democracy, this temple of democracy, to memorialize people who embody violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy,” Pelosi told reporters Thursday. “We must lead by example.”

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