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Miami Judge Says Compelling Password Production Isn't A Fifth Amendment Issue

Another small dart has been lodged in the thigh of the Fifth Amendment by the courts. A Miami, FL federal judge has ruled that defendants in a sex …

Law

Federal Court strikes down key provisions of Citizenship Act

The Federal Court has struck down several sections of the Citizenship Act relating to how the government may revoke someone's citizenship.<p>In a …

Illinois is set to be the third state to enact laws against 'scam artists who exploit' desperate student loan borrowers

If that seems like an overstatement of the situation to you, consider this: A stunning 1-in-3 student loan borrowers are late on loan payments, and several studies show struggling borrowers often don't know about programs designed to lower their monthly payments.<p>Unwilling to wait for reforms at the …

College & University

The U.S. Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State Needs an Overhaul

A broader strategy to beat the Islamic State should address the conditions that allowed the group to emerge and thrive. A long-term commitment is …

Middle East

Vice President Pence to persecuted Christians: 'We stand with you'

Washington D.C., May 11, 2017 / 03:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday pledged his prayers and support for persecuted …

Middle East

Transgender rights bill threatens 'female-born' women's spaces, activists say

Two feminists are warning the Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee that passing the federal transgender rights bill could threaten the …

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Donald Trump's tweets are good and he should keep posting them

Donald Trump's tweets are good for the world and he should be allowed to keep sending them, according to Twitter.<p>The company's CEO, Jack Dorsey, has …

Donald Trump proves it: Twitter isn’t trying to stop its troll problem — it’s trying to profit off it

<b>Jack Dorsey (AP/Mary Altaffer/Richard Drew)</b><p>An interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey exposes the double-standard in the site’s promise to moderate abuse<p>Keith A. Spencer<p>May 12, 2017 12:10am (UTC)<p>Even before he was president, Donald Trump’s tweets often raised eyebrows for their content, veracity, …

Social Media

Five Truths About Voter Suppression

The United States has a troubled history of voter suppression. Prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many states used policies such …

Government

Photos: Rep. Rod Blum town hall in Marshalltown

Audience members hold up red and green cards to show their approval level of Rep. Rod Blum's response during a town hall at Marshalltown Community …

U.S. Congress

Republicans buck Donald Trump on the climate: Senate blocks repeal of Obama-era rule on methane emission

<b>(Getty/Tom Pennington/Shutterstock/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Republicans finally hand Trump a surprise defeat<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>May 11, 2017 1:04pm (UTC)<p>The Republican-controlled Senate just delivered a stunning defeat to a White House-backed effort to overturn federal rules meant to rein in dangerous …

Fossil Fuels

How federalism can help minorities and the poor

By Ilya Somin<p>Contributor, The Volokh Conspiracy<p>The “Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity” website has recently published an article in which I explain how, contrary to conventional wisdom, federalism can often benefit minorities and the poor:<p>When it comes to the poor and minorities, American …

Federalism

More House Republicans open to special prosecutor

A growing number of House Republicans said Wednesday that they are open to an independent investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after President Donald Trump’s surprise dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.<p>In carefully couched statements, about a dozen House …

Trump effect on full display in the Senate Thursday with a majority embracing a trade-deal opponent

By Paul Kane<p>Reporter<p>When it comes to trade, the Trump effect was on full display in the Senate on Thursday.<p>Fully 37 Democrats voted to confirm the new U.S. trade representative, abandoning their partisan posture and instead embracing President Trump’s pledge to renegotiate existing trade deals and …

The United State of America

Washington is expanding its power by turning state governments into instruments of federal policy.<p>The tug of war between the president and Congress is steadily escalating. The most recent sign of incipient institutional breakdown is House Speaker John Boehner’s suit against President Obama for …

How to Be an Ally to Immigrants After the Election

by Victoria SagardíaLet’s face it: many jaws dropped after the 2016 election. And if you are at all aware of the vast community of immigrants in the …

ACLU

Trump Can End the War on Cops

Stop treating police as racist and pushing lower hiring standards as a way to achieve ‘diversity.’<p>Donald Trump’s promise to restore law and order to America’s cities was one of the most powerful themes of his presidential campaign. His capacity to deliver will depend on changing destructive …

Policing

Unions renewed closeness to Labour heralds yet more strikes

When Jeremy Corbyn reinforced his grip on the Labour party with his leadership victory last September, the leaders of some of Britain’s biggest unions were among the first to offer their congratulations.<p>Len McCluskey, the leader of Unite - one of Labour’s biggest donors - said it was time for …

Uber, Permits And SF Self-Driving Cars - There Must Be Space For Innovation To Occur In

Uber is testing its self-driving cars in San Francisco, San Francisco and the state of California are demanding that they stop. This wouldn’t normally be something for an economics column except that it’s a neat example of the way in which the modern economy is so grossly over-regulated. That then …

How to Cut Red Tape in Blue States

For a start, restore sanity to licensing requirements.<p>For years, Wisconsin and Indiana policymakers have worked to lure businesses away from …

Italy's top court orders retrial of ex-Finmeccanica executives in India bribery case

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy’s highest court on Friday ordered a re-trial of former top executives at defense group Leonardo Finmeccanica over allegations of bribery in a 2010 contract to provide a dozen helicopters to the Indian government.<p>In April a Milan appeals court sentenced former Finmeccanica …

Corruption

Romania's top court upholds leftist-backed scrapping of 102 taxes

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania’s top court ruled on Friday that legislation passed in October to scrap 102 taxes including radio and television license fees is constitutional.<p>The ruling Social Democrats (PSD), who sponsored the measure, said it was meant to ease tax burdens and reduce red tape in …

Romania

Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Texas Fetal Burial Rule

“We look forward to demonstrating that these regulations are unwise, unjustified, unconstitutional, and should be permanently struck down.”<p>A federal court has temporarily blocked the Texas law that would require women to bury or cremate fetal tissue from a miscarriage or abortion after the Center …

U.S. Federal Courts

Inside the Republican Power Grab in North Carolina

The Republican Party in North Carolina is stripping the powers of the governor's office away in advance of a Democrat taking over the role, a last-minute move that has many in the state crying foul.<p><i>Update: On Friday outgoing North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill that will reduce the</i> …

'Reagan would roll over in his grave' — President Obama blasts Republicans who approve of Putin

During President Obama's last news conference of the year, he took the time to criticize Republicans who approve of Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p><b>Follow BI Video:</b> On Twitter

President Obama Fails to Announce Election Do-Over

President Obama just wrapped up a much anticipated press conference, where he mostly answered questions about Russia hacking the election. Did the …