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States Push New Voter Requirements, Fueled by Trump

MARSHALL, Mo. — Paul Gieringer let Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft talk for half an hour, explaining the state's complicated new voter ID law to a crowd of two dozen at the local community center, before raising his hand.<p>"How many cases of voter fraud have there ever been in Missouri?" …

Government

White House blocks news organizations from press briefing

CNN and other news outlets were blocked on Friday from attending an off-camera White House press briefing that other reporters were hand-picked to attend, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs.<p>The decision struck veteran White House journalists as unprecedented in …

Donald Trump

McCain: Trump’s attacks on press are 'how dictators get started'

The Arizona senator said the nation needs a free and at times adversarial press.<p>President Donald Trump’s attacks on the press echo the language of dictators, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” warning the nation to heed lessons of history.<p>Attacks on the press, McCain said, …

Donald Trump

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research.

The Justice Department just got a new boss: Jeff Sessions. He is raising alarms in the civil rights community. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is concerned about his “record of hostility” toward the Voting Rights Act and the enforcement of civil rights. The NAACP-Legal Defense …

Government

Jeff Sessions takes charge: Expect an era of open warfare on civil rights and civil liberties

<b>Jeff Sessions (Getty/Win McNamee)</b><p>Expect good times for cops and prosecutors and a return to the “war on drugs.” Don’t invest in legal weed just yet<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>February 13, 2017 1:12pm (UTC)<p>From the flurry of leaks coming out of the Trump administration over the weekend it appears that the …

Donald Trump

Why Trump’s refugee order is unconstitutional

A federal court recently enjoined Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees and migrants from seven Muslim-majority nations. One of the main issues at stake in the growing legal battle over the order is whether the order qualifies as unconstitutional discrimination against Muslims. Despite a …

Immigration

Amplification of Cretaceous Warmth by Biological Cloud Feedbacks

That’s the title of an article in <i>Science</i> today (available here with subs.) I’m giving a talk this morning so don’t have a lot of time to comment on …

Climate Change

Trump will reportedly unveil a draconian US policy halting refugees and limiting Muslim immigrants

Donald Trump will sign executive orders this week to temporarily limit immigration from Syria and several other majority-Muslim countries, and to block all refugees to the US for several months, Reuters and the Washington Post reported on Jan. 24.<p>According to Reuters, immigration will be blocked …

Immigration

Trump may reinstate secret CIA 'black site' prisons: U.S. officials | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump may order a review that could lead to bringing back a CIA program for holding terrorism suspects in secret overseas “black site” prisons where interrogation techniques often condemned as torture were used, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday.<p>The …

Trump Administration

Trump to direct federal resources toward building a border wall on Wednesday

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump will take executive action Wednesday directing federal resources toward building a border wall, a White House official confirmed to CNN.<p>The move begins a multi-day roll out of immigration actions that's also expected to include moves related to refugees and …

How immigration activists prepare to fight deportations under Donald Trump

Barack Obama was the ‘deporter-in-chief’, but activists are expanding methods and spreading information as fears grow that Donald Trump will be even harsher<p>If and when Donald Trump’s administration executes on his deportation strategy, immigration advocates are starting to formulate a plan.<p>The …

Immigration

Trump's second Supreme Court pick could be the real drama

<b>(CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump is looking for a surefire conservative for the Supreme Court, and Senate Democrats are vowing to fight his choice.<p>But for all the escalating rancor, this round to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia could be the prelude to a more consequential battle.<p>The …

Mitch McConnell

How an obscure U.S. policy effort could hurt American Muslims

U.S. lawmakers have introduced a measure calling for the Muslim Brotherhood, one of the oldest Islamist organizations in the Middle East, to be designated a foreign terrorist organization, and for the first time in recent years they are optimistic it will get signed into law.<p>The Muslim Brotherhood …

Muslim Brotherhood

With Trump, fight to end U.S. abortion rights gathers steam | Reuters

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The battle to restrict abortion in the United States, heating up with the election of Donald Trump as president and a conservative Congress, will be waged from the nation’s highest court down to state legislatures, activists say.<p>U.S. President-elect Donald …

Data Protection

Death to the Gerrymander: Paul Smith might defeat unconstitutional redistricting.

It has become painfully clear in recent years that partisan gerrymandering is one of American democracy’s worst illnesses. Although the Supreme Court …

A Texas federal judge OKs nationwide discrimination in healthcare against transgender people

In a ruling upholding the latest tangential attack on the Affordable Care Act by religious activists, a federal district judge in Texas blocked regulations prohibiting insurers, doctors, or hospitals from discriminating against transgender patients or women with an abortion in their medical history.<p>…

Health Care

If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama

WASHINGTON — If Donald J. Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the F.B.I. to spy on a journalist, he will have one man to thank for bequeathing him such expansive power: Barack Obama.<p>Mr. Trump made his animus toward the news media …

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Trump deportation plan could be ‘impossible’

People who’ve been on the front lines of immigration enforcement say it will take too much money and time.<p>Donald Trump is pledging to deport two to three million gang members, drug dealers and other criminals who are in the U.S. illegally. But people who’ve actually run the nation’s immigration …

Immigration

Are we heading towards a 'post human rights world'?

<b>With an increasing number of states seemingly reluctant to honour human rights treaties, is there a future for this type of international agreement?</b><p>"We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the UN, and in the life of mankind."<p>With these words, Eleanor Roosevelt presented …

Human Rights

Congress leaves Trump with unlimited war powers

The failure to pass a war authorization against the Islamic State will mean few checks on his provocative campaign vows.<p>For much of President Barack Obama's second term, Congress sought to pass a formal authorization for the war against the Islamic State — both to signal the country’s resolve and …

Al-Qaeda

The Religious-Liberty Showdowns Coming in 2017

From mosque surveillance to new religious-exemption laws, a look at some of the issues likely to come up under Trump<p>Religious voters won Donald Trump the White House. Exit polls show that 81 percent of white evangelicals and 60 percent of white Catholics chose the president-elect over Hillary …

Trump nominations tracker: See which key positions have been filled so far

Trump transitionExplore 659 key positions659 key positionsSearch<p>See 23 updates in the last seven days<p>John P. Pallasch<p>Assistant secretary for employment and training, Department of Labor<p>Announced<p>Francis R. Fannon<p>Assistant secretary for energy resources, Department of State<p>Reported out favorably<p>David …

Natural Gas

Trump to inherit more than 100 court vacancies, plans to reshape judiciary

Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a monumental opportunity to reshape the judiciary after taking office.<p>The estimated 103 judicial vacancies that President Obama is expected to …

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Obama just made it much harder for Trump to build his “Muslim registry”

Instead of reanimating a Bush-era registration program, Trump will have to go back to square one.<p>For nine years, from 2002 to 2011, a version of one of Donald Trump’s most extreme proposals was standard US government policy: requiring certain people in the US on visas from Muslim-majority countries …

First Amendment Defense Act Would Be 'Devastating' for LGBTQ Americans

Earlier this month, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Mike Lee of Utah, through his spokesperson, told Buzzfeed they plan to reintroduce an …