States ask that Trump’s district drawing order be stopped

A coalition of states, cities and civil rights groups on Friday asked a federal judge to declare as unconstitutional President Donald Trump’s order seeking to exclude people in the country illegally from being part of the process for redrawing congressional districts. The coalition, led by New York state, in court papers asked U.S. District Judge […]

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ICE, DOJ announce indictments of poultry plant executives related to 2019 Mississippi immigration raid

Federal officials on Thursday announced the indictments of four poultry plant executives in Mississippi in relation to a major 2019 worksite enforcement raid that resulted in the detention of hundreds of illegal immigrants. The four managers, supervisors and human resource personnel face charges including harboring illegal aliens, assisting in representing false citizenship and obtaining false […]

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Court lifts ruling against 4 Arkansas abortion restrictions

A federal appeals court has lifted a ruling blocking four Arkansas abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press August 7, 2020, 8:49 PM 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal appeals court on Friday lifted a judge’s […]

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Former Angels employee Eric Kay charged with distributing fentanyl in Tyler Skaggs case

Former Angels employee Eric Kay has been charged by federal authorities in Texas with distributing fentanyl in connection with the overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, according to court documents reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. An affidavit in support of the criminal complaint against Kay filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth said […]

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Federal judge dismisses House GOP lawsuit over proxy voting during coronavirus pandemic

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by House Republicans against the House Democratic majority that allows members to vote remotely by proxy during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the judge saying the suit is barred by the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives had passed a resolution […]

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Federal appeals court rules House Dems have legal ‘standing’ to enforce subpoena for former WH counsel Don McGahn

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that House Democrats have legal “standing” to bring their lawsuit against the Trump administration to enforce a subpoena for former White House Counsel Don McGahn. The decision comes as a setback for President Trump and the White House’s claims of executive privilege over communications with McGahn during his tenure. […]

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More businesses will tap Fed loan program if economy worsens, Rosengren says

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s President and CEO Eric S. Rosengren speaks in New York By Jonnelle Marte (Reuters) – A key Federal Reserve official told a congressional watchdog on Friday that participation in a $600 billion loan program meant to carry small and medium-sized firms through the coronavirus crisis […]

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Trump declares emergency for Connecticut, sends feds to aid in Tropical Storm Isaias response

President Trump on Thursday declared an emergency for Connecticut and ordered federal assistance to the state to aid in its response efforts to the damage resulting from Tropical Storm Isaias. On Wednesday, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont declared a state of emergency in the state in response to the widespread power outages caused by the impact of Isaias. […]

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Who Won the Battle of Portland?

Summer morning light, the federal courthouse is eerily calm. The perimeter of the Mark O. Hatfield building, a 16-story high-rise occupying a block of downtown Portland, Oregon, emerged in July as the front line for nightly assaults by federal agents against Black Lives Matter protesters, whom President Trump labeled “sick and deranged Anarchists & Agitators.” […]

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Fed’s Rosengren says 509 financial institutions have registered with Main Street Lending Program

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: File Photo: The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s President and CEO Eric S. Rosengren speaks in New York NEW YORK (Reuters) – Since registration opened in mid-June, 509 financial institutions have signed up with the Main Street Lending Program, Boston Federal Reserve Bank president Eric Rosengren said on Friday. Over $530 […]

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Judge Dismisses G.O.P. Suit to End Proxy Voting in House During Pandemic

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a suit filed by congressional Republicans against Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sought to block the House of Representatives from using a proxy-voting system to allow for remote legislating during the coronavirus pandemic. Judge Rudolph Contreras, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, wrote in […]

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Fed’s Main Street pandemic support program off to slow start

The Federal Reserve says its Main Street Lending Program designed to help small and medium-sized companies get through the pandemic has managed to make just eight loans in its first month of operations By MARTIN CRUTSINGER and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writers August 6, 2020, 11:20 PM 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail […]

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Man pleads guilty to threatening to shoot Black renters

Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to violating the Fair Housing Act for threatening to shoot a Black family in 2014 for renting a home By The Associated Press August 6, 2020, 10:01 PM 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — A North Carolina man who […]

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Lawyer suing California over school closures says order unconstitutional, takes away ‘fundamental right’

The lawyer behind the federal lawsuit against an order by California Gov. Gavin Newsom mandating most of the state’s schools remain closed says that the action is meant to restore students’ “fundamental rights” allegedly taken away by the governor. Newsom’s plan, announced in mid-July, requires a county to be off the state’s “monitoring list” for 14 days in order to […]

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Fed’s Kaplan says small businesses need more aid

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan speaks during an interview in his office at the bank’s headquarters in Dallas (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s emergency lending facilities have been largely effective at stabilizing markets without needing a large financial investment, but small and medium-sized businesses need more assistance, Dallas Federal […]

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Fed policymakers say pickup in infections slowing U.S. economic recovery

2/2 © Reuters. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Clarida greets a member of the Dallas Fed staff in Dallas 2/2 By Jonnelle Marte NEW YORK (Reuters) – A resurgence in coronavirus cases is slowing the economic recovery and the pandemic will continue to weigh on the U.S. economy and American life for longer than initially expected, […]

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Sens. Cotton, Blackburn, Loeffler introduce bill to allow concealed carry for prosecutors, federal judges

Federal prosecutors and judges would get the ability to carry concealed firearms if a bill introduced by a trio of southern Republican senators is made law. Sens. Tom Cotton, Marsha Blackburn and Kelly Loeffler introduced the Protect Our Prosecutors and Judges Act on Tuesday to allow federal prosecutors and judges to have a concealed carry license. The bill […]

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Fed’s Mester says reopening phase may be more protracted than many anticipated

© Reuters. Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester poses during an interview on the sidelines of the American Economic Association’s annual meeting in San Diego (Reuters) – U.S. economic activity has slowed in recent weeks as coronavirus infections have risen, and the country’s reopening phase may take longer than many initially anticipated, Cleveland Federal […]

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Court reverses order to shut down Dakota Access pipeline

A federal appeals court panel has reversed an order to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press August 5, 2020, 10:01 PM 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed a judge’s order that […]

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Police charge alleged MS-13 members with trafficking teen

Federal prosecutors have charged 11 alleged members of the MS-13 street gang with sex trafficking and other charges after they say a 13-year-old runaway was repeatedly beaten with a baseball bat and forced into prostitution in northern Virginia By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press August 5, 2020, 8:38 PM 2 min read ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Federal […]

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Jake Paul’s Calabasas Home Raided By FBI | E! News

The YouTube star’s residence is swarmed by federal agents who confirm to "E! News" the raid was part of "an ongoing investigation." Full Story: https://www.eonline.com/news/1176663/youtube-star-jake-pauls-home-raided-by-fbi #JakePaul #ENews #CelebrityNews Subscribe: http://bit.ly/enewssub About E! News: The E! News team brings you the latest breaking entertainment, fashion and Pop Culture news. Featuring exclusive segments, celebrity highlights, trend reports […]

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Judge: Doctrine shielding police from lawsuits is wrong

A federal judge in Mississippi is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn qualified immunity By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press August 5, 2020, 7:20 PM 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge in Mississippi has issued a sharply worded ruling that calls on the […]

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ComEd pleads not guilty to bribery scheme despite admissions made in government deal

ComEd pleaded not guilty through an attorney Wednesday to a federal bribery charge. | ComEd During its arraignment by telephone Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John Kness also agreed to put off the case against ComEd for three years. Despite last month admitting its role in a scheme that allegedly sent $1.3 million to allies of […]

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Fed’s Clarida says U.S. economy could return to pre-pandemic levels by end of 2021

© Reuters. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Clarida greets a member of the Dallas Fed staff in Dallas NEW YORK (Reuters) – While U.S. economic growth slowed in July, the rebound could pickup in the third quarter and the economy could reach pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida […]

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