The FBI released its 2017 Hate Crimes Statistics on Tuesday that document 8,437 criminal offenses motivated by bias against race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, religion, disability or sexual orientation that occurred in 2017. This marks a substantial increase over the previous year’s 7,321 offenses. The bureau’s report indicates that a total of 7,106 single-bias [...]

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The Justice Department filed a memorandum in response on Wednesday to CNN’s lawsuit over the revocation of Jim Acosta’s access, stating that the White House reserves the right to select which journalists receive interviews and are called upon during press conferences. “No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House,” lawyers said in [...]

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memo Wednesday defending the constitutional basis for the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General. The memo was written by Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel of the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel. The Office of Legal Counsel serves as the principle legal interpretation body within the DOJ. [...]

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This past Election Day, voters in Massachusetts made history by winning a popular vote on transgender rights at the statewide ballot box for the first time. At a time when so many transgender people are being attacked by the Trump administration and violence against transgender people remains an epidemic in America (with the highest rates [...]

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Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging Maine’s ranked-choice ballots in his race against Democratic opponent Jared Golden. The suit claims Maine’s Act to Establish Ranked-Choice Voting (RVC Act), which replaced the single-election system used in Maine for 140 years, undermines an individuals right to vote, and vote effectively. The RVC Act altered [...]

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The state of Maryland filed a motion for preliminary injunction on Tuesday seeking to restrain and enjoin former Chief of Staff to the Attorney General Matthew Whitaker from “appearing in the official capacity of the Acting Attorney General.” Instead, the motion seeks the appointment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the acting Attorney General, replacing [...]

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The US Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that former CEO of a Missouri charity, Marilyn Nolan, pleaded guilty on Friday to crimes related to bribery and unlawful campaign contributions for elected public officials in Missouri and Arkansas. Nolan admitted to conspiring “to misapply millions of dollars of the charity’s funds for substantial, undisclosed payments to lobbying [...]

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Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said Sunday that authorities have arrested former Minister of Welfare and Social Security Parviz Kazemi for financial fraud. Kazemi resigned in 2006 after serving nearly one year under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He then served on the board of directors of Capital Bank and was a member of the Board of Trustees of [...]

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Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Senatorial candidate in last week’s 2018 midterm elections, filed lawsuits over the weekend regarding the ballot-accounting debacle that has surrounded the election. Scott sued Susan M. Bucher, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, alleging that she “continues to store election equipment and ballots in an unsecured facility outside the view [...]

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