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Seized House records show just how far Trump admin would go

Jun. 12, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has made no secret of his long list of political enemies. It just wasn't clear until now how far he would go to try to punish them. Two House Democrats disclosed this week that their smartphone data was secretly obtained...

Seized House records show just how far Trump admin would go

Jun. 11, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has made no secret of his long list of political enemies. It just wasn't clear until now how far he would go to try to punish them. Two House Democrats disclosed this week that their smartphone data was secretly obtained...

Justice Department will review restrictive GOP voting laws

Jun. 11, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will scrutinize a wave of new laws in Republican-controlled states that tighten voting rules, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday, vowing to take action on any violations of federal law. He announced plans to double...

Justice Department stepping up enforcement of hate crimes

Jun. 03, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is stepping up its enforcement of hate crimes and other bias-related incidents, furthering a promise by Attorney General Merrick Garland to focus on civil rights violations. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, recently...

Court to rehear challenge to in-person legislative sessions

Jun. 02, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal appeals court says it will rehear the case involving a challenge to holding in-person legislative sessions without a remote option in New Hampshire during the coronavirus pandemic, and it's invited U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to weigh in. ...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 02, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 1, 2021. Editorial: Diversity finds another enemy: The Florida Supreme Court In a coordinated effort to cater to the prejudiced elements of their voter base, Republican politicians in Florida and across the nation are...

US to expedite immigration cases of families on border

May. 28, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Families arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico will have their cases fast-tracked in immigration court, the Biden administration said Friday, less than two weeks after it said it was easing pandemic-related restrictions on seeking asylum. Under the...

Justice Dept. refocuses long-standing anti-violence program

May. 26, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is refocusing a long-standing violent crime initiative amid a string of violence and mass shootings across the U.S. that includes embedding federal agents with local homicide investigators and sweeps to arrest wanted fugitives with a significant...

Feds take down Medicare scams that preyed on virus fears

May. 26, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced criminal charges Wednesday against more than a dozen people from Florida to California in a series of Medicare scams that exploited coronavirus fears to bill tens of millions of dollars in bogus claims. A common hook...

Louisville pins hopes on Justice Dept. review of policing

May. 23, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For the people marching in the streets for more than a year after the killing of Breonna Taylor, a wide-ranging new federal investigation of policing in Louisville is seen as one more chance for justice. The demonstrations big and small have led...