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Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein sex ring operative, arrested
The British socialite and companion to Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested on grounds of enticing underage girls to be sex partners with Mr. Epstein. While awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, the financier was found dead in a federal detention center last summer.
(Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:54:11 -0400)

Seattle PD clears ‘occupied’ zone, arrests dozens of protesters
Seattle police cleared demonstrators from the "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest" zone Wednesday, arresting more than three dozen protesters. The mayor said she supports the arrests, but doesn't think the protesters should be prosecuted.
(Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:38:20 -0400)

Molding a movement: BLM activists plan agenda-writing convention
In a virtual convention set for Aug. 28, Black activists will issue a set of demands for the first 100 days of a new presidential administration. The 2020 Black National Convention builds on more than a century of Black political organizing and marks a pivotal moment for the BLM movement.
(Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:37:58 -0400)

If police on campus have guns, is college more safe?
Guns in the hands of security officers at colleges and universities are getting more scrutiny during the ongoing national conversation on policing.
(Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:04:15 -0400)

Conservation vs. copper: Minnesota town debates its future with a mine
A dispute over a proposed mine divides a Minnesota town. “Everyone is trying to do what they feel is right for their community and their family."
(Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:38:43 -0400)

Lack of US consensus on Russia? Bounty report poses sharper question.
Much of the furor over the alleged Russian bounty program, and lack of a US response, is focusing on lines of communication in the Trump White House.
(Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:33:36 -0400)

How George Floyd’s death united Africans and African-Americans
African immigrants have not always felt at home in African-American communities. Black Lives Matter protests may be changing that.
(Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:10:00 -0400)

On Phyllis Schlafly, Gloria Steinem, and ‘Mrs. America'
Family and friends of the iconic women of the 1970s ERA battle weigh in on their portrayal in the Hulu mini-series. There were some misses, but it’s still worth watching.
(Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:29:07 -0400)

No more debate: Americans need to wear masks, says GOP
As infections surge around the country, leading Republicans are urging all Americans to wear masks and rejecting the politicizing of mask-wearing by President Donald Trump. But some worry the support comes too late.
(Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:04:50 -0400)

McGrath won the Kentucky primary. Next, she'll face McConnell.
Amy McGrath narrowly won Kentucky's Democratic primary against progressive Charles Booker. Now she'll be running against well-funded incumbent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the general election.
(Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:01:35 -0400)

Oklahoma expands Medicaid. Will more states follow?
About 215,000 residents would qualify for the Medicaid expansion – but these numbers could be even higher considering the number of Oklahoma residents who lost their jobs and work-related health insurance because of the pandemic.
(Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:42:55 -0400)

Principle over politics? Why Chief Justice Roberts upheld abortion rights.
Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion on abortion adds to a throughline in his jurisprudence indicating conservative goals have to meet base legal standards.
(Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:49:00 -0400)

Supreme Court rules public funds can go toward religious schools
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court decided that if a state chooses to subsidize private education, it cannot differentiate between religious and secular schools. Tuesday's decision is the latest of several rulings to validate claims of religion-based discrimination.
(Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:26:00 -0400)

Summer 2020: Sweaters off, but masks on as virus cases surge
In a dramatic reversal, states like Arizona and Florida are reintroducing lockdowns and mandatory face masks. Republican governors are urging President Donald Trump to issue a national call to wear masks as states backtrack reopening amid an uptick of cases.
(Tue, 30 Jun 2020 12:27:26 -0400)

Why GOP lawmakers want action on Russian-Afghanistan intel now
On Monday, the White House briefed eight Republican lawmakers on year-old reports of Russian bounties for the lives of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed alarm over Russia's activities.
(Tue, 30 Jun 2020 12:25:39 -0400)

In Sun Belt, will rising cases cause less pandemic politicking?
When fighting a global virus, humility is key. In a divided U.S., simple acts like wearing a mask have bogged down in questions of personal liberty.
(Mon, 29 Jun 2020 17:19:00 -0400)

Why Congress failed to answer the national call for police bill
The bipartisan outcry over George Floyd's death was a chance for Congress to act on a policing overhaul. But the swift rise and fall of the police legislation suggests lawmakers are often driven more by party ideology than public opinion.
(Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:02:21 -0400)

For Muslim Americans, a moment of 'deep reflection' after Floyd
In the wake of George Floyd's death, American Muslims have accelerated efforts to address issues of racism in their communities through honest conversation and activism.
(Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:01:10 -0400)

US intel shows Russian bounty for killing of American troops
American intelligence agencies found evidence of Russian bounty offers to Taliban militants to kill U.S. and other Western soldiers in Afghanistan, triggering a furor in Washington. President Donald Trump said he was never briefed on the intelligence.
(Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:49:42 -0400)

Supreme Court rules on executive power, abortion rights
On Monday, in the first big abortion case of the Trump era, the court struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics. The court also ruled on the president's executive powers.
(Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:44:23 -0400)

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