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Trump admin. revokes new rule, foreign students can stay on
The Trump administration has rescinded a rule barring international students from staying in the U.S. if they take classes entirely online this fall. Two universities filed a federal lawsuit last week challenging the rule, with support from hundreds of other schools.
(Tue, 14 Jul 2020 17:59:04 -0400)

School’s starting soon. Why are parents and kids still in limbo?
Many say there’s been a lack of planning and resources provided to help schools reopen safely, as the COVID-19 pandemic appears far from over.
(Tue, 14 Jul 2020 16:32:59 -0400)

First US federal execution held in 17 years. Here's why.
Daniel Lewis Lee, who claimed innocence in his last moments, was the first person to be federally executed in 17 years. Executions on the federal level are rare, and the government has put to death only three defendants since restoring the federal death penalty in 1988.
(Tue, 14 Jul 2020 13:58:41 -0400)

Washington Redskins drop nickname. Will other teams do the same?
NFL's Washington Redskins buckled under financial pressure from sponsors, including FedEx, and retired their contentious nickname and logo. Now the pressure is on the Cleveland Indians and other major sports franchises to change their Native American identities.
(Tue, 14 Jul 2020 13:58:13 -0400)

Why California threw out 100,000 mail-in primary ballots
Tens of thousands of mail-in ballots were voided because of mistakes during the March presidential primary in California. The state is making modifications for November, but ultimately it's up to voters to complete the process correctly, say election officials.
(Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:36:23 -0400)

Oregon releases police misconduct records, others to follow suit
Oregon made public the names of officers whose certification has been revoked or suspended, the first state to take this step toward transparency since the death of George Floyd. Several other states are signing into law their own public registries.
(Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:29:13 -0400)

Tensions escalate as US rejects South China Sea claims
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States now regards nearly all Chinese maritime claims outside its internationally recognized waters to be illegitimate. The announcement comes as President Trump steps up criticism of China.
(Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:20:17 -0400)

‘The right call’: Washington NFL team to drop 'Redskins' name
The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday that it will drop its "Redskins" name and logo, after facing decades of rebuke for the label's offensiveness toward Native Americans. A new name has not yet been announced.
(Tue, 14 Jul 2020 08:36:14 -0400)

Trump’s Roger Stone commutation: Was it ‘corrupt’?
The move may ensure the Mueller probe’s core question – was there communication between Russian agents and Trump team members – will remain unknown.
(Mon, 13 Jul 2020 17:14:48 -0400)

‘Confess these sins’: white Evangelical churches reflect on racism
Some white Evangelical leaders are acknowledging racism in their past. The challenge, Black leaders say, is in sustained action toward change.
(Mon, 13 Jul 2020 17:02:00 -0400)

Florida hits new virus record as calls for mask-wearing spread
Florida set a national record Sunday for a state's largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases. President Trump wore a mask in public.
(Sun, 12 Jul 2020 21:34:00 -0400)

In 11th-hour commutation, Trump liberates Roger Stone
President Trump commuted longtime friend Roger Stone's sentence just days before Mr. Stone was set to report to prison.
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:44:00 -0400)

‘Law School 101’: How Supreme Court ended its term
Supreme Court justices emphasized the importance of the rule of law and the fact that presidents are subject to it, in two big end of term cases.
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:13:58 -0400)

Religious liberty’s big week at the Supreme Court
Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious liberty in three cases, prioritizing the rights of Christians over the rights of women and LGBTQ citizens.
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:01:00 -0400)

How Catholic Church got $1.4bn from Paycheck Protection loans
A special exemption enabled the approval of at least $1.4 billion for groups affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, including those suffering financial distress from having paid large financial settlements to victims of clergy sexual abuse.
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:38:35 -0400)

International students weigh risks: coronavirus or deportation
Students from around the world studying in the U.S. are scrambling to come up with a plan after the federal government said they could not attend online-only classes.
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:57:47 -0400)

US-China tensions rise with new sanctions over minority abuses
Three high-ranking Chinese officials have been barred from entering the U.S. for alleged human rights abuses of ethnic and religious minorities in China. Political pressure has grown amid heightened tensions between the countries over trade, the coronavirus, and Hong Kong.
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:42:40 -0400)

With '50 Percent Initiative,' NBC leads charge to diversify news
NBC is one of the latest organizations to acknowledge a need for greater diversity among staff. NBC Universal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde announced a goal of having a 50% minority staff, saying "it's the right thing for any business that wants to grow."
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:15:25 -0400)

Monument watch: Trump order marks new role for Homeland Security
During the Trump presidency, the DHS has been carrying out the administration's tough immigration agenda. Now, troops have been deployed to the Pacific Northwest to support the president's law-and-order campaign.
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:53:37 -0400)

A police chief’s message to community: Help us ‘do a better job’
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, the first Black woman to lead the department, reflects on the city’s CHOP protest and activists’ calls for change.
(Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:45:00 -0400)

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