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Justice Clarence Thomas says judges are ‘asking for trouble’ when they wade into politics

Justice Clarence Thomas says judges are ‘asking for trouble’ when they wade into politics

On the verge of a new term in which the Supreme Court will wade back into the culture wars, Justice Clarence Thomas reflected Thursday on the role of the judiciary and warned against judges weighing in on controversial issues that he said are better left to other areas of government. “When we begin to venture…MORE

Minnesota Supreme Court rules Minneapolis voters may decide on abolishing the police department in upcoming elections

Minnesota Supreme Court rules Minneapolis voters may decide on abolishing the police department in upcoming elections

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday that voters in Minneapolis may decide on abolishing the police department in the upcoming municipal elections. The measure, if approved, would amend the city charter to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety. The DPS would employ a “comprehensive public health approach to the…MORE

McAuliffe and Youngkin spar over Covid vaccine requirements in first Virginia debate
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McAuliffe and Youngkin spar over Covid vaccine requirements in first Virginia debate

Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin sparred on Thursday over what each would do in the fight against the coronavirus, revealing a significant divide between the Democrat’s backing of vaccine mandates and the Republican’s argument that vaccination is a personal choice. The fight over measures to combat Covid-19 was the focus of the…MORE

Democratic legislation aims to address State Department restrictions on certain diplomats
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Democratic legislation aims to address State Department restrictions on certain diplomats

Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation to address long-standing complaints that the State Department places disproportionate restrictions on the places diplomats of certain backgrounds can serve and that there is no independent appeals process to challenge decisions. “To strengthen American foreign policy and diplomacy, we must ensure our best and brightest individuals are able to serve,” said…MORE

Ohio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he will not run for reelection in 2022
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Ohio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he will not run for reelection in 2022

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year, announced Thursday that he will not run for reelection in 2022. “While my desire to build a fuller family life is at the heart of my decision, it is also true that the current…MORE

Wrongly convicted man dies of Covid-19, nine years after he was exonerated

Wrongly convicted man dies of Covid-19, nine years after he was exonerated

After spending the last nine years taking back his life after being exonerated of murder and released from prison, Damon Thibodeaux has died of complications from Covid-19. “The nurse that took care of him said he was positive and very friendly. She was honored to take care of him. She said most people are hateful…MORE

Do Americans need boosters yet? Here are the questions the FDA will be asking
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Do Americans need boosters yet? Here are the questions the FDA will be asking

Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration start meeting early Friday to discuss whether Americans need booster shots yet. It’s a simple question but one that has become bogged down in politics and turf battles. It’s sometimes seemed to put the FDA’s independence at odds with a White House team eager to appear…MORE

A timeline of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito’s case
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A timeline of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito’s case

Local and federal authorities are looking for 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who was reported missing by her family over the weekend after she had been traveling with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. Laundrie returned to the pair’s North Port, Florida, home earlier this month without Petito and is now refusing to talk to authorities, police say. Petito’s…MORE

France cancels Washington reception and tones down celebrations of US-French Revolutionary War victory amid submarine spat
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France cancels Washington reception and tones down celebrations of US-French Revolutionary War victory amid submarine spat

Amid a rift over a new security agreement between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, the French Embassy in Washington has canceled a Washington reception and toned down celebrations commemorating a Revolutionary War naval victory by the French that helped the US to win its independence. The embassy said the celebrations have been…MORE

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