• Supreme Court to tackle major gerrymandering case
Supreme Court to tackle major gerrymandering case

In May, the Supreme Court invalidated state electoral maps in North Carolina, after finding that Republicans legislators re-drew them to diminish the political clout of African-American voters. what we can see is that, given how the vote tends to turn out, the Republicans do have, at the moment, an advantage". Justices in the past have struck do...

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  • Justices take on fight over partisan electoral maps
Justices take on fight over partisan electoral maps

Another case alleges that state lawmakers used partisan gerrymandering when drawing congressional maps to such an extent that the redistricting was unconstitutional. The state argues recent election results favoring Republicans were "a reflection of Wisconsin's natural political geography", with Democrats concentrated in urban areas like Milw...

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  • Big names descend on White House for technology summit
Big names descend on White House for technology summit

The event Monday was part of a larger gathering between US officials and tech leaders focused on using technology to improve government services, modernize outdated IT systems and improve efficiency. Interestingly, Cook also spoke about the importance of migration to the country - I cannot image that going own well with Trump - and the need for b...

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  • Democrats Say They'll Slow Senate Work Over Secretive Health Care Bill
Democrats Say They'll Slow Senate Work Over Secretive Health Care Bill

So they are focusing this week on nonbinding protests. It also comes on the eve of a closely watched special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, which Republicans are trying to hold. While the Senate is crafting its own legislation, the House-passed American Health Care Act is viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans - 55 p...

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  • In spite of tweet, lawyer insists Trump not under investigation
In spite of tweet, lawyer insists Trump not under investigation

Rosenstein. Jay Sekulow , told " Meet the Press " moderator Chuck Todd "The president is not under investigation by the special counsel". "Let me be clear: the President is not under investigation as James Comey stated in his testimony", Mr.

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  • Trump calls North Korea 'brutal' after
Trump calls North Korea 'brutal' after

Otto Warmbier , serving a 15-year prison term for alleged anti-state acts, was released to his home state of OH on Tuesday in a coma. Jonathan Bae, whose father, Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae spent two years in North Korean captivity before his release in 2014, expressed sadness at Warmbier's death.

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  • Severe weather in NYC region
Severe weather in NYC region

Stay weather aware Monday. A complex of storms that was moving across Arkansas on Sunday afternoon is expected to approach the state tonight. Another round of strong to severe storms will strike the Piedmont this afternoon and evening. The deluge was caused by what's called an MCV or mesoscale convective vortex. They are not uncommon and can pers...

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  • Rep. Eric Swalwell goes phone-banking for Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff
Rep. Eric Swalwell goes phone-banking for Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff

But as small as the victory might ultimately be, the implications will likely be read as massive by the defeated party. A special congressional election in Georgia is now billing at an estimated $40 million and counting between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel , reported NBC News.

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  • Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel in Russian Federation probe
Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel in Russian Federation probe

The decision came a day after the Washington Post reported Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Trump for obstruction of justice . Marc Kasowitz , the outside counsel hired by President Trump, does not have experience in politically-charged cases. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was sacked af...

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  • Spicer taking on new White House role
Spicer taking on new White House role

The senior White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said discussions about some changes in the communications department have been going on for some time. A more optimistic theory is that a White House communications team in turmoil will eventually stabilize and start communicating better and more frequently.

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  • Heat wave creates health hazard in southwestern US
Heat wave creates health hazard in southwestern US

The airline said several American Eagle regional flights scheduled for Tuesday were canceled because the Bombardier CRJ aircraft - the plane used to fly the routes - is only certified to operate in a maximum temperature of 118 degrees. Homeless people comprised one-third of heat-related deaths in 2016, according to county records. Weather experts a...

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  • US Shoot-down of Syrian Jet Prompts Russian Threat
US Shoot-down of Syrian Jet Prompts Russian Threat

Russian officials are not happy either way. The Syrian jet was shot down on Sunday evening after regime forces engaged fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance battling with U.S. "What is this, if not an act of aggression", he asked. "This, if you like, is help for the terrorists that the USA are fighting under what ...

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  • Press for info on Senate health bill
Press for info on Senate health bill

The CBO estimated that the caps would put more of the financial burden for the program on states, who would respond by a combination of cutting payments to health care providers like doctors and hospitals, eliminating benefits for patients and restricting eligibility.

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  • Man Charged in Death of Virginia Muslim Teenager
Man Charged in Death of Virginia Muslim Teenager

Police say that's when they ended up in a dispute with a man driving a vehicle, who is believed to be 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres . Remains believed to be the girl's were found in a pond at around 3 p.m. Darwin Martinez Torres , 22, was later charged with murder. After having left the mosque , Nabra and her friends walked to a nea...

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  • Gingrich: Somebody probably going to jail over Russian Federation investigation
Gingrich: Somebody probably going to jail over Russian Federation investigation

Gingrich said he thinks Trump at this point is "furious". No single person bears more responsibility for the disintegration of protocol than Newt Gingrich . Feinstein was the vice-chairwoman on Intelligence in the last Congress and is now the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee. If John F. Kennedy had fired J.

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  • Justices say government can't refuse disparaging trademarks
Justices say government can't refuse disparaging trademarks

Among the immediate beneficiaries could be the Washington Redskins . The unanimous opinion the court gave Monday to a case involving the rock band "The Slants" is expected to set a positive precedent for the Redskins . Owner Dan Snyder said he was "thrilled" with the announcement. Tam , in an article he wrote for broadcaster NBC News, said:...

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  • Who is Trump's new lawyer, Jay Sekulow?
Who is Trump's new lawyer, Jay Sekulow?

President Trump's lawyer pushing back from Trump's tweet Friday saying "I am being investigated for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, witch hunt". Schiff said he wants the White House to acknowledge the tapes or make clear there are no tapes and "it was an idle threat". Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the ...

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  • Muslim Teenager Murdered Close to Virginia Mosque
Muslim Teenager Murdered Close to Virginia Mosque

Torres became so enraged after arguing with one teen he drove up on a curb, police said. "Nothing indicates that this was motivated by race or by religion". He said he was not particularly interested in knowing why his daughter was attacked or whether it could be considered a hate crime . Jezebel will update should the Fairfax County Police D...

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  • Supreme Court to Review Partisan Redistricting in Wisconsin Case
Supreme Court to Review Partisan Redistricting in Wisconsin Case

Last year, the Illinois Supreme Court blocked the latest citizen initiative attempting to put a referendum before state voters that would permit them to change the Constitution to allow a bipartisan commission to perform redistricting instead of the Legislature.

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  • Gerrymandering: Drawing districts for political advantage
Gerrymandering: Drawing districts for political advantage

Depending on the ruling, up to seven states' congressional maps could be affected - including Texas , according to Michael Li , redistricting and voting counsel at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice. If the case is reversed, then I think that is a real democratic harm, and that will be a real loss for the people in Wisconsin...

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