Young black Portuguese men take police brutality case to court

Eighteen months ago, they were defendants, accused of storming a police station.  But since that case was overturned last year, Flavio Almada, Celso Lopes, Rui Moniz, Miguel Reis, Paulo Veiga and Bruno Lopes have been testifying not as the accused, but as victims in an unprecedented trial that has put 17 officers of the PSP…

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DeVos drops delay of Obama loan forgiveness rule after court ruling

The Education Department will stop the two-year attempt to delay an Obama administration regulation that helped students who were deceived by for-profit colleges have their loans forgiven, the Associated Press reports. The backdrop: A federal court ruled last month that the delay on the regulations was unlawful and the rule should go into effect. Under…

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Brett Kavanaugh Hears First Cases as a Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON—Justice Brett Kavanaugh took his seat on the Supreme Court Tuesday, emerging from red curtains into a marble chamber across the street and a world apart from the Senate buildings where he secured confirmation following a bitter political struggle. As his family and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom he succeeds, looked on from the visitors’…

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Senate Votes to Confirm Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON—The Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday, cementing a conservative majority on the nation’s top court after a blistering battle over sexual-assault allegations leveled against him. Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed by a two-vote margin, with 50 in favor, 48 opposing, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) voting present. One senator, Republican…

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Justice Sotomayor says Supreme Court must rise above partisanship

Supreme Court Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan warned about partisanship on the Supreme Court saying “[p]art of the court’s strength and part of the court’s legitimacy depends on people not seeing the court in the way that people see the rest of the governing structures of this country now,” reports the Washington Post.…

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Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice after the Senate narrowly voted to confirm him.  The confirmation on Saturday ended a bitter battle between Republicans and Democrats during a confirmation process that transfixed the nation following allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee, which he has denied.  Senators voted 50-48…

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Guatemala’s military carried out genocide, court rules

Guatemala City – Guatemalan judges have unanimously ruled that the country’s military carried out genocide and crimes against humanity, but in a 2-1 decision acquitted former intelligence chief Jose Mauricio Rodriguez of all charges.  According to the decision, handed down late on Wednesday, there was no evidence Rodriguez was involved in or ordered others to…

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