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NPR stories on legal issues, court rulings, Supreme Court hearings, new laws and government investigations. Download the NPR Justice Talking podcast and subscribe to the Legal Affairs RSS feed.

Last Build Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:30:02 -0500

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11 Scenarios For How The Roy Moore Saga Could Play Out

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:30:02 -0500

Republican power brokers in D.C. are devising lots of schemes to try to edge out Roy Moore, the GOP Senate nominee in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct and sexual assault.

The Nonhuman Rights Project Advocates For Zoo Animals

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:19:01 -0500

Scott Simon talks with Steven Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project, a legal advocacy group for animals. They're arguing in Connecticut Superior Court that three zoo elephants are legal persons.

Roundup Of The Week: Taxes, Sexual Harassment And Russia In The Politics Podcast

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:01:02 -0500

As Republicans push through tax overhaul, Congress has been pulled into the wave of recent attention to sexual assault and harassment. Listen to analysis of the week on the NPR Politics Podcast.

Federal Agency Drafts New Rules For Transparency In Political Social Media Ads

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:40:05 -0500

The Federal Election Commission sets disclosure rules for ads that discuss candidates. Many of the ads in question dealt only with issues.

A 'Toothless' Old Law Could Have New Fangs, Thanks To Robert Mueller

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The Foreign Agents Registration Act has been ignored in lobbying circles for decades and called "a complete joke." Mueller may bring the laughter to an end.

Oops, We Lost Your DACA Application

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:19:00 -0500

Immigrants' rights groups say thousands of DACA renewal applications may have been wrongly rejected for being late. The Trump administration now says it will reconsider some of those applications.

Trump Keeps Elephant Trophy Import Ban In Place, For Now

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:23:32 -0500

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initially lifted a ban on importing trophies of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia. But on Friday, President Trump said he wants more time to consider it.

Chicago Judge Throws Out 15 Convictions On Fears Police Reports Were Dishonest

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:06:00 -0500

Defense attorneys call it a "mass exoneration." The men who were cleared say they were framed by police who demanded bribes, and planted drugs on them if they refused to pay.

Seattle Defends Its New High-Earner Income Tax In Court

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:53:00 -0500

The first legal steps challenging a Seattle income tax pit the city's progressive policy against long-standing resistance to taxing income in Washington state.

Congress Considering Concealed Carry Reciprocity Law

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:51:00 -0500

Congress is considering a bill that would allow a person with a concealed carry permit in one state to legally carry the gun in another state, even if that state has stricter requirements for getting a permit. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Daniel Webster, the director of Johns Hopkins' Center for Gun Policy and Research, about the potential effects of a federal concealed carry reciprocity law.

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Aim To Improve Criminal Background Check System

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:51:00 -0500

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill aimed at closing gaps in reporting to the national background check system for firearms purchases. The bill comes as a response to the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in which 26 people were killed.

Judge Declares A Mistrial In Sen. Robert Menendez Corruption Trial

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:18:00 -0500

The Democratic senator from New Jersey had been accused of offering government favors in exchange for extravagant gifts.

Two Certainties In The Senate: Health And Taxes

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:06:30 -0500

The much-vaunted Senate tax bill is now a health bill.

Supreme Court Ruling Could Limit Workplace Harassment Claims, Advocates Say

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:02:00 -0500

Recent sexual harassment allegations highlight the power of victims coming forward and revealing patterns of bad behavior. But cases before the Supreme Court could curb such claims in the workplace.

How The Bundy Trial Hits America's Widening Information Divide

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:04:00 -0500

The Bundys are savvy users of social media, which helped them shift the story away from the orders and laws Cliven Bundy is alleged to have violated and toward one of a defiant cowboy taking a stand.