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President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Prison Sentence

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:45:00 -0500

President Obama has shortened the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army private who leaked military secrets to WikiLeaks. Obama also pardoned a general who lied to leak investigators.



Obama Commutes Sentence Of Ex-Army Analyst Chelsea Manning

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:40:00 -0500

President Obama is commuting most of Chelsea Manning's sentence. Manning is the army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking material about U.S. military and diplomatic activities through WikiLeaks in 2010.



Orlando Shooter's Wife Arrested On Federal Charges

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:29:00 -0500

Charges against Noor Salman include "Aiding and Abetting by providing material support to a terrorist," Orlando's police chief said. The attack was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.



Trump Pressures Congress To Replace Obamacare Quickly

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:52:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump told The Washington Post he's close to unveiling a health care plan he expects Congress to pass soon. But GOP lawmakers are in no hurry to replace the Affordable Care Act.



In Final Speech As Attorney General, Loretta Lynch Says: 'We Have To Work'

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:12:00 -0500

Lynch told the congregation at a historic church in Birmingham, Ala., that progress cannot be taken for granted, echoing a sentiment she stressed in a Sunday interview with NPR.



Listen For 'Disparaging,' Scandalous,' And 'Amoral' In Upcoming SCOTUS Case

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:05:18 -0500

Next week the Supreme Court will hear arguments for Lee v. Tam, which is a First Amendment case against the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, brought by the rock band The Slants.



Loretta Lynch Discusses Chicago Police Department Report

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:05:18 -0500

Ahead of her final speech in office, Attorney General Loretta Lynch reflects on her time leading the U.S. Justice Department.



Pardon Sought For Prisoner Who Fought For Puerto Rican Independence

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:02:00 -0500

There are calls for President Obama to pardon Oscar López Rivera, who was jailed in connection to a series of bombings by a radical nationalist group. But to some, he's still an unrepentant terrorist.



End Of 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot' Means Cubans Can Join Ranks Of 'Undocumented'

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:07:00 -0500

Unlike other migrants who arrive on American soil without visas, Cubans once had a unique place in U.S. immigration policy. Not anymore.



DOJ Releases Chicago Police Department Report, Updates On Philadelphia

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:50:00 -0500

Department Of Justice officials released a report this week about the Chicago police department. There have also been further developments in Philadelphia and Baltimore.



Senate Panel Plans To Investigate Russian Activities During U.S. Elections

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:31:00 -0500

A week after the intelligence community reported that Russia meddled in the presidential campaign, senators on the intelligence committee say they will launch their own bipartisan inquiry.



Takata To Pay $1 Billion In Settlement Over Airbag Scandal

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:30:00 -0500

Takata pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1 billion in a settlement with the Justice Department over its airbags that were prone to rupture. Three Takaya executives have been charged with conspiracy.



DOJ Report On Chicago Police Finds 'Pattern Of Excessive Force'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:30:00 -0500

After a year-long investigation, the U.S. Justice Department reported on Friday that the Chicago police department uses excessive force and its officers are poorly trained.



Shots In The Back, Children Tasered: DOJ Details Excessive Force By Chicago Police

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:02:00 -0500

An investigation by the Justice Department found that Chicago police are poorly trained in use of force, can easily collude to conceal acts of brutality and are rarely punished for violations.



Takata To Pay $1 Billion Over Air Bag Fraud; 3 Executives Criminally Charged

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:11:00 -0500

The settlement with the Justice Department is tied to a deadly defect in air bags that has been linked to at least 16 deaths. The associated recall is the largest in U.S. auto safety history.