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Trump wanted Ukraine to launch investigations before meeting with Zelensky, State Dept. texts show

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WASHINGTON – House investigators released numerous text messages late Thursday night illustrating how senior State Department officials coordinated with the Ukrainian president’s top aide and President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer to leverage a potential summit between the heads of state ...

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Justice Dept. assures judge White House won’t destroy records of Trump calls

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WASHINGTON – Justice Department attorneys promised a federal judge Wednesday that the White House will not destroy records of President Donald Trump’s calls and meetings with foreign leaders while the court weighs a lawsuit brought by historians and watchdog groups. ...

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Justice Department asks judge to temporarily block subpoena for Trump’s tax returns

If you have a straightforward return where you only have to file a 1040 and are claiming the standard deduction, you may be able to file your federal taxes free. (Bloomberg photo by Michael Nagle)

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block the Manhattan district attorney from subpoenaing President Donald Trump’s tax returns – at least temporarily while Trump sues to have the subpoena dismissed. Last month, Trump sued ...

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Amber Guyger was hugged by her victim’s brother and a judge, igniting a debate about forgiveness and race

Botham Jean's mother, Allison Jean, center, escorted by civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, right, is hugged by family members outside the courtroom after fired Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was found guilty of murder, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Dallas. Guyger shot and killed Botham Jean, an unarmed 26-year-old neighbor in his own apartment last year. She told police she thought his apartment was her own and that he was an intruder. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

The first hug was stunning enough – a young man embracing his brother’s killer for nearly minute in the middle of the courtroom, just after telling the woman: “I forgive you.” “I love you as a person and I don’t ...

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Civil rights groups say Comcast is trying to weaken protection against racial discrimination

A coalition of civil rights organizations this week accused Comcast of undermining Reconstruction-era protections against racial discrimination, weighing in on a lawsuit against the company that is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Comedian and media mogul Byron Allen is ...

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Leaking classified information is ‘thievery, not protected speech,’ Justice Department says

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A contractor accused of leaking classified information engaged in “thievery, not protected speech,” and has no First Amendment grounds to challenge his Espionage Act prosecutions, the Justice Department said in an Alexandria federal court filing. Former intelligence ...

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Federal judge reprimanded for sexual harassment

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A federal judge in Kansas has been slapped with a rare public reprimand for sexually harassing employees, carrying out a years-long affair with someone convicted of a felony that made him “susceptible to extortion” and frequently arriving late to court ...

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Judge to DOJ: Decide on charging McCabe by Nov. 15, or face release of FBI records

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WASHINGTON – A veteran federal judge on Monday warned U.S. prosecutors either to charge former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe or to drop their investigation into whether he lied to investigators about an unauthorized media disclosure, saying their indecision was ...

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Brett Kavanaugh’s Washington: A smaller, colder world for a justice under a cloud

In this July 19, 2018, photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh glances at reporters during a meeting with Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh has a long record of judicial and executive branch service. It’s part of what recommends him as President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. And it’s also part of the problem in getting him confirmed by the Senate. Democrats want to see the conservative appellate court judge’s lengthy paper trail before they even start casting their votes. The paper chase is turning the vetting process into a political strategy ahead of the November election. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON – On a warm spring night at La Ferme, a cozy French restaurant in Brett Kavanaugh’s Chevy Chase neighborhood, an elderly woman shouted – something unintelligible but clearly angry and insulting – as the Supreme Court justice and his ...

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