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Justice Department fails to comply with court order to release transcripts of Flynn’s conversations with Russian ambassador

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WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors on Friday declined to make public transcripts of recorded conversations between Michael Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to the United States in December 2016, despite a judge’s order. In a court filing Friday, the Justice Department wrote ...

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The Justice Department is preparing a potential antitrust investigation of Google

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, on Feb. 18, 2016. (Bloomberg photo by Michael Short)

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has taken early steps toward opening a federal antitrust investigation into Google, according to three people familiar with the matter, marking a new chapter in the tech giant’s troubles with regulators around the world who ...

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District of Columbia attorney general’s suit against Facebook can proceed, judge rules

FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens in New York's Times Square.  The New York Times reports Wednesday, March 13, 2019, that federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into Facebook's data deals with major electronics manufacturers. Facebook didn't respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook suffered an early defeat in a D.C. court on Friday, after a judge rejected the social-networking giant’s request to quash a case brought by the District of Columbia attorney general challenging the company’s privacy practices. The ruling by D.C. ...

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On obstruction, Mueller adhered to untested opinions

Special counsel Robert Muller speaks at the Department of Justice Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Washington, about the Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON – With his decision that he could not make a determination whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, special counsel Robert Mueller III hewed to Justice Department legal opinions that have not been tested in the courts and were rooted ...

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Sniping between Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg foreshadows the abortion fights to come

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is on stage at the Duquesne University School of Law for "An Afternoon with Justice Clarence Thomas U.S. Supreme Court" in the Duquesne Union Ballroom on Tuesday April 9, 2013, in Pittsburgh.     (AP Photo/Tribune Review,Sidney Davis)  PITTSBURGH OUT    MANDATORY CREDIT

Justice Clarence Thomas opened a 20-page concurring opinion, in which he likened not just abortion but also birth control to eugenics, by taking shots at his Supreme Court colleague, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Justice Ginsburg’s dissent from this holding makes little ...

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Mueller’s statement highlights key differences with Barr on investigation

In his first appearance on Capitol Hill since taking office, and amid intense speculation over his review of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report, Attorney General William Barr appears before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Barr says he will release a redacted version of the Mueller report on the Russia investigation within a week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON – Departing special counsel Robert Mueller III finally spoke publicly Wednesday, and his carefully chosen comments highlight the ways in which he disagrees with his boss, Attorney General William Barr, about the facts and the law surrounding the investigation ...

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Justices rule against man who said police retaliated against him for exercising free speech

The Supreme Court of the United States. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti.

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it harder for those who say they have been arrested in retaliation for exercising their free speech rights to bring lawsuits against the arresting officers. If there was probable cause to make ...

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Supreme Court sustains policy backing transgender students

The Supreme Court of the United States. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti.

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review a Pennsylvania school district’s policy letting transgender students use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities, disappointing conservatives who have opposed similar policies in schools nationwide. Without comment, ...

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Supreme Court leaves in place Pennsylvania policy supporting transgender students

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review a Pennsylvania school district’s policy letting transgender students use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities. Without comment, the court declined to review an opinion from the U.S. ...

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