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A case asks: Should some private schools be banned from accessing public voucher dollars?


Bethel Christian Academy in Howard County, Maryland, instructs students that “marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman.” When they arrive at the school’s campuses in and around the community of Savage, they are expected to dress and ...

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‘Affluenza’ teen whose lawyers argued he was too spoiled to go to jail is locked up again


Ethan Couch, the Texas man whose “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving crash fueled fierce debate over the role of privilege in the criminal justice system, was arrested Thursday over an alleged probation violation. Authorities booked the 22-year-old into Tarrant ...

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Judges can help foster civics, says Roberts

Chief Justice John Roberts

WASHINGTON – Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said Tuesday that federal judges have an important role in promoting civic education and explaining government in an age “when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale.” ...

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Trump Organization fires more undocumented workers a year after use of illegal labor was revealed

Omar Miranda, an undocumented immigrant from Honduras, in his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2019. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Nearly a year after the Trump Organization pledged to root out undocumented workers at its properties, supervisors at the Trump Winery on Monday summoned at least seven employees and fired them because of their lack of legal ...

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Fred Graham, 88; stalwart chronicler of legal news

WASHINGTON – Fred P. Graham, a onetime lawyer who abandoned legal practice for legal journalism, chronicling courtroom dramas from the arcane workings of the U.S. Supreme Court to the most sensational trials of his era for the New York Times, ...

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Supreme Court may weigh in on whether revenge porn is protected speech

When Bethany Austin learned that her fiancé had been unfaithful in late May 2016, she ended the seven-year relationship and called off their upcoming wedding. He told the couple’s friends that Austin was “crazy.” To set the record straight, Austin ...

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Trump is remaking the federal judiciary

President Trump listens to Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the East Room at the White House on Oct. 16, 2019. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford.

WASHINGTON – After three years in office, President Donald Trump has remade the federal judiciary, ensuring a conservative tilt for decades and cementing his legacy no matter the outcome of November’s election. Trump nominees make up 1 in 4 U.S. ...

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DNA could help police solve 2006 slayings

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The women lived a couple of miles from each other in Springfield, Virginia. Both were in their 70s with gray hair and glasses. Neither was married or had children. They even shared the same first name: Marion. But as striking ...

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Nunes, Depp lawsuits in Virginia seen as threats to free speech and press

Rep. Devin Nunes of California was angered by a story in his hometown newspaper detailing a claim that investors in a winery he partly owns partied with cocaine and prostitutes. So the Republican decided to sue — in rural Virginia. ...

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