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Lawsuit says Trump’s green-card rules show preference for ‘the wealthy and the white’

President Trump speaks with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during a joint news conference at the White House last month. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

NEW YORK – Organizations critical of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies filed a broad lawsuit Thursday challenging new restrictions for green-card seekers who may need government help to pay for food and health care. The legal challenge amplifies similar litigation ...

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In a first, appeals court raises privacy questions over government searches for Americans’ emails

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The government’s warrantless collection of emails and other Internet data for national security purposes is lawful, but searching that information for Americans’ communications raises constitutional privacy questions, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Wednesday. At issue is an ...

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ACA’s individual mandate unconstitutional, appeals court says; lower court to decide whether rest can stand

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A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down part of the Affordable Care Act, ruling that its requirement that most Americans carry insurance is unconstitutional; it also sends back to a lower court the question of whether the rest of ...

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Manafort’s fraud case in New York was dismissed, blocking local prosecutors’ effort to undercut potential Trump pardon

In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

NEW YORK – A state court judge in Mahattan dismissed Paul Manafort’s residential mortgage fraud case Wednesday, deciding the local charges against President Trump’s former campaign chairman amounted to a double-jeopardy violation. Manafort, 70, who was previously convicted in a ...

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Surveillance court demands answers from FBI for errors, omissions in Trump campaign investigation

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WASHINGTON – The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday ordered the government to explain what the FBI will do to ensure the bureau does not mislead judges again when applying for surveillance orders like those used in the 2016 investigation ...

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Judge grants government proceeds from Edward Snowden’s book

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The government is entitled to any money former National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden makes from his memoir and paid speeches because he disclosed classified information without approval, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Snowden has been charged with espionage since ...

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Sackler family transferred $1.36 billion in Purdue Pharma profits overseas, company says in court filing

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Purdue Pharma, the maker of the prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin. Purdue said Monday, March 4, 2019, that it has asked a Massachusetts court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general that accuses the company, its owners and top executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

The family that owns Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the narcotic painkiller OxyContin, transferred $1.36 billion to overseas accounts and affiliated companies after 2008, part of $10.3 billion in total profits distributed out of the company, according to an accounting of ...

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Amazon, Justice Department spar over redactions in Pentagon cloud lawsuit

In this Friday, April 6, 2018, photo, Adrienne Kosewicz, owner of Play It Safe World Toys, poses for a portrait in her home office in Seattle. Kosewicz pays $3,600 a year for tax collection software to handle payments and reports to her home state, Washington. Her Seattle-based online business sells through Amazon, which handles computation and collection. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Justice Department is pushing back on Amazon’s decision to withhold certain information from the public in its lawsuit over President Donald Trump’s alleged meddling in procurement matters. Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing division of Amazon, is suing to ...

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Justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk, Thursday, May 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump’s pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major confrontation between the president and Congress that also could affect the 2020 presidential campaign. ...

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John Durham has a stellar reputation for investigating corruption. Some fear his work for Barr could tarnish it.

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 – When the U.S. government needed a prosecutor to ferret out corruption in its own law-enforcement and intelligence ranks, John Durham was its go-to guy. The longtime prosecutor helped exonerate men wrongly convicted on murder charges, exposed an FBI ...

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