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Jackson heading for likely confirmation to Supreme Court despite GOP darts

WASHINGTON — Federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson faced down a barrage of Republican questioning Wednesday about her sentencing of criminal defendants, as her history-making bid to join the Supreme Court veered from lofty constitutional questions to attacks on her motivations ...

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US plan aims to end racial, ethnic bias in home appraisals

Vice President Kamala Harris announced a plan Wednesday intended to end racial and ethnic discrimination in the appraisal of home values, part of a broader federal effort to address a wealth gap that systemic inequality has perpetuated. The plan contains ...

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Don’t blame bail reform for higher crime, NYC watchdog says

NEW YORK — Two years into New York’s bold quest to eliminate pretrial incarceration for most crimes, state officials are considering abandoning some bail reforms — and locking up more people upon arrest — amid public pressure to curb rising ...

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Hearing opens for Jackson with pointed comments from GOP

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee opened Supreme Court confirmation hearings Monday, with Republicans promising pointed questions for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Democrats full of praise for the first Black woman nominated for the nation’s highest court. Jackson, 51, ...

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Hochul signs legislation, adds 2 to Opioid Settlement Board

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation Saturday expanding the state’s Opioid Settlement Board from 19 members to 21 members. Hochul also appointed two women to the board, which is responsible for helping distribute settlement money from opioid manufacturers and ...

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