Trump to Shut Down Palestinian Liberation Organization’s Washington Office

The Trump administration will order the Palestine Liberation Organization to shutter its Washington, D.C., office in a bid to increase pressure on Palestinian leadership amid stalled peace talks. “We have been notified by a U.S. official of their decision to close the Palestinian mission to the U.S.,” PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in a statement […]

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House Leaders Question Environmental Group’s Ties With China

Congressional leaders are pressing their case against environmental activists who are closely aligned with Chinese government officials. In a letter Wednesday to the Washington-based World Resources Institute, Reps. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., ask the leader of the nonprofit international research group to document compliance with federal law covering agents of foreign powers. […]

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Hatch-Kavanaugh Exchange Highlights Need for ‘Mens Rea’ Reform

An important issue was raised during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday that ought to receive more serious and thorough debate beyond the hearing itself. During his questioning of the nominee, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R–Utah, discussed the need to correct errors that Congress has introduced into the substantive […]

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3 Takeaways From Day 3 of Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings

After a marathon 13 hours of questioning on Wednesday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings continued Thursday with more questions from the senators. Protesters continued to punctuate the senators’ questions throughout the day, and a dozen or so of the girls Kavanaugh has coached on basketball teams showed up in the afternoon to support […]

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California Is Changing Its Bail System. The Reforms Are Hopeful, but Unproven.

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 28 signed state Senate Bill 10 into law, which will entirely replace California’s cash bail system with a risk-assessment bail system. Under the new law, which will take effect Oct. 1, 2019, California judges will no longer impose monetary bail conditions on criminal defendants who are in jail while […]

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