Debate Brews Over Warantless Spying
Contributing to the ongoing debate on warrantless wiretapping, the Obama administration is now considering whether the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requires that the Treasury Department must inform people or groups it lists as foreign terrorists when it relies on warrantless surveillance as the basis for that designation.
Ex-South Carolina State Trooper Charged Over Traffic Stop Shooting
Since the video of a South Carolina State Trooper opening fire on an unarmed driver went viral this September, Lance Corporal Sean M. Groubert has been charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Groubert was fired shortly after the incident, which he said occurred after pulling over the victim for a seatbelt violation in Columbia, SC.
Supreme Court Rules 5-4 for Republican Plan to Limit Early Voting in Ohio
In a 5-4 decision on Monday, the Supreme Court stayed lower courts decision to throw out a plan to restrict early voting in Ohio. The plan, passed by a Republic-led state legislature, reduces the number of days Ohio voters may cast an early ballot from 35 to 28 days. The Court’s decision cleared the way for the plan on the day it was scheduled to begin.
Obama Approves Plan to Let Children in Central America Apply for Refugee Status
President Obama approved a plan on Tuesday to allow thousands of young children in Central America to apply for refugee status and join families already living in America.
New Federal Guidelines Aim to Rid Schools of Inequality
New federal guidelines from the Department of Education have been released this week to better address problems of racial inequality in public school systems. The Department of Education’s guidelines urge school districts to take “prompt and effective steps to eliminate any unjustified inequities” when racial disparities are identified.