Supreme Court’s new ruling on civil asset forfeiture is pretty huge

States cannot ignore the Constitution when imposing fines or confiscating people’s property in civil or criminal cases, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday.

The decision in Timbs v. Indiana means change is on the wind for the widespread and chronically abused law enforcement tactic of civil asset forfeiture. It will also have sweeping implications for other monetary punishments levied by state and local governments, including the grubby spiderweb of municipal cour...

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The number of hate groups in the United States has reached a record high

The number of hate groups in the United States has surged to an all-time high, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), with numbers rising for the fourth year in a row.

The SPLC’s annual Year in Hate and Extremism report, released Wednesday, recorded 1,020 hate groups in the United States in 2018. That figure includes neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and anti-government extremists, and represents a rise of seven percent from 2017.

The report...

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Trump administration on decriminalizing homosexuality: Do as we say, not as we do

The Trump administration is reportedly launching a campaign to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. According to NBC News, Iran is one of the primary targets of the effort, drawing attention to President Donald Trump’s history of conflating support for the LGBTQ community with Islamophobic messaging.

The catalyst for the decision appears to have been Iran’s hanging of a gay man in January. Iran has long been one of Trump’s biggest international foes, and t...

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‘We have to lead with the life’: How teen journalists covered 1,200 young gun deaths since Parkland

You can search by name on “Since Parkland,” a database of obituaries written by student journalists of all the young people killed by guns in the 365 days since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. With the exception of police shootings and suicides, the project is a full accounting of the 1,200 children, ages 0 to 18, whose lives have been ended by guns since Valentine’s Day, 2018.

It’s a beautiful and understated site, with the dead sorted into categories th...

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One year after Parkland, shooting at Illinois factory leaves multiple police, civilians wounded

A gunman opened fire at a factory in Aurora, Illinois on Friday injuring several people including four police officers, just a day after Americans marked the grim one-year anniversary of a deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Agents from the FBI and ATF were on at the Henry Pratt plant, scene of multiple injuries, including four law enforcement officials and multiple civilians. The company is located in Aurora, some 40 miles outside Chicago.

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Republicans distance themselves from Trump’s border wall ’emergency’ as Democrats gear up for fight

The White House announced that President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to secure his long-desired wall on Thursday.

Congressional aides indicated Trump could seek to divert as much as $21 billion from the Pentagon in order to build the wall he has claimed Mexico would fund, an aggressive move that has already drawn intense criticism from both parties.

Though Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) expresse...

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Trump to declare a national emergency, in apparent gambit to secure wall funding

President Donald Trump will issue an emergency declaration on Thursday, in an attempt to divert government funds and begin construction on his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. He plans to do so while simultaneously after signing a bipartisan bill to avert another government shutdown and fund the government through the end of September.

The White House announced its intentions on Twitter, through a statement from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “President Trump will si...

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Attorney general nominee William Barr is proud he helped Elliott Abrams get a pardon for Iran-Contra

Elliott Abrams — hired by President Donald Trump to run United States policy toward one of the several Latin American countries where he previously engineered coups, broke U.S. laws, and encouraged right-wing political violence in the name of anti-communism — isn’t having a particularly good week.

But though Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) ensured on Wednesday that Abrams would not be able to swiftly sidestep his past career a...

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How the gun violence debate has changed in the year since Parkland

One year ago Thursday, 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas students and three staff members were gunned down in their Florida high school.

Alyssa Alhadeff was 14. Scott Beigel was 35. Martin Duque was 14. Nicholas Dworet was 17. Aaron Feis was 37. Jaime Guttenberg was 14. Chris Hixon was 49. Luke Hoyer was 15. Cara Loughran was 14. Gina Montalto was 14. Joaquin Oliver was 17. Alaina Petty was 14. Meadow Pollack was 18. Helena Ramsay was 17. Alex Schachter was 14. Carmen Schentrup was 16. P...

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Alex Jones ordered to give sworn deposition in Sandy Hook defamation case

Alex Jones, America’s most famous conspiracy theorist, is not in a good place right now.

His longtime Infowars associate Roger Stone has been been indicted as part of the probe into alleged Russian collusion, and Jerome Corsi, another associate, is being investigated by a federal grand jury. Jones is currently feuding with the much more popular podcaster Joe Rogan. And now, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis has ruled that Jones must undergo a sworn deposition.

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