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New Mexico Refused To Give ICE Employment Records, Won’t Let Trump ‘Destroy Families’

New Mexico denied U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests for the state’s employment records, including records on residents receiving unemployment benefits, the state’s workforce director said.  The workforce system ICE wanted to access includes the names, addresses and financial information of practically every working and unemployed person in the state, Bill McCamley, secretary of the […]

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Chuck Schumer Says He Won’t ‘Settle’ For Only Red Flag Laws After Mass Shootings

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday he wouldn’t “settle for half measures” — a reference to red flag laws that allow for the temporary removal of firearms from those deemed a risk — if his Republican colleagues don’t also support mandatory background checks on gun purchases nationwide. “We Democrats are not going to settle for […]

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Sen. Pat Toomey Won’t Back Banning Assault Weapons Because They’re ‘Extremely Popular’

Sen. Pat Toomey’s reasoning for not banning military-style weapons is apparently the same one high school students use to pick a prom queen in high school: popularity. On Monday, the Pennsylvania senator said he supported expanding background checks but rejected the idea of a ban on assault weapons or restrictions on magazine size. Toomey explained […]

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Texas Racially Discriminated Against Voters, But It Won’t Get Federal Supervision

Even though Texas lawmakers intentionally gerrymandered voters into congressional and state House districts based on race in 2011, they won’t have to pre-clear their maps for the next decade with the federal government, a three-judge panel ruled Wednesday. The decision has significant implications for the enduring power of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 2013, […]

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Swedish Prime Minister Tells Trump That A$AP Rocky Won’t Get Special Treatment

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has thrown cold water on President Donald Trump’s attempt to secure A$AP Rocky’s release from jail, warning on Saturday that the American rapper would get no special treatment. Trump tweeted that morning about his “very good call” with Löfven, adding that the prime minister said “American citizen A$AP Rocky will […]