ACLU-Alaska sues police officers over immigration detention

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is suing a city north of Anchorage and members of its police force, alleging officers wrongfully detained a Peruvian man over his immigration status after his attempt to break up a bar fight left him beaten and bloodied.

The ...

Virginia cities to join Saturday march against gun violence

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Thousands of students and other demonstrators are expected to march in Richmond and in cities across Virginia and the U.S. on Saturday in a nationwide protest calling for stricter gun laws and an end to mass shootings.

The March for Our Lives, with its main event ...

Holcomb signs lawmaker sexual harassment bill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a new law requiring Indiana lawmakers to complete at least one hour of training intended to prevent sexual harassment.

Legislative employees have long worked under a clearly outlined sexual harassment policy. But until the Republican governor signed the bill Thursday, lawmakers were only ...

Expert: Senate Should Back Nuclear-Test Ban as NKorea Talks Near

The Senate should approve the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) so the United States locks in "its strategic superiority" to verify testing by rogue nations as President Donald Trump nears possible talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Yale University's...

Judge dismisses extortion case against Boston mayor’s aides

BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed the case against two Boston mayoral aides accused of pressuring music festival organizers into hiring union workers.

Judge Leo Sorokin's ruling Thursday comes days before Kenneth Brissette and Timothy Sullivan were supposed to go to trial on extortion charges.

Prosecutors didn't fight ...

Democrats more educated than Republicans, Pew Research Center survey finds

When it comes to education, the parties have switched places over the past two decades.

According to a Pew Research Center poll released this week, Democrats are now the party of college graduates, especially those with post-graduate work. Meanwhile, people with a high-school degree or less, by far the larger ...

College to hold ‘whiteness in decline’ lecture

Students at Columbia College in Chicago will hear a lecture next month on how the deterioration of the white race fueled the election of President Trump and led to a resurgence of the white supremacy movement.

The lecture, "Whiteness in Decline: The Emotional Politics of White Nationalist Resurgence," will be ...

How the Internet Has Broken Our Brains

Luke O'Neil, Esquire
Twitter broke my brain. I’m not alone. New research from Pew found that 77 percent of Americans go online daily, but 26 percent claimed to be online “almost constantly.” Reading this brought me back to one day a few months ago, when I went outside for a cigarette, bringing my phone and cocktail with me. After a couple minutes of scrolling, whatever timer in my brain that governs my subconscious behavior went off, and I got up to go back inside, still holding an unlit cigarette in my hand. My addiction to Twitter had overridden my addiction to nicotine. That’s probably...

Democrats unveil bill to ban assault-type rifles in Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers in Delaware have unveiled legislation to ban the sale of semi-automatic guns that resemble military weapons.

The bill, to be introduced Thursday, was proposed by Democratic Gov. John Carney in the wake of last month's Florida high school shooting, which left 17 people dead.

...

Rosie O’Donnell: ‘Trump Wants to Be Tony Soprano’

The long and bitter war of words between Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump erupted again on Thursday as the caustic comic accused the commander-in-chief of trying to portray himself as a tough-talking, in-your-face mob boss.

Laurie Dhue, former Fox News anchor, sues Bill O’Reilly for defamation

NEW YORK (AP) - A former Fox News anchor has sued Bill O'Reilly for defamation.

Former anchor Laurie Dhue filed the lawsuit Thursday in Manhattan federal. It claims O'Reilly engaged in a "smear campaign" against her and other women who accused him of sexual misconduct.

The suit says O'Reilly damaged ...

Kim Gardner’s Ridiculous Case Against Eric Greitens

Dave Grossman, The Federalist
It didn’t take long for the wheels to start coming off the wagon of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s prosecution of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.An indictment with dubious origins and few facts has led to a trial with almost unbelievable moments of legal comedy. There was the initial hearing, when the prosecution admitted to the judge that they don’t have evidence to win the trial. Then there the moment when the prosecutors had to tell the defense that they didn’t have the photo that is supposedly the reason for the indictment in the first place.

Vermont only state to never send woman to Congress

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont, considered by many to be one of the most liberal states in the country with a higher-than-average percentage of women serving in the state Legislature, is the only state to have never sent a woman to Congress.

Vermont fell to the bottom of the women-in-Congress list ...

Why Lipinski’s Victory Matters

Evan Bayh, RealClearPolitics
Between 1954 and 1955, a bedridden member of the United States Senate wrote a book that would eventually win the Pulitzer Prize. Designed to celebrate the lives of elected officials who stood up to intense political pressure, Sen. John F. Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage” became a clarion call for putting the country’s well-being before your own. More than six decades later, Americans rarely think of Kennedy’s masterpiece. Many of the public officials Kennedy profiled have been lost to history. But we should revisit their heroism, if only to remind ourselves of the...