Cambridge Analytica CEO Proposed Entrapping Politicians: Report

The U.K.'s Channel 4 News aired secretly recorded footage purporting to show Cambridge Analytica chief executive Alexander Nix discussing how political opponents could be discredited. According to the report, he suggested sending "some girls around" to a political...

Students shut down Senate hearing, demand gun control

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A group of high school students briefly shut down a Minnesota Senate committee hearing by calling on lawmakers address gun violence in schools.

School of Environmental Studies senior Josh Groven attended the Monday hearing on an unrelated bill and demanded the Senate Judiciary Committee hear ...

Comedy Central’s Klepper gathers with gun activists

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The Supreme Court Won’t Stop A New Congressional Map Favored By Democrats From Going Into Effect This Year

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Pennsylvania will have a new congressional map for this year's elections, after the US Supreme Court declined a request to halt the maps — issued by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this year — from going into effect.

The Monday afternoon order from the US Supreme Court, with no opinion and no noted dissents, followed a more extensive ruling earlier Monday from a three-judge district court panel reaching a similar conclusion. The pair of rulings appeared — absent an unexpected development — to end Republicans' hopes to stop the maps from taking effect for the 2018 midterms.

Under the map that was tossed out earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, only five of the state's 18 congressional districts are represented by Democrats — despite the fact that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in the swing state. The new map is expected to bring that number closer to the parity that would be expected in the state.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued the new map itself in mid-February after the Republican-led state legislature and Democratic governor could not agree on a new congressional map. The redrawing process followed an order from the state high court that the state's earlier map was a partisan gerrymander that violated the state's constitution.

Because the ruling was based on the state's constitution and not the US Constitution, the options for opponents to challenge it were limited. Pennsylvania Republicans tried to get federal courts to halt the new map from going into effect by claiming that the state supreme court's ruling violated the US Constitution's "elections clause," which states that "[t]he Times, Places and Manner of
holding Elections for Senators and Representatives" are to be set "in each State by the Legislature thereof."

With Monday's rulings, however, it appeared that the effort was unsuccessful and that the new map would control the 2018 elections — further news to buoy Democratic hopes at retaking the House this fall.

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After being jailed for 2 months, immigrant is freed

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The Latest: Lawmakers discuss Capitol harassment proposal

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Lawmakers, legislative employees, lobbyists and ...

Pennsylvania GOP congressional map challenge rejected by Supreme Court

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The court's order Monday declining to put on hold the revised map comes as incumbents and potential challengers are circulating petitions to ...

Abortion impasse could shut down effort to reduce premiums

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Joint World Cup bidders: Trump hasn’t sparked voter concerns

Organizers of the North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup insist FIFA members have not expressed concern about President Donald Trump's harsh words about foreigners or the U.S. Justice Department prosecuting corrupt soccer officials.

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