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Dems fear policing talks will be tangled with Tim Scott’s presidential hopes

Neither Scott nor any other congressional Republican was invited to what’s seen as the opening act of policing discussions after Nichols’ death last month following a brutal beating by Memphis officers: Thursday’s Black Caucus meeting with President Joe Biden. The all-Democratic invite list went out despite the House’s record-high four Black Republicans in office — …

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Appeals court rules government can’t stop people with domestic violence restraining orders from owning guns

People with domestic violence restraining orders have a constitutional right to own firearms, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that banning people under domestic violence restraining orders from owning firearms “embodies salutary policy goals meant to protect vulnerable people in our society.” …

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Insurrectionist’s Attorney Joins Trump Defense Team Battling Sex Assault Suit Against Him

A high-profile criminal attorney who failed to keep a violent insurrectionist client out of prison has joined former President Donald Trump’s defense team battling a sex assault lawsuit against him. The US District Court in the Southern District of New York was notified in a filing Tuesday that Joseph Tacopina “hearby appears as counsel for …

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Court Strikes Down Gun Ban On Certain Domestic Violence Offenders

The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that it is unconstitutional for a state to ban a person under a domestic violence protection order from possessing firearms. The highly conservative appeals court’s decision is the latest in a string of lower court cases invalidating gun control laws following the Supreme Court’s 6-3 …

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Nikki Haley plans ‘big announcement’ about 2024 presidential bid

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Wednesday previewed a “big announcement” slated for Feb. 15, when she is expected to launch her 2024 presidential run — making her the second Republican to throw her hat in the ring after former President Donald Trump announced his third bid for the White House late last year. …

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The Biden administration is caught between California and its neighbors in the Colorado River fight

“The states are not going to reach an agreement. We are just too far apart,” said Rep. Greg Stanton (D-Ariz.), who represents the Phoenix area. “Now is the time that we need this administration to come up with a solution to this dilemma, and we need it now.” California is insisting on its legal claims …

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Controversial South Dakota lawmaker returns to chamber after censure

The South Dakota Senate on Wednesday censured and reinstated a Republican senator who was suspended last week amid allegations she harassed a legislative aide by telling the aide that she had harmed her child by getting him vaccinated. The Republican-controlled Senate overwhelmingly approved a report from an investigative committee that concluded Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller harassed …

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20 Republican AGs Warn CVS, Walgreens Against Mailing Medication Abortion Pills

A group of 20 Republican state attorneys general sent a joint letter to Walgreens and CVS on Wednesday warning the major pharmacy chains against mailing and distributing pills used for medication abortion. Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey led a coalition that warned the companies that they would be flouting federal and state law if they …

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