Kelly says critical lawmakers should change laws or shut up

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Tuesday bluntly challenged members of Congress critical of the Trump administration’s aggressive approach to immigration enforcement to either change the laws or “shut up.” In a wide-ranging speech, Kelly also promised a border crackdown on marijuana, which is illegal under federal law but legal under state law in eight states and the District of […]

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Jeb Bush Says Laws on the Books Already Ensure Equal Pay

But backs new anti-discrimination measures for LGBT Americans Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush indicated Thursday that he thinks existing laws sufficient to ensure men and women are paid equally for the same work, but that he would back legislation in the states to prevent workplace and housing discrimination against LGBT Americans. Speaking to employees at San Francisco tech startup Thumbtack, […]

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Supreme Court Could Upend Judicial Campaign Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a case that could undo state laws around the country that limit judicial candidates from asking potential donors for campaign contributions. The Florida case, Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, stems from a 6-year-old ethics violation in a county court race that predated the high court’s 2010 Citizen’s United decision, which, […]

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Obama to Propose Laws to Protect Consumer Data, Student Privacy

U.S. companies would be required to notify customers within 30 days of their personal information being compromised President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus. A White House official said Obama […]

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AG Strongly Criticizes Stand-Your-Ground Laws

Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday strongly criticized stand-your-ground laws that allow a person who believes he is in danger to use deadly force in self-defense. Holder said he was concerned about the case of Trayvon Martin, in which George Zimmermann was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges, and said the Justice Department has an open investigation into what […]

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Committee to the Save the GOP: Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Become Inclusive to Gays or Keep Losing

The Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project, formed last year to analyze the party’s 2012 electoral defeat and plot a path forward, is recommending a softening some of the party’s conservative positions — or at least how it communicates them. “Our Party knows how to appeal to older voters, but we have lost our way with younger ones,” the […]

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eBay Just Gave Itself Permission to Robocall Users

If you have an eBay account, you might want to review your communication preferences now. Effective immediately for new members, and on March 26 for existing members, eBay has permission to send you robocalls and text messages for marketing and promotional reasons. Here’s the relevant segment of eBay’s new user agreement: You agree to receive calls, including autodialed and/or pre-recorded […]

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U.S. Marijuana Laws Ricochet Through Latin America

President Obama has yet to deliver a clear response to the November decision by Colorado and Washington to legalize recreational marijuana use — asked whether the government would enforce Federal laws that override the verdict of those states’ referenda, he answered simply that he has “bigger fish to fry”. But leaders from across Latin America responded within days of the […]

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