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Philadelphia's Predatory Lending Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo

May 15, 2017 Philadelphia is suing Wells Fargo for what it calls predatory lending in violation of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The lawsuit comes two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities can sue banks that may have targeted minorities with bad loans. The city’s lawsuit, filed in the...

A Texas Bill That Allows Adoption Agencies to Discriminate

May 11, 2017 The Texas House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow adoption and foster care agencies, whether public or private, to refuse to place children in certain homes, depending on the agency's religious affiliation. Supporters say it provides important legal cover from lawsuits, but critics say it allows...

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Who Is Rod Rosenstein?

May 11, 2017 If the firing of former FBI director James Comey is part of a Trump administration plot to foil the investigation into Russian election meddling—as many of the president’s opponents have alleged—Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is an odd conspirator. In a three-page memo reportedly pivotal to President Trump’s decision, Rosenstein...

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U.S. Confirms the Death of ISIS Leader in Afghanistan

May 8, 2017 The leader of the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, was killed last month in a special-operations forces raid that used 40 Afghan troops and 50 U.S. Army Rangers, U.S. and Afghanistan officials said Sunday. Not much is known about Hasib, except that he was a former Taliban commander who...

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The First U.S. Casualty in Somalia Since 'Black Hawk Down'

May 5, 2017 A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in Somalia during a fight with al-Shabaab militants, and is likely the first combat death in the country since the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” incident. The SEAL was part of a U.S. special-operations advise-and-assist team in the country working with the Somali National Army...

The Supreme Court Rules Cities Can Be Victims of Housing Discrimination

May 1, 2017 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Miami can sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, a judgement that allows other cities to sue banks that may have preyed upon people of color by targeting them for high-risk loans. The ruling was not...

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Actually, the U.S. Will Pay for the THAAD Anti-Missile System

May 1, 2017 South Korea said Sunday the U.S. would cover the cost of deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, a contradiction of President Trump’s remarks just days earlier. Trump did not respond, but it seems he may have misspoken, or, as South Korea was told by Lieutenant General...

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The Future of Deportations Under Trump

February 13, 2017 The deportation of Guadalupe García de Rayos in Phoenix, Arizona, may be giving the undocumented population in the U.S. its first sense of what the next four years will feel like. Rayos is a 35-year-old mother of two who has lived in the U.S. for 21 years. In 2008, local...

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Trump Blames his Rift With the CIA on the Media

January 23, 2017 On his first full day in office, President Donald Trump spoke at the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters, standing in front of the Agency’s memorial to its fallen officers, and sought to mend his tumultuous relationship with Langley. Yet he never said the word “sorry,” to federal intelligence agencies for the...

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Trump Offers CIA Director Position to Kansas Representative Mike Pompeo

November 18, 2016 Trump has offered the position of CIA director to Kansas Republican Representative Mike Pompeo, several news organizations have reported. Pompeo was elected to Congress in 2010 on a wave of tea party support, and had never previously served in elected office. Pompeo initially supported Florida Senator Marco Rubio for president,...