Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group Formed

Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group Formed

James C. Duff, Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, has established a Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group to review the safeguards currently in place within the Judiciary to protect employees from inappropriate conduct in the workplace.   
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Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group Formed

Court Declares a Settlement Week to Clear Old Caseload

Court Declares a Settlement Week to Clear Old Caseload

The Western District Court of New York is one of the most congested courts in the country, receiving over 3,000 filings annually with individual judges’ caseloads at nearly 800. To reduce a long backlog of unresolved lawsuits, Chief Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr., revived a mediation strategy not used by the court since 1995: a settlement week.
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Court Declares a Settlement Week to Clear Old Caseload

Trump Uses Vulgar Language To Refer To African Countries, Sources Say

Trump Uses Vulgar Language To Refer To African Countries, Sources Say

President Trump presides over a meeting about immigration with Republican and Democratic members of Congress at the White House on Tuesday. Congress and the White House are trying to work out an immigration deal prior to Jan. 19.The president made the comment during an Oval Office discussion of U.S. visa and immigration policies as he was meeting with a group of senators about a bipartisan plan pertaining to the DACA program.

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Trump Uses Vulgar Language To Refer To African Countries, Sources Say

Elderly Christmas Cannabis Couple Arrested Again, Facing New Drug Charges

Elderly Christmas Cannabis Couple Arrested Again, Facing New Drug Charges

Patrick and Barbara Jiron were arrested in Nebraska last month while carrying 60 pounds of marijuana and again Tuesday on suspicion of transporting drug money.In December, the couple reportedly told police in Nebraska they intended to give the pot as gifts. On Tuesday, they were pulled over not far away on suspicion of possessing $18,000 in drug money.

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Elderly Christmas Cannabis Couple Arrested Again, Facing New Drug Charges

ACLU Says U.S. Government Is Denying Basic Rights To Citizen Captured In Syria

ACLU Says U.S. Government Is Denying Basic Rights To Citizen Captured In Syria

American forces have been holding a U.S. citizen captured in Syria in confinement overseas without formal charges or access to a lawyer. The ACLU says the man is being denied his basic rights to due process.


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ACLU Says U.S. Government Is Denying Basic Rights To Citizen Captured In Syria

Plaintiff In N.C. Gerrymandering Case Speaks About Judges' Decision

Plaintiff In N.C. Gerrymandering Case Speaks About Judges' Decision

NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with Jake Quinn, of Asheville, N.C., who is one of the plaintiffs who claimed that the state’s districts are unconstitutionally partisan. A panel of federal judges have now ruled in Quinn’s favor.


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Plaintiff In N.C. Gerrymandering Case Speaks About Judges' Decision

Supreme Court Appears Divided Over Ohio's 'Use-It Or Lose-It' Voter Registration Rule

Supreme Court Appears Divided Over Ohio's 'Use-It Or Lose-It' Voter Registration Rule

In Supreme Court arguments on Wednesday, the justices appeared divided over whether Ohio’s so called “use-it or lose-it” voter registration rule violates federal law. The state has one of the nation’s most aggressive voter-purge systems in the country.


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Supreme Court Appears Divided Over Ohio's 'Use-It Or Lose-It' Voter Registration Rule

MSNBC's Ali Velshi dismantles GOP argument that Russia didn’t interfere in the election

MSNBC's Ali Velshi dismantles GOP argument that Russia didn’t interfere in the election

ARI MELBER (MSNBC CHIEF LEGAL CORRESPONDENT): Donald Trump’s not saying we need to get this done or these investigations will exonerate me because the facts are on my side. He’s saying quote, today, “Republicans need to take control.” There’s not a Republican or Democratic version of factual justice. Right? Either there’s a conspiracy or there wasn’t. If there wasn’t, and Bob Mueller — who by the way happens to be a Republican, he is in control of the probe — if he doesn’t find the evidence, I don’t think anyone really believes who’s seriously looked at this he’s going to go farther. And so some of that goes to a sort of a lack of patience that Donald Trump has. I don’t know if you ever listen to the rapper Future, Ali —

ALI VELSHI (HOST): I do.

MELBER: But he said, “I’m like a bad doctor. I ain’t got no patients.” And sometimes there’s a lack of patience here. And if the White House believes, as I’ve reported their lawyers say, that the facts will exonerate Donald Trump, let the investigations finish up. And the facts will, with patience, out.

ALI VELSHI: The problem is, it continues to speak to — or at least Donald Trump sees this as an attack on his legitimacy. And what a lot of Republicans have told me and you is that no votes were changed, can you identify a vote that’s been changed. But this problem is bigger than votes being changed. As Ken said, the social media side of this is very impactful. The idea that millions of Americans, probably more Americans saw lies than the truth if they were getting it off of Facebook in the last election. So it’s more than a vote being changed in a ballot box. It’s an influence campaign. And unless the president and Republicans are on side, we may not make much headway in getting this solved.

Previously:

Misinformer of the Year: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

CNN report: Russians pushed so much fake news on Facebook, “it all just started to look real”

MSNBC’s Ari Melber challenges Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions about Facebook’s problem with fake news and Russian propaganda

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MSNBC's Ali Velshi dismantles GOP argument that Russia didn’t interfere in the election

Fox guest John Solomon admits some of Trump dossier has been corroborated by law enforcement, contrary to Fox's claims

Fox guest John Solomon admits some of Trump dossier has been corroborated by law enforcement, contrary to Fox's claims

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Brand new transcripts just released revealing bombshell testimony from the firm behind that anti-Trump dossier, the dirty dossier. One of the claims is that information in the dossier came from a Trump campaign insider.

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): And that is one claim. “Somebody’s already been killed as a result of the publication of the dossier,” thought to be a Russian, “and no harm should come to anybody related to honest work.”

EARHARDT: The Hill’s John Solomon has been breaking details on this story from the very beginning and he joins us now with the very latest. John, we wanted to talk to you, because when this was released, [Sen.] Dianne Feinstein [(D-CA)] released this 312 page transcript, when they interviewed Glenn Simpson, who started Fusion GPS. You read this last night, what is the most shocking thing or what surprised you?

JOHN SOLOMON (THE HILL EXECUTIVE VP): I think there’s a couple of things. One is that Glenn spends a lot of time trying to say that this document wasn’t a partisan document, that he’s all about research, yet we now know that his clients were clearly partisan, the DNC, and the Clinton Foundation — or excuse me, the Clinton campaign. And so those are two things that when you see him trying to do that — and he was interviewed before we knew that the DNC and Clinton did a sort of a tap dance, that caught my attention. I think the revelation that somebody was killed over the release of the dossier was really the most shocking thing. And we don’t know a lot. I’ve been digging on this. I can’t find a whole lot other than a suggestion that it might have been one of Christopher Steele’s sources in Russia who might have been killed after this came out. But we don’t know more and I think people are going to have to dig on that a lot.

KILMEADE: Right, so John, you do this for a living, but as the editorial came out last week when they tried to exonerate themselves, they said, “We got this information, but Steele got this information, he went to the FBI and they corroborated it.” There’s a little problem with that editorial as opposed to the reality. They have walked back — there was no corroboration with the FBI so to speak, right?

SOLOMON: Yeah, if you take [former FBI Director] James Comey at his word, he called it an “unverified document.” That was in May, eight and 10 months after they had begun working on it. The sources I talked to in the law enforcement community say “Hey, there’s a couple things that have been corroborated, but a lot of things are unverified, and some things, like the president’s lawyer taking a trip that didn’t happen, have been outright dismissed.” And I think over the next few weeks you’re going to see reporters compare Glenn Simpson’s testimony, the dossier, and what we now know in the public and try to make a little bit more sense of what’s right and wrong about the story.

Previously:

Fox’s Steve Doocy calls the Trump dossier, parts of which have been verified, a “fake,” “political, dirty trick document”

Fox & Friends host: It looks like the FBI concocted a fake Trump-Russia dossier to have a reason to spy on Trump

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Fox guest John Solomon admits some of Trump dossier has been corroborated by law enforcement, contrary to Fox's claims