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Bookman: Top Trump DOJ official’s letter staked out Georgia as path to a coup

BY: - August 9, 2021

On Dec. 28, a top official in the Trump Department of Justice circulated an extraordinary, potentially history-altering letter to his colleagues, writing that “I see no valid downsides” to issuing the letter and proposing that they “get it out as soon as possible.” In that letter, reported last week by ABC News, Jeffrey Clark falsely […]

Trump allies’ lingering election ‘audits’ spark public skepticism, concerns in Congress

BY: - August 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The months-long, Republican-led investigation in Arizona into the results of last year’s presidential election has cost millions of dollars and produced no evidence yet of major issues in tallying Maricopa County ballots. Yet supporters of former President Donald Trump are still attempting to follow Arizona’s lead by pushing for so-called audits in several […]

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Volusia schools settle with feds over ‘systemic discrimination against students with disabilities’

BY: - August 4, 2021

A federal investigation that lead to a settlement confirmed that the Volusia County School District disciplined students with disabilities in an overtly punitive way. They excluded the children from the district’s education program and they removed kids from their classrooms with use of suspensions, law enforcement involvement, and a mental health law, known as the Baker […]

Opioid settlement would bring billions of dollars for addiction treatment, prevention, to FL

BY: - July 22, 2021

Florida’s share of a massive settlement with an opioid manufacturer and distributors accused of contributing to the addiction epidemic could amount to $1.6 billion, according to details released by state Attorney General Ashley Moody. The overall deal would see payment of $26 billion to U.S. states and territories by Johnson & Johnson and distributors AmerisourceBergen, […]

‘Gail’s Law’ becomes FL law; sexual-assault survivors win fight for tracking of rape kits

BY: - July 1, 2021

Gail’s Law, requiring tracking of evidence obtained in rape kits, is now law – bringing to a close a disturbing chapter in the lives of Florida’s sexual assault victims. For decades, evidence such as blood and semen has been collected in rape kits during physical examinations of rape victims, but hundreds of thousands of the […]

U.S. House backs select committee to probe Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Wednesday to establish a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which a mob of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol. In a 222-190 vote that was almost entirely party-line, just two Republicans joined Democrats in passing the resolution, which calls for a probe into “one of […]

Republicans push back against federal approval for changes in state voting laws

BY: - June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON—Republicans during a U.S. House Judiciary panel hearing on Tuesday argued that a bill that would reinstate a preclearance section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unnecessary because there is no discrimination in voting. The top Republican on the panel, Rep. Mike Johnson, (R-La.), said that the legislation is not needed and that the […]

Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for murder of George Floyd

BY: - June 25, 2021

Convicted in the murder of George Floyd, ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison Friday, becoming the first white Minnesota police officer to serve prison time for a murder committed while on the job. The sentencing marks a significant milestone in the effort to get justice for Floyd, […]

U.S. Department of Justice takes Georgia to court over its elections law

BY: - June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia to overturn a sweeping elections law passed in March, with a legal challenge that alleges the new statute violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The federal lawsuit is the latest in a series of challenges to Senate Bill […]

Colonial Pipeline CEO: ‘One of the toughest decisions I have had to make’ to pay a $4.4M ransom

BY: - June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON—The CEO of Colonial Pipeline, which underwent a ransomware attack in early May that led to massive shutdowns of gas stations across the Southeast, said during a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday that it was his decision to pay a ransom to restore the company’s operations. “It was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make […]

U.S. House condemns Atlanta shootings and Asian American racism

BY: - May 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning the March 16 mass shooting in Atlanta and reaffirming Congress’ commitment to combating racism and violence against the Asian American community, which has seen a spike in hate crimes since the onset of the pandemic. The resolution, H.Res. 275, passed, 244-180, though more than a dozen Republicans argued […]

UM settles federal Medicare fraud allegations for $22 M

BY: - May 11, 2021

The University of Miami will pay $22 million to the federal government to settle allegations it cheated Medicare by ordering medically unnecessary test and inflating patients’ medical bills. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced the resolution on Monday of allegations […]