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House Votes for More Snooping, California Mudslides Kill, Ecuador Grants Assange Citizenship: P.M. Links

W8Media / MEGA / NewscomThe House voted today to renew and expand the snooping powers of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendments, giving permission for the feds to use it in some cases domestically, for the next six years. It heads to the Senate, where Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) threaten a […]

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Salvadoran Immigrants Lose Protections, Bundy Case Thrown Out over Federal Misconduct, Supreme Court Reopens Death Penalty Case: P.M. Links

David Becker/ZUMA Press/NewscomThe Trump administration is ending the protected status of an estimated 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador. The termination comes with an 18-month delay for those affected to try to figure out ways to remain in the country legally after the protection ends. A federal judge threw out the cases against members of the […]

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Washington, California Trying to Punish Businesses that Overly Cooperate with Feds on Immigration

Can a state government punish a private business for voluntarily cooperating or assisting federal officials in enforcing federal immigration laws? We may find out in both Washington State and California, as the conflict between the states and the feds over immigration enforcement heats up. In Washington, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Motel 6. […]

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Sessions Rescinds Marijuana Memos, Offshore Oil Drilling Boosted, Dow Hits 25,000: P.M. Links

Wang Ying Xinhua News Agency/NewscomAttorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded the 2013 memo advising federal prosecutors to focus on a narrow set of priorities (preventing access to children, et cetera) before considering bigfooting it around states that have decriminalized marijuana use trying to throw people in jail. It does not necessarily herald a coming crackdown, […]

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A.M. Links: Donald Trump Sarcastically Praises Global Warming, Doesn’t Know How USPS Works; New York City Fire Kills 12

President Donald Trump sarcastically tweets about global warming and the cold weather in the Northeast, and that becomes news. He also thinks the reason the United States Postal Service is losing money is because it’s not charging Amazon (and therefore his enemy Jeff Bezos) enough for delivering packages. In reality, package delivery is what’s keeping […]

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