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Tracking cellphones without a warrant ruled unconstitutional by DC court

“The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that it is unconstitutional for law enforcement to use certain technologies that allow the tracking of a suspect’s cellular phone without a warrant” writes Sean Langille for washingtonexaminer.com. According to a December 2016 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report, nearly $95 million of taxpayer funds have been used on 434 cell-site simulator devices between 2010 and 2014.Investigators have used cell-site simulators to act as fake cell towers to connect to devices they are searching instead of the device’s regular network.Thursday’s decision…

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Judge briefly closes courtroom in ex-tennis star case

“NEW YORK (AP) The administrative judge hearing a misconduct case against a police officer who wrongly arrested tennis star James Blake briefly closed the courtroom to the public Wednesday to discuss the disciplinary record of a witness” reports foxsports.com. The judge will recommend a potentially more severe punishment, including dismissal, to the police commissioner, who has the final say. Source: foxsports.com Share This:

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Does the president have the right to expect loyalty from his attorney general?

“The attorney general is different, these critics insist, because he is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States” writes Alan Dershowitz for washingtonexaminer.com. Well, the issue is far more complex, especially when it comes to the office of attorney general.No chief executive is entitled to expect loyalty from the chief prosecutor especially if that prosecutor is investigating him or his colleagues.Critics insist that the president has the right to demand loyalty of every other member of his cabinet but not of the attorney general.Then, there is a second…

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VA fires director of DC hospital using new accountability law

“Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin made use of a new accountability law this week by firing the former medical director of Washington, D.C.’s VA hospital, the agency announced on Wednesday” writes Sarah Westwood for washingtonexaminer.com. President Trump described the accountability he signed into law this year as “one of the largest reforms to the VA in its history.”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Unions Training Workers to Face Down Immigration Raids…

“In May the national AFL-CIO offered its affiliates a 200-page toolkit explaining how to train workers to respond to immigration raids” writes unknown author for bloomberg.com. Along with proposing contractual restrictions on ICE collaboration, Unite Here has sought to enlist hotel leaders as political allies on immigration, with limited success. Source: bloomberg.com Share This:

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Uber reviews Asia business over bribery allegations in U.S.: Bloomberg

“Uber said in August it was cooperating with a preliminary investigation led by the U.S. Department of Justice into whether company managers violated U.S. laws against bribery of foreign officials, specifically the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Uber hired law firm O‘Melveny & Myers LLP to investigate how it obtained the medical records of an Indian woman who was raped by an Uber driver in 2014, Reuters reported in June. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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Former policy director for Michelle Obama launches campaign for Md. governor

“She previously worked at a New York-based consulting firm and a Chicago-based law firm and has taught at Georgetown University” reports washingtonpost.com. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery), entrepreneur Alec Ross and Baltimore lawyer and former University System of Maryland Board of Regents chair James L. Shea.Maryland law requires gubernatorial candidates to have lived and been registered to vote in the state for five years immediately preceding the election. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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GOP’s renewed ‘Obamacare’ repeal push gains steam, hurdles remain

“With Democrats unanimously against the bill, Republicans commanding the Senate 52-48 would lose if just three GOP senators are opposed” writes Alan Fram for thebostonchannel.com. The bill would reduce spending gaps between states that expanded Medicaid under Obama’s law and the mostly GOP states that did not.Republican senators have until Sept. 30 to get a bill passed Top Senate Republicans say their last-ditch push to uproot former President Barack Obama’s health care law is gaining momentum. Source: thebostonchannel.com Share This:

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Ellen Fights For Marriage Equality With Beautiful Tribute To Her Wife

“Ellen DeGeneres has spoken out in support of marriage equality in Australia in a very romantic way” writes Trends Reporter for huffingtonpost.com. The ballots, which are non-binding, cannot change the current law, which does not recognize same-sex marriage.But based on the results, they could lead to a vote to change the law in Parliament.On Sunday, DeGeneres went on Twitter and urged her 73.5 million followers to “vote yes” for marriage equality with a photo of her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, who is Australian. “I appreciate my wife every day,”…

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