The Trump Administration Reverses Its Policy on Migrant Children’s Sponsors

Colleen Long / AP (WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration is changing the way it reviews sponsors who want to care for migrant children in government custody — backing off a requirement that all people in the house are fingerprinted. The fingerprint requirement began in June amid the zero-tolerance policy at the border that led to the separation of some 2,400 children from their parents. The children taken from parents were placed in shelters until a sponsor, often a parent or other family member, could be found and evaluated before releasing the children to that sponsor. But the addition of fingerprinting … Continue reading The Trump Administration Reverses Its Policy on Migrant Children’s Sponsors

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Kevin Freking / AP (WASHINGTON) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation’s war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. Senate passage of the bill by a vote of 87-12 culminates years of negotiations and gives President Donald Trump a signature policy victory, with the outcome hailed by scores of conservative and liberal advocacy groups. The House is expected to pass the bill this week, sending it to the president’s desk for his signature. The … Continue reading Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Nevada Becomes the First U.S. State With a Female-Majority Legislature

Michelle L. Price / AP (LAS VEGAS) — Nevada became the first state in the U.S. with an overall female majority in the Legislature on Tuesday when county officials in Las Vegas appointed two women to fill vacancies in the state Assembly. The appointments of Democrats Rochelle Thuy Nguyen and Beatrice “Bea” Angela Duran to two Las Vegas-area legislative seats give women 51 percent of the 63 seats in the Legislature. Women will hold nine of 21 seats in the state Senate, falling short of a majority in that chamber. But they will hold 23 of 42 seats in the … Continue reading Nevada Becomes the First U.S. State With a Female-Majority Legislature

Google and Facebook Will Pay $450K for Violating Washington State Campaign Law

Associated Press (SEATTLE) — Google and Facebook have agreed to pay $455,000 to settle allegations that they failed to keep proper records about who was paying for campaign ads on their sites, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday. Google will pay $217,000 and Facebook will pay $238,000 in response to two lawsuits filed in June that accused the tech firms of not obeying the state law on political-ad transparency, Ferguson said. Facebook spokeswoman Beth Gautier said the company was pleased to resolve the matter. “We’re working hard to protect election integrity and prevent foreign interference. We believe all … Continue reading Google and Facebook Will Pay $450K for Violating Washington State Campaign Law

Huawei Called on the U.S. to Prove Its Claims That the Tech Giant Poses a Security Risk

Joe McDonald / AP (DONGGUAN, China) — The chairman of Huawei challenged the United States and other governments to provide evidence for claims the Chinese tech giant is a security risk as the company launched a public relations effort to defuse fears that threaten its role in next-generation communications. Talking to reporters who were invited to Huawei Technologies Ltd.’s headquarters, Ken Hu complained accusations against the biggest global maker of network gear stem from “ideology and geopolitics.” He warned excluding Huawei from fifth-generation networks in Australia and other markets would hurt consumers by raising prices and slowing innovation. Australia and … Continue reading Huawei Called on the U.S. to Prove Its Claims That the Tech Giant Poses a Security Risk

Lawmakers Call for Probe Into 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl’s Death

Associated Press (LORDSBURG, N.M.) — Lawmakers visiting the Border Patrol station where a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl was taken hours before her death demanded an independent investigation Tuesday into the response by federal agents. “There are things that we need to learn,” said U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, a California Democrat who was part of the delegation visiting the Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, New Mexico. Ruiz, a doctor, questioned why border agents didn’t call for an immediate airlift of Jakelin Caal after her father told an agent she was sick and vomiting. A bus carrying the child and her father left … Continue reading Lawmakers Call for Probe Into 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl’s Death

Trump’s School Safety Commission Is Targeting Obama Anti-Discrimination Rules and Not Guns

Katie Reilly The school safety commission established by President Donald Trump in the wake of February’s Parkland shooting barely addressed guns, but recommended rolling back Obama-era guidelines aimed at making sure minority students aren’t disproportionately targeted for discipline. That recommendation has emerged as one of the most controversial aspects of the report, which was released Tuesday — about 10 months after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The commission, helmed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, was tasked with making recommendations for improving school safety. The report argues that the 2014 Rethink Discipline guidance … Continue reading Trump’s School Safety Commission Is Targeting Obama Anti-Discrimination Rules and Not Guns