March 23, 2021

National

House OKs ERA bill, Violence Against Women Act in Women’s History Month

With Women’s History Month as a backdrop, the House last week voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and remove the 1982 deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. House Democratic women dressed in suffragette white to commemorate the occasion and to usher through what they called landmark legislation

Opinion

Opinion: Biden’s Anti-Private Prison Policy Puts Optics Over Outcomes

Within days of taking office, Pres. Joe Biden ordered the Justice Department to phase out its use of private prisons. The move is a well-intentioned part of Biden’s pledge to eliminate systemic racism in the criminal justice system. But as the saying goes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. According to observers

Immigration

Photos of migrant detention highlight Biden’s border secrecy

President Joe Biden’s administration has tried for weeks to keep the public from seeing images like those that emerged Monday showing immigrant children in U.S. custody at the border sleeping on mats under foil blankets, separated in groups by plastic partitions. Administration officials have steadfastly refused to call the detention of more than 15,000 children

Legal Beat

Colorado baker sued again over alleged LGBTQ bias

A Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple went on trial Monday in yet another lawsuit, this one involving a birthday cake for a transgender woman. Autumn Scardina attempted to order the birthday cake on the same

Politics

GOP firebrand US Rep. Mo Brooks enters Alabama Senate race

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, a conservative firebrand and staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump who has come under fire for remarks he made preceding the attack on the U.S. Capitol, joined the Alabama GOP primary field on Monday to replace Sen. Richard Shelby. The north Alabama Republican announced his entry into the race at

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