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Chelsea Manning Leaves Prison
On May 17, Chelsea Manning, who was in a U.S. military prison for seven years on charges of whistleblowing, was released, reports ABC News. On Jan. 17, President Obama commuted the bulk of Manning’s 35-year prison sentence, enabling her to be released this year. Had President Obama not done so, Manning’s year of release would have remained 2045.
U.S. Supreme Court Refuses Appeal to Reinstate N.C. Voter Restrictions
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by Republican leaders of a federal court ruling that removed ballot restrictions in North Carolina, due to the restrictions being discriminatory along the basis of race, reports Bloomberg News.
EPA Cancels Ban On Pesticide. 1 Month Later, Farmers Are Getting Sick
More than 50 workers near Bakersfield, Calif. were exposed to harmful chemicals while harvesting cabbage early this month due to a pesticide drift.
Sessions Calls for Stricter Mandatory Minimums
Faith leaders across the country have opposed Sessions’ confirmation as U.S. attorney general with petitions and statements, calling him unfit to make decisions that are helpful to communities of color across the U.S — especially around prison sentencing for black people.
West Virginia Court Rules Hate Crime Law Doesn’t Cover Anti-Gay Assaults
Since 1987, there have been at least 26 attempts to amend the statute to include “sexual orientation,” and, according to the court, each attempt has failed.
Weekly Wrap 5.12.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Trump Fires FBI Director Comey
Midway into an FBI investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, President Trump has fired FBI director James Comey.
134 Lawsuits Against Trump? There’s More Where That Came From
As of May 5, according to the Boston Globe, 134 lawsuits have been brought against President Trump in federal court since his inauguration. This contrasts greatly with the number of lawsuits his three most recent predecessors faced at this point in their presidency: Obama met with 26 suits, Bush met with seven, and Clinton met with 15.
Weekly Wrap 5.5.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
The New York Times’ Erica L. Green reports on how the Republican plan would hit already underfunded Individuals With Disabilities Education Act programs in schools: “Our most vulnerable citizens are going to be suffering the most. If any legislator votes for this, it’s unconscionable.”
Dallas Officer Who Killed 15-Year-Old Jordan Edwards Fired, Faith Leaders Call for Community Action
“The magnitude of his horrible actions cannot be overstated,” said a statement released from the family of Jordan Edwards. The family has called for murder charges to be brought against Oliver. According to the Dallas Police Department, the car Edwards was in drove away from police when it was ordered to stop, and the officers encountered the car as they were responding to gunshots in the area.
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