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Supreme Court mainly rules for black voters in Virginia case

SCOTUSThe Supreme Court is mainly ruling for African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed 12 legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican.

The justices said Wednesday that a lower court that upheld the 12 districts used the wrong legal standard when it determined that race did not play too large a role in creating the districts.

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DeVos sparks controversy with comments on black colleges

DeVosPresident Donald Trump’s efforts to bolster relations with historically black colleges erupted in controversy Tuesday after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a statement equating the history of the schools — founded during an era of racial segregation — to “school choice” policies.

“HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice,” DeVos said in the statement, released Monday night in advance of Trump’s planned signing of an executive order giving the schools more clout. “They are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality. Their success has shown that more options help students flourish.”

TVNL Comment:  Just unbelievable.  Choice?  Bubbles make poor environments for Cabinet members.

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Report: Sex demanded for promotions at Kay, Jared jewelers

Kat jewelersDeclarations by close to 250 women and men describe one of the nation's largest jewelry companies, which operates under the name of Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry as a hotbed of sexual harassment where senior men treated young saleswomen as their private harems, groping, demeaning and demanding sex in return for better jobs and job security, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The declarations are part of a private class-action arbitration case first filed in 2008 that alleges female employees at the conglomerate were routinely sexually harassed, paid less and passed over for promotion.

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Sister of Trump Inauguration Singer Wins Trans Bathroom Ruling

Evancho wins transgender rights in PAThe transgender sister of a performer who sang at President Trump’s inauguration and two of her schoolmates must be given access to school restrooms that match their gender identity, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled on Monday, less than a week after the Trump administration withdrew a policy that said schools must provide that access to transgender students.

US District Court Judge Mark R. Hornak issued a temporary injunction barring Pine-Richland School District from enforcing a policy that said transgender students could either use single-person bathrooms or facilities matching their birth sex.

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Texas county pulls out of program for local police to act as immigration agents

Texas county pulls out of immigration programOscar Hernández recalls how his uncle paid a double price when he was arrested for failing to pay road tolls: local police in Houston handed him to immigration officials who deported him to Mexico.

In the years since, Hernández, also an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, has campaigned to end a program that deputises local officials to act as federal immigration agents, potentially turning a minor infraction into a life-altering event.

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New bomb threats hit at least 10 Jewish centers in US

10 new bomb threatsAt least 10 Jewish community centers and Jewish day schools across the country received bomb threats on Monday in the latest wave of threats to hit Jewish institutions.

The incidents are the fifth wave of such threats in less than two months.

Among the affected JCCS are Asheville, North Carolina, and Davie, Florida, both of which were evacuated to local churches, as well as JCCs in York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis; Tarrytown and Staten Island, New York; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Birmingham, Alabama; and Wilmington, Delaware. Jewish day schools in Rockville, Maryland; Fairfax, Virginia; and Davie, Florida, outside Miami, were also evacuated after receiving bomb threats.

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Trump's DOJ dropping opposition to Texas voter ID law

Sessions drops DOJ opposition to Texas voetr ID lawPresident Trump's Justice Department is ending the government's opposition to a controversial voter ID law in Texas, according to a group involved in the case.

Danielle Lang, the Campaign Legal Center's deputy director of voting rights, told The Associated Press and Talking Points Memo on Monday that the Justice Department informed her group and others suing the state of the government's change in position.

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