On May 4, 2017, the U.S. State Department issued a request for emergency approval of a new information collection initiative that would enable consular officials to collect additional information from immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants.
The president’s request is beyond the pale and poses an extraordinary test for our democracy. Our system depends on the rule of law and checks and balances. This appears to be textbook obstruction of justice and abuse of power.
A new report finds that extreme partisan bias in congressional maps account for at least 16-17 Republican seats in the current Congress and that only a small number of swing states account for the vast majority of this partisan skew.
Bipartisan momentum has been building for years, and a new pro-active agenda by the Brennan Center offers solutions that would keep crime rates low, provide support for law enforcement, and reduce the federal prison population.
The move reverses an Obama-era order that aimed to reduce over-charging, and reinstates more aggressive practices of the past that put people behind bars unnecessarily, wasted government resources, and had little public safety benefit.
It is not a credible effort to improve election integrity. With a Republican chair and vice chair, it is not bipartisan. And several officials reportedly being considered for it are some of the most well-known supporters of voting restrictions.
This is an assault on the rule of law. The president has dismissed the chief law enforcement officer probing whether the president's advisors colluded with a hostile foreign government to influence our elections.
Amid the Trump administration's continued attacks on the federal judiciary, there has been a quieter political push targeting state courts. This roundup looks at laws from state legislatures that pose the biggest threat.