A federal judge ruled that the government must stop implementation of President Obama's executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. The Obama administration will appeal.
At a White House summit this week, officials from the US and abroad will study ways to counter violent extremism of the kind that happened in recent days in the United States and Europe. ‘Lone wolf’ attackers are a special concern.
Senate Democrats say that the GOP is stalling the nomination process for Loretta Lynch, President Obama's attorney general pick. Republicans say they have additional questions and are not looking for a 'big fistfight.'
Most county probate judges refused to issue marriage licenses in Alabama on Monday. Alabama's chief justice says that probate judges are not bound by a federal judge's ruling declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
On Monday, Alabama became the 37th state to allow same-sex marriage, after the Supreme Court declined to issue a stay. The high court action provides perhaps the best indication yet that a majority of justices are preparing to uphold gay marriage.
The Obama administration has accelerated transfers out of Guantanamo, with 27 detainees released in the past two months. On Thursday, lawmakers aimed to assess at a hearing the future of US terror detention policy.
A federal appeals court stated in a memo that it would take no further action in same-sex marriage cases in that circuit until the US Supreme Court decides the issue later this year. The decision does not affect same-sex couples in Alabama.
A federal appeals court Tuesday refused to block a ruling that the state's ban is unconstitutional, clearing the way for Alabama to become the next state to legalize same-sex unions. Also on Tuesday, the state attorney general asked the US Supreme Court to issue a hold.
A federal judge on Friday questioned the constitutionality of the US government's no-fly list. In a twist, the FBI one day earlier put the brother of Gulet Mohamed, who has been fighting the no-fly list for four years, on its list of most-wanted terrorists.
Wednesday's confirmation hearing seemed at times more like a forum for Republican complaints about the Obama administration than an examination of Loretta Lynch and her qualifications to become US attorney general.
The US Supreme Court stayed the executions of three Oklahoma death-row inmates challenging the state's lethal injection protocol. A fourth plaintiff was executed on Jan. 15, before the high court agreed to hear the case.
Lawyers for Warren Lee Hill argued he had an intellectual disability that rendered his execution unconstitutional. Mr. Hill was sentenced to death after being convicted of the murder of his cellmate in a Georgia prison.