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US Education Department opens investigation into Texas’ ban on school mask mandates

US Education Department opens investigation into Texas’ ban on school mask mandates

The US Education Department’s civil rights enforcement arm is opening an investigation to determine whether Texas’ ban on school mask mandates is preventing school districts from “considering or meeting the needs of students with disabilities.” The Department’s Office for Civil Rights sent a letter to Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Tuesday detailing how “OCR…MORE

Texas governor approves miles-long steel barrier of police vehicles to deter the more than 8,000 migrants in Del Rio
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Texas governor approves miles-long steel barrier of police vehicles to deter the more than 8,000 migrants in Del Rio

With 8,600 migrants remaining under the Del Rio International Bridge, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday officials are using “unprecedented” methods to deter migrants from crossing into the state, including parking Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles for miles along the border to create a “steel barrier.” The surge of migrants…MORE

R. Kelly’s legal team brings witnesses who say they never saw abuse by the singer
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R. Kelly’s legal team brings witnesses who say they never saw abuse by the singer

Since Monday, R. Kelly’s attorneys have presented a defense case with witnesses who said they never saw Kelly abuse women but who conceded they weren’t present much of the time Kelly was alone with female guests. Jurors have listened to nearly a month of prosecution witnesses testifying about Kelly’s role as the alleged leader of…MORE

Fact-checking Trump’s letter to Georgia secretary of state
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Fact-checking Trump’s letter to Georgia secretary of state

More than 10 months after the 2020 election, former President Donald Trump is still trying to claim victory in Georgia, a state that flipped from Trump in 2016 to Biden in 2020. Since just days after he lost, Trump has been tossing out debunked conspiracy theories over the election in Georgia, including in a now-notorious…MORE

Taliban request representation at the United Nations, kicking off credentials battle
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Taliban request representation at the United Nations, kicking off credentials battle

The Taliban have requested representation at this week’s United Nations General Assembly, a move that is expected to kick off a diplomatic battle with the preexisting Afghan envoy. Afghanistan is currently represented at the UN by Ghulam Isaczai, an appointee of the country’s former democratic government, which crumbled under the Taliban’s advance last month. Rival…MORE

American Airlines and JetBlue sued by DOJ over their airline alliance
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American Airlines and JetBlue sued by DOJ over their airline alliance

The Department of Justice has sued two major airlines on Tuesday, alleging the companies created an alliance that raised prices and reduced choice for air passengers traveling to and from major cities in the United States’ Northeast region. JetBlue and American Airlines last year created the “Northeast Alliance” that operates out of four major airports…MORE

READ: Trump lawyer’s full memo on plan for Pence to overturn the election
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READ: Trump lawyer’s full memo on plan for Pence to overturn the election

A six-page memo from a conservative lawyer working with then-President Donald Trump’s legal team outlines numerous scenarios for then-Vice President Mike Pence to subvert the Constitution and throw out the 2020 election results. Read the full memo, from conservative lawyer John Eastman and obtained by CNN: The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a…MORE

Small aircraft intercepted by fighter jet over Hudson River for violating temporary flight restriction during UN gathering
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Small aircraft intercepted by fighter jet over Hudson River for violating temporary flight restriction during UN gathering

A small aircraft flown by an Army instructor pilot was intercepted over the Hudson River Tuesday for violating the temporary flight restriction in place for the United Nations General Assembly gathering, which is taking place in New York City, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA said a…MORE

New York Times: Trump campaign was aware attorneys’ voting conspiracy theories were baseless, court documents show
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New York Times: Trump campaign was aware attorneys’ voting conspiracy theories were baseless, court documents show

Officials working for then-President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign were aware that the voting machine claims being pushed by pro-Trump attorneys were baseless, court documents obtained by The New York Times show. The documents — which were filed last week as part of a defamation lawsuit from a former employee of Dominion Voting Systems — reveal…MORE

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