Democrats see an upside to Trump stonewalling their impeachment inquiry

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, speaks at a press conference at the US Capitol on October 8, 2019, in Washington, DC. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images They argue it looks like obstruction. The Trump administration’s decision to block a key witness from testifying in the Ukraine-related impeachment inquiry isn’t a concern for House Democrats. In fact, they say that move gives them even greater ammunition for President Donald Trump’s…

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A black man went to jail for missing jury duty. After public outrage, the judge cleared his record.

The story of Deandre Somerville, 21, drew national attention after outlets reported that he served 10 days in jail for failing to report for jury duty. | Brynn Anderson/AP Deandre Somerville’s record will be erased, but that doesn’t make the 10 days he spent in jail any less outrageous. The young black man who served 10 days in jail for oversleeping and missing jury duty has now had his record cleared by the same judge…

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Justice Gorsuch emerges as an unlikely swing vote in the LGBTQ discrimination cases

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. | Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images Trump’s first justice may set his politics aside to rule in favor of workers who claim they were fired for being gay or trans. Justice Neil Gorsuch, the archconservative Trump appointee, may end up deciding the future of LGBTQ rights in the workplace. At least, that was the impression that emerged after arguments in three cases the Supreme Court heard on Tuesday,…

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The Elizabeth Warren pregnancy firing controversy, explained

A story Elizabeth Warren tells about pregnancy discrimination early in her career is under the microscope. | Mario Tama/Getty Images A story Warren tells about an early moment in her career is under scrutiny. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s rise in the polls in the Democratic presidential primary race has brought increased scrutiny of her past, including whether she was let go from a teaching job in 1971 for being pregnant. Warren has been telling the story…

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