Human rights and civil liberties

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., questions Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, as he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
February 28, 2019 - 6:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two lawmakers who clashed bitterly over race hugged it out Thursday on the House floor. Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan embraced and chatted for almost a minute as the House took its final votes of the week. It was a striking sight after the pair...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters just after the Democratic-controlled House approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 years, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 28, 2019 - 6:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House put on a display of Democratic priorities this week with two bills to bolster background checks on firearms purchases, showing just how quickly the politics of gun control have turned. Just a few years ago, says Kris Brown, the president of one of the nation's leading...
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In this photo provided by the Office of Public Affairs, Manchester VA Medical Center, a Bible is displayed at the Manchester VA Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. Two organizations are fighting over the display of the Bible at the medical center. The Bible was carried by a prisoner of war in World War II and became part of a memorial and was later removed after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation objected. WMUR-TV reports another group, the Northeast POW-MIA Network, wants to put it back. (Office of Public Affairs, Manchester VA Medical Center via AP)
February 28, 2019 - 3:22 pm
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Two organizations are fighting over the display of a Bible at the Manchester VA Medical Center. The Bible was carried by a prisoner of war in World War II and became part of a memorial at the medical center. It was removed after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation...
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February 28, 2019 - 2:01 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa accelerated an unprecedented $4.15 million settlement with two sexual harassment victims after a lawyer for one of them threatened a lawsuit just days before the election that would dig into Gov. Kim Reynolds' longtime association with the agency director...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea. President Donald Trump says he doesn't think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was involved in the mistreatment of American college student Otto Warmbier, who died after being detained in the North. Trump says of Kim: "He tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word." The Ohio native was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea on suspicion of stealing a propaganda poster. Warmbier died in 2017, shortly after being sent home in a coma. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)
February 28, 2019 - 12:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he takes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "at his word" that Kim was unaware of the alleged mistreatment of an American college student who died after being imprisoned there. Trump said in Vietnam that Kim "tells me he didn't know about it, and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2019 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, right, and his wife Pam, watch as the casket of fallen Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell is carried to a waiting tactical vehicle during the funeral at the Chilhowie Christian Church in Chilhowie, Va. Virginia First Lady Pam Northam has expressed regret after the mother of an African American teenager complained about a tour of the governor’s mansion she said was racially insensitive. Northam said Wednesday, Feb. 27 that is she is working to make sure the stories of slaves who worked in the mansion’s historic kitchen before the Civil War are told properly. Northam’s statement comes amid heightened racial tension in Virginia politics. Gov. Ralph Northam has recently apologized for wearing blackface decades ago. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool, File)
February 28, 2019 - 10:38 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia first lady Pam Northam has expressed regret after the mother of an African-American teenager complained that a tour of the governor's mansion was racially insensitive. Northam said Wednesday that is she is working to make sure the stories of slaves who worked in the...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2016, file photo, gay rights pioneer Edie Windsor, left, and her spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor, participate in the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York. A posthumous memoir by Windsor entitled “A Wild and Precious Life” will be released in October, St. Martin’s Press announced on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
February 28, 2019 - 8:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A posthumous memoir by gay rights pioneer Edie Windsor will be released in October. Windsor's "A Wild and Precious Life" will draw upon her uncompleted manuscript and other personal papers, St. Martin's Press announced Thursday. The book was finished by Joshua Lyon, with cooperation...
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February 28, 2019 - 8:56 am
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on a U.N. investigation into Israel's crackdown on Gaza demonstrations (all times local): ____ 3:50 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed a U.N. report that criticizes the Israeli military's tactics against Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza...
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Army Capt. Alivia Stehlik, second from left, together with other transgender military members, from left, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann, Army Capt. Jennifer Peace, Army SSgt. Patricia King, and Navy Petty Officer Third Class Akira Wyatt, testify about their service before a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, as the Trump administration pushes to ban their service. Stehlik is a graduate of West Point and served in Iraq. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 27, 2019 - 10:57 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Transgender troops testifying for the first time to Congress on Wednesday said transitioning to another sex made them stronger, while Pentagon officials defended the Trump administration's desire to bar people like them from enlisting in the future. Army Capt. Alivia Stehlik, an...
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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, becomes emotional as he finishes a day of testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 27, 2019 - 8:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is casting the president as a racist and a con man who used his inner circle to cover up politically damaging allegations about sex...
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