Author: James Doubek

NAACP Sues Trump Administration Over Ending Protected Status For Haitians

NPR Enlarge this image Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in December. The NAACP’s lawsuit claims the DHS and its current and former leaders “took irrational and discriminatory government action.” Alvin Baez/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Alvin Baez/Reuters The NAACP is suing the Department of Homeland Security over the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the temporary protected status, or TPS, of tens of thousands of Haitians living in the U.S. At least 46,000 Haitians are living in the U.S. with protection from deportation and the ability to work under the TPS program, which is meant to help immigrants from countries...

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DACA Recipients Can Apply For Renewal, Government Says – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS DACA advocates march near Trump Tower in August in New York City. The government says it will resume DACA renewals. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images The Department of Homeland Security says it will once again accept renewal requests from recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in response to a court order. “Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a part of DHS,...

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State Dept. Won’t Say New Diplomat’s Claim Of ‘No-Go Zones’ In Europe Was Wrong

NPR Enlarge this image U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Hoekstra had a tense news conference Wednesday when Dutch reporters pressed him on anti-Muslim comments he made in 2015. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption John Thys/AFP/Getty Images A State Department spokesperson on Thursday said anti-Muslim comments made by President Trump’s new ambassador to the Netherlands “were not the position of the State Department” — but he also declined to say the comments had been factually inaccurate. The partial disavowal came a day after Ambassador Pete Hoekstra’s first news conference in the Netherlands, in which he was pressed...

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ICE Targets 7-Eleven Stores In Nationwide Immigration Raids – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Enlarge this image ICE agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7-Eleven in Los Angeles Wednesday. Agents raided 98 stores across the country. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption toggle caption Chris Carlson/AP Federal immigration enforcement agents raided 7-Eleven stores across the country early Wednesday, in search of employees who are in the U.S. illegally and managers who knowingly employ them. Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted sweeps of 98 stores in 17 states and Washington, D.C., arresting 21 people on suspicion of being in the country illegally. “Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S....

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Government Outlines When It Will Disclose Or Exploit Software Vulnerabilities

NPR Enlarge this image A laptop in the Netherlands was one of hundreds of thousands infected by ransomware in May. The malware reportedly originated with the NSA. Rob Engelaar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Rob Engelaar/AFP/Getty Images Government agencies that deal with cybersecurity, like the National Security Agency, have two competing interests. On the one hand, they want to protect America’s online infrastructure and economy from cyberattacks. On the other hand, government agencies want to harness tools to attack opponents in cyberspace. These goals come into conflict when government agencies discover or buy flaws in software, called “zero day”...

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How Disinformation And Distortions On Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide

NPR Enlarge this image Protesters take part in the March for Free Internet in Moscow in July. In addition to allegedly interfering with the U.S. election, Russia imposes limits on its own citizens’ access to information, the Freedom of the Net report says. Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images Internet freedom is on the decline for the seventh consecutive year as governments around the world take to distorting information on social media in order to influence elections, a new report says. The nongovernmental organization Freedom House released its annual Freedom on the Net report this...

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George H.W. Bush Acknowledges Groping Multiple Women

NPR Enlarge this image Former President George H.W. Bush arrives for the coin toss for the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston. Two women say he touched them inappropriately. Patrick Smith/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Patrick Smith/Getty Images Former President George H.W. Bush has acknowledged touching multiple women inappropriately in what his spokesman called “patt[ing] women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner.” Two women have reportedly accused the former president of groping them while posing for photographs with Bush in recent years. Actress Heather Lind wrote a post on Instagram, which has since been deleted,...

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Anti-Abortion Rep. Tim Murphy Won’t Seek Re-Election After Report On Abortion Request

NPR Enlarge this image Rep. Tim Murphy in 2014 on Capitol Hill. A report says texts show he asked a woman to get an abortion. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Republican Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania has announced that he will not seek re-election after a report said he requested that a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair get an abortion. Murphy is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus and has voted to impose more restrictions on abortion access. Earlier this week, Murphy voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child...

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