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Justice Department Resumes Death Penalty After 16-Year Dormancy

by Sarah N. Lynch, Reuters 07-25-2019

Father Chris Ponnet speaks during a rally protesting against the death penalty and in favor of immigration reform in 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday reinstated a two-decades long dormant policy allowing the federal government's use of capital punishment and immediately scheduled the executions for five death row federal inmates.

In Tense Hearing, Barr Defends Clearing Trump on Obstruction of Justice

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is sworn in before testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington. May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

In his first congressional testimony since releasing a redacted version of the 448-page report on April 18, Barr deflected complaints made by Mueller in a letter to him over how the attorney general had handled the disclosure of the special counsel's conclusions.

U.S. Sending 1,600 Immigration Detainees to Federal Prisons

The badge of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Fugitive Operations team is seen in Santa Ana, California, U.S., May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson. 

Kevin Landy, a former ICE assistant director responsible for the Office of Detention Policy and Planning under the Obama administration, said the move to house so many detainees at once in federal prisons was “highly unusual” and raises oversight concerns.

Justice Department to Sue California Over 'Sanctuary' Policies

FILE PHOTO: Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks before the National Sheriffs Association Winter Conference in Washington, Feb. 12, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

The U.S. Justice Department will file a lawsuit against the state of California alleging it is interfering with the enforcement of federal immigration laws, escalating a long-simmering battle over "sanctuary" policies that try to protect undocumented immigrants against deportation, senior department officials said Tuesday.

Trump Undermines U.S. Birth Control Coverage Requirement

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"The Trump administration just took direct aim at birth control coverage for 62 million women," Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said in a statement.

"With this rule in place, any employer could decide that their employees no longer have health insurance coverage for birth control," Richards added