Human rights and civil liberties

President Donald Trump and Robert O'Brien, just named as the new national security adviser, board Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 19, 2019 - 6:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday poured cold water on prospects for a bipartisan compromise on gun legislation, even as Attorney General William Barr circulated a draft plan on Capitol Hill to expand background checks for gun sales. In a Fox News interview, Trump said no deal is...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos listens during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. The Trump administration is threatening to cut grant funding to a Middle East studies program at the University of North Carolina and Duke University, saying it’s misusing federal funding to advance “ideological priorities” and unfairly promotes “the positive aspects of Islam” but not Christianity or Judaism. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
September 19, 2019 - 5:56 pm
The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing that it's misusing a federal grant to advance "ideological priorities" and unfairly promote "the positive aspects of Islam" but not...
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Secretary of Labor nominee Eugene Scalia speaks during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
September 19, 2019 - 5:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for Labor secretary sought to quell concerns among Democrats that he's too close to the corporate world, telling lawmakers Thursday that if confirmed he'll ask ethics officials if he can participate in the crafting of a conflict of interest rule for...
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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Galivants Ferry Stump on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Galivants Ferry, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
September 19, 2019 - 4:08 pm
Joe Biden sought to demonstrate a broad appeal to Democrats on Thursday with new endorsements from leading African American lawmakers and a former governor of a pivotal swing state. The backing from Reps. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri and Charlie Crist of Florida...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by U.S. Central Command, shows Abu Zubaydah, date and location unknown. A federal appeals court hearing the case of a Guantanamo Bay inmate who was subjected to brutal treatment by the CIA after being detained following the 9/11 attacks took the rare step of calling "enhanced interrogation techniques" torture. The Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said in a ruling Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, allowing Abu Zubaydah's lawyers to question two former CIA contractors that the Palestinian man "was tortured." (U.S. Central Command via AP, File)
September 19, 2019 - 4:04 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal court in San Francisco has taken the unusual step of using the word "torture" to describe the treatment of a Palestinian man while he was in CIA custody following the Sept. 11 attacks. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals used the word in a 2-1 ruling to describe the...
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In this Oct. 15, 2012 file photo, former Davenport City Administrator Craig Malin speaks during a meeting with the Quad-City Times Editorial Board. A trial begins Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 in an unusual lawsuit in which Malin alleges the Quad-City Times newspaper improperly interfered with his employment contract by publishing false and misleading stories and editorials about his official actions. Press freedom advocates say the case is troubling and could undermine First Amendment protections for the news media(Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad-City Times via AP, File)
September 19, 2019 - 2:43 pm
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The former administrator for Iowa's third-largest city is suing the area's biggest newspaper, claiming that its coverage was unfair and cost him his job, in a case that has alarmed advocates for press freedom. Former Davenport city administrator Craig Malin's lawsuit against...
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FILE - In this Nov.7, 2007 file photo, Tunisian President Zine EL Abidine Ben Ali waves to supporters in Rades, outside Tunis, before celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Ben Ali's presidency. Tunisia's autocratic ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, toppled in 2011, died in exile in Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)
September 19, 2019 - 1:54 pm
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, an autocrat who led his small North African country for 23 years before being toppled by nationwide protests that unleashed revolt across the Arab world, died Thursday. He was 83. Ben Ali, who had lived in Saudi Arabia since...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2017 file photo, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon speaks during the Walmart shareholders meeting at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark. The Business Roundtable, a group that represents the most powerful companies in America, is naming McMillon as its new chairman. McMillon succeeds JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon in the role. Dimon will continue to serve as a board member after completing his tenure as the group's chairman at year's end. (Jason Ivester/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)
September 19, 2019 - 1:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Business Roundtable, a group that represents the most powerful companies in America, has named Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon as its new chairman. McMillon succeeds JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon in the role. Dimon has served as chairman of the group since...
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Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold reacts after the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Napoli won 2-0. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
September 19, 2019 - 10:11 am
LONDON (AP) — After Liverpool's euphoric start to the season, a trip to Italy provided a more sobering experience for Trent Alexander-Arnold and his teammates. Five successive victories had sent Liverpool five points clear at the top of the Premier League. There had already been an addition to the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, Maureen McCarthy Scalia, widow of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is recognized by President Donald Trump as her son Eugene Scalia, top left, applauds, during his address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump's nominee to run the Labor Department faces a Senate confirmation hearing, even as Democrats argue that they haven't had enough time to scour his record of legal work for corporate interests. Although Trump tweeted in mid-July that Eugene Scalia was his pick, the committee didn't officially receive the nomination until Sept. 11, the week before Thursday's hearing. The Republican GOP-led Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee panel has set a vote on the nomination early next week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
September 19, 2019 - 9:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Eugene Scalia, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department (all times local): 9:50 a.m. President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department tells a Senate committee that his years of work as an attorney for corporate clients won't influence his...
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