Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter Maps as Racially Biased

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A federal court has ordered Texas to redraw congressional district boundaries after finding that the Republican-led state legislature intended to discriminate against minority voters in crafting the original boundaries. On Aug. 15, a three-judge panel in San Antonio ruled that lawmakers drew up the boundaries of two districts to undermine the … Continued

US Justice Department Wants Records on Visitors to Trump Protest Site

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — If you’ve visited a website called DisruptJ20, which helped organize protests during President Trump’s inauguration, the Justice Department reportedly wants to learn more about you. In a blog post published Aug. 14, the web hosting provider DreamHost said that several months ago, the DOJ requested information on visitors to the website. … Continued

President Trump Criticizes Senate Majority Leader

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. President Donald Trump is directing his latest Twitter attack at a fellow Republican essential to getting almost anything done on Capitol Hill. Trump’s taken issue with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his recent comments about Obamacare, the national health insurance law named after Trump’s predecessor. Speaking to a Rotary … Continued

Federal Climate Report Counters Trump’s Stance on Climate Change

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A new federal report warns of the dire consequences of climate change, conflicting with statements from Trump administration officials about the human impact on global warming. The report, published by The New York Times on Aug. 7, was compiled by a group of scientists from 13 federal agencies. They determined that … Continued

Trump Adviser: Minnesota Mosque Bombing May Be ‘Fake Hate Crime’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — White House adviser Sebastian Gorka is under fire for his comments about last weekend’s bombing at a Minnesota mosque. Nobody was injured in the attack at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, but it did cause damage to the imam’s office. U.S. President Donald Trump has yet to comment … Continued

Trump Retweets North Korea Info Nikki Haley Called ‘Classified’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has suggested President Donald Trump retweeted classified information. Trump retweeted a Fox News story on Aug. 8 with the headline, “US spy satellites detect North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to patrol boat.” The story, posted a day earlier on Fox News.com, cites … Continued

US Justice Dept. to Develop Standards for Forensic Testimony

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. Department of Justice may soon dictate what forensic experts can and cannot say in court. The DOJ announced plans on Aug. 7 to issue federal standards on what information forensic experts can share in court as well as create a program to monitor the accuracy of forensic testimony. The … Continued

Mike Pence: Rumors of 2020 US presidential run ‘offensive’ and ‘absurd’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Before you start thinking about Mike Pence as the 46th president of the United States, think again. The current vice president denied rumors that he is working behind the scenes to run for president in 2020, calling the notion “disgraceful and offensive.” In a statement on Aug. 6, Pence pushed aside … Continued

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Impanels Grand Jury in Russia Probe

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election has reportedly impaneled a grand jury in Washington. The move, first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Aug. 3, suggests that Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Moscow may be growing. Grand juries are … Continued

Trump Unveils Legislation to Curb Legal Immigration

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — President Trump is backing new legislation he claims will dramatically curb legal immigration to the United States, fulfilling a key campaign promise. The bill — unveiled on Aug. 2 — would change the system for granting green cards by giving priority to high-skilled, English-speaking immigrants, thus, sharply curtailing the ability of … Continued