Tag: Missouri

2 Senior Black Congressional Leaders Take the Safe Route and Back Biden for President

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.); Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.)Photo: Tasos Katopodis (Getty Images for Yahoo Finance), Teresa Kroeger (Getty Images for Google) Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and G.K. Butterfield (D.-N.C.), both former chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus, are throwing their political weight behind Joe Biden in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Cleaver says […]

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Missouri Attorney General Refers 12 Catholic Clergy for Prosecution

The Missouri attorney general will refer a dozen men who previously served as Roman Catholic clergy for potential criminal prosecution, his office announced on Friday after a yearlong statewide investigation into clergy sexual abuse. The investigation found that 163 priests or clergy members were accused of sexual abuse or misconduct against minors. “Sexual abuse of […]

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A Federal Judge Just Blocked Another Abortion Ban That Challenges Roe v. Wade

A Missouri judge has temporarily blocked a law banning abortion as early as eight weeks into a pregnancy, just one day before the law would have taken effect. U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued the order Tuesday after the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, which operates the last remaining abortion clinic in Missouri, […]

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Missouri’s Eight-Week Abortion Ban Is Blocked by Federal Judge

A federal judge in Missouri blocked the state on Tuesday from enforcing a ban on abortions after the eighth week of pregnancy, enacted by Republican legislators this year as part of a national campaign to restrict abortion and perhaps prompt the United States Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade. Senior Judge Howard F. Sachs […]

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It’s Been a Deadly Summer for Black Children in St. Louis. State Lawmakers Are Poised to Do Absolutely Nothing

Demonstrators protest the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 17, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. This is the third day of protests in the city following the acquittal of Stockley, who had been charged with first-degree murder last year following the 2011 on-duty shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.Photo: Scott Olson […]

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Late Charge: Judge Says Prosecutors’ Demand to Free ‘Innocent’ Man Jailed for Murder Comes 24 Years Too Late

Photo: iStock Despite overwhelming evidence by prosecutors that a man sitting in a Missouri prison was wrongfully convicted of murder, a judge has denied a bid for a new trial saying, essentially, that the request comes 24 years too late. Twenty-four years is how long Lamar Johnson has been trapped in prison for what even […]

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Mike Brown’s Death Changed the World, but Local Activists Say It Hasn’t Changed Ferguson

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Today marks five years since Darren Wilson gunned down 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was far from the only black man to die at the hands of the police that year; other high-profile cases—Eric Garner died in New York months earlier, Laquan McDonald would be shot and killed […]

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I’m a Republican and I Oppose Restarting Federal Executions

A long-held stereotype is that conservatives in this country favor capital punishment, while liberals oppose it. But that doesn’t accord with reality: In recent years, more conservatives have come to realize that capital punishment conflicts irreconcilably with their principles of valuing life, fiscal responsibility and limited government. Many conservatives also recognize that the death penalty […]

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Is Josh Hawley For Real?

Missouri’s Josh Hawley is as close as the U.S. Senate gets to the Facebook generation. At 39, he’s young enough to have used Hotmail as a teenager and Friendster as a young adult. But his views on the tech industry are those of a curmudgeon. As Missouri’s attorney general, he launched an antitrust probe against […]

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The Invisible Hand of Justice Stevens on Abortion

During the days following the death last Tuesday of Justice John Paul Stevens, admirers posted lists of their favorite and not-so-favorite Stevens opinions. Free speech on the internet? A great one. No First Amendment protection for burning an American flag? Not so great. Access to federal court for Guantánamo detainees? Definitely. Upholding an Indiana voter […]

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Back-to-School Sales Tax ‘Holidays’ Lure Shoppers Despite Slim Savings

If you missed out on the blitz of deals offered early this week by many online retailers, don’t despair: There may be additional savings on the horizon, as more than a dozen states gear up for their annual summer sales tax “holidays.” This year, 16 states are offering back-to-school promotions, exempting many items, including clothing, […]

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States Are Making Progress on Opioids. Now the Money That’s Helping Them May Dry Up

ST. LOUIS — Bryan Garner was homeless and injecting as much fentanyl as he could get his hands on when he found the Missouri Network Outreach Center, a community center in an old brick rowhouse in St. Louis that connects people to addiction treatment. Mr. Garner, 51, accepted the center’s offer of assistance and has […]

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A Police Union Is Telling Cops to Use the Punisher’s Logo Amid an Investigation Into Racist Social Media Posts

The Punisher symbol.Image: Marvel Earlier this year, a group of St. Louis police officers were put on administrative leave after their racist social media posts were resurfaced, prompting the police department to launch an investigation into them. Now, the head of St. Louis’ police union is calling for its members to support their fellow cops […]

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He Emerged From Prison a Potent Symbol of H.I.V. Criminalization

Last week, Michael L. Johnson, a former college wrestler convicted of failing to disclose to sexual partners that he was H.I.V. positive in a racially charged case that reignited calls to re-examine laws that criminalize H.I.V. exposure, walked out of the Boonville Correctional Center in Missouri 25 years earlier than expected. Mr. Johnson, 27, was […]

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Missouri Rep. Lacy Clay Blasts AOC for ‘Using the Race Card’ in Her Pushback Against Pelosi

In this 2014 photo, Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) speaks to demonstrators gathered in Ferguson, Mo., to protest the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty) Veteran African-American Democrats in the House are taking freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to task over how she’s come for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and comments AOC’s chief of […]

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Lone Missouri Abortion Clinic Can Stay Open in Dispute with State

ST. LOUIS — Missouri’s only abortion clinic was temporarily spared on Friday, after a state commission gave it more time to resolve its licensing dispute with the state health department. The conflict, over whether the clinic has complied with health department requirements, has threatened to make Missouri the first state in about 45 years where […]

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