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Pipeline opponents challenge Louisiana law targeting protesters

Pipeline opponents challenge Louisiana law targeting protestersEnvironmental groups and demonstrators arrested near an Energy Transfer LP crude pipeline filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging a 2018 Louisiana state law that made trespassing near oil and gas pipelines a criminal offense. Felony charges that carry sentences of up to five years in prison were brought last year against protesters and a journalist near the Dallas-based operator's Bayou Bridge pipeline, which was then under construction, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. After protests erupted near Energy Transfer's Dakota Access Pipeline and Bayou Bridge beginning in 2016, 18 states including Texas, Pennsylvania and South Dakota have introduced bills similar to the Louisiana law, according to the non-profit Center for Constitutional Rights.



Conservative economist suggests U.S. Census ask about criminal records

Conservative economist suggests U.S. Census ask about criminal recordsThe U.S. Census Bureau should ask about survey-takers' criminal records to help policymakers address weaknesses in the judicial system and rehabilitation, an economist at a conservative think-tank plans to tell lawmakers on Wednesday. The comments by American Enterprise Institute (AEI) economist Nicholas Eberstadt may add a new layer to a fierce political battle over what questions the government should include on its decennial survey of U.S. residents. In prepared remarks, Eberstadt said the United States has failed to keep good records on people with criminal records, leaving a gaping hole in the country's economic statistics.



Virginia governor's role in blackface yearbook photo unclear, school says

Virginia governor's role in blackface yearbook photo unclear, school saysVirginia Governor Ralph Northam's former medical school was unable to determine his role in a racist photograph that appeared on his 1984 yearbook page, according to a report released on Wednesday following a three-month inquiry. The photo sparked weeks of political chaos in the state after it was published by a conservative website in February, setting off scandals that embroiled Virginia's three top Democrats. It shows one person in blackface makeup and another in the robes of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan.



Trump cuts short infrastructure meeting, blasts Pelosi's 'cover-up' accusation

Trump cuts short infrastructure meeting, blasts Pelosi's 'cover-up' accusation"I don't do cover-ups," an agitated Trump told reporters at a previously unscheduled White House appearance afterward, as he unleashed a litany of gripes about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and follow-up inquiries by congressional Democrats that the Republican president has sought to stonewall. Trump, seeking re-election in 2020, said he would not work with Democrats on infrastructure, one of few issues that some had believed had the potential for bipartisan agreement, due to what he called their "phony" investigations. Pelosi, the top congressional Democrat, did not back down afterward and pointedly mentioned the possibility of impeachment, the process set up by the U.S. Constitution for Congress to remove a president from office.



Pelosi says Trump obstruction, cover-up could be impeachable offense

Pelosi says Trump obstruction, cover-up could be impeachable offenseU.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday President Donald Trump was engaged in obstruction of justice and a cover-up which could be an impeachable offense. "The fact is, in plain sight in the public domain, this president is obstructing justice and he's engaged in a cover-up - and that could be an impeachable offense," Pelosi said at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress, a liberal policy advocacy group.





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