U.S. judicial system

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3 cases that show what free speech means

These U.S. Supreme Court cases — about inciting crime, printing falsehoods and using obscenity — put Americans' belief in free speech to the test.
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Why protect offensive speech?

The U.S. Constitution's First Amendment includes the right to say unpopular things and "hate speech," and it gives that right to everybody.
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U.S. steps up campaign to combat criminal gangs

President Trump vows the U.S. will “dismantle, decimate and eradicate” violent criminal gangs, and Attorney General Sessions thanks El Salvador for help.
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Trump names Supreme Court nominee: Who is he and what happens...

President Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice. He's an experienced federal judge from Colorado. What happens next?
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Here’s how police are held accountable in shooting incidents [video]

When a U.S. police officer is involved in a shooting, departments - often with civilian oversight - investigate to see if the officer should be prosecuted.
Abid Riaz Qureshi (© AP images)

Obama nominates Muslim American as federal judge

President Obama has nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi to be a federal judge. If confirmed, he would be the first Muslim American to serve in such a role.
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Obama gives ‘second chance’ to 214 prisoners

President Obama reduced the sentences of 214 federal prisoners. He said the act reflects his belief that “America is a nation of second chances.”
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After deaths in 3 U.S. cities, Obama calls for respect and...

“I’d like all sides to listen to each other,” President Obama says about the recent killings of two African-American men and five police officers.
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Why did the judge block the environmental protection rule?

A judge has struck down the government's limits on drilling in federal lands using hydraulic fracturing, saying that regulators overstepped their authority.