Judge allows Trump administration to dismantle key part of housing desegregation rule

A federal judge is allowing the Trump administration to dismantle a key element of an Obama-era rule combating housing discrimination, giving U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson a big legal victory in his efforts to fundamentally scrap the rule. A…

Federal regulators accuse Facebook of enabling housing discrimination in new complaint

Federal regulators have served Facebook with an official complaint, alleging that the company’s advertising tools enabled landlords to engage in housing discrimination by allowing them to exclude certain audiences. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in a complaint issued Friday that the…

Trump’s bid to roll back environmental protections suffers 3 court losses in a row

The Trump administration is on a three-case losing streak in federal courts after falling to defeat on Friday in a major chemical safety decision. The adverse court rulings are jeopardizing the president’s goal of erasing much of former President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy as well as…

Federal agencies refuse to take responsibility for mistreatment of immigrant children

Federal government agencies took zero responsibility for placing a number of unaccompanied immigrant youth into the hands of human traffickers in 2014, where they were forced to work on egg farms in Ohio, a bipartisan Senate report revealed Wednesday. The 52-page study, conducted by a…

Health Department refugee office erases staff contact info from website, watchdog reports

The federal health department’s refugee office — an office that’s garnered attention for blocking an undocumented teen’s abortion, failing to reunite migrant families the administration has separated, and contracting with detention facilities with grave abuses — has removed its staff directory from its website. Email…

Trump administration interest in religious freedom moves to the Labor Department

The Department of Labor issued a directive Friday that makes it easier for federal contractors to claim their religious beliefs as a defense against anti-LGBTQ discrimination charges. On August 10, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued an enforcement directive that…

Fair housing groups fight Trump administration in court over housing segregation rule

Fair housing advocates asked a federal judge on Thursday to reinstate a key element of an Obama-era rule combating housing segregation that the Trump administration rolled back in May. The coalition of fair housing advocacy organizations and New York State are suing the Department of Housing and…

Sessions threatened with contempt after asylum-seeker in court hearing put on deportation plane

A dramatic mid-hearing discovery that federal officials had begun to deport the plaintiff in a major immigration lawsuit deportation in defiance of a court-approved agreement to keep her stateside during the case prompted a judge to threaten Attorney General Jeff Sessions with contempt charges Thursday….

Trump coal bailout plan to have powerful ally if frontrunner for energy agency opening is confirmed

President Donald Trump reportedly plans to fill a vacancy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with a former top official at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), a conservative research and advocacy group that advocates for deregulation. Bernard McNamee, the former head of TPPF’s…

Kris Kobach’s voter database might suffer the same fate as his signature voting law

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS — The day after a federal judge rejected Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s documentary proof of citizenship law in June, Scott Moore stood on the steps of the same federal court where Kobach had just been defeated and announced a new…