Supreme Court Makes It Easier to Impose Life Without Parole on Juvenile Murderers

The Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier to sentence juvenile murderers to life in prison without parole, ruling against a Mississippi inmate who killed his grandfather when he was 15.

The question was whether courts must find that a youth offender has no capacity for change before sentencing him to life without parole. Writing for a majority of five, Justice Brett Kavanaugh said the answer is no, a defeat for defendants across the country fighting life without parole sentences imposed while they were minors.

Thursday’s decision breaks with a modern trend of clemency toward youth offenders at the High

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California Colleges Violate Anti-Terrorism Laws by Hosting Palestinian Terrorist, Lawmaker Warns

Two California colleges are violating anti-terrorism laws by hosting an upcoming event with a convicted Palestinian terrorist, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R., Colo.) informed the schools on Wednesday.

The University of California, Merced, and San Francisco State University will cohost on Friday a virtual Zoom event with Leila Khaled, a veteran member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a U.S.-designated terror group that has murdered Americans. Khaled, one of the PFLP’s most notorious faces, was the first woman to hijack a plane, once in 1969 and again in 1970. She was later freed from custody as part

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Taylor Lorenz, Other New York Times Employees to Get Special Days Off for ‘Exhaustion’

Taylor Lorenz, the controversial teen culture correspondent, and other New York Times employees will be awarded several “Global Days Off” this year in an effort to combat “exhaustion [and] burnout” in the professional journalism community, the paper’s executives announced this week.

“Recognizing how hard the past year has felt, we’re announcing the launch of quarterly Global Days Off for the remaining three quarters of 2021,” executive editor Dean Baquet and other members of the Times leadership team wrote in a memo to staff on Wednesday.

The goal of the initiative, according to the memo, is to “create a few moments

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Biden Labor Board Invalidates Workers’ Vote to Reject Union

President Joe Biden’s labor arbiter threw out hundreds of votes from workers attempting to cut ties with a Delaware union.

The National Labor Relations Board overruled hundreds of Delaware poultry workers who had voted to reject union leadership. The agency said in a 3-1 ruling released Wednesday that a provision prohibiting workers from leaving a union for a set time period after a contract is signed allowed the board to ignore the workers’ March 2020 vote. The decision reversed a regional NLRB director who had initially ruled in the workers’ favor.

Oscar Cruz Sosa, the employee who led the charge

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ISIS-Inspired NYC Bomber Sentenced to Life In Prison

An ISIS-inspired Brooklyn man who detonated a bomb on the New York City subway in 2017 was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday.

Akayed Ullah, originally from Bangladesh, detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his chest in the Port Authority subway station in December 2017. Authorities immediately arrested Ullah for the bombing, which injured Ullah and three others. Ullah built the bomb in his Brooklyn apartment in the weeks preceding his attack.

The ISIS-inspired terrorist began to radicalize in 2014 when he sought out radical Islamist materials online. On the morning of the attack, Ullah posted an ISIS slogan

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House Dems Pass Unpopular D.C. Statehood Bill

House Democrats on Thursday passed a widely unpopular bill that would make Washington, D.C., the nation’s 51st state.

The House passed the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, which would allow the deep-blue city to elect two senators and a representative to Congress, on a party-line vote.

While Democrats have championed D.C. statehood in recent years, including in their 2020 platform, the move remains unpopular with American voters. Only 29 percent of Americans support D.C. statehood, according to a March Rasmussen poll, while 55 percent oppose it.

The bill’s unpopularity may pose problems for Democrats in the Senate, where they need

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Pentagon Suspects Russian Directed-Energy Attacks on US Soldiers

The Department of Defense is investigating whether an attack on American soldiers came from Russian directed-energy weapons.

The investigation, according to Politico, began late last year when U.S. troops in Syria reported flu-like symptoms that often manifest when targeted by directed-energy weapons. The high-tech weapons use lasers and microwaves to stealthily inflict illness or damage to targets at a distance. At least 50 American diplomatic officials say they have suffered problems related to directed-energy weapons since 2016, with many coming from diplomats in Cuba, where directed-energy was suspected to be used against the U.S. embassy.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.),

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UN Elects Iran to Women’s Rights Commission

The United Nations on Tuesday elected serial women’s rights abuser Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women.

Forty-three member nations voted for the regime, including at least four Western and EU countries, according to U.N. Watch, a watchdog organization. Iran will now serve out a four-year term on the commission, which promotes “gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

Iran has long faced fierce criticism from human rights activists for its repression of women. Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch, said Iran’s election is “morally reprehensible” and undermines the U.N.’s mission to advance women’s rights.

“Electing the

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Lawmakers Call for Immediate Freeze on U.S. Funding to Palestinian Refugee Agency

A group of 21 Republican senators is pressing the Biden administration to immediately cut U.S. funding to the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency, citing its anti-Israel bias and ties to regional terror groups.

In a letter sent Thursday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the senators, led by Jim Risch (R., Idaho), slam the Biden administration for allocating $150 million in aid to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides educational and humanitarian services to Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. American funding to UNRWA was frozen in 2018 by the Trump administration after it

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Lawmakers Demand Full Funding for Israeli Security Aid

A bipartisan coalition of more than 315 lawmakers is pressing their colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to guarantee that Israel receives $3.8 billion in U.S. security assistance to help it combat pressing threats from Iran and its terrorist proxy groups in the region—a call that comes as top Democratic lawmakers such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) advocate conditioning aid on the Jewish state relinquishing land to the Palestinians.

As negotiations over the sprawling 2022 federal budget begin, the lawmakers want to ensure that aid to Israel is not reduced. They also urge Appropriations Committee members to approve the

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