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Supreme court sidesteps ruling in partisan gerrymandering cases

Maryland and Wisconsin cases sent back to lower courtsDemocrats and Republicans each alleged partisan districtingThe supreme court dodged a decision on whether it is constitutional for political parties to redraw electoral maps to gain a partisan advantage.In two cases, one in Maryland and one in Wisconsin, the court on Monday …

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Brussels seeks to tie UK to European human rights court after Brexit

EC paper stipulates ‘guillotine clause’ on any security deal should UK leave remit of courtBrussels is seeking to bind the UK to the European court of human rights after Brexit in a move likely to infuriate those in the Conservative party championing a break with the Strasbourg court.A document outlining …

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Pittsburgh cartoonist says he was fired after 25 years for making fun of Trump

Rob Rogers lost his job at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday in move he says ‘goes against what a free press is all about’A cartoonist who lost his job at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes his searing portrayals of Donald Trump were the most likely cause of his firing. Related: Democratic …

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Tory MP who blocked upskirting bill says he was scapegoated

Backbencher Christopher Chope says he backs bill but objected for procedural reasonsThe Conservative MP Christopher Chope has said he was scapegoated for blocking a bill to make upskirting a specific criminal offence, saying he supports the bill and only objected to it for procedural reasons.Chope, who has regularly obstructed private …

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US expected to quit UN human rights panel over perceived anti-Israel bias

Sources say attempts at reform have failed to satisfy US, which claims the council is stacked with opponents of IsraelTalks over how to reform the United Nations human rights council have failed to meet US demands, activists and diplomats said, suggesting the Trump administration will quit the panel, whose session …

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