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Defense attorney Eric Nelson (left) with his client, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, on Monday. Chauvin is on trial for murder in the death of George Floyd in police custody in May 2020. AP

Trial Begins For Derek Chauvin, Former Minneapolis Officer Accused In Killing Of George Floyd

The prosecution and defense made opening arguments in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday morning. The trial is starting in earnest 10 months after George Floyd’s killing triggered outrage and protests against racial inequality across the United States. Continue Reading Trial Begins For Derek Chauvin, Former Minneapolis Officer Accused In Killing Of George Floyd

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Graphic of unaccompanied minors crossing US-Mexico border - today and through 2014

President Biden Says ‘Nothing Has Changed’ But Child Migrants Crossing Border At Higher Pace

It is true, as Biden states, that numbers often rise during the early months of the year when temperatures begin to warm. But the number of children arriving today without their parents is considerably higher than at the same time in 2019 and 2020. In fact, the number of unaccompanied children being apprehended by the Border Patrol were higher in February than they’ve been any previous February since 2014, according to data shared with NPR by the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute. Continue Reading President Biden Says ‘Nothing Has Changed’ But Child Migrants Crossing Border At Higher Pace

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Voters stand in line to cast their ballots during the first day of early voting in the U.S. Senate runoffs at Lenora Park in Atlanta in December 2020. CREDIT: Tami Chappell/AFP via Getty Images

Georgia Governor Signs Election Overhaul, Including Changes To Absentee Voting

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday signed a massive overhaul of election laws, shortly after the Republican-controlled state legislature approved it. The bill enacts new limitations on mail-in voting, expands most voters’ access to in-person early voting and caps a months-long battle over voting in a battleground state. Continue Reading Georgia Governor Signs Election Overhaul, Including Changes To Absentee Voting

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The Mulema family fled the Central African Republic, spent years in a refugee camp, and were eventually resettled in Newark, Del., by Jewish Family Services. CREDIT: Tom Gjelten/NPR

U.S. Refugee Program ‘On Life Support,’ Facing Big Challenges

Among the more daunting challenges President Biden faces in the coming year will be to make good on his goal of admitting 10 times as many refugees — 125,000 — as former President Donald Trump allowed to enter the United States last year. During his presidency, Trump ordered drastic cutbacks in the U.S. refugee program. Continue Reading U.S. Refugee Program ‘On Life Support,’ Facing Big Challenges

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