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Immigration judges seek relief, independence

Congress might be on recess, but the immigration issue isn’t. Two judges called on Congress earlier this week to tap into its constitutional power to make the swamped immigration court system an independent judicial agency.

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Gun shops and ranges work to prevent suicides

Americans are twice as likely to die form turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one. Now, gun shops and ranges are joining up with prevention specialists to try and prevent suicides.

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Google couldn't find murder case records

A recently unsealed case from the Northern District of California shows Google dragged its feet on subpoena and search warrants for a Gmail and Google Voice account associated with a 2013 robbery and murder in a small town two hours north of San Francisco.

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VIDEO: Why does Congress take August recess?

For almost the entire month of August members of Congress are on a recess break, while the rest of the city trudges away. Why do elected officials get a monthlong reprieve? Tradition of course!

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