MQ-9 Reaper Drone (Photo: Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr./USAF)
- A federal appeals court in Washington hears arguments today on whether the CIA was entitled to withhold documents about drone strikes used to carry out targeted killings. The ACLU requested the records under the Freedom of Information Act.
- The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the map of congressional districts that was drawn by the D.C. District Court, which found that Texas’ own map diluted the voting power of blacks and Latinos in violation of the Voting Rights Act. A Hispanic civil rights group argued the new map was also discriminatory.
- A Texas state court temporarily halted an order to purge presumably dead voters from the registration rolls. And a Florida judge declined to throw out a challenge to that state’s voter purge.
- Federal officials are taking over the social services programs in Spirit Lake Sioux tribe in North Dakota, aiming to curb the disproportionately high rate of sex offenders and to address reported failure to investigate dozens of cases of child sex abuse, including rape.
- Which right is mentioned most often in the U.S. Constitution? Garrett Epps has the answer.