Fair Housing

The Port Arthur Community Action Network et al. sued the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, et al. in federal court, claiming they discriminated against poor, minority renters by letting only property owners apply for $5.6 billion in HUD recovery money after Hurricane Harvey.

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Ninth Circuit Upholds Block of DOJ Conditions on Grants to Sanctuary Cities

A Ninth Circuit panel sided with a federal judge Thursday, upholding a decision to bar the Justice Department from imposing special conditions on policing grants for cities that refuse to help federal authorities detain and deport undocumented immigrants.

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EPA Threatens to Cut California Road Funds Over ‘Chronic’ Smog

Amid a growing dispute over climate change and vehicle emissions standards, the Trump administration on Tuesday threatened to withhold highway funding and other federal grants from California over its “chronic air quality problems.”

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Judge Shares Constitutional Nightmare in Sanctuary City Hearing

Seventh Circuit Judge Ilana Rovner confessed Wednesday that her concern for the separation of powers haunts her dreams during oral arguments in the Trump administration’s second appeal of an injunction blocking its attempt to financially punish so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to enforce federal immigration laws.

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Chicago Schools Sue Feds for Pulling $4M Grant

Chicago’s school board claims in court that the U.S. Department of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos revoked $4 million in grant money based on incomplete investigations into the school district’s handling of sexual harassment and assault reports. 

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