Federal Judges Are Retiring Now That Joe Biden Will Pick Their Replacements

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For at least one federal judge, it appeared that President Joe Biden couldn’t be sworn in fast enough.

“It has been my honor to serve,” U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts wrote to Biden on Inauguration Day, roughly 90 minutes after he took office, announcing her plans to step down. “With respect, I congratulate you on your election as the 46th President of the United States, and Kamala Harris on her election as Vice President.”

Roberts, who has been a judge on the Eastern District Court of Michigan since 1998, announced she would be taking senior status — or begin

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LDP Agrees to Drop Criminal Punishments in Coronavirus Bills

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Tokyo, Jan. 28 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday agreed to an opposition demand to scrap the introduction of criminal penalties in government-proposed bills to revise laws on the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.

The LDP accepted a request by the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan to drop all criminal punishments for coronavirus-infected people who refuse to be hospitalized or to cooperate with contact-tracing surveys.

The LDP plans to replace the criminal penalties with administrative fines.

“It is significant progress that we’ve gained understanding” from the ruling party, Jun

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Philippines protests new China law as `verbal threat of war’

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The Guardian

‘I want to go home’: Filipina domestic workers face exploitative conditions

Many of the Filipina women we interviewed across Asia, Europe and the Middle East lost jobs or had salaries cut since the pandemic – others were subjected to physical abuse ‘They’ve got no support whatsoever.’ Illustration: Susie Ang/The Guardian This story is published in partnership between the Guardian and the Fuller Project. Listen to this story in our Today In Focus podcast Every morning, Rowena wakes early on the pile of blankets where she sleeps, curled up against a desk in the corner of the office she

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Exclusive: Proud Boys leader was ‘prolific’ informer for law enforcement

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, according to a former prosecutor and a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding obtained by Reuters.

In the Miami hearing, a federal prosecutor, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Tarrio’s own lawyer described his undercover work and said he had helped authorities prosecute more than a dozen people in various cases involving drugs, gambling and human smuggling.

Tarrio, in an interview with

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Mississippi proposes allowing some student-athlete contracts

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College athletes in Mississippi would be able to earn money from their own name, image or likeness, under a bill that cleared a state House committee Wednesday.

Senate Universities and Colleges Committee Chairman Scott Bounds said all eight of Mississippi’s public universities support the proposal, as does the governing board for the schools.

As Mississippi universities recruit athletes, “we need to be able to stay ahead of the curve on our out-of-state universities,” Bounds said.

A Florida law that takes effect July 1 will let student-athletes make money through contracts. A similar California law takes effect in January

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