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Fourth Circuit: 90-Year-Old Cross-Shaped Monument to WW1 Dead Is Illegal

Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered the removal of a Bladensburg, Maryland, World War I memorial because its 40-foot tall cross shape violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, reversing a lower court ruling that would have preserved the monument and drawing impassioned reactions from litigants and observers throughout the week.

Iraqi Kurdish protesters wave flags of their autonomous Kurdistan region during a demonstration to claim for its independence on July 3, 2014 outside the Kurdistan parliament building in Arbil, in northern Iraq. The Kurdish leader, Massud Barzani asked its parliament to start organizing a referendum on independence. AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

State Department: U.S. Not Supporting Iraq or Kurds in Ongoing Dispute

State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert gave an update Tuesday on the difficult situation in which American diplomats find themselves in Iraq as two of their putative allies settle into an armed face-off that threatens to escalate into yet another chapter in the country’s 14-year civil war.

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Erdogan Hints U.S. Should Fire Turkish Ambassador over Visa Freeze

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan publicly and personally attacked U.S. Ambassador John Bass, Tuesday, calling an arrested Turkish worker at the American consulate in Istanbul a “spy.” Bass suspended non-immigrant visa services in Turkey on Monday in response to the arrest.

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Sessions, Tillerson Weigh in on Immigration Priorities

Two members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, threw their weight behind the White House’s “immigration policy priorities” shortly after they were announced Sunday night.

President-elect Donald Trump  with son-in-law Jared Kushner (R) during an election night party at a hotel in New York on November 9, 2016

DOJ Dumped Anti-Nepotism Memos, Allowing Jared into White House

The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) largely disregarded its older memos on anti-nepotism laws when it issued a new opinion signing off on presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner’s hiring in January. Politico obtained in a FOIA request for copies

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