Stories by Haley Britzky

Congress collision: Critical day for the future of the war in Yemen

Sen. Bob Corker. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

An international conflict group reported this week that casualties of the war in Yemen has surpassed 60,000 since 2016, the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: While the war rages on and the death toll climbs, Congress is scrambling to come up with a response to the atrocities in Yemen and to actions of Saudi Arabia that everyone can agree on. It's a clear struggle between Congress, which believes something needs to be said against Saudi Arabia, and the president, who has refused to break from the Saudis.

Former judges call on ICE to stop immigration arrests at courthouses

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Almost 70 former federal and state judges called on acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ronald Vitiello to stop arresting people suspected of entering the country illegally at courthouses, arguing in a joint letter that such a move would "restore the public’s confidence that it can safely pursue justice in our nation’s courts," the AP reports.

Details: The judges want ICE add courthouses to its list of "sensitive" locations, which are free from immigration enforcement and currently include schools and churches. The practice occurred throughout President Obama's tenure, but lawyers and advocates told the AP that it has increased under President Trump.

James A. Fields sentenced to life in prison for fatal Charlottesville attack

Memorial for Heather Heyer. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images

James A. Fields, the avowed neo-Nazi who drove his car into a group of counter-protestors during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 419 years and $480,000 in fines, AP reports.

Details: The jury deliberated for around four hours over two days, per AP. They also recommended to the judge that Fields, who killed one woman and injured several others, get an additional nine years for fleeing the scene of an accident, 60 total years for three malicious wounding charges, and 350 years total for five malicious wounding charges, AP reports. The same jury convicted Fields for these crimes on Friday.

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