A federal judge struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) moratorium on evictions Wednesday, finding that the agency exceeded its authority under the Public Health Service Act in establishing the ban. In response, the Department of Justice filed a request for a temporary administrative stay on the order, which was granted Thursday morning. [...]

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Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the US District Court of Columbia issued a summary judgement Monday accusing then-Attorney General William Barr of misleading the court during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for a memorandum from [...]

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The Canadian government is being sued over its pandemic-era policy of turning back asylum seekers attempting to enter the country at official border crossings. The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) filed a legal challenge on Tuesday against the Federal government’s decision to restrict access through the Canada-US border, citing in a statement “the severe harm [...]

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New Zealand’s Parliament unanimously declared on Wednesday that Uyghurs are suffering from “severe human rights abuses” in Xinjiang, China. However, the Labour government has decided not to label the acts as genocide and decided to debate the motion in more general terms. The initial motion to call the abuses a “genocide” was put forward by [...]

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Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for some 60% of India’s 1.3 billion-strong population, and the country’s farmers constitute its largest voting base, imbuing them with a wealth of political power. It is against this backdrop that a series of recent legislative disputes have provoked turmoil between the authorities and the farming community. In [...]

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The Minnesota Senate approved a bill Monday that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls. In Minnesota, the issue of photo ID was previously addressed in 2012, when Minnesotans rejected a constitutional amendment that would have required photo ID for voting. However, following the November 2020 general election, many states have considered [...]

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Nine major US sports unions on Monday announced their joint opposition to legislative efforts to impose new voting restrictions. Following the November 2020 election, many states have either considered or have passed legislation restricting the right to vote. In early March, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation that made early voting more difficult, in addition to [...]

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US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday announced plans to reunite four migrant families separated at the US-Mexico border under the former Trump administration. Mayorkas will oversee the reunifications under President Joe Biden’s newly-created Family Reunification Task Force — an Executive Order signed by President Biden in February. “Our team is dedicated [...]

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With the recent announcement that it shall be soon initiating a massive release of treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean over a course of two years, Japan has stirred a global debate. The decision has been criticized for posing a direct threat to the human life and marine [...]

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