A judge of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled on Friday that when the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 reduced the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) shared-responsibility payment for not buying health insurance to $0, the provision ceased to be a tax, making it an invalid exercise of Congress’s tax power. The Supreme Court ruled [...]

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The Parliament of Kosovo approved a package of bills on Friday that will allow Kosovo to form a military and defense ministry. All three bills, one establishing a Defense Ministry, one that converts the limited Kosovo Security Forces (KSF) into a professional army and another that regulates service in the forces, garnered convincing majority votes [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Thursday to reduce the scope of a nationwide preliminary injunction that had prevented the Trump Administration from enforcing rules that exempted employers from the contraceptive care requirement of the Affordable Care Act based on religious and moral grounds. The court agreed with the district court’s finding that the Departments [...]

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The Tbilisi Appeals Court in the Republic of Georgia on Wednesday rendered a precedent-setting decision for the victim in what is believed to be the country’s first sexual harassment lawsuit against an employer. Journalist and actress Tatia Samkharadze filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment against Shalva Ramishvili, her former boss at Imedi TV in 2016. In January 2018, [...]

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Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, and Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, presented a bipartisan bill on Thursday that would extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans currently in the US. TPS is a federal program under Section 244 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act that provides status to individuals from countries [...]

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The UN Committee against Torture posted a letter online, bearing Tuesday’s date, that calls on Saudi Arabia to release over a dozen imprisoned activists and cites credible claims of improper treatment, sexual assault and torture. The UN group charged with overseeing compliance with the Convention Against Torture claims that seven activists have been held without official [...]

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President Trump signed the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018 into law on Tuesday. The bill establishes “US policy to ensure that humanitarian, stabilization, and recovery assistance for nationals and residents of Iraq or Syria, and of communities from those countries, is directed toward ethnic and minority individuals and communities with the greatest [...]

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