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The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Reinforcing Nicaragua’s Adherence to Conditions for Electoral Reform (RENACER) Act. Members approved the legislation 387 to 35, just days before the November 7 presidential election in Nicaragua. The Senate approved the RENACER Act earlier this month; the legislation will now proceed to President Joe Biden for [...]

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US Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco confirmed Tuesday that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division is reviewing its decision not to prosecute FBI agents accused of mishandling the Nassar sexual abuse investigation. Monaco also shared that “new information has come to light,” but she could not divulge as the review is pending. Monaco provided [...]

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The US House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 219-212 to pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (“the amendment”) in an effort to amend and strengthen the civil-rights-era Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) and to address a history of racial discrimination. The amendment comes exactly a week after US Assistant Attorney General for [...]

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Court packing, an idea that seemed forever discredited for 80 years after President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious plan went down in flames in 1937, is back on the table. President Biden has appointed a commission to study the possibility of increasing the number of U.S. Supreme Court Justices, a response to calls from various Democrats to [...]

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US Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Friday that the department’s internal watchdog will be investigating illegal data seizures by the Trump administration. The Trump administration allegedly secretly seized phone data from House Democrats in 2018 when the administration was aggressively cracking down on leaks regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. The [...]

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The US House Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday to advance legislation that would create a commission to develop a plan for distributing reparations to descendants of people who were enslaved as well as victims of the systemic racism that is still engrained in the US government and society today. The legislation, known as HB 40, [...]

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Congressional Democrats, led by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), unveiled legislation Thursday to expand the US Supreme Court The legislation, entitled “Judiciary Act of 2021,” seeks to amend 28 USC §1, which currently says “The Supreme Court of the United States shall consist of a Chief Justice of the United [...]

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US President Joe Biden on Monday announced the nominations of three people for leading positions in the Department of Justice (DOJ). Anne Milgram was nominated for the position of Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration at the DOJ. Milgram was New York’s Attorney General from 2007-2010. She has led investigations into many issues including human [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that will shape the future of restrictive voting rights laws. The court heard arguments in the combined cases of Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee and Arizona Republican Party v. Democratic National Committee concerning two Arizona state laws. The first law bars the counting of [...]

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