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US Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 23 December 2017
US Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 23 December 2017

Here’s the domestic legal news we covered this week:

US President Donald Trump [official profile] signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act [HR 1 materials] into law on Friday, making sweeping changes to US tax rates, exemptions and deductions.
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday denied [order, PDF] the Trump Administration’s bid to forestall transgender recruits from military service.

Thursday’s order merely denied the administration’s plea to suspend an order by a federal judge in Baltimore requiring the Administration to allow transgender recruits on January 1.

The US Supreme court on Wednesday blocked [text, PDF] the district court’s decision [text] to force the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to turn over more documents regarding former Secretary John Kelly’s [official website] determination to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) [official website].
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] dropped their appeal [motion, PDF] against minor Jane Roe on Tuesday night, which was preventing her from receiving an abortion.
The US House of Representatives voted 224-201 Wednesday to give final approval to the sweeping Tax Cuts and Jobs Act [HR 1 materials].
The US Senate [official website] on Wednesday voted 51-48 along party lines to approve a slightly modified version of the conference committee version [text] of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act [H.R.
The US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday voted 227-203 [roll call] to approve the conference committee version [text] of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act [H.R.
Anti-virus and cybersecurity company Kaspersky Labs [corporate website] filed suit [complaint, PDF] against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] on Monday seeking to set aside an order directing all civilian agencies to stop using Kaspersky products.

Kaspersky alleges that the review process contained in Binding Operational Directive BOD-17-01 [text] violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) [text] in two respects.

UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston warned [statement] Friday that “[t]he American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion as the US …