Virginia lawmakers passed the Virginia Values Act, anti-discrimination legislation that protects LGBTQ individuals, on Thursday. This act, currently encapsulated by HB 1049 and SB 868, These two bills both will prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodation, public contracting, apprenticeship programs, housing, banking, and insurance based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  SB 868 was passed [...]

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President Donald Trump fired two officials who were witnesses against him during impeachment proceedings last year. Gordon Sondland, who was the US Ambassador to the European Union, released a short statement yesterday evening in which he said he was told, “the President intends to recall me effective immediately.” Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who was a [...]

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Indian authorities extended the detention of two former top elected officials of Kashmir on Thursday under the Public Safety Act (PSA), a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without trial, officials said on Friday. Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah originally held under a law allowing only a six-month [...]

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The Third Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York ruled on Thursday that interactive fantasy sports contests constitute illegal gambling. The ruling rejects Article 14 of the Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law, which was added in 2016 and provides that fantasy sports contests are not games of chance but [...]

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Prosecutors filed federal hate crime charges Thursday against Patrick Crusius, 21, for opening fire and killing 22 people at an El Paso Walmart last summer. On August 3, Crusius walked into the Texas retailer with an AK-47 assault and began shooting. A few days before the shooting Crusius drafted a document entitled “The Inconvenient Truth.” [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday dismissed an emoluments suit filed against President Donald Trump by Democratic lawmakers for lack of standing. Individual Democratic members of Congress filed the complaint against the president in June 2017, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against him for his alleged violation of [...]

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Brasilia-based Judge Ricardo Leite rejected a motion to proceed with cybercrime charges against American journalist Glenn Greenwald on Thursday.  In his decision, Leite invoked an earlier injunction granted by Judge Gilmar Mendes in the Supreme Court that prohibited investigations into Greenwald. Mendes cited constitutional freedoms of press and expression, as well as invoked the UN Declaration [...]

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The Oklahoma House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that would suspend the medical license of any doctors who perform abortions. House Bill 1182 “directs the respective medical licensure boards to revoke the license of all allopathic or osteopathic physicians who perform an abortion in this state, unless necessary to save the life of the [...]

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