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House Democrats on Tuesday introduced a new bill designed to detect and limit foreign interference in US elections. The SHIELD Act would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to clarify the obligation for campaigns to report acts of foreign “election influence” and require campaigns to adhere to a new implementation and reporting system [...]

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The National Redistricting Foundation on Friday filed a lawsuit claiming North Carolina’s 2016 congressional map violated the state Constitution and created a partisan advantage for Republicans. The complaint comes nearly a month after a state court held that North Carolina’s state legislative districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered towards Republican interest. The new legal challenge states that [...]

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Purdue Pharma, producer of OxyContin, announced on Sunday that the company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a move designed in part to resolve more than 2,600 lawsuits filed against the company for its alleged role in the opioid crisis. The reorganization of the company through bankruptcy was the first step in the proposed agreement [...]

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Tuesday issued a ruling relaxing the standards for employers to make unilateral changes to employment terms without the union’s consent. In adopting the “contract coverage” standard, the Board abandoned the “clear and unmistakable waiver” standard, which has been rejected by several federal courts of appeals, including the US [...]

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A North Carolina state court on Tuesday ruled the state’s legislative districts, drawn by Republican lawmakers, deprived citizens of their right to vote and were described as the result of “extreme partisan gerrymandering.” A three-judge panel found that by using their control of the General Assembly, defendants “manipulated district boundaries, to the greatest extent possible, [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday held that Russia committed numerous human rights violations against Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after complaining of maltreatment. Among various violations, the unanimous decision found that the authorities deprived Magnitsky of important medical care and had failed to comply [...]

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A federal appeals court on Friday reversed a lower court decision and upheld the Pennsylvania House of Representatives policy barring atheists from delivering invocations. A group of nontheists challenged House Speaker Mike Turzai’s policy of limiting prayers at the start of legislative sessions to guest chaplains who believe in God or a divine higher power [...]

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