The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments Tuesday in Intl Refugee Assistance v. Donald Trump, which is centered largely on the travel bans. The plaintiffs in this case argue that, despite the Supreme Court ruling in Trump v. Hawaii, their case is not barred. They argue that the court simply [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia on Tuesday urged the sheriff’s office of Cobb County, Georgia to conduct a full investigation into the water contamination that allegedly left the jail’s inmates without water to drink or shower for multiple days. According to the ACLU’s letter, on Saturday, inmates reported that water smelled or [...]

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The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved seven impeachment managers to prosecute President Donald Trump, sending the proceedings to the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the names of the seven House Democrats to serve as the impeachment managers earlier Wednesday. These Democrats include Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Valdez Demings, Jason [...]

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The US Supreme Court agreed to hear three new cases on Friday. These cases address protection of individuals using retirement and health plans from the private industry, a review of statutory interpretation regarding judicial review of Railroad Retirement Board decisions, and a determination of whether a government debt exception is legal under a law protecting [...]

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The Court of Appeal for Ontario overturned two separate cases Tuesday, citing improper police procedures. The first of these cases was heard in October. It was brought by Peter James McSweeney appealing convictions for possession and distribution of child pornography. McSweeney contended that the trial judge improperly admitted evidence of statements he made before and [...]

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In its last vote of the year, the US House of Representatives voted 385-41 Thursday to pass Trump’s revised North American trade agreement. The new agreement, called the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if the Senate approves it. The trade agreement has come through the House of Representatives [...]

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Judge Clark Waddoups for the US District Court in Utah ruled on Thursday in favor of three American Samoan plaintiffs and a nonprofit corporation who alleged that their classification as nationals instead of citizens violates the Fourteenth Amendment. Waddoups cited precedent going back as far as 1608 as well as another case, Wong Kim Ark, [...]

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Following a violent crackdown on protesters in Iran, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet issued a statement Friday calling Iran’s reaction “clear violations of international norms and standards on the use of force, and serious violations of human rights.” The protests were largely in response to a massive tax hike on gas prices [...]

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The UN Environment Program has released its tenth annual report on emissions gaps, having found that the current rate of global carbon emissions will lead to an average temperature rise of 3.5 degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels by 2100. The report was completed by international scientists and specialists that assess where countries are in terms [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of California ruled Tuesday that asylum-seekers at the US border before mid-July would not be subject to the asylum limitations on non-Mexican nationals that had not first sought asylum in Mexico. The relevant ban mandates: Additional limitation on eligibility for asylum. Notwithstanding the provisions [...]

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