The US Supreme Court on Thursday denied an application for an emergency writ of injunction against Indiana University’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, upholding the rulings of the two lower courts. Justice Amy Coney Barrett denied the application without seeking response from the university or the state and without referring it for a vote to the full Court. [...]

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The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group, filed suit in the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee on Tuesday against Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and other Tennessee officials in relation to the Tennessee Accommodations for All Children Act, which prohibits transgender children from using facilities that correspond with their gender identity. The [...]

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and other bipartisan attorneys general announced Wednesday that a proposed $26 billion settlement will resolve claims against several large opioid distributors. The distributors affected are McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc., and Amerisource Bergen Drug Corporation, as well as opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. New York [...]

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Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the state radio Friday that the European Commission’s infringement proceeding concerning the passage of Bill T/16365 was “legalized hooliganism.” The bill, while designed to protect children against pedophilia, also outlaws discussions of the LGBTQ+ community in schools. The United Nations previously denounced the legislation, saying, “The bill would negate the existence [...]

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The U.S. Capitol Police arrested Thursday nine individuals who were participating in a voting rights protest “in a prohibited area on Capitol Grounds.” Among the individuals arrested was Ohio’s Third Congressional District Representative Joyce Beatty, the leader of the Black Congressional Caucus. According to an official statement the U.S. Capitol Police commanded the protestors to [...]

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Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a moratorium on scheduling federal executions on Thursday, “pending review of policies and procedures.” Garland cited the inconsistent application of the death penalty, particularly leading to a disparate impact on persons of color, and a large number of exonerations in capital cases as reasons necessitating the review of its application. [...]

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The New York State Assembly approved the Gender Recognition Act Thursday, which, if approved by the governor, will provide for the “sex designation of M, F, or X as certified by the applicant , with no additional documentation required.” In addition to creating a gender-neutral designation for applicants’ sex, the bill provides that an individual [...]

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Paul Hodgkins of Tampa, Florida, became the second person charged in connection with the storming of the Capitol on January 6 to plead guilty Wednesday. Hodgkins originally faced charges for five offenses including disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds. However, he pleaded guilty to the lone [...]

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Attorney and former Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz Wednesday filed a defamation lawsuit against Netflix and the creators of Filthy Rich, a four-part documentary series on disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, for their portrayal of Dershowitz in the series. Dershowitz, who has worked for high-profile clients such as Mike Tyson, OJ Simpson, and Epstein, was accused [...]

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Judge Brian Amero of Fulton County, Georgia, granted the request of an independent group of election watchers “to inspect and scan the November 3, 2020, general election absentee ballots that are sealed.” The group, called VOTER GA, is led by Garland Favorito and describes themselves as an “anti-fraud” group. Though the recounting of the ballots [...]

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