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The House passed a COVID-19 emergency package early this morning. The bill’s approval comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin spent Friday negotiating the details of the measure. The “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (H.R. 6201) includes numerous provisions to directly combat the spread of COVID-19. The bill requires testing of the [...]

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Iranian officials stated Monday that 70,000 prisoners have been released to combat the spread of the coronavirus within incarceration facilities. Last Wednesday, the government had announced the figure was 54,000. Iran has been one of the countries hit hardest by the outbreak of the coronavirus. As of Monday morning, Iran has more than 6,500 cases [...]

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A Russian court ruled Tuesday that facial recognition technology does not violate the privacy rights of its citizens. The Russian government has partnered with Ntechlab to provide facial recognition software. Ntechlab created the app FindFace, which can be used to identify random individuals with 70 percent accuracy. All that is needed is an individual’s photograph [...]

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New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an anti-gun violence measure into law Tuesday. Known as a “red flag law,” the legislation seeks to reduce suicides and mass shootings by taking the weapons of individuals who are suspected of being a danger to themselves or a danger to others. The Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order [...]

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The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled Monday that governmental acquisition of property via a prescriptive easement is not a taking. Property owners impacted are thus not entitled to just compensation. The factual background of the case involved the town of Sturbridge’s 20-year practice of discharging water onto a property. Due to this extended period of time [...]

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US President Donald Trump signed a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) focused bill Tuesday to address the growing employment concerns of American veterans. The “Supporting Veterans in Stem Careers Act” is designed to promote STEM careers for veterans and service members entering the labor force. The law requires the National Science Foundation (NSF) to [...]

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The District Court of The Hague ruled Wednesday that Netherland’s System Risk Indication (SyRI) violates the European Convention on Human rights. SyRI had been developed to allow government authorities to share information about welfare recipients to curb abuse. The government outsourced the program to a private organization, “The Intelligence Agency.” The organization uses an algorithm [...]

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The United States Senate on Friday voted down a motion to consider witnesses and documents in President Trump’s impeachment trial. The vote fell primarily along party lines. While all Senate Democrats voted in favor of the measure, they were joined by two Republicans. Senators Susan Collins and Mitt Romney defected from their party to vote [...]

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