The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday ruled that the Trump administration can end aid protections for more than 300,000 immigrants from Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua and El Salvador. The aid protections, called Temporary Protected Status (TPS), allowed people who would face extreme hardship if forced to return to countries plagued by [...]

READ MORE
© WikiMedia (Governor Tom Wolf)

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled Monday that Governor Tom Wolf’s closing of “non-life-sustaining” businesses and restrictions on gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic were unconstitutional. Butler, Greene, Fayette and Washington counties sued the governor, claiming the shutdown orders were unconstitutional. The court held that “(1) the congregate [...]

READ MORE

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) awarded $2.5 million Tuesday to two external analysts who exposed Orthofix Medical for financial wrongdoing. Normally, under the SEC whistleblower program, internal whistleblowers get rewarded for reporting their company’s fraudulent practices. However, in this case, external analysts were rewarded under the same whistleblower program for using public information [...]

READ MORE
succo / Pixabay

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Friday that a Texas District Attorney did not violate the First Amendment when he fired his crime victim unit coordinator because of political differences. The court held that District Attorney Omar Escobar, Jr. was justified in his actions because political affiliation is an appropriate requirement [...]

READ MORE
© WikiMedia (Jim Bowen)

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed an anti-BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) bill into law on Monday, preventing the state government from contracting with companies that boycott Israel. The bill, titled the “Anti-Discrimination Against Israel Act,” applies to companies that have at least 10 employees and make more than $100,000 annually. Missouri is the thirty-second state [...]

READ MORE
watkinswd / Pixabay

The Mississippi state legislature voted to change its flag on Sunday, removing the Confederate emblem from its state flag. The bill passed by a 91-23 House vote and a 37-14 Senate vote. “I would guess a lot of you don’t even see that flag in the corner right there,” said Mississippi state Representative Ed Blackmon [...]

READ MORE
272447 / Pixabay

The Senate on Wednesday voted 73-25 to approve a public land conservation bill. The vote delivers a rare bipartisan win for the often politically gridlocked legislature. The bill, titled the Great American Outdoors Act, was first introduced in March and will provide additional funding from oil, gas, coal, or alternative renewable energy revenues to the Land and [...]

READ MORE
© WikiMedia (Old White Truck)

US President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that the US government will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. “It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left,” Trump tweeted. “Don’t lay the blame on others.” According to Merriam-Webster, “ANTIFA” or “Antifa” is short for the German “antifaschistisch” (“anti-facist” in English), and is often used to [...]

READ MORE
skeeze / Pixabay

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Maine Community Health Options v. United States that health insurance companies that suffered losses related to Affordable Care Act health benefit exchange policies may receive compensation. Insurance companies recently sued the government to receive reimbursement owed for ACA related losses. In an 8-1 decision, the court held that [...]

READ MORE
© WikiMedia (Miosotis Jade)

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Chipotle Mexican Grill agreed on Tuesday to pay a $25 million fine and enter a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve foodborne related illness outbreak charges. “This case highlights why it is important for restaurants and members of the food services industry to ensure that managers and employees [...]

READ MORE