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After more than a year of debate, the Ohio Senate on Tuesday approved a sweeping criminal-sentencing reform bill that would reclassify most nonviolent drug possession felonies as misdemeanors. The bill, known as SB3, was passed 25-4 as a bipartisan effort with the unanimous support of every Democrat and most Republicans. SB3 reduces felony charges for [...]

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The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 6-1 that a provision in the state’s appropriations bill that deprived Planned Parenthood of millions of dollars for medical services reimbursements, is unconstitutional. The suit challenged House Bill 2011, which was the Department of Social Services appropriations bill for 2019. The law states that “No funds shall be [...]

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Judge Mitchell Turner issued a temporary injunction Tuesday blocking enforcement of an Iowa law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions. The injunction was granted while the court hears arguments in a suit challenging the law brought by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa. Turner wrote that “This court is [...]

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The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Tuesday passed a new national security law (English) dramatically restricting freedom and autonomy within the region. The law remained unpublished until only an hour before it went into effect on Wednesday, and several arrests under the new regulations have already been made. Generally, the [...]

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Germany’s Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbaue on Tuesday announced that she had ordered the partial dissolution of the elite Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) commando unit. The unit has faced several recent allegations, including the discovery of missing munitions, growing internal ties to far-right extremists, and allegations they have become independent of the military’s chain of command. Kramp-Karrenbauer told [...]

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A group of protesters filed a class action lawsuit Monday in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (PBP) for allegedly abusive tactics employed during recent racial justice protests in the East Liberty neighborhood. The suit targets Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Public [...]

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US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) sued Pennsylvania Monday over absentee ballot drop-off locations. The suit targets the elections boards of all 67 counties in the state. It says that “Free and fair elections are essential to the right of Americans to choose through their vote whom they elect to represent [...]

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Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro on Monday ordered the EU ambassador Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa to leave the country within 72 hours. Her expulsion came hours after the EU placed sanctions on 11 Venezuelan officials for “undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela.” The sanctions are against those who were “responsible notably for acting against the [...]

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a 24-hour waiting period for abortions. The law has already been challenged by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa. The law, House File 594, created a section limiting the court’s ability to order the withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures for a minor child [...]

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