13 presidential centers in the US released a joint statement on Thursday stressing the importance of the rule of law and democratic principles in the United States. Specifically, the group called for peaceful civil discourse about political topics and shared the necessity of democracy: We, the undersigned, represent a wide range of views across a [...]

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A group of Colorado voters filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against former US President Donald Trump, seeking to prevent him from appearing on the state ballot in the 2024 primary and general elections. The 100-page complaint alleges that the former president led a “broad-based effort to pressure, coerce, and intimidate state and local officials to [...]

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The UN sanctions on Mali are set to end Thursday after the Security Council failed to renew them. In August 2022, the UN renewed its travel ban and asset freeze on some individuals in the West African nation resulting from political unrest in 2015. The 2023 sanctions would have extended to “those who obstruct or [...]

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Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen signed an executive order Wednesday defining the words male and female, regulating how state agencies apply rules relating to sex. While Pillen asserted that the order would safeguard women’s sports and safety, opponents have criticized it as an attack on transgender rights. Called the Women’s Bill of Rights, the order states [...]

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Parents filed a petition on Monday asking the US Supreme Court to decide whether an elite public high school, known as the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), discriminates based on race in their admissions policy. The petition comes nearly two months after the court found that Harvard University’s consideration of race [...]

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A US federal judge rejected a lawsuit on Monday brought by parents and students of an Ohio school district that challenged the school district’s bathroom policy. US District Judge Michael Newman found that the Bethel Local School District’s decision to establish a gender-inclusive bathroom policy did not violate the parents’ and students’ US Constitutional rights. [...]

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The American Red Cross implemented guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday to relax restrictions on blood donations for gay and bisexual men. Specifically, the American Red Cross changed its donor assessment questionnaire to remove gender and sexual orientation-specific questions and focus more on an individual’s history. Before, gay and bisexual [...]

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed an executive order on Tuesday amending the definitions of the words “male” and “female”, along with other related words, in the state’s administrative rules and decisions. LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations condemned the move as a targeted attack on transgender people’s rights within the state. Specifically, the order defines “male” as [...]

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A Gallup public opinion poll released Wednesday shows continued record low approval ratings for the Supreme Court of the United States. Gallup, an independent global analytics firm, releases frequent public opinion polls gauging Americans’ approval of the court and its justices. Tied with the record low from September 2022, only 40 percent of Americans approve [...]

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The US Department of Education’s (DOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced in a Monday letter that it is looking into whether Harvard University’s donor and legacy admissions preferences perpetuates racial discrimination. The announcement comes after a complaint was filed against Harvard University three weeks ago with the DOE, which alleged the university’s preferential admissions [...]

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