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India’s parliament introduced the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill last week, but Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed some concerns over the legislation Tuesday. Following a 2014 Supreme Court decision in NALSA v. India, the country recognized the fundamental protected rights of third gender individuals. But according to HRW, the new proposed legislation does not [...]

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US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Richard Donoghue, announced during a press conference Tuesday that the Department of Justice will not pursue charges against a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner. The incident involving police officer Daniel Pantaleo and Eric Garner featured a recorded video of the [...]

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More than 200 Congressional members joined together to issue 37 subpoenas Monday to multiple Trump organizations to investigate President Donald Trump’s alleged violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause that prevents the president from receiving gifts from foreign countries without Congressional approval. After numerous legal battles and challenges to block the lawsuit, a federal judge ultimately [...]

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New York County Clerk Michael Kearns filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday challenging New York’s state law authorizing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. The new state law allows for undocumented immigrants to obtain state driver’s licenses, which are a crucial form of identification necessary for many services like jobs and housing, and for [...]

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San Francisco became the first city in the US to outlaw the sale, distribution, and manufacturing of e-cigarettes when the city’s Mayor London Breed signed a unanimously passed ordinance on Friday. The ordinance states that “no person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco” that has not undergone a [...]

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The ACLU and other rights groups filed a lawsuit on Friday immediately after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a new law that requires people with felony convictions to pay all court fees and fines to be eligible to vote. In November 2018, Florida passed a monumental constitutional amendment that restored voting rights to more than [...]

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The House Committee on Natural Resources sent the World Wide Fund’s US branch a demand letter on Monday requesting internal documents for an ongoing investigation that seeks to determine if the US government funded anti-poaching organizations that committed human rights violations. A BuzzFeed investigation revealed that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the world’s [...]

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US District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Tuesday declined President Donald Trump’s motion to put a case challenging his business dealings with foreign governments on hold while it goes through the appeals process. The Trump administration appealed Sullivan’s decision to allow Democratic lawmakers to obtain Trump’s financial records to verify whether his administration has violated the [...]

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on Tuesday signed a bill that will legalize recreational marijuana. The legislation is intended to regulate and license the sale, possession and consumption of marijuana. Those charged with marijuana possession under 30 grams will have their records expunged and those convicted of possessing more than that are eligible for pardon if [...]

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