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A US federal appeals court halted the release of Robert Rundo, an alleged leader of the white supremacist group Rise Above Movement (RAM), on Thursday, reversing a decision by a US district judge in California that had led to his brief release. This decision came following an emergency motion from federal prosecutors, which cited Rundo’s “grave risk [...]

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The Wisconsin State Assembly passed a constitutional amendment Thursday to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within state and local governmental entities. Introduced by Republican representatives and cosponsored by select senators, the amendment aims to “prohibit governmental entity discrimination.” Explicitly, the amendment declares: A governmental entity may not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment [...]

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A coalition of organizations issued an open letter on Wednesday to the Chair of the UN’s Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime, emphasizing “critical flaws” in the latest draft of the UN Cybercrime Convention—the so-called Zero Draft—and urging significant amendments. The coalition warned that without significant amendments, the convention could compromise global cyberspace security and human [...]

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In a unanimous decision, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a declaratory ruling Thursday that prohibits the use of AI-generated voices in robocalls. Aiming to combat fraud and prevent election interference, the decision expands upon the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) of 1991 to explicitly prohibit AI voice-cloning technologies. The FCC now has the authority [...]

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All of Sudan’s three main internet providers have been completely shut down, according to a Wednesday post from internet monitor Netblocks, significantly disrupting communications for individuals within conflict zones and those trying to escape violence. Beginning last Friday, this blackout has led to rising hunger and the looming threat of famine across various areas. The [...]

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The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday against ten Republican state senators who staged a record-long walkout in 2023, disqualifying them from seeking reelection. This ruling affirmed the Oregon Secretary of State’s enforcement of Measure 113, a constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2022, to penalize lawmakers with more than ten unexcused absences by barring them [...]

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Former US President Donald Trump will remain on the upcoming Illinois primary election ballot for the 2024 presidential election cycle, according to a Tuesday decision from the Illinois State Board of Elections. The unanimous vote from the bipartisan board signaled that a challenge to Trump’s ability to appear on the ballot is better addressed by [...]

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement asserting Texas’ constitutional right to self-defense on Wednesday as tensions with the Biden administration over security along the US southern border escalated. The statement specifically references Article I, § 10, Clause 3 of the US Constitution, which Abbott interpreted as granting Texas the authority to act autonomously against [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit rejected former US president Donald Trump’s appeal to have a gag order against him reviewed by the entire bench—a process known as en banc rehearing—on Tuesday. Originally imposed by US District Judge Tanya Chutkan on October 16, the gag order restricts Trump from making public statements [...]

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A judge in Washington state ruled Thursday that Donald Trump will remain on Washington’s presidential primary ballot, rejecting an effort to have him disqualified. The petition was filed by eight voters from Kitsap County. They argued that Trump’s actions regarding the Capitol riot and efforts to overturn the 2020 election results constituted insurrection, thus making him [...]

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