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The US House of Representatives’ Rules Committee Wednesday held a hearing exploring the possibility of seating a nonvoting delegate from the Cherokee Nation. The hearing is an essential first step towards fulfilling a provision from an old treaty, known as the Treaty of New Echota, that led to the Cherokee Nation’s forced removal from their ancestral lands. Article 7 [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in McCutchen v. United States, a challenge to the federal ban on gun bump stocks. Promulgated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the ban prevents anyone from possessing bump-stock-type devices, including slide-fire devices, and encourages possessors to either destroy [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday denied an application for stay and injunction, allowing the US House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack on the Capitol to obtain the phone and text records of Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward. Ward filed an emergency application for a stay and injunction on October 24, after a [...]

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The Taliban’s Supreme Leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada Sunday commanded judges in Afghanistan to fully enforce Islamic law. According to statements from the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Majuhid, Akhundzada met with Afghan judges and ordered them to properly investigate and scrutinize cases of thieves, kidnappers and seditionists.  Akhundzada told the judges that they must enforce the proper [...]

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The US Supreme Court Wednesday heard oral arguments in consolidated cases challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The case before the court, Haaland v. Brackeen, includes challenges from non-Native adoptive parents seeking to adopt a Native child over objections from the Native community. The court heard arguments on three issues in the case. The [...]

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Reproductive rights protesters Wednesday interrupted oral arguments at the US Supreme Court. As the court heard oral arguments in the case of Bittner v. United States, three protesters stood up in the chamber and spoke out against the court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In Dobbs, the Court struck down Roe v. [...]

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On Tuesday, US District Judge Michael Liburdi signed a temporary restraining order requiring members of armed groups monitoring ballot drop boxes from getting within 250 feet of the drop boxes following claims of voter intimidation. At the center of the order was Clean Elections USA, a group committed to monitoring ballot drop off boxes in [...]

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