The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted unanimously Thursday to hold a new election for the 9th Congressional District following an investigation into impropriety involving absentee ballots. Currently, the North Carolina 9th District race is the last undecided congressional race coming out of the 2018 midterm elections. Leading up to the Thursday vote to hold [...]

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Attorney General nominee William Pelham Barr was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday in a 12-10 vote. During the hearing, Democrats on the Committee expressed concern about a memo that Barr wrote last year that called the Mueller investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election “fatally misconceived.” Senate Democrats expressed concern that Barr would [...]

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The New York State Assembly passed comprehensive gun legislation on Tuesday to diminish gun violence in the state. Among the legislation passed is the “Red Flag Bill” that blocks a person deemed to be a threat to the safety of themselves or others from buying a gun for up to a year. A petitioner, which [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called Friday for investigations into violence including deaths during protests in Venezuela. On Wednesday, leader of the opposition and National Assembly head, Juan Guaido, declared himself acting president of Venezuela. On the same day, US President Donald Trump released a statement recognizing Guaido as Interim President of [...]

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The New York State Assembly passed two bills on Tuesday protecting transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from discrimination and banning “conversion therapy.” The first bill, Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), protects individuals from discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The bill adds gender identity and expression to the list of classes protected against discrimination in [...]

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President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil issued a provisional measure on Tuesday and a decree on Wednesday restructuring the responsibilities of the ministry of agriculture, including giving the ministry control over the creation and regulation of indigenous lands and reserves. Bolsonaro took office on January 1 after his victory in the October elections. He is recognized [...]

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As of Tuesday, the US and Israel are no longer part of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Trump administration’s State Department had announced withdrawal in October 2017 to be effective at the end of 2018. At that same time US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, commented with a release implying [...]

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The EU, along with the US and the UK called Tuesday for an investigation on into the Bangladesh elections that occurred on December 30. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was re-elected to a third consecutive term, and her allies obtained greater than 90 percent of the seats in parliament. Opponents of Hasina believe that the elections [...]

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday that the identities of 11 clergy implicated in the grand jury investigation of child sexual abuse in Catholic Dioceses in Pennsylvania would not be revealed. The court, citing Article 1, Section 1 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, ordered that the names of the individuals be permanently redacted on “Report 1” [...]

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