Former President Donald Trump appealed Monday a New York judge’s decision to impose $354.9 million in penalties on Trump and curtail his ability to do business in New York for fraudulently exaggerating his net worth to secure better loan terms. He now owes New York at least $454 million due to the interest on the [...]

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West Virginia’s House of Delegates passed a bill on Wednesday allowing teachers and other school staff to carry guns in K-12 public schools as “school protection officers.” Under the bill, designated staff members would be armed “to defend the school in case of an active shooter event.” Supporters of the bill argue that not every [...]

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Members of the Brockton School Committee urged the city’s mayor on Friday to ask Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey for National Guard support. Student violence and a high rate of teacher absences instigated the request. Four committee members—Joyce Asack, Tony Rodrigues, Claudio Gomes, and Ana Oliver—specifically requested that temporary National Guard support be deployed at Brockton [...]

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Senegal’s Constitutional Council overturned the postponement of this month’s presidential election on Thursday. The council, Senegal’s top election authority, ruled that the presidential election postponement from February to December was an explicit breach of the constitution. The Constitutional Council is an independent body with the role of interpreting Senegal’s Constitution, ensuring its application, and safeguarding [...]

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French authorities announced a plan on Sunday to amend the Constitution to revoke birthplace citizenship on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte. Mayotte has been struggling with social unrest, a severe water shortage, and what the citizens call a ‘violent migration crisis’.  Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin arrived on the island over the weekend and [...]

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Senegal’s internet service was restored on Wednesday after two days of curfew-style restrictions by the government following unrest over the postponement of this month’s presidential election. The global community responds to what some Senegalese people are calling a “constitutional coup.”  The internet blackout severely affected Senegalese citizens’ access to street protests. With internet access cut [...]

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Following a Parliamentary vote Monday, Senegal will delay the West African nation’s presidential election until Dec 2024. After 12 years in office, President Macky Sall recently confirmed he would not run for another term. However, he submitted a bill to the Parliament to postpone the election. In his announcement, Sall cites that the constitutional judges approving [...]

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The US Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Wednesday refused Kenneth Smith’s application for a stay of his execution by nitrogen hypoxia.   Kenneth Smith is scheduled to be executed by way of nitrogen hypoxia on Thursday night at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. According to the Alabama execution [...]

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The US Supreme Court voted 5-4 on Monday to permit federal border patrol agents to cut the razor wire that Texas installed on the US-Mexico border. The Biden administration requested the decision to allow federal agents to access the border without facing tort claims from Texas. The urgency follows recent deaths at the border crossing [...]

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The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in two cases involving a requirement for herring fisheries to pay for the observers the government used to monitor overfishing. At the heart of the two cases was a debate over the court’s current deference to executive branch agencies in interpreting ambiguous language in federal laws.  The [...]

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