The Trump administration finalized a rule on Tuesday allowing the US to send people seeking asylum to countries they pass through on their journey to the border. The most recent deal to come out of the Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA) is with El Salvador. Similar agreements also exist with Guatemala and Honduras. But critics say [...]

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Despite the recent spate of federal executions, a report released Wednesday by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) reveals record-low state executions and new death sentences in 2020. Seventeen people were executed this year, of whom 10 were executed by the federal government. This is the first time in American history that federal executions exceeded state [...]

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The US Senate passed the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Friday with veto-proof majority support amidst President Trump’s threats to reject the legislation. The defense bill, through which Congress authorizes the Pentagon budget, has passed every year for 59 consecutive years. The legislation garnered widespread bipartisan support in the Senate and passed [...]

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Alfred Bourgeois, who had been on death row for 15 years, was executed by the US government Friday after the US Supreme Court rejected a last-minute application for a stay. He was the second federal prisoner to be executed by federal authorities in just two days.  Both cases were surrounded by uncertainty. Bourgeois’s appeal claimed [...]

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The US Department of Labor implemented a new rule Monday that allows federal contractors to discriminate against employees under the guise of religious freedom. This ruling could affect more than four million employees. The rule expands the definition of religious organizations to include for-profit organizations as well as traditional religious charities and churches. It also allows [...]

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A class action lawsuit on behalf of New York City’s houseless families was filed against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration on Tuesday for their failure to provide stable internet to city shelters. This suit comes within days of the city’s announcement that any in-person education would be suspended amidst a spike in COVID-19 cases. Local [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Monday that Texas and Louisiana are allowed to exclude Planned Parenthood from Medicaid programs. The decision overturned a lower court ruling that prevented states from banning Medicaid coverage for Planned Parenthood patients. The case to disqualify Planned Parenthood was first brought in 2015 when [...]

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President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign withdrew their federal lawsuit in Michigan on Thursday, claiming they had already accomplished their goal of preventing vote certification in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. But that was not actually the case. The Michigan election lawsuit argued the vote should not be certified based on claims by Republican poll watchers [...]

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The Solomon Islands government announced a plan on Monday to temporarily ban residents from using Facebook. Prime minister Manasseh Sogavare and communication and civil aviation minister Peter Agovaka said the ban intends to curtail “abusive language” and “character assassination” of government officials. In 2019 residents used Facebook to organize protests against Sogavare’s election. Agovaka also cited [...]

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Peru’s interim President, Manuel Merino, stepped down Sunday after less than a week in office. Merino was appointed on November 9 to replace popular leader Martín Vizcarra, who was impeached by the legislature last week for “moral incapacity.” Legislators accused Vizcarra of giving out government construction contracts in exchange for bribes while he was governor of Peru’s Moquegua [...]

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