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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order discharging federal student loan debt for totally and permanently disabled veterans. The order seeks to alter the Higher Education Act of 1965 and its 2008 amendment, which already discharged federal student loans for this group of veterans. Previously though, disabled veterans were required to submit [...]

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New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill on Monday announced his decision to fire Daniel Panteleo, the police officer who was involved in Eric Garner’s death. Five year ago, Garner was accused of illegally selling loose cigarettes. When confronted by police, Garner refused to comply with an arrest by then-Officer Pantaleo. Pantaleo clasped and maintained [...]

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The State Supreme Court of Hawaii held on Tuesday that a constitutional provision regarding Hawaiian education was intended to revive the Hawaiian language (‘ōlelo Hawai‘i) using reasonably accessible immersion education. In making this decision, the court acknowledge the substantial role Hawaiian language has played in the Native Hawaiian society, including the expression and preservation of [...]

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Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov on Thursday urged the preservation of the rule of law following the failed night raid and the later arrest of his political opponent Almazbek Atambayev. Atambayev, the former president, has been accused of corruption and illegal land purchases. As a result, Atambayev was stripped of immunity from prosecution. In Jeenbekov’s statement, [...]

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Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Thursday filed a complaint in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against Attorney General William Barr, the US Department of Justice, the FBI and FBI Director Christopher Wray. The lawsuit alleges McCabe was subject to “a politically motivated and retaliatory demotion in January 2018 and [...]

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The Netherlands’ Partial Ban on Face-Covering Clothing Act went into effect on Thursday but is expected to be rendered ineffective as both Dutch police and transport companies have expressed reluctance to enforce the law. Commonly referred to as a “burqa ban,” the Act prohibits the wearing of full-face helmets, ski masks, balaclavas, niqabs and burqas [...]

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The Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability of the Judicial Conference of the United States on Thursday denied petitions for review of misconduct complaints against former DC Circuit Judge and current US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The dismissed complaints alleged that Kavanaugh displayed bias and hostility during his 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. The [...]

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A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on Friday dismissed Nicholas Sandmann’s $250 million defamation complaint against the Washington Post, citing First Amendment protections. The case stems from a conflict that arose at a rally in Washington, DC. Sandmann was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat when his [...]

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The European Commission referred Hungary to the EU Court of Justice on Thursday due to continued legislation that criminalizes asylum application support and restricts asylum requests. The referral follows a 2018 formal notice concerning the same legislation. The law was introduced by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has gained traction using an anti-immigration platform. Per the [...]

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