Italians voted overwhelmingly to adopt a law that would amend the country’s constitution to reduce the number of MPs in its national parliament by 30 percent in a countrywide referendum held on Monday and Tuesday. The law was first proposed in 2019 as a cost-saving measure by the populist Five Star Movement political party. While [...]

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Researchers at the New York University (NYU) Stern Center for Business and Human Rights released a report on Tuesday calling for amendments to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to include stronger regulatory provisions The 1996 Communications Decency Act was one of the first attempts by the US government to regulate the then-novel World [...]

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Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform announced a bill on Thursday aimed at combating alleged sabotage of the US Postal Service (USPS) by Trump appointees. The bill, titled the Delivering For America Act, provides $25 billion for funding continued service by the USPS through the end of the year. In addition, it [...]

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer announced Thursday that the state has reached a preliminary settlement agreement with victims of the Flint water crisis that exposed thousands of residents to unsafe levels of lead in their drinking water. The settlement agreement provides for $600 million in damages to be paid by the state to residents of Flint [...]

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A federal judge denied requests by President Donald Trump to block a subpoena for his tax returns on Thursday, paving the way for the release of the records that Trump has sought to conceal since 2018. Trump has sought to block the subpoena, issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to his accounting firm, [...]

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US Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt released a plan on Monday to begin selling oil and gas drilling permits in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the Secretary was directed by Congress to begin selling drilling leases on roughly 8 percent of the more [...]

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The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the results of an investigation into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday, determining that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli were improperly appointed to their positions. After the departure of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in April 2019, Kevin McAleenan assumed [...]

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The Parliament of Lebanon granted the national army broad emergency powers on Thursday after approving a state of emergency declaration for Beirut in response to unrest over the massive explosion in the city’s port that killed at least 200 people. Following the explosion of more than 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate warehoused in Beirut’s port [...]

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Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released new guidelines on Tuesday saying that his office would not prosecute protesters arrested for offenses that do not involve deliberate property damage, theft or the use of force against another person. The new policy states that the DA’s office will not pursue criminal charges against individuals who are [...]

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Bar exam technology company Extegrity has announced that it will not offer remote proctoring services for October 2020 bar exams. In a statement posted by Bar Exam Tracker on Twitter Thursday, Extegrity said that the decision to hold extensive remote bar exams across the country in October would make it difficult to properly proctor the [...]

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