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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A US federal judge in Mississippi has granted a police officer qualified immunity for damage caused to a black man’s vehicle during an extended traffic stop while calling for the Supreme Court to overturn the doctrine, a goal of Black Lives Matter protesters. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued his opinion Tuesday, granting summary judgement to [...]

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday that her office will seek judicial approval to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA) following the results of an extensive fraud investigation into the organization. After conducting a multi-year investigation into the NRA’s finances, James said that four former and current officers – Executive Vice-President Wayne [...]

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill granting authority to the New York Department of State to discipline real estate professionals who illegally discriminate based on race with suspension or revocation of their licenses. Bill S6874-A/A8903-A, signed Monday, authorizes the New York Secretary of State to revoke or suspend the real estate licenses [...]

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A three judge panel for the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a 2016 lawsuit against the state of Maryland on Monday for strict gun control laws enacted in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The suit was originally filed by a gun owners advocacy group, Maryland Shall Issue, two [...]

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In a court filing released Monday, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said that the prosecutor has expanded the inquiry into President Trump’s now defunct charity beyond the original claims of illegal hush money payments and is investigating other potential criminal actions. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has been investigating claims since [...]

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