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During Wednesday’s press conference, US President Donald Trump threatened to use a little-known constitutional provision to force Congress to adjourn so he could then make recess appointments to the Cabinet and judiciary. The president spoke of the many vacancies both in executive agencies and on the federal bench and complained of “partisan obstruction” preventing nominees [...]

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill on Friday repealing multiple restrictions related to abortion access. The Reproductive Health Protection Act will allow nurse practitioners who are jointly licensed by the Board of Medicine and Board of Nursing to perform first trimester abortions, thereby expanding the number of persons who can perform such abortions. The [...]

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order on Friday authorizing the temporary reprieve of some incarcerated individuals to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within state prisons. The order will apply to non-violent inmates eligible for release within the next nine months, as well as inmates considered to be high risk for complications due to [...]

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied a request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to order the release from county jails certain classes of persons in response to possible covid-19 outbreaks. The ACLU had filed an application for relief under the court’s King’s Bench jurisdiction, which would allow the court to decide an issue that [...]

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3M Corporation released a statement Friday morning suggesting it may not comply with a Trump administration request that it cease exporting N95 respirators to Canada and Latin America. On Thursday the president issued a memorandum ordering the company to prioritize orders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the respirators. The memorandum formally invoked [...]

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