The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled Friday that House committees can sue to enforce their subpoenas. The ruling is the result of a lawsuit filed by the House Judiciary Committee against former White House counsel Donald McGahn. The Committee had subpoenaed McGahn’s testimony in April of 2019 as part of its [...]

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A coalition of states and organizations led by New York filed papers in federal district court on Friday seeking to overturn President Trump’s order that would exclude undocumented immigrants from the apportionment base following this year’s census. President Trump issued a memorandum last month ordering the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the census count for [...]

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A panel of judges for the US First Circuit Court of Appeals Friday overturned the death sentence imposed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two men responsible for bombing the Boston Marathon in 2013. The three-judge panel said that the trial court judge did not adequately screen jurors for preconceived biases against Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev’s lawyers [...]

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A group of voters from several states filed a lawsuit in US federal court Friday to halt enforcement of a presidential memorandum that would alter the census count by leaving out undocumented immigrants. The US Constitution mandates that a census be carried out every ten years, while section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment requires “counting [...]

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The Supreme Court late Friday denied an emergency application for an injunction submitted by a Nevada church alleging infringement of their First Amendment rights by Governor Steve Sisolak’s executive order limiting church capacity to no more than 50 persons in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley church asked the court to intervene [...]

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A US federal judge for the Middle District of Tennessee issued a preliminary injunction blocking parts of Tennessee’s so-called “heartbeat” abortion ban on Friday. The ban, signed into law by Tennessee governor Bill Lee on July 13, would ban abortions performed after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. Heartbeats can be detected as early as [...]

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The US Attorney for the District of Oregon Friday called for an investigation into allegations that unidentified federal agents are arresting people in the city of Portland. US Attorney Billy Williams noted that federal agents have been in the city for the past fifty nights, defending the federal courthouse and other federal buildings from protestors. [...]

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US Representative John Lewis passed away late Friday from pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old. He was born in Alabama in 1940, the son of sharecroppers. As a student at Fisk University in Tennessee, he organized sit-ins at segregated lunch counters. He was one of the original thirteen Freedom Riders, Black and white activists [...]

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the US government allowing oil drilling to proceed in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The Reserve was first designated a source of oil in 1923, and in 1976 management of the land was turned over to the US Department of the Interior, which [...]

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The Netherlands filed an inter-state complaint against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Friday over its role in the downing of a Malaysian Airlines flight six years ago. Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014 when it crashed in Eastern Ukraine; all 298 passengers and crew [...]

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