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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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A federal court judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction against attendance restrictions imposed on religious gatherings in New York state. Judge Gary Sharpe’s order affects the limits that both governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio placed upon religious gatherings in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Both officials had issued [...]

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Georgia’s governor Brian Kemp signed the State’s first hate crime bill into law on Friday. The bill adds enhanced penalties against defendants who are motivated by race, sex, disability, or other similar categories. Kemp signed HB 426 in a signing ceremony in the state capital, affirming “a simple but powerful motto: Georgia is a state too [...]

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The US Air Force announced on Thursday that their inspector general would be opening an investigation into whether reconnaissance aircraft had been improperly deployed to surveil protests in Washington D.C. and Minneapolis earlier this month. The New York Times reports that it has seen messages indicating that on the morning of June 2 the West [...]

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A three-judge panel, on Thursday, denied a lawsuit brought by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a coalition of labor unions, to enforce emergency safety standards for essential workers. The suit, filed on May 18, asked for a writ of mandamus from the court to compel the Occupational Safety and [...]

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While California’s governor and legislature work to get mail-in ballots to every voter in the state, Republicans in Iowa’s senate voted Thursday to prevent mailing applications for absentee ballots to all Iowa voters. California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued two executive orders aimed at making voting safer and easier in light of the novel coronavirus [...]

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