The US Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments for two cases, including one on the Affordable Care Act and one on criminal procedure rules. The court first heard argument in Maine Community Health Options v. United States and consolidated cases. Under the Affordable Care Act’s “risk corridor” programs, private insurance companies are promised by [...]

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed a new tobacco control law which substantially restricts the sale of e-cigarette and nicotine vaping products and flavored tobacco products. House Bill 4196, or “An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control,” will impose a 75% excise tax on e-cigarettes. It also will restrict the sale of all flavored nicotine vaping [...]

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Former Austin City Manager Terrell Blodgett, Texas Young Democrats (TYD) and Texas College Democrats (TCD) filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a ban on temporary polling locations. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas against Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs, alleges that HB 1888, which became effective on [...]

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The High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ruled on Monday that the Emergency Regulations Ordinance, Cap 241 (ERO) “is incompatible with the Basic Law of Hong Kong” and the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation, Cap 241K (PFCR) imposed restrictions on fundamental rights that “go further than is reasonably necessary for the furtherance of [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday upheld an Oregon district court ruling in favor of the government’s decision to include four persons on the No Fly List, which prohibits them from boarding commercial aircraft flying to, from, or within the US or through US airspace. Plaintiffs argue that the criteria [...]

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The US and Japan signed a trade agreement Monday that will eliminate or reduce tariffs on certain agricultural and industrial products “to enhance bilateral trade in a robust, stable, and mutually beneficial manner” between the two countries. Japan’s commitment includes elimination or reduction of tariffs on an additional $7.2 billion of US food and agricultural [...]

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