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The Supreme Court granted Alabama’s request to reinstate photo ID and witness requirements for absentee ballots on Thursday. As is typical of such briefs, the Court did not explain their 5-4 decision. The decision overturns an order issued by US District Judge Abdul Kallon that made it easier for people in three Alabama counties to [...]

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The House of Representatives passed a bill extending the application period of the Paycheck Protection Program on Wednesday. The bill extending the program unanimously passed the Senate on Tuesday and has been sent to the President. The Senate vote came hours before the original application deadline expired on Tuesday. If the President signs the bill, [...]

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Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, on Wednesday released the findings and recommendations of the state’s 43rd Statewide Investigating Grand Jury Report. The report is the culmination of a two-year investigation into the fracking industry. The report details systematic failures by government agencies, including the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to fulfill their responsibility to oversee [...]

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The US House of Representatives approved a bill Friday to admit Washington, DC, as a state. This is the first time either chamber of Congress has approved such a bill. The vote followed strict partisan lines. Every House Republican voted against the bill, and all but one Democrat voted in favor. To sidestep constitutional issues, [...]

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The Chinese government charged two Canadian nationals with espionage on Thursday. Both Canadians, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, were arrested in December 2018. Kovrig stands accused of acquiring state secrets, and Spavor of stealing and selling state secrets. Chinese authorities claim that they now have solid proof that both men committed espionage. [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) released a statement on Wednesday recommending reforms that would diminish the immunity that protects online platforms from liability for third party content. Currently, online platforms are protected from liability for third party content by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Protections were originally intended to aid [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on countries to confront the legacies of slavery and colonialism on Wednesday. In a statement following an urgent meeting of the UN Council on Human Rights, Bachelet called on countries to extend reforms beyond law enforcement and encompass every aspect of society. The statement singled out [...]

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Harold Frazier, the Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council, refused Friday to remove health checkpoints established at the entrances to the reservation. President Bear Runner of the Oglala Sioux have also refused to remove the checkpoints. The Cheyenne River Sioux and the Oglala Sioux have both erected health checkpoints at entrances to the [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously vacated the Ninth Circuit’s decision in United States v. Sineneng-Smith, a case concerning a statute that criminalizes encouraging illegal immigration for financial gain. In 2010 a grand jury indicted Evelyn Sineneng-Smith for multiple violations of 8 USC § 1324. The law makes it a felony to “encourag or [...]

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US President Donald Trump vetoed senate Joint Resolution 68, commonly known as the Iran War Powers resolution, on Wednesday. The resolution came in response to the assassination of Qassem Soleimani in early January. In a statement released by the White House, Trump called the resolution “insulting” and characterized it as a political attack by Congressional [...]

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