The US Supreme Court added two cases to its docket Tuesday, including a Virginia gerrymandering case. Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill is racial gerrymandering case in which 12 state legislative districts in Virginia are being challenged. The court wants briefs on whether the parties have standing to bring this appeal. The lower court ruled [...]

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CNN filed a lawsuit Tuesday against US President Donald Trump and others in his administration, requesting that chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s access be restored. The lawsuit makes claims under the First and Fifth Amendments along with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). In the First Amendment claim, CNN points out that the president’s dislike [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy. The Ninth Circuit upheld the ruling that the decision to repeal DACA was “arbitrary and capricious.” The court also unanimously held that the rescission of [...]

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Voters in six states considered ballot measures Tuesday to cap, limit or restrict various types of taxes. In Oregon a ban on taxes on groceries was defeated, and a legislative requirement of three-fifths majority for revenue increases was also defeated. In Washington a ballot measure to prohibit the state government from enacting taxes on groceries passed. In [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies to both state and local government, regardless of how many people they employ. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the opinion for an 8-0 court in answering the question, of whether the “ADEA’s specification (20 or more employees) applies to ‘a [...]

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Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled against an absolute ban on the recreational use of marijuana Wednesday, finding it unconstitutional. This ruling allows lawmakers to regulate the marijuana industry. In Mexico, the Supreme Court is required to rule five times on the same issue before the ruling becomes a binding precedent—this most recent case was the fifth [...]

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The Trump administration on Monday asked the Supreme Court to block the trial over including a “citizenship question” on the 2020 census. The trial is scheduled for November 5. Last month the district court ordered Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore to give depositions on the inclusion of the citizenship question. The [...]

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Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was hit with additional corruption charges Wednesday in relation to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal. The 1MDB scandal involved Malaysian government officials, including Razak himself, allegedly siphoning money from the 1MDB development bank for their own personal gains. In May Razak was defeated in a snap election by Mahathir Mohammad [...]

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