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US President Donald Trump approved a Puerto Rico Disaster Declaration on Thursday. This declaration acknowledges that a major disaster exists in Puerto Rico and federal assistance is necessary in order to alleviate the effects of both the earthquake and hurricane that detrimentally affected the island. Prior to this declaration, Puerto Rico was awaiting funding that [...]

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The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday issued a proposed rule allowing faith-based health and social service organizations to refrain from informing clients about services not offered due to religious reasons. In the accompanying press release, HHS stated that the rule’s purpose is to ensure “religious and non-religious organizations are treated [...]

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The Florida Supreme Court sided with Governor Ron DeSantis in advisory opinion issued Thursday, finding that felons must pay all their legal fines before voting. In November 2018 the Florida electorate voted to restore voting rights to all convicted felons with a constitutional amendment. As part of the implementation of the new amendment, Amendment 4, [...]

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The Trump administration announced the singing of a new trade deal with China on Wednesday. The treaty covers intellectual property, technology transfer, food and agriculture, and financial services. It also discusses economic policies such as exchange rates and a commitment to expand trade between the US and China. Despite the US’ long opposition to China’s [...]

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The State of Kerala filed a lawsuit against India in the India Supreme Court on Tuesday alleging that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) violates the constitution. Kerala alleges that the CAA results “in classifications based on religion and based on country, both classifications being apparently and manifestly discriminatory.” Article 14 of the constitution prohibits discrimination [...]

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The US Government Accountability Office (GAO), an agency tasked with auditing the federal government and the legality of its activities, found Thursday that the freeze on military aid to Ukraine that has been at the center of impeachment proceedings into President Donald Trump was unlawful. The agency’s analysis found that when the Office of Management [...]

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Maryland federal judge Peter Messitte on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration’s order permitting state and local governments to prevent refugees from settling in their respective communities. The order stated that refugee groups must apply for written consent from their local governments before settling in their areas of choice and was challenged by three immigration advocacy [...]

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Pierre-Claver Ndayicariye, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Burundi, on Wednesday submitted a report to the parliament of Burundi that his investigation had uncovered more than 4,000 mass graves in the country connected to conflicts since the countries independence in 1962. The exact number of victims is yet to be determined, but so [...]

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