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The UN Environment Program has released its tenth annual report on emissions gaps, having found that the current rate of global carbon emissions will lead to an average temperature rise of 3.5 degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels by 2100. The report was completed by international scientists and specialists that assess where countries are in terms [...]

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Student Debt Crisis, a nonprofit organization, initiated a lawsuit against US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Kathy Kraninger, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Monday. The complaint states that DeVos and Kraninger manipulated federal policy requiring the supervision of loan services by the federal government. The CFPB also claimed to only [...]

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A leak of highly classified documents from the Chinese government has exposed the manual used in operating China’s mass detention camps, including policing and surveillance tactics to prevent escape from the camps the Chinese government has labeled “vocational training institutions” that hold Muslim Uighurs and other minorities. According to a new report by the International [...]

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US President Donald Trump signed into law on Monday the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act), making animal cruelty a federal crime. The PACT Act forbids intentional acts of “animal crushing,” which includes conduct where non-human mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians are “purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday remanded a case challenging the constitutionality of Alaska’s $500 limit on campaign contributions from individuals to either a candidate or a group other than a political party. This case arose in 2015 when two Alaska residents, Aaron Downing and Jim Crawford, contributed the maximum amounts permitted under Alaska law to [...]

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A federal judge ruled Monday that former White House counsel Donald McGahn must testify before the House of Representatives impeachment probe. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the US District Court for the District of Columbia concluded that “Presidents are not kings” and “individuals who have been subpoenaed for testimony by an authorized committee of Congress [...]

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The Russian State Duma on Thursday approved amendments to a bill entitled “On Mass Media,” designating individuals who communicate with foreign media outlets as “foreign agents.” Since 2012 there have been a number of restrictive laws created regarding the country’s interactions with the international community. The Russian government has already required foreign entities such as [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Friday granted the government’s petition to hear a dispute over whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) allows lawsuits for money damages against individual federal employees who placed individuals on the “no fly list.” This case arose when several Muslin men—Muhammad Tanvir, Jameel Algibah and Naveed Shinwari—alleged that in retaliation [...]

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US President Donald Trump on Thursday reversed the decision of the US Navy to remove Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher from the Navy SEALs. Trump announced the decision via Twitter: The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get [...]

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