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The US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions Thursday against Cuban Defense Minister Alvaro Lopez Miera and an entire special forces unit for alleged human rights violations in relation to the suppression of peaceful protests. Earlier this month, thousands of Cubans took to the streets in anti-government protests, motivated by dissatisfaction [...]

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The attorney general of Mississippi filed a brief with the Supreme Court on Thursday in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case which asks the Court to reconsider its precedential rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The question presented in the brief to the Court is, “Whether [...]

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The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Wednesday ruled that an Indiana labor union group (“the Union”) did not violate the National Labor Relations Act (“the Act”) with its display of a 12-foot inflatable rat with red eyes, fangs, and claws (“Scabby the Rat”) and two large banners to boycott a business near the [...]

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and other bipartisan attorneys general announced Wednesday that a proposed $26 billion settlement will resolve claims against several large opioid distributors. The distributors affected are McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc., and Amerisource Bergen Drug Corporation, as well as opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. New York [...]

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The US Department of State on Tuesday blocked entry of former Honduras President Porfirio Lobo Sosa and First Lady Rosa Elena Bonilla Avila into the country due to their corruption allegations. Both have been designated under § 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, which makes designated foreign government [...]

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US District Judge Kristine Baker on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction against SB6, or Act 309, an Arkansas law that would ban all abortions.   Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson signed SB6 after it was passed March of this year by the majority-Republican Legislature. The bill was sponsored by Senator Jason Rapert from District 35 of Central [...]

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The US Senate rejected a proposal Wednesday to begin debate on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. H.R. 3684, also named “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act” or the “INVEST in America Act,” was proposed by Representative Pete DeFazio (D-OR) in June. The bill “addresses provisions related to [...]

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision on Monday rejecting an environmental challenge to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The plaintiffs are individuals and organizations who identify themselves as environmentalists and include natural resource conservation groups and cattle ranchers from Arizona, California, Colorado, and New Mexico. They complained [...]

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The Minnesota Court of Appeals remanded on Monday a permit issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency after finding that Poly Met Mining Inc. (PolyMet) may have engaged in “sham permitting.” PolyMet sought to obtain state and federal permits to build the first copper-nickel platinum mine in Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency granted the [...]

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The US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana Monday denied a motion for preliminary injunction against Indiana University’s mandate that all students get the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus in the fall. The injunction request was filed by eight students from Indiana University representing a variety of different backgrounds and age groups. The [...]

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