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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling for the CIA against The New York Times‘ Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on Thursday. In filing the suit, the New York Times hoped the CIA would acknowledge the existence of records regarding a program that allegedly armed and trained Syrian rebel forces. The New York [...]

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has ordered the cancellation of the state’s in-person bar exam, citing growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The upcoming exam was set to take place on July 28-29. The cancellation, announced Thursday, also applies to the State’s September bar. All applicants will automatically be registered for the online bar exam.  This [...]

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In a statement released Friday evening, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced US President Donald Trump had commuted the prison sentence of his former adviser Roger Stone. Stone was sentenced to three years four months in prison after being found guilty of seven felony charges. The charges included obstruction, making false statements to Congress, [...]

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Johns Hopkins University filed a lawsuit Friday against the Trump administration’s July 6 announcement from the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that international students enrolled only in online classes this fall will be removed. The lawsuit highlights that this directive singles out universities that are deciding not to host a “hybrid model—a mixture [...]

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The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a Montana District Court decision reinstating Endangered Species Act protections for the grizzly bear population in the Yellowstone region. In 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) declared grizzly bears a “distinct population segment” and attempted to remove the species from protection under the Endangered [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) erred in finding that certain counties were meeting current federal ozone limits. The EPA was ordered to reconsider the designations of those counties under the Clean Air Act. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA [...]

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A Kentucky Circuit Judge granted a temporary restraining order on Thursday against Governor Andy Beshear’s COVID-19 executive orders. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Evan Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC, filed a complaint against the Governor alleging numerous unconstitutional orders issued by the executive. The complaint argues that Beshear’s orders bypass the administrative process and infringe [...]

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday that the state of California is filing a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s new rule that international students must leave the US if all of their classes are online.  The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) announced Monday that international students would [...]

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In two decisions issued on Thursday, the US Supreme Court ruled that Congress cannot access US President Donald Trump’s financial records, but the Manhattan District Attorney (DA) can pursue the records. In Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP, the Supreme Court stated that the subpoenas issued by Congress for Trump’s financial records posed separation of powers [...]

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The Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a 5-4 vote that a large part of Oklahoma remains a Native American reservation, with Justice Gorsuch authoring the majority opinion. The issue before the court was whether the eastern half of Oklahoma is a Native American reservation, which would be exempt from local and state control. Jimcy McGirt, [...]

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