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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) urged Congress Wednesday to amend Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act, which shields online platforms from liability for third-party content. After a year-long review of Section 230, the DOJ determined that it is necessary to amend the statute so that it better aligns with the “realities of the [...]

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The DC Court of Appeals on Thursday granted recent graduates emergency temporary license to practice under the supervision of a DC bar member. This order comes a couple of weeks after the court announced emergency rules regarding the bar exam would be promulgated in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A DC bar applicant will be [...]

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A federal judge on Tuesday declined to stay his own ruling that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s size limits on gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic are unconstitutional. Judge William Stickman ruled last week that Wolf’s restrictions on gatherings, his order to close “non-life-sustaining” businesses and his order directing Pennsylvania residents to stay at home were unconstitutional. [...]

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US President Donald Trump expanded sanctions against Cuba on Wednesday, prohibiting US travelers from staying at Cuban government-owned properties, and further banning US citizens from importing Cuban rum and cigars. Trump announced the sanctions during the Bay of Pigs Veterans’ Memorial on Wednesday. He said: “Today, as part of our continuing fight against communist oppression, [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday that California will no longer permit new gasoline-powered cars and passenger trucks to be sold in the state beginning in 2035.  This announcement coincides with California’s zero-emission goal, which gasoline-powered transportation currently contradicts. According to the announcement, gasoline vehicle emissions account for more than 50 percent of the [...]

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The Supreme Court of Maine ruled on Tuesday in a per curiam opinion that there was not a sufficient number of valid signatures for the people’s veto of An Act to Implement Ranked-choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine. The Secretary of State originally determined that there was an “inadequate number of [...]

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Four people filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday attempting to force Facebook to ban posts from militias and hate groups following the shooting of protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Among the plaintiffs was Hannah Gittings, the partner of one of the protesters fatally shot by Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse was joined to the complaint as a defendant, along [...]

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The US Secretary of State announced sanctions Tuesday aimed at five Venezuelan politicians, claiming they are engaged in an election manipulation scheme in support of the regime of Nicolás Maduro. The sanctions were issued under the authority of Executive Order 13692, as amended, which was issued by then-president Barack Obama in 2015. It generally freezes [...]

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Combating Violence, Disorder, and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act Monday in the wake of recent protests over police brutality throughout the country. The act creates additional offenses for rioting, looting and assaulting police. The act makes violent assemblies of seven people or more and obstruction of vehicles a [...]

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The Trump administration asked the US Supreme Court on Tuesday to intervene over whether undocumented immigrants can be excluded when allocating congressional seats based on the 2020 census. Recently, multiple states sued the Trump administration for discounting undocumented immigrants on the census with an appeals court blocking the federal government from carrying out this directive. [...]

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