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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against the US Department of Interior after the National Park Service denied her request to set off fireworks over Mount Rushmore National Monument on the Fourth of July. The use of fireworks over Mount Rushmore was indefinitely canceled in 2010 due to the concern [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments  Wednesday for Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. and PennEast Pipeline Co. v. New Jersey. In PennEast Pipeline Co. v. New Jersey, the Supreme Court will determine whether PennEast Pipeline Co. can run a pipeline through New Jersey’s state-controlled land. PennEast argues that it is permissible to take [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday revived a 2003 breach of trust claim by the Navajo Nation that would require the US government to allocate water for the tribe. Going forward, this case will look at whether the government has a fiduciary duty to ensure that the amount of water [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concluded Thursday that Kentucky may enforce price gouging laws against sellers on Amazon, overturning a district court preliminary injunction. Price gouging is the practice of unfairly and dramatically increasing the price of a commodity during spikes in demand. Reports of such activity have risen since the [...]

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The Florida legislature passed a bill Thursday that changes vote by mail procedures and adds restrictions on the use of drop boxes. Senate Bill 90, passed by both chambers of the legislature, requires Floridians voting by mail to affirmatively request absentee ballots for each election and only permits dropbox use “during the county’s early voting [...]

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Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court held Thursday that several provisions in the country’s Federal Climate Change Act of 2019 were insufficient and violate freedoms in the Basic Law. The court described the idea of climate change having severe impacts that affect virtually all aspects of human life. The case started in 2019 when farming families from [...]

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US President Joe Biden pushed for gun control legislation Wednesday evening in his first major address to Congress. Banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as closing background check loopholes, are proposals the president is hoping to sign during his administration. “These kinds of reasonable reforms have overwhelming support from the American people, including [...]

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The US Supreme Court tightened notice requirements under the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) on Thursday, finding in favor of an undocumented immigrant who argued a procedural defect in the government’s case. Under the IIRIRA, the government must serve “a notice to appear” on persons it is seeking to remove [...]

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A US federal grand jury indicted the three Georgia men Wednesday charged with “federal hate crimes and attempted kidnapping” in connection with the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Arbery is the unarmed 25-year-old Black man whose name became a rallying cry during the 2020 protests against police brutality. On February 23, 2020, three white residents of [...]

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