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The US House of Representatives passed on Friday a two-year reauthorization of an expiring warrantless surveillance law that had been stalled earlier in the week. The passed bill extends a contentious provision called Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, also known as FISA. Wiretapping for national security investigations involving Americans or individuals within [...]

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Kansas Governor Laura Kelly (D) vetoed SB 233 on Friday, a Senate bill aimed at prohibiting gender-affirming care for transgender youth, including surgery, hormone treatments, and puberty blockers. Additionally, it proposed revoking the licenses of doctors providing such care and restricting state funds for gender-affirming treatments. Kelly stated that she vetoed the bill because “he [...]

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Former Cornell University student Patrick Dai pleaded guilty to making a threat using interstate communications against the university’s Jewish students. On October 28 and 29, 2023, Dai anonymously posted several antisemitic threats of violence against Cornell students in an online discussion forum. One of his posts stated: if I see a pig male jew I [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a plan Thursday to expand background check requirements for gun dealers. The goal of the plan is to close loopholes for gun shows and online sales while simultaneously expanding the definition for firearm dealers required to be licensed. The rules, which fulfill provisions in the 2022 Bipartisan Safer [...]

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Federalist Society president Leonard Leo was subpoenaed by the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday as part of the committee’s ongoing ethics investigation into the Supreme Court. The subpoena was authorized by the committee in November of last year when Durbin stated their goal “has been to ensure that like all other federal judges, Supreme Court [...]

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The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would define biological sex in binary terms based on individuals’ reproductive systems rather than their gender identity. House Bill (HB) 111 would amend the Alabama Code to define sex-based terms, provide policy relating to sex and gender identity, allow public entities to establish some [...]

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The Arizona House of Representatives erupted into chants of “shame” on Wednesday after Republican members voted to adjourn instead of discussing a bill that would repeal the state’s 1864 abortion ban. The state’s Supreme Court ruled this week that the Civil War-era law could go into effect, setting off a heated debate in the southwestern [...]

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X Corp. CEO Elon Musk announced the company received an inquiry from the US House of Representatives. The inquiry aims to look into Musk’s concerns surrounding free speech in Brazil, according to Musk. The Wednesday announcement comes less than a week after Brazil Supreme Court (STF) Justice Alexandre de Moraes opened a criminal inquiry into [...]

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China announced sanctions on Thursday against two US entities, including General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems, over the two entities’ involvement in selling weapons to Taiwan. China decided to impose general sanctions against the two entities involved in selling weapons to Taiwan. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is a subsidiary of General Atomics [...]

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US District Judge Mark Walker blocked the enforcement of a Florida law Wednesday that would have banned a transgender public school teacher from introducing themselves to students with their personal pronouns. The law, which went into effect in 2023, bans public school employees or contractors from providing to students a “preferred personal title or pronouns [...]

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