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A judge from the US District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin on Wednesday temporarily blocked Texas’ restrictive abortion ban, which took effect in September. Judge Robert Pitman granted an injunction to block the bill in response to a complaint filed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ). In a statement, Attorney [...]

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Californian Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that will aid the health sector. He also signed a “suite of bills” that will protect nursing homes, the elderly, and people with dependent parents in the state. Newsom has until Friday to sign or veto bills. On Monday, Newsom signed several key bills. This included Senate Bill [...]

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A group of attorneys on Tuesday filed an ethics complaint against Jeffrey B. Clark, a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, former Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), and former Acting Chief of the Department’s Civil Division. The group said [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday upheld a provision of President Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act capping the state and local tax (SALT) deduction at $10,000. The deduction, which has existed in some form since the inception of the modern tax code, allows individuals to deduct the amount [...]

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US Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco confirmed Tuesday that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division is reviewing its decision not to prosecute FBI agents accused of mishandling the Nassar sexual abuse investigation. Monaco also shared that “new information has come to light,” but she could not divulge as the review is pending. Monaco provided [...]

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The US Department of Commerce Monday unveiled its Microelectronics Early Alert System, a new system for detecting supply chain shortages in the semiconductor industry. This system is part of President Biden’s program for strengthening supply chains in semiconductor manufacturing, batteries, critical minerals, and pharmaceuticals. Biden signed an executive order on February 24 ordering 100-day supply [...]

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Canada invoked a 1977 treaty with the United States on Monday to force continued oil flow through the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline that runs throughout the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes. The treaty guarantees “uninterrupted transmission by pipeline” of hydrocarbons. In November 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer revoked the easement agreement between Enbridge, [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law Monday aimed at addressing the discrepancy between deaths among Black mothers and women of other races. The new law, coined the “Momnibus bill” as a combination of the word “mom” with the legislative term “omnibus,” contains a slew of new provisions aimed at reducing this disparity. Among [...]

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JURIST is launching a new series of dispatches from major US states written by JURIST correspondents “on the ground” in those jurisdictions. JURIST Operations Director Ram Eachambadi files this report from Los Angeles. Less than a month after his recall victory, a re-energized Governor Gavin Newsom has gone on the offensive, signing numerous bills and [...]

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