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Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Wednesday expanding voting rights for persons with felony convictions. HB 1078 automatically restores voting rights for people with felony convictions once completing a sentence of total confinement through the Washington Department of Corrections. Total confinement is limited to the physical area of a correctional facility and [...]

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A judge for Shawnee County District Court in Kansas blocked the state’s ban on Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) abortions Wednesday. The Kansas legislature passed Senate Bill 95, commonly known as the Kansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, in 2015. The Act prohibits D&E abortions, providing exceptions only for when the abortion is “necessary [...]

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The French Parliament met on Thursday to debate a new bill that protects the right to die with dignity. The bill was proposed by centrist MP Olivier Farloni, who serves as deputy for the parliamentary splinter group Libertes et Territoires, a party made up of center-leftist and center-rightist politicians. The bill in question is set [...]

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The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled the first six measures it will take to address gun violence. The actions, which come in response on the heels of recent shootings in Atlanta and Colorado, are executive orders that President Joe Biden hopes will supplement upcoming legislation. The first measure asks the Department of Justice (DOJ) to [...]

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Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, ordered the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports to lift the ban on media outlets Tuesday. “For the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, I’m told that you revoked licenses of some media outlets including online television stations. You should lift the ban and order them to [...]

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The United States has a long history of anti-monopoly sentiment. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries this sentiment shaped the Progressive Era, in which fighting big business was a major issue in politics: leaders across the political spectrum promised to take on large corporations. Fed up with child labor, dangerous working conditions, low [...]

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Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, accused Vladimir Putin Wednesday of subjecting Alexei Navalny to a slow death through torture and inhumane detention conditions. Navalny, Putin’s most prominent critic, was poisoned in August 2020, the consequences of which Callamard alleges may be exacerbating his condition. Since his imprisonment earlier this year, reports indicate Navalny [...]

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The Attorneys Generals (AGs) of Tennessee and Kentucky filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging part of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. In their complaint, the AGs allege that an aspect of the plan that “prohibits any State acceding federal financial assistance under the Act from lowering the tax burden on its citizens for the next [...]

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Iran on Tuesday announced indictments against 10 individuals it says were involved in the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January 2020. Iran had been on high military alert at the time of the downing of the aircraft. Just days before Iran had launched missile attacks against targets in Iraq, including bases housing [...]

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Sudan’s Council of Ministers on Tuesday approved a bill to cancel a 1958 law mandating a boycott of the nation of Israel. The 1958 law forbade diplomatic and business relations with Israel, with penalties including up to 10 years in jail and large fines for violators. Last October the two nations agreed to normalize relations [...]

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