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A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit from multiple states alleging that the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts’ (TCJA) cap on deductions for state and local taxes is unconstitutional. District Court Judge Paul Oetken ruled that the states had failed to show that the “SALT cap” exceeded Congress’ powers. Oetken wrote that the [...]

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The House of Representatives on Monday announced in a letter that they are issuing a subpoena to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for documents related to Ukraine as part of the House impeachment inquiry. The documents will be used in the inquiry to determine the extent to which Trump jeopardized national security in [...]

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A federal judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration’s plan to implement a procedure that would expedite the deportation process of undocumented immigrants. This policy was initially used to deport individuals who entered the US without a hearing before an immigration court judge. In July the Department of Homeland Security expanded [...]

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“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” ~James Madison In the years following the fall of the Soviet Union, Poland emerged as a nation poised to embrace [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act (SB 206) into law Monday, allowing college athletes to receive compensation for endorsements. Starting in 2023, student athletes attending four-year universities will be eligible to receive monetary compensation for the use of their likeness in advertisements and sponsorship deals. SB 206 will benefit both [...]

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Consideration of blockchain legislation is a growing trend amongst state legislatures. Blockchain, which is essentially a more secure form of internet, has been expanding into new markets. This has increasingly caught the attention of legislators, who hope to capitalize on the potential economic gains by allowing for the implementation of the technology within the state. [...]

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The National Redistricting Foundation on Friday filed a lawsuit claiming North Carolina’s 2016 congressional map violated the state Constitution and created a partisan advantage for Republicans. The complaint comes nearly a month after a state court held that North Carolina’s state legislative districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered towards Republican interest. The new legal challenge states that [...]

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The UN Human Rights Council voted Friday to launch an investigation into Venezuela regarding human rights violations within the country. According to the resolution, approximately 6,000 people have been killed since January 2018 due to government security operations. There have also been reports of extreme use of force against peaceful protesters. The vote included 19 [...]

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The Court of Appeals in Belfast on Friday dismissed an appeal challenging Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy. The concern by one of the applicants, Raymond McCord, was that the the Brexit strategy would destroy the Northern Ireland peace agreement. The court stated that it was not the correct venue for deciding such matters, as Parliament [...]

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The Law and Justice party (PiS) of Poland on Wednesday indicated that it plans to unveil legislation to allow the government to expand coal mine operations. PiS intends for half of Poland’s electricity to be generated by coal from its own mines by 2050. This decision is juxtaposed with the EU’s goal of carbon neutrality, [...]

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