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Supreme Court hears arguments on statute of limitations, motions to alter judgment
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in cases concerning the statute of limitations in § 1113(2) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and Rule 59(e) of Civil Procedure for a motion to alter or amend a judgment. In (More)
The PACT Act: A Step in the Right Direction on the Path to Animal Welfare
Nine years ago, President Obama signed into law a bill proscribing the distribution of so-called “animal crush” videos, which are depictions of a practice that is as disturbing as it sounds: the killing of animals (puppies, kittens, mice, bunnies, go (More)
Trump signs federal animal cruelty bill into law
US President Donald Trump signed into law on Monday the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act), making animal cruelty a federal crime. The PACT Act forbids intentional acts of "animal crushing," which includes conduct where non-human (More)
Massachusetts legislature cracks down on e-cigarettes
The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation regulating e-cigarettes on Thursday. The regulation bans the sales of flavored e-cigarette products and levies a 75 percent excise tax on e-cigarettes. If signed into law by Republican Governor Charlie Bake (More)
Trump impeachment inquiry continues Wednesday
The US House Intelligence Committee heard testimony Wednesday morning from Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the EU, followed by testimony from Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affiars, and David (More)
Trump impeachment inquiry continues through day three
Two impeachment hearings were held on Tuesday as the House Intelligence Committee continued their inquiry into US President Donald Trump's conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from July. During the first hearing, Lieutenant Colone (More)
Presidents, Politics, and the Paris Agreement
There’s a joke about a group of friends finishing up their meal at a local restaurant. One friend puts down the cutlery, pushes back the chair, and declares with conviction: “this food was bad and the portions were too small.” And so it is with the P (More)
Justice department sues Walmart for discriminating against Navy officer
The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Colorado on behalf of a Navy Reserve officer who was denied employment by Walmart. The DOJ claims that Walmart violated the Uniformed Services Emp (More)
Syria constitutional committee starts talks in Geneva
A hundred and fifty representatives hailing from the Syrian government, the opposition, and broader Syrian civil society met Wednesday in Geneva to discuss the drafting of a new constitution. According to the procedural rules of these UN-facilitat (More)
Army officer Alexander Vindman testifies before House about Trump's call to Ukraine
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who serves as a director on the National Security Council (NSC), testified on Tuesday before the House committees overseeing the impeachment hearings about President Trump's dealings with Ukrainian President Volo (More)
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