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US President Joe Biden signed three executive orders Tuesday to reverse the anti-immigration efforts pushed by his predecessor Donald Trump. The first order is aimed at “strengthening integration and inclusion efforts for new Americans.” The second order sets out to create a framework to handle asylum seekers and other migrants. The third order is intended [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) v. Prometheus Radio Project and BP P.L.C. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore. In Prometheus Radio Project, which was consolidated with National Association of Broadcasters v. Prometheus Radio Project, the court has to consider whether it was permissible for the [...]

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Two UN Special Rapporteurs on Monday condemned the decision by Russia to detain activist and opposition leader Alexei Navalny while praising him for his bravery. After Navalny returned to Russia Sunday from Germany, where he was recovering from a nerve agent poisoning attack since August, he was immediately detained. A judge ordered Monday that he [...]

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Thousands of US law students and of members of the Missouri, Texas and DC bars have signed a petition for the disbarment of Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz for their objections to Congressional certification of the Electoral College’s votes. As of Wednesday, there were more than 11,000 signatures on the petition from lawyers and [...]

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US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday titled “Executive Order Addressing the Threat Posed By Applications and Other Software Developed or Controlled By Chinese Companies.” The order, signed during Trump’s final two weeks in office, bans eight connected software applications. The apps that are banned under this order include Alipay, CamScanner, QQ [...]

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The Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit ruled Monday in favor of North Carolina inmate Willie James Dean, Jr. in a prison abuse case, finding corrections officers were not entitled to qualified immunity. Dean alleged that corrections officers had used excessive force against him in violation of the Eighth Amendment. The district court that heard [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on the number of attendees at religious gatherings were likely to be a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. The Court enjoined the state from enforcing these limits, put in place to address [...]

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The US Food and Drug Administration filed a supplemental brief on Tuesday requesting that the Supreme Court lift a preliminary injunction “barring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from enforcing longstanding safety requirements with respect to medication abortions effected through the use of Mifeprex (or its generic equivalent). This pill is approved for use to [...]

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The US Supreme Court agreed on Friday to review the issue of whether shareholders can bring class action lawsuits that allege securities fraud. In Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. v. Arkansas Teacher Retirement, the questions the court has agreed to address are: Whether a defendant in a securities class action may rebut the presumption of classwide [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard its final oral arguments of the year on Wednesday in the consolidated case of Collins v. Mnuchin. The issues being assessed in this case are whether the structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) violates the separation of power doctrine, and whether “the courts must set aside a final [...]

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