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The US Congress Monday? passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package that provides support for individuals, businesses,?and vaccination efforts. The House of Representatives voted 359-53 in favor of the bill, and the Senate voted 92-6 to pass it. The White House has?stated that President Trump will sign the bill when it reaches his desk. The [...]

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Michigan chapter (CAIR-MI) filed a lawsuit Monday against the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) for making Muslim and Moorish Science women remove their hijabs for mugshots. Photographs of the women without their hijabs are posted on MDOC’s public website. DOC ID cards also display the mugshots. The “Muslim and Moorish [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal in?Parents for Privacy v. Barr, letting stand a lower court ruling that allows transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice stand. An Oregon District Court refused to block the school district’s policy and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [...]

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao has refused to apologize for tweeting a fake image depicting Australian war crimes following an Australian Defence Force (ADF) report alleging Australian soldiers were involved in the murder of 39 Afghan civilians and prisoners between 2009 and 2013. The fake image depicts an Australian soldier with a bloody knife [...]

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Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul (D) filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a Republican-made law limiting his power that was passed during a lame-duck session of the legislature in 2018. This law was passed in the time between Kaul’s election and him taking office. Kaul is challenging portions of Act 369, which limit his ability to [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called Monday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan and for changes to improve conditions and rebuild the country. Millions of Afghans have been forcibly displaced, and that number is increasing. Peace talks could be an opportunity for the displaced to return to [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to reinstate a District Court order requiring Texas prison officials to enact basic safety precautions for the coronavirus. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from this decision with Justice Elena Kagan joining. The case was filed by two inmates at the Wallace Pack Unit, a geriatric prison in Texas. Laddy [...]

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US Attorney General William Barr on Monday authorized US Attorneys to pursue allegations of voting irregularities relating to the recent federal election. This is against the Department of Justice (DOJ) standard practice of waiting until the election results have been certified and all recounts have been concluded. Barr emphasized that “clear and apparently-credible” allegations of [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases challenging the appointment of Social Security Administration (SSA) judges who denied the petitioners’ requests for disability benefits. Carr v. Saul and Davis v. Saul will be consolidated to decide whether an Appointments Clause challenge needs to be raised at the administrative proceeding and not [...]

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California voters on Tuesday voted to reject Proposition 25, which would have ended cash bail in the state and replaced it with a risk assessment model for pretrial detention. The measure was defeated by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. The proposed risk assessment system would have designated suspects as high-, medium- or [...]

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