Supreme Court allows Texas Trump judge to control national immigration policy

ICE priorities A divided Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to reject the Biden administration’s request to implement immigration policy without interference from lower court Trump-appointed judges. At issue is a September 2021 memo by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas ordering that immigration officials prioritize the apprehension and deportation of three groups of noncitizens: suspected terrorists, […]

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97% of House Republicans vote to allow interstate abortion bans

Abortion access 209 House Republicans voted against abortion rights All Republicans voted against the Women’s Health Protection Act (H. R. 8296), which enshrines the protections of Roe v. Wade into law. Reps. Cheney (WY) and Gonzalez (OH) did not vote. One Democrat, Rep. Cuellar (TX), voted against the bill. Cuellar won a close runoff last month against progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros. […]

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Rudy Giuliani ordered to testify before Georgia grand jury | Sen. Graham and Rep. Hice challenge subpoenas

Former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was ordered to testify before the Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury that’s investigating whether the former president tried to interfere in the 2020 general election. The panel has heard testimony from at least four witnesses, three of whom were present in Atlanta when Giuliani and Trump associates shared conspiracy theories of voter […]

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Court rules that federal government is failing to protect critically endangered right whales

Endangered whales Two courts issued rulings earlier this month protecting the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, estimated to be made up of fewer than 366 individuals that migrate along the east coast of America. On July 8, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled that the federal government has violated both the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine […]

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The Secret Service deleted Jan. 6 text messages and obstructed an IG’s investigation

Deleted messages The January 6th Committee subpoenaed the U.S. Secret Service for records after a government watchdog accused the agency of erasing texts from Jan. 5 and 6, 2021. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Cuffari sent a letter to lawmakers last week, informing them that he was told that many Secret Service messages from around the time […]

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All House Republicans vote against neo-nazi probe of military and federal law enforcement

NDAA The House of Representatives spent its week on the annual National Defense Authorization Act, working its way through hundreds of amendments filed by lawmakers. Democratic amendments Extremism Rep. Brad Schneider’s (D-IL) amendment directing the government to analyze and set out strategies to combat White supremacist and neo-Nazi activity in the military and federal law enforcement passed 218-208, with […]

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The effect of SCOTUS: Lawsuit challenges DC gun control and Alabama cites Dobbs to ban gender-affirming care

Washington, D.C. Four D.C. men filed a lawsuit last month challenging the ban on carrying concealed firearms on public transit, arguing that it violates their Second Amendment rights. As D.C. law currently stands, people with concealed carry permits cannot bring those weapons in “sensitive areas,” including schools, medical offices, polling places, the Capitol grounds, and the transit […]

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