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On February 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act in a 224 - 206 vote with the support of all Democrats and three Republicans. The Act, which has been the center of controversy, aims to expand the rights and protections of LGBTQ individuals.   When the bill was... Read More »

by Nadia El-Yaouti
U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C.,

A Labor Department rule keeps many retirement plans from including socially-focused funds. Money managers want to change that. The Trump-era rule, which was announced in October, limited what can and can’t be offered as 401(k) funds through one’s company. One of the sequellae of this rule is that funds without... Read More »

by Lynda Keever, J.D.
Parler, the social network popular with conservatives and Donald Trump supporters, has relaunched its website after being cut off by Amazon Web Services Photo: AFP / Olivier DOULIERY

After being offline for a month, the Parler app is now up and running again. It was shut down in January after the Jan. 6 protests at the United States Capitol. According to a statement given by Mark Meckler, the interim CEO of Parler, "Parler was built to offer a... Read More »

by Catherine Kimble
Fred Eshelman (CNN via The Washington Post)

Fred Eshelman, North Carolina financier, saw Trump’s supposed lead in battleground states disappear overnight. The day after the election, he and his advisers contacted a conservative Texas nonprofit group that was trying to expose voter fraud. After a 20-minute conversation with True the Vote’s president, Eshelman donated $2 million. He... Read More »

by Lynda Keever, J.D.
Protestors hold a "STOP EVICTIONS" sign in front of the house of Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, in Swampscott, Massachusetts, file photo, Oct. 14, 2020.

COVID-19 is causing massive unemployment. Unemployment often makes it impossible for tenants to pay their rent. Landlords evict. Tenants became homeless, often threatening public health and safety. To avoid this downward spiral, both Presidents Trump and Biden issued moratoriums on tenant evictions. But a federal judge in Texas blocked the... Read More »

by Maureen Rubin, J.D.
A Piper M600 on display at a 2019 aviation exhibition outside Moscow.(Vitaliy Belousov/Sputnik/Associated Press)

A half dozen accidents involving Piper Aircraft Inc. planes with steering difficulties prompted U.S. crash investigators to get involved. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) probe focuses on six incidents between December 2019 and January 2021. In those accidents, pilots of high-end Piper M600 aircraft had trouble with directional control... Read More »

by Lynda Keever, J.D.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, file photo, March 2018. (ICE/Flickr via AZPM News)

Texas Federal Judge Drew Tipton blocked President Joe Biden’s new deportation order after the Lone Star State sued the White House administration. Biden proposed the new 100-day moratorium on most immigrant deportations on inauguration day as part of a slew of new orders. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Biden's... Read More »

by Diane Lilli
Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., speaks during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on 'worldwide threats to the homeland', on Capitol Hill Washington.

Representative Bennie Thompson, D-MS and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is suing Trump and Giuliani, along with two far-right groups - the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys — for the January 6 riot, alleging conspiracy to incite deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol. Other Democratic Congresspersons, including... Read More »

by Lynda Keever, J.D.
Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

An agreement signed on the last day of President Trump’s administration that would allow a federal labor union representing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees “the ability to indefinitely delay the implementation of agency policies” has been disapproved by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) incoming leadership under President... Read More »

by Haley Larkin
Inmates at the Cook County Jail in Chicago line up to be processed for release on Sept. 29, 2011.

Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that would eliminate the use of cash bail for inmates who are waiting for their trial date. This legislation makes Illinois the first state in the nation to abolish the practice.   The legislation, titled the Pretrial Fairness Act, is one of several criminal... Read More »

by Nadia El-Yaouti
Willie B. Smith III. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)

In 1991, Willie B. Smith III and others abducted 22-year-old Sharma Ruth Johnson at gunpoint from an ATM, used her card to steal $80 from her account, and took her to a cemetery where Smith shot her in the back of the head. Johnson was the sister of a police... Read More »

by Lynda Keever, J.D.
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