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Judges Strike Down North Carolina’s Voter ID Law

In a 2-1 decision Friday, a panel of North Carolina judges struck down the state’s voter ID law, saying Republican lawmakers who passed it were motivated “at least in part by an unconstitutional intent to target African American voters.” The decision is another blow to nearly a decade of Republican …

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1 in every 500 U.S. residents has died of COVID-19

Covid deaths

This week, the United States reached its latest grim milestone amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as more than 1 in every 500 Americans has died since the country’s first infection. Data managed by Johns Hopkins University as of Thursday afternoon indicates nearly 667,000 people have died from COVID-19. The U.S. …

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Former Officers Plead Not Guilty to Violating George Floyd’s Civil Rights

Four former Minneapolis police officers pleaded not guilty in federal court to violating George Floyd‘s civil rights during his arrest when he was killed last May. On Tuesday, Thomas Lane, J. Keung, Tou Thao, and Derek Chauvin, who is currently serving 22 ½ years for killing Floyd, appeared in a virtual court hearing with their lawyers. The federal indictment claims …

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Almost 3M gained ACA coverage during special enrollment period

More than 2.8 million people gained health insurance during the special enrollment period for Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage this year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The 2021 special enrollment period on HealthCare.gov and state-based marketplaces ran from February 15 through August 15. Regular enrollment begins on …

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Blinken defends Afghanistan withdrawal in congressional hearing

Antony Blinken

Senators on Tuesday grilled Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan which Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. called “fatally flawed.” Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pledged to hold the Biden administration accountable for the U.S. exit from Afghanistan as Blinken testified before Congress for the …

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DOJ Announces Policy on Chokeholds and ‘No-Knock’ Entries

Merrick Garland

The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday announced written department-wide policies explicitly prohibiting the use of “chokeholds” and  “carotid restraints” unless deadly force is authorized, and limiting the circumstances in which the department’s federal law enforcement components are authorized to use unannounced entries. The announcement follows a review with the department’s law …

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