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Legal news from Thursday, April 6, 2017
by Alexis Wheeler

Democrats in the US Senate filibustered the nomination of Supreme Court potential appointee Neil Gorsuch on Thursday. Republicans countered by changing Senate procedure to secure a vote on the nomination. The procedure change, known as the so-called "nuclear option," will allow the Senate to end the debate and force a …

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by Aaron Christenson

Earthjustice, an environmental law advocacy group filed a motion on Wednesday, on behalf of two other environmental groups asking a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban chlorpyrifos - a pesticide widely used for various fruits, vegetables, and wheat …

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by Steven Wildberger

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman announced Wednesday that President Donald Trump's administration was no longer planning to separate women and children at the US' southern border as a means of deterring immigration. Speaking to a US Senate panel, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly stated that it was no longer within the Trump …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Amnesty International (AI) released a report Wednesday criticizing the role two companies are playing in a refugee "processing" system Australia is carrying out on the Pacific island of Nauru. AI says that for multiple years, Australia has operated an offshore processing site on Nauru where refugees and asylum seekers are isolated in remote locations …

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by Steven Wildberger

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday removed Chief Political Strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council (NSC). Bannon was a controversial pick for the council, and according to the administration, was only placed on the council to help Trump control then-national security adviser Michael Flynn. With Flynn resigning in February, the …

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by Erik Slobe

Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned on Wednesday a new Ukrainian anti-corruption law that requires activists and journalists who report on government corruption to file public declarations of their personal assets. The law was passed by the Ukrainian Parliament on March 23 and signed by President Petro Poroshenko on March 27. An amendment had …

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