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US House approves bill restricting abortion funding
January 23, 2015
The US House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would ban abortions supported by federal funding. The bill explicitly denies any health plans or facilities that are federally funded from expending tax-payer funds from being used for abortion services. Voting on the bill was timed to c....... [more]

Palestine and the ICC: what's next?
January 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Kattan of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty, discusses the reasons for and consequences of Palestine's accession to the ICC and considers possible scenarios for developments around the Palestine question...Israel's decision to delay transferring Palestin....... [more]

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Affordable Care Act
January 12, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear another challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The court rejected an appeal by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the Alliance for Natural Health USA arguing that parts of the ACA were unconstitutional....... [more]

Palestine to become member of ICC in April
January 7, 2015
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted documents submitted by Palestine on Tuesday which will allow Palestine to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in April. As a member of the ICC, Palestine will be able to bring allegations of war crimes against Israel. The Rome Statute o....... [more]

Israel to withhold Palestinian tax payments
January 4, 2015
Israeli officials announced on Saturday that Israel will withhold the transfer of tax revenues to the government of the Palestinian Authority. The withholding of $127 million collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) is a strategic response to Palestine's application to join the Internat....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on appeals, railroad tax
December 9, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Gelboim v. Bank of America Corporation the court heard arguments on whether and in what circumstances the dismissal of an action that has been consolidated with other suits is immediately appealable. The US Court of Appeals for the S....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on tax, railroads
December 8, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Monday. In Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl the court is considering whether the Tax Injunction Act (TIA) bars federal court jurisdiction over a suit brought by non-taxpayers to enjoin the informational notice and reporting requirements of....... [more]

Commission decides Scotland to have more independent powers
November 27, 2014
UK's commission on strengthening devolution, the Smith Commission, concluded on Thursday that Scotland's parliament should have more independence in certain matters. The commission, which was set up by Prime Minister David Cameron, recommended that Scotland's parliament should have the power to de....... [more]

Japan prime minister dissolves parliament before election
November 23, 2014
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of parliament, enabling an early election to see how the public views his struggling economic policies. Abe had called for the election to be held on December 14. He is seeking a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an increa....... [more]

Federal court denies challenge to clergy housing allowance
November 14, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday reversed the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin Court decision that a portion of the tax code giving clergy housing allowances, is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs challenged 26 US Code Section 107(2), which excludes f....... [more]

US bankruptcy judge approves Detroit debt plan
November 8, 2014
The US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan approved a plan on Friday to resolve Detroit's seven billion dollars of debt and return the city to solvency. The plan includes settlements regarding post-employment benefits claims, tax obligations, insurance, and "the Grand Bargain" whic....... [more]




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