April 14, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday said that Iran plans to sue the US over its refusal to grant an entry visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's newly-proposed ambassador to the United Nations (UN). As the UN is based in New York, this US decision bars the nominee from taking up and carrying ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Both the US Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday approved nearly identical bills that would send a $1 billion aid package to Ukraine and place new sanctions on Russia. The bill passed by a vote of 98-2 in the Senate and 399-19 in the House. Despite the overwhelming support of the ...[read more]
March 20, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The US District Court for the District of Kansas on Wednesday ordered the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to assist Kansas and Arizona in enforcing their proof of citizenship laws for new voters by adding language requested by both states to the state-specific instructions on the federal ...[read more]
March 11, 2014
by Neil Devlin
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 passed both houses of Congress by large margins and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It mandates detailed clean-up plans from oil companies and requires monies to be set aside for ...[read more]
March 9, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), on Sunday announced measures that would subject less crimes to capital punishment if passed. Various government departments are reportedly beginning to study the topic by bringing in legal scholars on the subject. Capital punishment ...[read more]
February 26, 2014
by Ann Schober
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that he is urging Congress to create a "strong national standard" requiring businesses to immediately notify consumers and law enforcement agencies when significant consumer data breaches occur. This announcement comes in the wake of two massive ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by G. Redd
Sub-prime loan practices began in the mid-1980s as lawmakers sought to increase housing opportunities. Prior to this, many Americans were unable to purchase a home due to credit scores below 550. Census data compiled by the Federal Reserve shows that over half of the failed mortgage payments were ...[read more]
January 29, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that 2014 should be the year to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the US shifts away from a "permanent war footing." Obama first pledged to close the detention center five years ago, despite political opposition, and urged congress during his ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
As part of its 1873 anti-obscenity law, known as the Comstock Act, the US Congress prohibited the interstate transfer of any contraceptive medicines. The Act made the sale or possession within the US of "Articles of immoral Use," such as birth control, and the dissemination of information about ...[read more]
January 26, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Abbey Marr, Harvard Law School, Class of 2014, discusses how Texas has placed undue burdens on women seeking abortions...On April 12, 2011, I was working as a case manager at the DC Abortion Fund when we received an urgent call from a clinic. Congress had reinstated its ban ...[read more]

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