July 26, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would make it legal for individuals to open the digital locks on their cellphones. The process, known as unlocking or jailbreaking, is currently illegal, punishable by fines of up to $500,000 and five years in jail for unlocking ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Department of Defense (DOD) has notified Congress that it intends to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay, officials said Wednesday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reportedly notified Congress about the transfers last week, which are scheduled to take place as soon as next month. ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Texas lawmakers Senator John Cornyn (R) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D) introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would change a current border protection law to allow the US government to more easily deport Central American minors that have crossed the US-Mexico border. The bill, ...[read more]
June 30, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that closely held for-profit corporations can deny coverage of contraception costs because of their religious beliefs. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell the court considered whether, under the Religious Freedom ...[read more]
June 21, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York hoping to compel Congress to comply with subpoenas it received requesting information on an insider trading case the commission is investigating. The subpoenas ask ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A White House official said Monday that US President Barack Obama will sign an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This action marks a departure from the White House's position last year that an executive ...[read more]
June 9, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Executive Benefits Ins. Agency v. Arkison that when a bankruptcy court lacks jurisdiction to enter a final judgment, the bankruptcy court can still issue proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law to be reviewed de novo by the district court. ...[read more]
April 29, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 6-2 Tuesday in Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not overstep its authority when it issued a regulation limiting power plants' emissions that cross state lines. The US Court of Appeals for the ...[read more]
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]

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