January 23, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Thursday made permanent an injunction that requires the state to issue driver's licenses to immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children. The young people, known as Dreamers, were granted a deferral of deportation by ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) require plaintiffs to show that a policy ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Holt v. Hobbs that an Arkansas prison policy that bans Muslim prisoners from growing half-inch beards for religious beliefs is unconstitutional. The court held that prohibiting the growth of a religious beard violates the Religious Land Use and ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by Addison Morris
Cuba has released 53 political prisoners as part of last month's historic agreement between US and Cuba, US officials said Monday. The release of the prisoners, primarily opposition figures, was a condition of the policy changes that seek to assuage relations between the two countries after ...[read more]
December 24, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday announced a plan to end the practice of indefinitely banning men who have ever engaged in sexual acts with other men from donating blood. "With greater knowledge of HIV, the 31-year practice is no longer the most scientifically practical means ...[read more]
December 21, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
US President Barack Obama signed the annual federal defense policy bill into law Friday but expressed dissatisfaction over provisions that limit the his ability to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. HR 3979 authorizes a $585 billion dollar budget for Department of Defense (DOD) ...[read more]
December 17, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced policy changes to the US-Cuba relationship. Obama has directed Secretary of State John Kerry to reestablish diplomatic relations and to review Cuba?s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. He also announced "steps to increase travel, comme... ...[read more]
November 14, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the motion to intervene on Wednesday in the case of Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego. In February 2013 the Ninth Circuit held the permit review process established by San Diego County infringed upon the rights of Californians under the ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Holt v. Hobbs the court is considering whether an Arkansas prison policy that prohibits Muslim prisoners from growing a half-inch beard violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Current prison ...[read more]
September 23, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Department of State on Tuesday announced it will not use anti-personnel landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula, underscoring its commitment to the aims of the Ottawa Convention, the treaty that prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel landmines. The ...[read more]

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