May 13, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a rewrite of the Patriot Act, including elimination of the National Security Agency (NSA) phone data collection program. Obama's call follows a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which found that the Act does not authorize ...[read more]
May 8, 2015
by Emelina Perez
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring universal background checks for all gun transfers, including noncommercial, online or gun show sales. In November voters passed Initiative 594 with 59 percent ...[read more]
May 2, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A new Washington, DC, law that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of their reproductive decisions will take effect on Saturday despite a Thursday House vote to strike down the law. The late vote by the divided US House of Representatives this week marks the first ...[read more]
April 4, 2015
by Jenna Decker
JURIST Guest Columnist Randall D. Eliason of the George Washington University Law School discusses DOJ's recent opposition to relaxed sentencing guidelines ... On March 12, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission held a public hearing on its annual proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing ...[read more]
March 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Nigeria held its presidential and gubernatorial elections Saturday in spite of violent attacks against voters by Boko Haram. The elections, originally scheduled for February 14, were postponed as Nigeria attempted to eradicate Boko Haram after reports that the group had acquired military-grade ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) faced its first challenges to its new Open Internet (net neutrality) Monday. USTelecom, an industry trade group, and Alamo Broadband, a Texas-based internet provider filed suit in Washington and New Orleans, respectively. According to the FCC, the basis ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by Marisa Rodrigues
JURIST Guest Columnist Timothy Jost of Washington and Lee University School of Law discusses how interpreting the ACA in King v. Burwell affect Medicaid and CHIP recipients ... An important issue flagged in the March 4 Supreme Court oral argument in King v. Burwell has until now been largely ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The District of Columbia (DC) on Thursday disregarded pressures from Congress and went forward with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Notwithstanding warnings of repercussions by leaders in Congress, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser affirmed that marijuana would be ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Alaska's voter initiative legalizing marijuana use takes effect Tuesday, making it the third state, along with Colorado and Washington, to legalize recreational marijuana. The ballot, which was approved by voters in November, allows adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and up ...[read more]
February 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Saturday that Washington is considering "additional sanctions" against Russia in light of the most recent events in Ukraine. In the statement, he accused Russia of engaging in "extraordinarily craven behavior at the expense of the sovereignty and ...[read more]

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