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U.S. Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion ban

By Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung WASHINGTON – Texas’ new abortion ban, the strictest in the nation, stood on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block it, dealing a major blow to abortion rights by leaving in place the state law, which prohibits the vast majority of abortions. The decision is a major …

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CDC eviction ban ended by Supreme Court: 4 questions about its impact answered by a housing law expert

The Supreme Court on Aug. 26, 2021, ended the Biden administration’s ban on evictions, putting millions at risk of losing their homes. The ruling, by a divided court, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its authority in continuing a moratorium on evictions after Congress failed to pass new legislation. We asked legal …

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Thousands march in Washington, U.S. cities for voting rights

By Merdie Nzanga and Nathan Layne Thousands of protesters rallied in Washington and other U.S. cities on Saturday to demand protections for voting rights, aiming to pressure lawmakers to pass legislation to counter a wave of ballot restrictions in Republican-led states. Held on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1963 March on Washington, …

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Pandemic-stricken mass transit would get $85 billion in Biden stimulus plan – a down payment on reviving American cities

Congress now has control over what kind of commute – good, bad, awful – workers returning to offices in the U.S. will have. President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan, released in March 2021, includes US$85 billion for city transit agencies to improve their systems by purchasing new buses and train cars and maintaining subway stations …

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Ghanaian President Visits Switzerland and Sets The Tone for Europe

In the past few years, Nana Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana, has advocated for a new relationship between Africa and the West. Over the preceding decades, African countries have developed relations with Western nations, where the West supplies aid. However, this has left these countries such as Ghana under the whims of the policy of …

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A New America – How Biden Plans to Fix Our Biggest Problems

Historically speaking, in times of great economic and societal stress, governments are often able to pass sweeping progressive legislation to revamp the country’s system. In the case of the United States, one can see this effect most prominently in FDR’s presidency, where the Great Depression gave him political power that allowed him to push sweeping …

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OUR PATH FORWARD TO ADVANCE RACIAL EQUITY

By Brian Lamb Brian Lamb is Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at JPMorgan Chase & Co. 2020 was one of the most tumultuous chapters in recent history for Black Americans. We saw numerous reminders that systemic racism brings devastating consequences for individuals, families and communities. The COVID-19 pandemic is tearing through Black communities across …

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Historic Confirmation of African American Secretary of Defense

On January 21st, Congress approved a waiver for the Biden Administration to allow retired General Lloyd Austin to be a candidate for Defense Secretary. Days after, General Austin was approved as Defense Secretary and head of the Pentagon, becoming the first African American Secretary of Defense. During his confirmation hearings, it was clear that General …

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