Senate votes to ratify Finland, Sweden joining NATO
In a broad bipartisan vote, the Senate agreed Wednesday to ratify Finland and Sweden’s bids to join NATO, a significant geopolitical move for the Western alliance in the wake of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Biden signs executive order supporting travel for abortions
President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aiming to protect people crossing state lines to get an abortion, the second presidential order Biden’s made regarding abortion access since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this summer.
Coinbase asks high court to halt user suits
A cryptocurrency giant asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to pause two lawsuits against it to stave off litigation and discovery while it pursues an appeal.
Trump war with YouTube stayed until Twitter fight ends
A federal judge on Wednesday stayed former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit demanding YouTube reinstate his social media account pending Trump's appeal of the dismissal of his case against Twitter.
Amid housing crisis, California cities look to target vacant homes with taxes
The city of Berkeley joins a growing list of California cities planning to ask voters whether property owners with vacant homes should be taxed to relieve unprecedented pressure on the housing market.
Suspected Highland Park shooter pleads not guilty to all charges
Robert Crimo III, the alleged gunman in the Fourth of July mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, pleaded not guilty on all counts in a Wednesday morning arraignment.
Judge finds Jan-Pro janitors misclassified as contractors, owed expenses
Janitors for commercial cleaning giant Jan-Pro Franchising count as employees, not independent contractors, under California’s wage orders and must be reimbursed for their uniforms, cleaning supplies, mandatory training, and unlawful deductions for Jan-Pro’s marketing and management fees, a federal judge ruled.
West labels Russia a fascist menace, but experts say that’s wrong and damaging
To explain the horrific events taking place in Ukraine, a chilling narrative about Russia being a fascist state run by “the dictator” Vladimir Putin has taken hold in the West. The problem is many experts on Russia's politics say it's a false or misleading rendering of why Ukraine is engulfed in war.
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