Supreme Court blocks redraw of GOP-friendly congressional map in Alabama
In a 5-4 vote Monday evening, the Supreme Court reinstated a new Republican-friendly congressional map in Alabama that a lower court blocked for violating the Voting Rights Act and diluting the influence of Black voters.
When nominating judges gets more political, filling seats requires strategy
Presidents are increasingly avoiding filling vacancies in states held by the opposition party during their first year in office.
White House task force outlines strategies to help workers unionize
With 70 policy recommendations, a White House task force on labor released a report Monday with the goal of making it easier for federal employees and contractors to join unions.
Massachusetts high court expands social media privacy rights
A man who was careless with his privacy settings and accepted an anonymous “friend request” from someone who turned out to be an undercover cop became the unlikely catalyst Monday for a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision that expands the privacy rights of social media users.
‘Doorknockers’ challenge to California gig-worker law goes before Ninth Circuit
An Oxnard, California, political action committee and a Florida provider of canvassing services went before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to argue that a state law that qualifies "doorknockers" and signature gatherers as employees rather than independent contractors violates their free speech rights.
De-escalation talks intensify over Ukraine as Macron visits Putin
Talks to avert a major war in Europe are intensifying as French President Emmanuel Macron flew to Moscow on Monday for delicate talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and, to the annoyance of Washington, called on the West to take Russia's concerns about NATO expansion into consideration.
Melting glaciers may contribute less to sea level rise than previously thought
Climate scientists have long warned how much water could be displaced into the ocean by melting glaciers. Now, experts say they have a new idea on just how much that amount could be — and it’s actually a little less than we thought.
Researchers engineer human spinal cord implants to treat paralysis
Researchers engineered and implanted functional human spinal cord tissues that showed success in treating paralysis in lab models.
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