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Lula orders ‘federal intervention’ against rioters

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has declared a state of emergency in the Federal District of Brasilia after thousands of supporters of his right-wing predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, overran the Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidential Planalto Palace. The leftist leader, inaugurated just last week, gave the order …

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Apple CEO demands federal privacy law

Apple CEO Tim Cook has penned a letter to the US Congress urging lawmakers to enact federal privacy legislation. The law being requested would forbid app developers from passing user data to third parties without consent, and would crack down on targeted advertising. Apple is apparently better positioned than its …

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Biden federal judge nominee’s pro-Chevron work questioned

President Joe Biden nominated a list of judges this week, and one has particularly stood out due to her history with the Republican Party, including Donald Trump, and her involvement in a lawsuit by Chevron against environmental and human rights lawyer Steven Donziger.  “Outraged to learn that Biden has named …

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‘No federal solution’ for pandemic, Biden concedes

President Joe Biden has apparently backed down from his pre-election pledge to stop Covid-19 in its tracks, telling governors that it’s up to state governments to end the pandemic. “There is no federal solution,” Biden said on Monday in a teleconference with governors. “This gets solved at the state level.” …

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US federal judge overturns Texas ban on school mask mandates

In a ruling on Wednesday, US District Court Judge Lee Yeakel said that Abbott’s May executive order – which barred government agencies, including public schools, from mandating face masks – was at odds with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and put children with health conditions at higher risk. “The …

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