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Memorandum For Federal Prosecutors Regarding Department Charging and Sentencing Policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions put out a recent memorandum requiring federal prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense”. This memo asks prosecutors to seek and prosecute suspects for the crimes with the harshest penalties; that includes prosecuting…

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Student Loan Interest Rises

New Student loan borrowers will see a jump in their interest rates beginning in July. Interest rates on new government loans are set to rise by 0.69 percentage point (from 3.76 percent to 4.45 percent) nearly a 20 percent increase for undergraduate borrowers. Some graduate loan rates will also rise from 5.31 percent to 6 percent…

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Religious Exemption To Be Used To Discriminate In Texas Adoption Cases

On May 10, 2017, the House of Representatives of the Texas State Legislature approved House Bill 3859, popularly known as “The Freedom To Serve Children Act.” The bill provides a defense for state-funded faith-based private adoption agencies that will insulate them from potential lawsuits for their…

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Campaign Finance Issue Hiding Behind President Trump’s Executive Order On Religious Liberty and Free Speech

On May 4, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” Section 2 of the order ensures that the “Department of the Treasury [will] not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship…

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Trump’s Sanctuary City Executive Order and Legal Responses

On January 25th Trump signed an executive order entitled: “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States”, which called for federal funding to be withheld from states that allow sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities are cities that refuse to cooperate with Federal immigration officials. The order drew swift…

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Judge in Hawaii Blocks Trump’s Second Travel Ban

Judge Derrick Watson of the Federal District Court in Honolulu, issued a temporary restraining order which halted the travel ban nationwide.The revised travel ban executive order titled: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” was signed on March 6th. In his ruling…

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First Offshore Energy Strategy

This Executive Order by Trump has instructed his cabinet officials to open up millions of acres of federally administered waters for energy development. This new executive order will be a direct reversal of President Obamas’ attempts to keep the U.S. waters from lease sales to fossil fuel companies. The Trump administration…

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The Impact of ACHA on Jobs

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed in the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017. The Republican-sponsored bill aims to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the AHCA, Medicaid expansion would be rolled back, and its status as an entitelment program would end. Instead, the House Bill…

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Medicaid and Planned Parenthood in Texas

In 2011, Texas stopped receiving federal funding because it refused to comply with the federal law requiring states to fund any willing provider. The main reason for this refusal was Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the Medicaid waiver program. Texas instead opted to forgo about $30 million a year in federal funding and…

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Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act

On April 26th, President Trump issued an Executive Order targeting the Antiquities Act of 1906, which gives the president the power to designate national monuments on federal lands. The EO directs the Secretary of the Interior to review all presidential…

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