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Entries for March 2019

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Honoring the Veterans of the Vietnam War

“On the worst days, no one expected to get through it alive. A despair set in among members of the battalion that the older ones, the veterans of two other wars, had never seen before.” The bestselling book, "Dispatches," a 260-page memoir by war correspondent Michael Herr, includes this up-close perspective of the soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War.

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What Does DOJ’s Change of Position in the ACA Litigation Mean?

DOJ has informed the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it has changed course and agrees with the lower court that the entire ACA was properly invalidated.

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Category: Health
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SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument in Partisan Gerrymandering Cases

The Supreme Court heard oral argument—yet again—in two cases arguing it should adopt a standard for when partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional.

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Supreme Court to Decide Case Involving D.C. Sniper

Lee Boyd Malvo, a partner in the notorious “D.C. Sniper” case that involved 10 murders over the course of seven weeks in 2002, wants to have his sentence of life without parole reconsidered in a complicated Supreme Court case.

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SCOTUS to Decide Whether States May Abolish the Insanity Defense

The technical legal question the Supreme Court will address in Kahler v. Kansas is whether the Eighth and 14th Amendments permit a state to abolish the insanity defense.

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Supreme Court to Decide Jury Unanimity Case

In Ramos v. Louisiana, accepted for consideration this week, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Sixth Amendment requiring a unanimous verdict in criminal jury trials applies to the states.

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College Admission Scandal Highlights Cash Bail Issues

Celebrities—are they really just like us? Fans of Aunt Becky (“Full House”) and Lynette Scavo (“Desperate Housewives”) were dismayed to learn allegations of the actresses’ involvement in the highly publicized college admissions bribing scandal.

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Washington State Loses Tribal Tax Supreme Court Case

In this case, the Supreme Court held 5-4 that a treaty forbids the state of Washington from imposing a tax upon members of the Yakama Nation who import fuel.

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NCSL Seeks Winning Website for 2019 Online Democracy Award

NCSL is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Online Democracy Award. If you are proud of your legislature, chamber or caucus website, please enter to win no later than Friday, April 12.

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Pentagon Identifies Projects Potentially Affected by Emergency Declaration

President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a border wall could affect up to $3.6 billion in military construction funds, known as MILCON,  intended to be used for military readiness, housing and other projects in states.

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