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Julian Assange Will Not Be Extradited to U.S. until Death Penalty Is off the Table
4/1/2024 -

Julian Assange, Australian Wikileaks founder, will not be extradited to the United States until the U.K. receives assurances that Assange will be “afforded the same First Amendment protections as a United States citizen, and that the death penalty is not imposed.”

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CVS and Walgreens to Dispense Abortion Drug in Legal States
3/13/2024 -

On Jan. 3, 2023, the FDA announced that certified pharmacies will be allowed to dispense the abortion medication mifepristone to people with a prescription, removing the requirement that only a healthcare provider may dispense the medication. In Mar. 2024, CVS and Walgreens announced their stores would begin dispensing mifepristone in legal states on a rolling basis.

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U.S. House Passes Bill to Force TikTok Sale or Face Ban on App Stores
3/13/2024 -

On Mar. 13, 2024, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Protecting Americans From Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act,” which would force ByteDance to sell TikTok or face a ban in American app stores. While the bill passed the House 352-65 and President Biden has indicated support, the bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate where there is no companion bill and Senator Schumer has not indicated whether the Senate will add the legislation to the schedule.

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France First to Constitutionally Enshrine Abortion Rights
3/4/2024 -

On Mar. 4, 2024, France became the first country to enshrine abortion rights in the country’s constitution. The constitutional amendment makes abortion up to 14 weeks a “guaranteed freedom,” meaning future lawmakers will not be able to “drastically modify” the protection. 

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First OTC Birth Control Pill Begins Shipping to Stores
3/4/2024 -

Opill began shipping to retail stores on Mar. 4, 2024. One month of the progestin-only pill is priced at $19.99, with three months costing $49.99.

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Updated: State-by-State Raw Milk Laws
2/20/2024 -

States may adopt their own laws on raw milk sales. Most states have state-wide laws, but a few leave decisions to local governments.

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U.S. House Impeaches Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
2/14/2024 -

Mayorkas is only the second cabinet member to ever be impeached (the first was William W. Belknap, U.S. Secretary of War, who was impeached and acquitted in 1876).

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Updated Topic: Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?
2/14/2024 -

Find new pro and con arguments, quotes, and updated resources.

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Updated Topic: Drones
2/1/2024 -

Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?

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Russian Figure Skater Kamila Valieva Banned for Four Years
1/30/2024 -

Kamila Valieva, who was 15 at the time, tested positive for three banned drugs ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but the results were not known until after the Russian team had won. As a a result officials concluded medals would not be awarded for a completed event for the first time in Olympic history.

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American Minimum Wage Hikes
1/29/2024 -

Find out the minimum wage rate in all 50 states, D.C., and the five populated U.S. territories.

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New York To Consider Reparations
1/29/2024 -

In Dec. 2023, New York joined California and Illinois in considering statewide reparations.

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FDA Authorized Florida Drug Imports from Canada
1/29/2024 -

On Jan. 5, 2024, the FDA authorized Florida to import prescription drugs from Canada. The authorization is the first for the nation just the first step in Floridians importing prescription drugs.

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Nearly 200 Countries Agree To Transition Away From Fossil Fuels
1/26/2024 -

Convened by the United Nations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the nations came to a non-binding agreement after two weeks of debate. The agreement is the first time the nations have explicitly agreed to a transition away from fossil fuel use.

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Alabama Carries Out Nation’s First Execution Using Nitrogen Hypoxia
1/26/2024 -

Kenneth Eugene Smith, convicted of the murder-for-hire of a preacher’s wife in 1988, was executed on Jan. 25, 2024, in Alabama. The execution was the first using nitrogen hypoxia in the United States and the first time a new method of execution has been introduced in the country since lethal injection was introduced in 1982.

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