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A late-night ruling out of the Fifth Circuit allows the popular abortion pill mifepristone to stay on shelves nationwide but under limited circumstances after the appeals court handed the government a partial stay of the order that would have halted the FDA's approval of mifepristone. Read more»

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs opinion last June overturned the constitutional right to an abortion that stood for nearly half a century

Democratic attorneys general from 23 states - including Arizona - and the District of Columbia weighed in with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, supporting access to the abortion medication mifepristone. Read more»

At present, federal law prohibits persons subject to final – rather than temporary – domestic violence protection orders from purchasing or possessing firearms.

A recent Supreme Court ruling which held that a firearm restriction must be analogous to laws in existence when the country was founded is the basis for recent rulings that struck down the federal law prohibiting guns for people subject to domestic violence protection orders. Read more»

Confusion in the lower courts could mean the Supreme Court will have to take up this issue again to clarify how its new test should be applied.

Gun regulations preventing domestic abusers from possessing firearms were shot down on Thursday at the Fifth Circuit not because modern society deems them unnecessary but because the founding generation did. Read more»

High school and college students gather in November 2019 in central Phoenix to advocate for immigration reform that covers undocumented families.

A ruling from the 5th Circuit Court that kept the ultimate fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in limbo has left the more than 22,000 DACA recipients in Arizona, and as many as 44,000 more who could potentially qualify for the program, without recourse. Read more»

The policy is geared toward people brought into the U.S. illegally as children or who became undocumented along with their parents when their visas expired.

A federal program that has protected more than 600,000 young immigrants from deportation has “fundamental substantial defects,” a Fifth Circuit panel ruled, siding with a Texas-led coalition of red states who aim to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals within two years. Read more»

A controversial Texas law allowing citizens to sue social media platforms for censoring political speech takes effect after a federal appellate court reversed an injunction blocking the law from enforcement. Read more»

The Inflation Reduction Act includes an expansion of lease sales off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico.

One day after the Biden administration prevailed in a Fifth Circuit order upholding its suspension of new oil and gas leases on public land, a federal judge whose preliminary injunction was vacated by the appeals court issued a permanent block on the pause. Read more»

The Biden adminstration noted to qualify for DACA people have must lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.

The Biden administration told a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel Wednesday that eliminating DACA 10 years after it was started would cause major disruptions for so-called Dreamers, their U.S. citizen children and employers. Read more»

The decision comes as businessman Elon Musk is poised to buy Twitter and possibly remake the company’s moderation policies — a move that conservatives have cheered.

A panel on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday reinstated a Republican-backed Texas law that prohibits large social media companies from banning users over their political viewpoints. Read more»

Protesters stand at the front steps of the state Capitol in opposition to Texas' abortion restrictions law on Oct. 2, 2021.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday sent the legal challenge to Texas’ restrictive abortion law to the state’s Supreme Court, a move that is expected to significantly delay the case and that abortion opponents had hoped would occur. Read more»

The Supreme Court initially declined to block the law from going to effect but agreed in October to hear arguments from the abortion providers and the Biden administration, which is also challenging the law.

Abortion providers challenging a Texas law banning almost all abortions in the state asked the Supreme Court Monday to order the Fifth Circuit of Appeals to send their case to a federal district court in an attempt to avoid a delay in its resolution. Read more»

Ranging from Republican states and conservative organizations to business groups and construction workers, groups challenging the mandate claim that OSHA does not have the authority to mandate vaccines.

American jurisprudence on vaccine mandates dates back over 100 years, but the Supreme Court will likely focus on a 40-year-old administrative precedent to determine if President Joe Biden can require COVID-19 vaccines and testing for large private businesses. Read more»

Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are seen at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.

The Supreme Court received at least 11 emergency applications on Monday challenging the federal mandate for businesses with over 100 employees to require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing. Read more»

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke last month during a press conference outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton pledged to take his fight against a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate to the Supreme Court after the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 vote that the mandate set by the Biden administration could go back into effect. Read more»

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