Federal judge blocks Kentucky Medicaid work requirement

A federal judge on Friday blocked [opinion, PDF] a proposed Kentucky Medicaid plan that would include work requirements as a condition of receiving the state’s subsidized health coverage. Under the proposed Kentucky plan, titled Kentucky HEALTH, the state would impose “community-engagement” requirements for both traditional and expansion Medicaid populations. It also included a new mandate...

Amnesty calls on Egypt lawmakers to reject online censorship laws

Amnesty International (AI) called [press release] Monday for the Egyptian parliament to vote down proposed laws [text, in Arabic] that would increase the government’s control over online content. Najia Bounaim [Twitter profile], Director of Campaigns in North Africa, said, These proposed laws would increase the Egyptian government’s already broad powers to monitor, censor and block social media and blogs,...

Federal judge orders two month delay in Michael Flynn sentencing

The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday ordered [text, PDF] a two month delay in Michael Flynn’s sentencing hearing for his guilty plea [JURIST report] concerning charges related to making false statements to the FBI. The order comes in response to requests from both Special Counsel Robert Muller and Flynn’s defense team...

Malaysia former Prime Minister arrested in corruption investigation

he former Prime Minister of Malaysia,  Najib Razak, was arrested on Tuesday due to his alleged involvement in theft from a state-owned development company called 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) [BBC report].  Razak is accused of stealing $700 million dollars from the fund, and the United States Department of Justice [press release] alleges that a total of $4.5...

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Imposition of law in Swedish without consent as rape

(LawSiteBlog) A tough new law that will recognise sex without explicit consent as rape comes into effect in Sweden on Sunday, after the country was rocked by the #MeToo movement denouncing sexual harassment and assault. The law stipulates that a person has committed rape if they have been part of a sexual act in which...

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The depressing predictability of the immigration debate

Sometime over the next week, an immigration bill that aims to resolve the fate of DACA and fund President Trump’s border wall will very likely fail to secure a majority of votes on the House floor — dying an ignominious death so familiar to those who have followed the repeated legislative attempts to address the country’s...

Greek lawmakers reject no-confidence vote

Greek lawmakers have rejected a no-confidence motion in the government brought by the main opposition party over a deal to change the name of Macedonia and end a decades-old dispute with Greece’s northern neighbor. Lawmakers voted 153-127 in the 300-member parliament Saturday against the motion to oust the left-led government over the deal renaming the...