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In their letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, the senators ask what steps the department has taken to enforce compliance with FARA for Al Jazeera and are seeking documents related to the determination of AJ+’s foreign agent status. The senators are also asking what steps the department has taken to require Rightly to register under FARA. Those same lawmakers and others first raised concerns about Al Jazeera’s FARA compliance in 2019.
This week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined fellow Republican U.S. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John Cornyn of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Rob Portman of Ohio, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Todd Young of Indiana to send a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting a detailed briefing on the reported U.S. Department of Justice’s amnesty program, which would allow U.S. academics to disclose past foreign funding without fear of prosecution for their disclosures.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Champions Fair Housing for Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Survivors Act
This week, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, continued their push for the “Fair Housing for Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Survivors Act” which will “provide legal protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and sex trafficking who are seeking housing.”
In 2012, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., narrowly defeated former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings and they clashed last week on President Joe Biden’s new executive orders on guns.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that it may be time to treat social media platforms as common carriers.
Originally passed and enacted into law in 1994, the “Violence Against Women Act” (VAWA) created the Office on Violence Against Women in the U.S. Department of Justice and authorized federal funds to investigate crimes against women. Supporters of the new bill adds more protection for immigrant, Native American and LGBT women while doing more to stop stalkers from getting firearms.
Rick Scott Urges Merrick Garland to Hold China Accountable, Protect Americans’ Constitutional Rights
At the end of last week, Scott sent a letter to new U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland outlining his priorities for the attorney general and the U.S. Department of Justice.