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Quick Glance: Constitutional Concerns Over Internal S.E.C. Tribunals
- Constitutional debate over the agency's authority to pursue enforcement actions before its own judges instead of federal courts.
- Supreme Court's conservative majority receptive to attack on primary Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement methods.
- Agency conducts some enforcement actions in internal tribunals rather than federal courts.
- Debate over the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's funding in October.
Quick Glance: Suspension of Panama Mine's Commercial Production
- First Quantum halts commercial production at the Cobre Panama mine after a court ruling declared the operating contract unconstitutional.
- The controversial contract granted First Quantum a 20-year mining right with an option to extend for another 20 years in exchange for $375 million in annual revenue to Panama.
- Cobre Panama contributes to about 1% of global copper production and about 5% of Panama's gross domestic product.
- Oct 29: Cortizo announces that Panama will hold a referendum to decide whether to terminate the contract with the Canadian mining company.
Quick Glance: Texas AG Argues Women Should Sue Doctors
- Beth Klusmann of the Texas Attorney General’s Office argued before the state Supreme Court that women should sue their doctors, not the state, over access to abortions.
- The Zurawski v. Texas case was brought by 22 women who said the state law had forced them to carry nonviable and dangerous pregnancies to term.
- Forty businesses have also signed a brief in support of the suit, arguing that ambiguities in the law have resulted in substantial financial cost: nearly $15 billion in lost revenues and businesses and employees leaving the state.
- Molly Duane, an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, argued to the court that doctors in Texas were allowed to perform abortions if they had a 'good faith' belief that they were necessary to save the life of the mother for most of Texas history.
Quick Glance: Court Decision Challenges Voting Rights Enforcement
- The legal dispute focuses on who is allowed to enforce key provisions of the landmark civil rights law.
- The judge ruled that only the head of the Justice Department can bring Section 2 lawsuits.
- The dispute could be brought before the full 8th Circuit Court and ultimately to the Supreme Court.
- The Arkansas State Conference NAACP and the Arkansas Public Policy Panel filed a Section 2 lawsuit, arguing that it dilutes the voting power of Black people.
Quick Glance: Supreme Court Denies Review of Derek Chauvin's Conviction
- The Supreme Court declined to review former police officer Derek Chauvin's conviction for the murder of George Floyd, reigniting the Black Lives Matter movement and sparking worldwide protests.
- Chauvin's request for the justices to hear his case was denied after Minnesota's top court declined to do so.
- The justices declined to take up Chauvin's appeal, allowing his conviction to stand.
- Nearly 11 months after Floyd's killing, a jury convicted Chauvin on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
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Quick Glance: Ethiopian Artist Sets African Art-World Record
- South Sudan deploys troops as key part of peace process
- First unified South Sudan forces complete training
- South African researchers announce safe treatment for children with MDR-TB
- South Africa's National Rugby Union star Ox Nche honored
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Quick Glance: Supreme Court Blocks Florida Anti-Drag Law
- Florida's law limiting drag shows remains blocked, dealing a blow to Gov. Ron DeSantis' initiative.
- The high court was asked to narrow a lower court’s injunction blocking the law from being enforced statewide.
- Justices addressed the First Amendment complexities of the case and called the case an 'imperfect vehicle' for deciding some questions.
- The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals declined Florida’s emergency application for a stay, prompting the state’s appeal to the Supreme Court.
Quick Glance: Holiday Sales Surge Driven by Enthusiastic Shoppers
- Black Friday saw unadjusted year-over-year increases in both in-store and online retail sales.
- In-store sales jumped by over 1%, while e-commerce led with an 8.5% increase.
- The majority of shoppers did their browsing and purchasing on their mobile devices, resulting in $5.3 billion in mobile sales.
- Adobe predicts that Cyber Monday will be the largest retail event of the year, generating a record $12 billion in sales, over 6% higher than last year.
Quick Glance: Judge Rules Trump Stays on Colorado Ballot Despite Involvement in Insurrection
- Colorado judge rejects attempt to remove Donald Trump from ballot due to his involvement in an insurrection.
- High-profile challenges against Trump backed by well-funded advocacy groups have so far failed.
- Judge decides Trump can remain on the ballot despite involvement in an insurrection.
- Colorado Secretary of State expects the case to go through the appeals process and will respect the ruling when the primary elections happen next year.
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