Turbulent Times: Legal Battles and Political Drama in the US

From significant legal battles challenging the SEC to political drama involving former president Trump and his prosecutions, the current landscape of US news is intense and multifaceted. Additionally, landmark rulings and legal actions on gender-affirming healthcare, gun control, environmental regulations, and historical injustices reflect the deeply polarized and dynamic state of US domestic affairs.

Reuters | Updated: 12-06-2024 05:21 IST | Created: 12-06-2024 05:21 IST
Turbulent Times: Legal Battles and Political Drama in the US

Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.

Analysis-As Supreme Court decisions loom, a legal assault is weakening SEC's power

A legal assault on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is chipping away at its powers to oversee Wall Street and is likely to intensify with two imminent Supreme Court rulings. A U.S. appeals court last week overturned a major SEC rule imposing stricter oversight of private funds, in a fresh blow for Democratic Chair Gary Gensler's ambitious agenda to boost transparency and stamp out conflicts of interest on Wall Street.

Manhattan DA to testify to House committee after Trump sentencing

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg will testify before Congress on July 12, a day after former U.S. President Donald Trump is sentenced in his hush money case, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Republicans on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said on X they had also secured testimony from Matthew Colangelo, a prosecutor on Bragg's team and a former Justice Department official.

US industry groups sue to block 'forever chemical' drinking-water rule

U.S. manufacturing and chemical industry groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to block a federal rule announced this year setting the first-ever drinking water standard to protect people against toxic "forever chemicals." The rule is intended to reduce exposure to the group of 15,000 chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for approximately 100 million people. It would avoid deaths that have been linked to PFAS, according to the EPA.

Supreme Court's Alito appears to back US return to 'godliness' in secret recording

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in a secret recording made public on Monday by a liberal activist can be heard agreeing with the sentiment that the U.S. should return "to a place of godliness." Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the recording that activist Lauren Windsor posted on social media and provided to the media outlet Rolling Stone.

US judge strikes down Florida ban on gender-affirming healthcare

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that parts of Florida's ban of puberty blockers and hormone therapy for transgender children and restrictions on gender-affirming healthcare for adults are unconstitutional and ordered that it not be enforced.

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the restrictions into law in 2023, banning people under the age of 18 from receiving puberty blockers or hormone therapy to treat gender dysphoria, though the law allowed children who had begun receiving gender-affirming care before May 17, 2023, to continue to do so with new restrictions.

Johnson & Johnson reaches $700 million talc settlement with US states

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $700 million to settle an investigation by 42 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. into its marketing of baby powder and other talc-based products blamed for allegedly causing cancer. The settlement resolves charges that Johnson & Johnson misled consumers into believing its talc products, which it sold for more than a century before stopping, were safe.

President's son Hunter Biden convicted of lying about drug use to buy gun

President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden was convicted by a jury on Tuesday of lying about his illegal drug use to buy a gun, making him the first child of a sitting U.S. president to be convicted of a crime. A 12-member jury in Wilmington, Delaware - the Bidens' hometown - found the defendant guilty on all three counts against him.

Battle for Congress: Republicans pick favorites in Nevada, South Carolina

Republican Sam Brown will try to walk away with his party's nomination for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in Nevada, one of four states where voters will make their party picks for the November general election. Brown, a former U.S. Army captain backed by Senate Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, hopes to fend off two rivals, including Donald Trump's former U.S. ambassador to Iceland Jeff Gunter, in a battle that could impact Republican hopes of winning Senate control.

Rights group sues Virginia school district over Confederate names

Virginia's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against a school district that restored the names of Confederate generals at two public schools. The move by Shenandoah County Public School sends a message of "Black inferiority and subjugation," the complaint filed by the NAACP chapter in the U.S. District Court in Virginia said.

Biden speaks on gun safety after his son is found guilty on firearms charges

President Joe Biden showcased his administration's efforts to cut down on illegal gun trafficking and reduce crime at a gun violence prevention summit on Tuesday, just hours after his son Hunter was convicted of lying about his drug use to illegally buy a gun. Biden issued a written statement saying he accepted the outcome of the case, but did not address the issue during an address on Tuesday to survivors of gun violence, mayors, parents and educators. Biden was set to return to Wilmington, Delaware later in the day to be with his son.

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