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An appeals court has ruled that a Texas library must reinstate eight of 17 banned books. The ruling comes after the books were banned by local officials and ordered to be removed from library shelves.

Government can’t ban books even if they include ‘butts and farts,’ court says

A federal appeals court ordered eight of 17 books removed from a Texas library be returned to the shelves within 24 hours on Thursday, June 6. The court said books cannot be restricted based on whether someone dislikes the content, even if it does include “butts and farts.” The ruling comes after parents in Llano…

What's next now that Hunter Biden has been convicted on all 3 federal gun charges? Learn more in the Morning Rundown for June 12. The Morning Rundown™

Hunter Biden Convicted on all 3 federal gun charges

Hunter Biden has been convicted on all charges in his federal gun trial and what that could mean for his future. And a federal judge says a Florida law blocking treatment for trans youth is “unconstitutional.” These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Wednesday, June 12. Hunter Biden convicted on all 3 federal gun…

The Virginia Chapter of the NAACP and five students are planning on filing a lawsuit against a school board that voted to restore the names of two schools to Confederate leaders.

Virginia NAACP files suit against school board that restored Confederate names

The Virginia chapter of the NAACP, along with five students, has announced plans to file a lawsuit against the Shenandoah County Public School Board on Tuesday, June 11. This federal lawsuit follows the board’s decision to reinstate Confederate names at two Virginia schools. The lawsuit contends that the school board’s action to change the names…

Donald Trump's sentencing set for July 11 after NY felony conviction. Possible penalties include fine, probation or house arrest.

What to expect following guilty verdict in Trump criminal trial

Following the guilty verdict in Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York on Thursday, May 30, sentencing is scheduled for July 11. However, the former president is likely to appeal the conviction, as he has asserted that the charges were politically motivated and legally flawed. Trump was convicted of falsifying business records and a Class E felony…

Louisiana law creates 25-foot buffer space between police, citizens

Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry signed legislation that makes it a crime to knowingly approach within 25 feet of a police officer. An individual cannot approach an officer when they are “engaged in law enforcement duties” and the officer has ordered the person to stay back. Buffer zone or First Amendment infringement? Proponents of the new…

Justice Samuel Alito refuses recusal from Trump-related cases, denies knowledge of symbolic flags put up by his wife.

Justice Alito dismisses calls to recuse himself over flag controversy

Justice Samuel Alito has declined requests to recuse himself from two Supreme Court cases involving former President Donald Trump and the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol due to flags displayed outside his homes. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urged Alito to recuse himself. Alito stated in letters to House…

Could the California health care minimum wage increase be delayed? Budget deficit and financial challenges raise concerns.

California considers delaying health care workers’ pay raise due to budget deficit

A law signed in 2023 by California Gov. Gavin Newsom aimed to boost the minimum wage for health care workers but it now faces potential postponement. The legislation, which was supposed to take effect on June 1, seeks to raise the minimum wage to $25 per hour for nearly all workers in health care facilities, including janitors. Costly…

The Biden administration is in regulatory overdrive. The House should pass the Hands Off Our Home Appliances Act without delay.

Senate must pass Hands Off Our Home Appliances Act

On May 7, the House passed a bill blocking the Biden administration from banning everyday home appliances that run on natural gas. The Hands Off Our Home Appliances Act would force the Department of Energy (DOE) to take into account the cost-effectiveness of any new energy conversation standards. GOP lawmakers blamed Biden’s climate agenda for…

A new potential buyer for TikTok has emerged, billionaire, Frank McCourt, who wants to fundamentally change the app and the internet.

Potential buyer of TikTok emerges in hopes of fundamentally changing app

A new U.S. law signed by President Joe Biden on April 24 is forcing ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, to sell the app by Jan. 19 or face a ban in the United States. Meanwhile, a potential buyer has emerged and he’s hoping to fundamentally change the app and social media. Former Los Angeles…

TikTok users and the company sue the U.S. government over a law forcing a sale or ban, citing free speech rights.

TikTok users sue federal government over law that could ban app

A group of TikTok users has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, contesting a new law that could compel the sale of the popular video-sharing app or result in its U.S. ban. The eight users, collectively boasting millions of followers, argue that the law signed by President Joe Biden violates their First Amendment rights. They contend that…

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