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President Biden officially recognized Pride Month in a proclamation titled: “FACT SHEET: The Biden-Harris Administration Champions LGBTQ+ Equality and Marks Pride Month”. It was issued on June 1, 2021.

There have been reports that Biden is the first President of the United States to recognize Pride Month, but that’s not accurate. Two of the previous presidents have also officially recognized Pride Month.

The proclamation begins with a few paragraphs in which President Biden officially recognizes Pride Month. After that is a list of accomplishments that the Biden-Harris administration want people to know about. …


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There has been an ongoing struggle between the National Rifle Association (NRA) and New York’s Attorney General Leticia James. Recently, the NRA dropped their lawsuit against her.

According to The Hill, the NRA said in a court filing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York that it is “voluntarily” withdrawing its lawsuit against Attorney General James. The court filing (dated June 4, 2021) is titled: “National Rifle Association of America’s Notice of Voluntary Dismissal”. It says very little.

Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(i), Plaintiff the National Rifle Association gives notice that the…


Governor Spencer Cox has empathy for young people who are transgender. We need more governors like him!

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There has been a whole lot of anti-transgender bills going through the legislature of various states. These types of bills all have one thing in common: their entire purpose is to harm people who are transgender.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox (Republican) refused to sign an anti-transgender bill that, if passed, would have prevented girls who are transgender from participating in girls K-12 sports. This is good news for not only transgender girls, but also their families. …


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The NRA tried to run away from the legal consequences of its actions. It didn’t work.

A federal judge has dismissed the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy case on May 11, 2021. This is bad news for the NRA, who hoped that the judge would allow them to leave the state of New York and flee to Texas to avoid facing legal consequences. This is a victory for New York Attorney General Leticia James, who can now pursue the state’s enforcement action against the NRA.

Judge Harlin Hale, a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the United States Bankruptcy Court Northern District…


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Federal protections override state laws that attempt to take away those protections. This means that the anti-trans laws that some states have passed into law are not legal — and can be overturned by the federal government.

The federal government gets its power to overturn state laws from the Supremacy Clause in the United States Constitution. Merriam-Webster describes the Supremacy Clause this way: a clause in Article VI of the U.S. …


There is something extremely satisfying about preventing companies, and advertisers, from grabbing your data for their own financial benefit.

Apple released its App Tracking Transparency feature with the iOS 14.5 update — and it is wonderful! For the first time, people can tell the apps that they have put on their iPhone or iPad to stop tracking them. It feels good to prevent apps from grabbing my data!

How the App Tracking Transparency Feature Works

Apple described its App Tracking Transparency feature this way:

App Tracking Transparency requires apps to get the user’s permission before tracking their data across apps or websites owned by other companies for…


The Task Force focuses on health equity in groups that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

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On January 21, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order titled: “Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery.” The order called for an emphasis on ensuring the people who were disproportionately affected by COVID-19 would receive the help they needed. It also called for the creation of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

The “Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery” started with:

“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the…


Based on the data, it does not look like the recall effort will get what it wants.

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California is one of the states that allows residents to attempt to remove a Governor through a recall. There is a specific process that must be followed in order to initiate a recall. In other words, it takes quite a bit of effort to force a recall, and there is no guarantee that it will succeed.

Why does California allow a recall?

Ballotpedia provides a detailed explanation of how the recall process works in California. Article 2, Sections 13–19, of the California Constitution grants the citizens of California the…


Housing discrimination needs to be abolished.

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On January 26, 2021, President Biden issued a “Memorandum on Redressing Our Nation’s and the Federal Government’s History of Discriminatory Housing Practices and Policies”. It was directed to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Biden’s choice for Secretary of HUD had yet to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

The memorandum starts with a section called “Background and Policy”. It provides some history about housing discrimination that some people may be unaware of. …


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