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Today’s top eight stories, including the Senate agreed to ratify Finland’s and Sweden’s bids to join NATO; Some of California’s most expensive cities will ask voters if empty homes should be taxed to relieve pressure on the housing market; President Biden signed an executive order to protect people crossing state lines to get abortions, and more.
Senate votes to ratify Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership
In a broad bipartisan vote, the Senate on Wednesday agreed to ratify Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership bids, a significant geopolitical move for the Western alliance following the invasion in course of Ukraine by Russia.
Biden signs executive order supporting travel for abortions
President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order to protect people crossing state lines to get abortions, Biden’s second executive order on abortion access since the Supreme Court overturned it. Roe vs. Wade earlier this summer.
Coinbase asks High Court to stop user lawsuits
A cryptocurrency giant on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to stay two lawsuits against it to avoid litigation and discovery while it pursues an appeal.
Trump’s War With YouTube Stayed Until The Twitter Fight Ended
A federal judge on Wednesday suspended former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit asking YouTube to reinstate his social media account pending Trump’s appeal dismissing his case against Twitter.
Amid housing crisis, California cities seek to target vacant homes with taxes
The city of Berkeley joins a growing list of California cities planning to ask voters whether owners of vacant homes should be taxed to relieve unprecedented pressure on the housing market.
Alleged Highland Park shooter pleads not guilty to all charges
Robert Crimo III, the suspected shooter in the July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park, Ill., pleaded not guilty to all counts in an arraignment Wednesday morning.
Judge Finds Jan-Pro Janitors Wrongly Classified as Contractors and Owe Expenses
Janitors at commercial cleaning giant Jan-Pro Franchising count as employees, not independent contractors, under California wage orders and must be reimbursed for their uniforms, cleaning supplies, mandatory training and deductions lawsuits for the marketing and management fees of Jan-Pro, a federally ruled judge.
The West Calls Russia a Fascist Threat, But Experts Say That’s Wrong and Damaging
To explain the horrific events unfolding in Ukraine, a chilling narrative about Russia as a fascist state ruled by “dictator” Vladimir Putin has spread in the West. The problem is that many experts on Russian politics say this is a false or misleading interpretation of why Ukraine is embroiled in war.
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