Biden will extend payment pause for student loan borrowers. Yet timeline remains unclear

An aide for the incoming Biden administration said last week the president-elect will extend the payment pause and interest waiver for student loan borrowers beyond this month, when it was set to expire. That means the 42 million Americans with federal student loans will have more time before they need to start making their monthly … More Biden will extend payment pause for student loan borrowers. Yet timeline remains unclear

Trump campaign suffers another legal setback in Wisconsin case – POLITICO

“This court does not have jurisdiction to hear it because of sovereign immunity,” Adams ruled, referring to a legal principle limiting many lawsuits against the state and federal governments to cases where they’ve been specifically authorized by legislation. During the session, the state’s most senior election attorney appeared to tweak the GOP for hiring an … More Trump campaign suffers another legal setback in Wisconsin case – POLITICO

Federal Regulators Are Rewriting Environmental Rules So a Massive Pipeline Can Be Built

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that environmental groups are likely to prevail in a case arguing federal and state regulators wrongly approved the Mountain Valley Pipeline through a streamlined review process for which the project isn’t eligible. If this sounds familiar, it is. A strikingly similar thing happened two years ago. In … More Federal Regulators Are Rewriting Environmental Rules So a Massive Pipeline Can Be Built

Provision in Defense Bill extends noise monitoring of Growler flights for 12 months, requires data be made available to the public

Last year, the Navy added 36 Growler aircraft to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The additions increased airfield activity by up to a third. Cantwell and Larsen’s provision requires the Secretary of the Navy to conduct real-time monitoring of noise from flights at two West Coast Navy installations, including the field carrier landing practice at … More Provision in Defense Bill extends noise monitoring of Growler flights for 12 months, requires data be made available to the public

‘An egregious violation’: WA sues Navy for dumping toxic paint into Puget Sound | Crosscut

From Jan. 6 to 27, 2017, the Navy scraped up to 700 cubic yards (the equivalent of 70 dump truckloads) of debris from the hull of the Independence into the water. An unknown fraction of that material consisted of copper-laced paint chips — enough to raise the concentration of copper above permissible levels. The debris and chips still … More ‘An egregious violation’: WA sues Navy for dumping toxic paint into Puget Sound | Crosscut

Switzerland: Responsible Business Initiative rejected at ballot box despite gaining 50.7% of popular vote – Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 29 November, the Responsible Business Initiative was narrowly rejected. While the initiative received 50.7% of the popular vote, it only gained 8.5 of the required 12 regional majorities across Switzerland’s cantons. A majority of both the popular vote and cantonal vote is needed for an initiative to pass. The reporting-centred proposal without liability rules … More Switzerland: Responsible Business Initiative rejected at ballot box despite gaining 50.7% of popular vote – Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On This Day in History: United States v. Kozminski – Trafficking Matters

In 1983, after Robert and Louis had been working on the Kozminski farm for more than 10 years, a concerned local herdsman noticed the physical condition of the men and reported it to authorities. Upon investigation, the two men were found to be living “in poor health, in squalid conditions, and in relative isolation from … More On This Day in History: United States v. Kozminski – Trafficking Matters

Nestle and Cargill argue to further limit the ability of victims of human rights abuses abroad to use U.S. courts to sue

The court was hearing arguments in the case by phone because of the coronavirus pandemic. If the court were to accept Nestle and Cargill’s arguments, that could further limit the ability of victims of human rights abuses abroad to use U.S. courts to sue. But both liberal and conservative justices asked questions that were skeptical … More Nestle and Cargill argue to further limit the ability of victims of human rights abuses abroad to use U.S. courts to sue

Student loan payments: Moratorium on federal loan payments extended until Jan. 31 – The Washington Post

“The coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges for many students and borrowers, and this temporary pause in payments will help those who have been impacted,” DeVos said in a statement Friday. “The added time also allows Congress to do its job and determine what measures it believes are necessary and appropriate. The Congress, not the executive … More Student loan payments: Moratorium on federal loan payments extended until Jan. 31 – The Washington Post

Democrats Push ‘Abolition Amendment’ To Fully Erase Slavery From U.S. Constitution

A joint resolution dubbed the Abolition Amendment, introduced by Democrats in the House and Senate Wednesday, seeks to correct that. It would remove the “punishment” clause from the amendment, which effectively allows members of prison populations to be used as cheap and free labor. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime … More Democrats Push ‘Abolition Amendment’ To Fully Erase Slavery From U.S. Constitution