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Debra Brown | Wednesday December 27th 2017

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Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


Eric Schneiderman, N.Y. Attorney General, Sues Trump Administration for the 100th Time.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has pursued a total of 100 legal or administration actions against President Trump and congressional Republicans since Mr. Trump entered office, The New York Times reported. A lawsuit announced recently by Mr. Schneiderman in response to the Federal Communication Commission’s decision to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections marked the 100th time his office has taken aim at the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress.


Civil Rights Groups Sue Ben Carson, HUD For Allegedly Aiding Affordable Housing Segregation.

Civil rights organizations launched a lawsuit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for stalling a rule that would help families with low incomes secure affordable housing.

In August, HUD announced that it would suspend the Small Area Fair Market Rent Final Rule, which aims to use more localized rental standards so that people with vouchers that help cover their rent can afford to live in areas that are not poverty-stricken.


UN General Assembly Rejects Trump’s Jerusalem Move.

A majority of United Nations member states has defied unprecedented threats by the US to declare President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void”. The non-binding resolution was approved at a UN General Assembly emergency meeting with 128 votes in favor and nine against, while 35 countries abstained.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced that the Latin American country would be moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The announcement makes Guatemala the first country to follow the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.


Library Of Congress Will No Longer Archive Every Tweet.

Since 2010, Library of Congress has been archiving every public tweet. As of Jan. 1, the library will only acquire tweets “on a very selective basis.” The library says it began archiving tweets “for the same reason it collects other materials – to acquire and preserve a record of knowledge and creativity for Congress and the American people.” The archive stretches back to Twitter’s beginning, in 2006.

The institution says it will continue to preserve its collection of tweets from the platform’s first 12 years, but indicates that it has yet to figure out exactly how to make the archive public.


Cities Sue Over Pentagon’s Failure to Report Crimes to Gun Database. 

Three major cities have filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department for its failure to report many criminal convictions in the military justice system to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its national gun background-check database.


Photo Courtesy of Sasha Maslov for The New York Times

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