A Cook County judge on Friday denied a conservative group’s request for a temporary restraining order in its bid to block Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s graduated income tax initiative from the ballot in next month’s election.

Allies of the Democratic governor claimed it as a legal victory for what they’re pushing as the “Fair Tax,” but the right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute says its lawsuit is ongoing in the bitter battle against what the think tank insists is a tax hike.

“We are committed to prosecuting our claims in court and will continue to fight for Illinois voters’ right to fair and accurate information on the ballot and in state-issued pamphlets,” the group’s marketing vice president Austin Berg said in a statement. “We look forward to our next opportunity to argue on behalf of voters and retirees.”

Quentin Fulks, chairman of the “Vote Yes For Fairness” committee that’s championing the initiative, said

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  • A federal judge on Saturday blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to institute a download ban on Chinese-owned social media app WeChat. 
  • US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California granted “the motion on the ground that the plaintiffs have shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim, the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs’ favor, and the plaintiffs establish sufficiently the other elements for preliminary-injunctive relief.”
  • The plaintiffs in the case argued that the Trump administration’s WeChat download ban violated the First and Fifth Amendments, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and that the ban “was not a lawful exercise of the President’s and the Secretary’s authority under the International Economic Emergency Powers Act.
  • The US Department of Commerce had announced the download ban, which had also included TikTok, on Friday.
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A federal judge in California on Saturday issued a

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  • The Wisconsin Supreme Court, splitting along conservative and liberal lines, ordered a halt to distribution of absentee ballots.
  • The court is trying to decide whether to add Green Party presidential nominee Howie Hawkins to the ballot.
  • In August, the state’s elections commission split along Republican and Democratic lines over the same question.
  • It “would be incredibly complicated and difficult” to add the Green Party ticket to the ballot at this juncture, Meagan Wolfe, the state’s chief elections official, said on a press call Thursday.
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The question of whether to add the Green Party’s presidential nominee to the ballot in Wisconsin is dividing along partisan lines.

On September 3, the campaign of Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins petitioned the Wisconsin Supreme Court for an emergency order adding him and his running mate, Angela Walker, to the state’s November ballot.

That came after the Wisconsin

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Discover Financial Services has blocked customers from making donations on a Christian crowdfunding site that was raising money for accused Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse, a report said.

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GiveSendGo has raised more than $380,000 for the 17-year-old, who has been receiving support in some conservative circles who claim he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot two protesters with an AR-15 style rifle during a chaotic night following the shooting of Jacob Blake.

The credit card company, in emails to Forbes, said the action was taken for operating regulation violations.The violation wasn’t explained.

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“We regularly review merchants for operating regulations violations; turning off merchants for violations is a typical process for us, but one we don’t make public,” 

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A Massachusetts judge on Thursday blocked the Department of Education from restricting CARES Act funds to college students who are U.S. citizens.



a close up of Betsy DeVos: Another judge blocks DeVos from withholding coronavirus relief money from undocumented students


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Another judge blocks DeVos from withholding coronavirus relief money from undocumented students

In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Leo Sorokin barred Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from enforcement of the rule for students attending Massachusetts universities.

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In guidance issued after the passage of the coronavirus aid measure, DeVos wrote that students must meet the eligibility requirements for federal student aid to receive the emergency grants in the package. The rule would exclude both undocumented students and some community college students.

“It’s clear the CARES Act was written to help Americans recover from the coronavirus pandemic,” DeVos said in a statement to The New York Times in June. “U.S. taxpayers have long supported U.S. students pursuing higher education, and this rule simply ensures the continuity

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Sept 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s telecommunications ministry said on Tuesday it had ordered mobile operators to block a website run by activists investigating the military for spreading fake news, which the group said was a bid to silence critical voices.

Myo Swe, a spokesman for the ministry, said it had acted on reports by a social media monitoring group related to the security forces but declined to name the group.

The campaign group whose website was blocked, Justice for Myanmar, investigates the military’s business interests.

“The social media monitoring team found that some websites are spreading fake news,” Myo Swe told Reuters by phone.

A spokesman for the military did not answer calls from Reuters seeking comment.

Justice for Myanmar has published a series of investigations on its website, including a report about businesses that donated to the security forces during a 2017 crackdown on Rohingya Muslims that the United

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(Reuters) – Myanmar’s telecommunications ministry said on Tuesday it had ordered mobile operators to block a website run by activists investigating the military for spreading fake news, which the group said was a bid to silence critical voices.

Myo Swe, a spokesman for the ministry, said it had acted on reports by a social media monitoring group associated with the security forces about the campaign group Justice for Myanmar, which investigates the military’s business interests.

“The social media monitoring team found that some websites are spreading fake news,” Myo Swe told Reuters by phone.

A spokesman for the military did not answer phone calls from Reuters seeking comment.

Justice for Myanmar has published a series of investigations on its website, including a report about businesses that donated to the security forces during a 2017 crackdown on Rohingya Muslims that the United Nations said was carried out with “genocidal intent”.

The

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s government announced on Tuesday it proposed to block Kirin Holdings Co.’s 45.6 billion yen ($430 million) sale of its Australian beverage unit to a Chinese company in a development likely to increase strain on Chinese-Australian relations.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he had advised the buyer China Mengniu Dairy Co. that the sale of the Japanese company’s Australian subsidiary Lion Dairy and Drinks “would be contrary to the national interest.”

Frydenberg’s statement did not elaborate.

Kirin and China Mengniu Dairy Co. said they had decided not to continue with the sale, agreed to in November, after Frydenberg expressed his preliminary view to block the deal.

In practice, such preliminary decisions are final.

Kirin said the sale required approval of the Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board.

“Given this approval has not been secured to date and is unlikely to be forthcoming at this time, regrettably, the parties

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