Trading in for a new deal

Some business sectors will need to study up. Still, most should not expect much to change under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), probably better known as the USMCA or NAFTA 2.0.

Canada is the last partner that has yet to ratify the agreement. Bill C-4, the CUSMA Implementation bill, passed second reading in the House of Commons in February and has been referred to the Standing Committee on International Trade.

Albert Wilson, convicted in Lawrence rape case, could get a new trial

A man who some have argued was wrongly convicted in a Lawrence rape case could see a new trial.

The Kansas Court of Appeals has remanded the case to Douglas County District Court for a hearing to determine whether Albert N. Wilson was deprived of effective counsel.

Wilson, now 24, was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison on April 3, 2019, after a jury found him guilty of raping a then-17-year-old girl he met at a bar near the University of Kansas campus.

The government doesn’t know much about LGBTQ people. Here’s what we know about N.J.

The U.S. Census is really bad at counting LGBTQ people.

In fact, the government has never had an accurate counting of states’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or other queer residents.

That means the $675 billion allocated from the federal budget to states each year for anti-poverty programs likely isn’t reaching as many LGBTQ people as it could because the government doesn’t collect accurate data on them. As one of the larger states in the country — and as a state with a significant LGBTQ population — that could mean New Jersey is missing out on funding for its residents.

Restatement: International commercial and investor-state arbitration

In his International Arbitration column, John Fellas discusses the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration—a 12-year effort primarily concerned with the role of the U.S. courts with respect to arbitration proceedings. The author describes it as a "majestic, comprehensive, and clear account of the U.S. law of international and investor-state arbitration that belongs on the shelf of everyone involved those fields."

Amazon workers protest proposal to raise bar for shareholder resolutions

Amazon workers who have been pushing their employer to take stronger action on climate change fear that a new set of rules proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission will suppress shareholder activism.

If approved, the proposed rules would lift the threshold on the amount of stock an employee is required to own in order to submit resolutions for a vote by fellow shareholders. Currently, shareholders who own up to $2,000 worth of stock are allowed to propose changes to how companies operate, from corporate governance issues to gender equity, to corporate boards.

U.S. Election 2020: Grading America’s foreign trade policy

Anyone interested in the November 2020 U.S. Presidential election — and that’s pretty much everyone around the world — should examine the 96-page Jan. 15, 2020, U.S.-China Phase One Economic And Trade Agreement. That’s because economics will be the decisive factor in the election. Since the 2016 campaign, foreign trade has been a top economic issue, co-extensive with national security concerns.

Movement to highlight missing Native women expands to males

TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Margaret Bitsue's days are filled with prayer: that her son has a clear mind and that he remembers home, a traditional Navajo hogan at the end of a dirt road where a faded yellow ribbon hanging from the cedar trees points to her agony.

Bitsue hasn't seen or heard from Brandon Lee Sandoval, the youngest of her four children, in more than two years. Wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and work boots, he left the home in northeastern Arizona before sunrise Sept. 3, 2017, saying he was going to see friends in Phoenix and would be back.

Kansas lawmakers want to block the right to abortion by changing the state constitution

TOPEKA, Kansas — Lawmakers are fast-tracking a push to amend the state constitution and undo a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that said women have the right to abortion.

The goal, with voters’ approval in August, is to add a line to the state bill of rights saying abortion isn’t constitutionally protected ⁠— and that legislators can regulate abortions, including when a pregnancy results from rape or incest or threatens a woman’s life.

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