Chaos? Irrelevant? Pandemic shifts Affordable Care Act legal fight


A lot has happened since March 2, when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Texas’ bid to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

Two days later, Texas discovered its first case of COVID-19, and Gov. Greg Abbott declared a statewide emergency over the pandemic nine days after that.

As the coronavirus spread over the next five months — cutting short more than 7,000 lives in Texas and 155,000 lives nationwide — the toll has changed the tenor of the case before the country’s highest court.

Supporters of the wide-ranging law have flooded the court with pleas to preserve the

They’re Children at Risk of Abuse, and Their Caseworkers Are Stuck Home


In interviews, union officials defended their efforts to limit direct contact between child welfare workers and at-risk children. The virus, they argued, presents too big a threat to workers and children alike. “Obviously, this is the new normal and we need to make sure we’re assessing for abuse and neglect and doing it in a way that we can protect the social workers that families depend upon,” David Green, a lead negotiator for the union, said.

At the same time, many caseworkers have complained about a lack of personal protective equipment for months. Critical supplies have been rushed to hospitals

TikTok threatens legal action against Trump executive order


In a blog post, TikTok said it was “shocked” by the order and claimed there had been “no due process or adherence to the law” from White House.

“We will pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and our users are treated fairly — if not by the Administration, then by the U.S. courts,” the company said.

Tencent, which owns WeChat, said it is “reviewing the executive order to get a full understanding.”

Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft is in talks with ByteDance to acquire TikTok’s

Trump issues executive order to ban TikTok, WeChat


President Donald Trump issued executive orders to ban TikTok and WeChat in 45 days, citing national security fears. TikTok swiftly responded by threatening to take legal action. 

The orders issued on Thursday against each app use similar language, saying that the U.S. would ban the social networking apps from operating if they are not sold by their parent companies, which both have roots in China. 

The music app TikTok is owned by ByteDance. The communications app WeChat is owned by Tencent. 

The order regarding TikTok claims the app “automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users,” which “threatens to