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Protesters rally at Supreme Court as justices ponder ‘remain in Mexico’ policy

The Court will decide whether the Biden administration has the authority to reverse former President Donald Trump’s 2019 decision preventing asylum seekers at the Southern border from entering the U.S. The policy has been criticized by immigrant advocacy groups.

Already OK on passports, “X” gender option is expanding to other documents

Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, told Capital News Service that the “X” gender marker on passports is “a measure that’s overdue.” The federal government is now working to expand use of the marker on other identity documents.

Republican lawmakers across the nation are attacking LGBTQ+ rights

Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill is one of many Republican-backed measures across the country that aim to curb LGBTQ+ rights. Last year, 17 anti-LGBTQ laws passed in state legislatures in eight states.

From bedding to pierogies, Baltimore church sends aid to embattled Ukraine

About two weeks after Russian forces invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, the church here began taking donations of everything from bedding to toiletries to ramen noodles.

After House approval of bill legalizing marijuana nationwide, attention turns to Senate

Earlier this month, The House passed a bill legalizing marijuana nationwide. Now the focus shifts to the Senate to see if the Democratic majority passes similar legislation.

At clinics, patient escorts are low-profile figures on the front lines of abortion debate

Patients at clinics in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are escorted in and out by volunteers with the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force shielding them from anti-abortion protesters outside the facilities.

A surge in BA.2 variant cases prompts officials to reinstate mask mandates

The new BA.2 variant is forcing several colleges in the DMV and one major U.S. city to reinstate masking requirements. This leaves Americans wondering if it is safe to begin making the transition to what many hope would be more “normal” lives.

Lawmakers and advocates see new tool against hate crimes as lynching becomes federal crime

Legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime was introduced and failed over 200 times in Congress, the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism reported in November.

In Ukraine conflict, Syrians and Syrian-Americans witness familiar Russian brutality

As Ukraine defends itself against Russian forces, it is getting unexpected help from Syrian and Syrian-American doctors, lawyers and activists who have seen first-hand the brutality inflicted by Russian ground and air forces supporting Bashar al Assad’s regime for the…

With Ukraine conflict, Maryland guard’s European partnership takes on new importance

REISTERSTOWN, Md. – The Maryland National Guard hosted two generals from Estonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina militaries at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation during a several-day visit this week. The visit underscored an ongoing military partnership between the state and the two European…