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U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

AG Barr reportedly disagrees with DOJ watchdog on justification for Russia probe

U.S. Attorney General William Barr reportedly disagrees with a key conclusion in an upcoming report by the Department of Justice’s inspector general on the origins of the Russia investigation. Sources told the Washington Post that Barr thinks the IG didn’t have enough information to support his conclusion that the FBI was justified in investigating members of the Trump campaign. The FBI had investigated after learning that a Trump campaign aide made statements indicating the Russians had Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails at a time when there were no public accusations of Russian hacking. (The Washington Post)

Over 350 lawyers who have had abortions file SCOTUS brief

More than 350 lawyers and law students have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the right to abortion. The brief says the women would not have been able to realize personal and professional goals without the ability to control their reproductive lives. The ABA has also filed an amicus brief in the same case. It says a federal appeals court disregarded precedent when it upheld a Louisiana law that requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. (ABC News,, the lawyers’ brief)

Harvard will provide online captioning in lawsuit settlement

Harvard has agreed to provide captioning for its online audio and video content as a result of a lawsuit settlement with the National Association of the Deaf. The agreement sets out the most comprehensive set of online accessibility requirements in higher education. (The Harvard Crimson, press release)