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Five-Minute News 12/7/21: Justice Department Sues Texas, Devin Nunes Leaves Congress

Five-Minute News 12/7/21: Justice Department Sues Texas, Devin Nunes Leaves Congress

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Tuesday’s edition addresses a lawsuit that the Justice Department, under the Biden Administration, has filed against the state of Texas, saying that new redistricting maps are discriminatory and designed to disenfranchise voters from minority groups. It also covers the announcement of Representative Devin Nunes to leave his Congressional seat to work for former President Donald Trump.

You can view the full episode below.

Texas is facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice, after drawing redistricting maps that the DOJ says violate the voting Rights Act:

The lawsuit notes that most of Texas’s population growth over the past decade came from Black, Latino and Asian people, but alleges that the new maps drawn by state Republicans dilutes these communities votes…It says the maps pack Black and especially Latino communities into bizarre shaped districts…while preserving seats for white Republicans.

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Anthony Davis also reports on Devin Nunes leaving Congress to join Trump Media & Technology Group, where he says he hopes to help ” re-open the Internet and allow for the free flow of ideas and expression without censorship” after Trump was ousted from Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms for rhetoric that the companies say stoked violence in advance of the January 6th attack on Congress.

Last but not least, a scientist who had a role in one of the COVID-19 vaccines is warning the public that the next pandemic could be even worse, especially if the cost of battling the current one results in cuts to scientific research programs.

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