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Petition of the day

by Maureen Johnston on December 19, 2014

Petition of the day

The petition of the day is:

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Issue: Whether, under the Due Process Clause, a state court must have personal jurisdiction over an assailant to award a no-contact order, valid only within Continue →

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Appeals court: Gun control must meet toughest test

by Lyle Denniston on December 19, 2014

Appeals court: Gun control must meet toughest test

Breaking ranks with other federal appeals courts, and probably setting up a major test case for the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled Continue →

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Court won’t add to delay of Florida same-sex marriages

by Lyle Denniston on December 19, 2014

Court won’t add to delay of Florida same-sex marriages

Over the dissents of two Justices, the Supreme Court late Friday afternoon refused to delay — beyond January 5 — a federal judge’s order that would permit same-sex couples in Florida Continue →

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Coal ash no worse than everyday trash, EPA rules

by Kristen Lombardi on December 19, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced the first-ever national standards regulating the disposal of coal ash – a byproduct of electric power generation -- like everyday trash. The much-anticipated Continue →

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‘I Can’t Breathe’ now a federal super PAC

by Liz Essley Whyte on December 19, 2014

Eric Garner’s dying words are now the name of a federal super PAC.

The “I Can’t Breathe PAC” received the Federal Election Commission’s stamp of approval this week after New Yorker Continue →

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SCOTUSblog on camera: Dahlia Lithwick (Part four)

by Fabrizio di Piazza on December 19, 2014

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Cameras in the Supreme Court and the importance of seeing government at work; whether audio provides sufficient access; and how the Internet affects thinking about the Court in public.

“I think Continue →

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaking at a fundraiser for the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC which raked in $200,000 in November. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaking at a fundraiser for the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC that raked in $200,000 in November. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Wednesday’s decision by President Barack Obama to Continue →

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American Future Fund: No election, little cash

by Carrie Levine on December 19, 2014

Revenue at Koch brothers-backed nonprofit American Future Fund took a massive dive during 2013, according to new tax filings reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.

The group’s cash flow fell Continue →

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A leading Tennessee lawmaker —concerned that kids have been shackled and improperly jailed—is drafting legislation to ensure that accused truants receive prompt appointment of legal counsel when facing prosecution in Continue →

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Two states sue to block Colorado marijuana markets

by Lyle Denniston on December 19, 2014

Two states sue to block Colorado marijuana markets

Two of Colorado’s neighboring states, arguing that the legalization of marijuana for Coloradans is causing crime problems across state borders, asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to allow them to file Continue →

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Naming the Ones We Lost – South Sudan Conflict

by Bridget Conley on December 19, 2014

South Sudan

World Peace Foundation would like to express its support for the project, Naming the Ones We Lost–South Sudan Conflict. The power of memorializing acts of mass violence does not reside Continue →

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Democracy Now! 2014-12-19 Friday

by Amy Goodman on December 19, 2014

Democracy Now! Friday, December 19, 2014
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James Peter, from Sierra Leone, began a computer training course for immigrants in Hungary. (Photo: John Feffer)

James Peter, from Sierra Leone, began a computer training course for immigrants in Hungary. (Photo: John Feffer)

People have been leaving East-Central Europe in droves to get better Continue →

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Michael Dourson left the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 20 years ago to start a nonprofit consulting firm that—unlike the federal government—would move swiftly to evaluate chemical hazards.

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Continue →

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Why People Who Embrace Their Imperfections Go Far

by Elizabeth Roselle on December 18, 2014

Man with raised arms

“A beautiful thing is never perfect.” ~Proverb

I was having a conversation with a group of friends that I meet up with occasionally, and my friend—let’s call her Sarah—started talking about Continue →

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How to Free Yourself from Bitterness by Forgiving Others

by Jilliann Woods on December 18, 2014

Free Woman

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

“Stop the world, I want to get off!” I felt like screaming this phrase at the Continue →

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Tibetan PM to speak at India Ideas Conclave in Goa

by Phayul Latest News on December 18, 2014

The Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay is in Goa to attend the India Ideas Conclave, 2014, starting today. The Harvard educated Tibetan PM has been invited to speak alongside other Continue →
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Florida couples oppose more delay on same-sex marriage

by Lyle Denniston on December 18, 2014

Florida couples oppose more delay on same-sex marriage

Two groups of Florida same-sex couples, anticipating a chance to get married in less than three weeks, urged the Supreme Court today not to delay that opportunity.  The Court, they argued, should Continue →

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FEC gets modest budget boost

by Dave Levinthal on December 18, 2014

After several years of budget cuts, the Federal Election Commission will receive a modest funding boost.

Congress' government funding bill, signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama, allots $67.5 million for the Continue →

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SCOTUSblog on camera: Dahlia Lithwick (Part three)

by Fabrizio di Piazza on December 18, 2014

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What a Justice says and does not say in public; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent presence in the media; the line in a Justice’s mind between talking law and talking Continue →

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Poverty Is the Petri Dish That Grows Ebola

by Rob Prince on December 18, 2014

As African healthcare systems collapsed, their health infra-structure decimated by the cuts combined with poor nutritional diet to erode resistance to disease among affected populations. (Photo: EC/ECHO / Jean-Louis Mosser/ Flickr Commons)

As African healthcare systems collapsed, their health infra-structure decimated by the cuts combined with poor nutritional diet to erode resistance to disease among affected populations. (Photo: EC/ECHO / Jean-Louis Continue →

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