Another circuit rules for same-sex marriage (UPDATED)

by Lyle Denniston on July 28, 2014

UPDATE 6:10 p.m.  The attorney general of North Carolina said at a news conference following the ruling discussed below that his office would no longer defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage, conceding that the Fourth Circuit decision had taken away all of the arguments that could be made for the Continue →

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Cameroon, May 2013: A young man who has been frequently beaten in his neighborhood and evicted from his home because of his sexual orientation and gender identity (Photo Credit: Amnesty International).

Cameroon, May 2013: A young man who has been frequently beaten in his neighborhood and evicted from his home because of his sexual orientation and gender identity (Photo Credit: Amnesty International).

By Colby Goodman, Senior Research Associate at the Security Assistance Monitor and a member of Amnesty USA’s Military, Security Continue →

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An ALEC protester in Cincinnati in 2011.

After maintaining a low profile for decades, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) received widespread exposure in recent years for backing Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, a substantial part of the national discussion following the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. ALEC eventually distanced itself from the Continue →

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A Quick Analysis of the Iran Nuclear Negotiations Act of 2014

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on July 28, 2014

Edward Levine, an Advisory Board Member to the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, has written an analysis of the Iran Nuclear Negotiations Act of 2014 put forward by Senators Corker (R-TN), Graham (R—SC), Rubio (R-FL), McCain (R-AZ) and Risch (R-ID)..

Read the full analysis below.

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“Cuomo Defends His Handling of Ethics Panel”

by Rick Hasen on July 28, 2014

NYT reports. … Continue reading →
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Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, 8, holds her doll Rodrigo while going home on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrant families and unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, 8, holds her doll Rodrigo in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrant families and unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis (Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Amnesty International welcomes the positive step of President Obama’s recent Continue →

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Must-read Open Secrets deep dive: Bruce Rauner is a Chicago billionaire who has never held political office, yet this spring he mowed down a crowd of rivals and claimed the GOP nomination to be Illinois’ next governor. David Perdue is … Continue reading →
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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate David Perdue as he greets supporters in Atlanta, at his election-night watch party. Perdue narrowly defeated Rep. Jack Kingston in the GOP runoff, with the assistance of a super PAC funded by mysterious donors who also employed one of his top consultants. (AP Photo, File)

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate David Perdue greeting supporters at his primary election-night watch party. Perdue narrowly prevailed in the GOP runoff with the assistance of a super PAC funded by mysterious donors who also employed one of his top consultants. (AP Photo, File)

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Over 500 Days Later: Where is Sombath?

by Guest Writer on July 28, 2014

Ng Shui Meng holds a

Ng Shui-Meng holds a ‘missing person’ poster of her husband Sombath Somphone at the store they established (Photo credit: Gilles Sabrie/LightRocket via Getty Images).

By Claudia Vandermade, Amnesty International USA Southeast Asia Co-Group Chair and Action Network Coordinator

It’s always in the eyes. When we meet with the families of the Continue →

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In this week's episode, Slate political reporter David Weigel speaks to Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican from Michigan. Weigel joined Amash while at a parade in a small town in the congressman’s home state. They talk about Amash’s upcoming primary against businessman Brian Ellis, his push for national surveillance reform, Continue →

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The bad news is that we may not be aware that many states have created biobanks funded by genetic material left over from our screening tests, and, even more surprising, our specimens may be used for purposes we do not fully understand or for which we have not granted informed Continue →

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Jewish Voice for Peace occupies Friends of the IDF

by Anna Lekas Miller on July 28, 2014

Jewish Voice for Peace members unfurl a banner at the Friends of IDF office in New York City. (Facebook)

by Anna Lekas Miller

Jewish Voice for Peace members unfurl a banner at the Friends of IDF office in New York City. (Facebook)

On Tuesday, a group of activists organized by Jewish Voice For Peace, a grassroots organization of Jewish-Americans against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, filed into the Friends of Continue →

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