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Berkshire paying $150M for Omaha newspaper company
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionDecember 1, 2011

Berkshire owns more than 80 subsidiaries, including clothing, insurance, furniture, utility, jewelry and corporate jet companies. It also has big investments in companies including Coca-Cola Co. and Wells Fargo & Co.more »

Bachmann says inflation of college costs spurred by federal grants, loans
Radio IowaDecember 1, 2011

During an appearance on the University of Northern Iowa campus, Republican Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann advocated for major changes in Pell Grants and student loans. “What the studies show is the more money that the federal government is ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Constitution draft team inadequate
The Zimbabwe StandardDecember 4, 2011

So should Greg Lennington for his diverse knowledge in constitutional law. John Makamure, an advocate of parliamentary democracy and the supremacy of parliament, should not have been left out. Now that elections are being talked about, some political ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Two diverse cases in Sacramento hinge on free speech issues
Sacramento BeeDecember 3, 2011

At Friday's hearing, attorney Karl Olsen, who represented The Bee's request to keep the hearings open, argued that their closure would represent "a drastic departure" from "well-settled" case law on the matter of open courtrooms. ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Conducting International Employment-Related Investigations
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)December 1, 2011

Additionally, certain behavior that would not be prohibited by statutes in the United States since it is unrelated to a person's gender, race, national origin, or other demographic factor, may be illegal in other countries. Philippines. ...more »

Native Americans
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Opinion: Join Rally for Voting Rights
Patch.comDecember 5, 2011

Reports show these laws disproportionately impact African-Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, seniors, students, working women and immigrants. “We are in the midst of the greatest coordinated legislative attack on voting rights since ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Religious Liberty Held Hostage
Crosswalk.com (blog)December 12, 2011

Neither LGBT people nor anyone else should be singled out for discrimination and persecution. But I can't help noticing that while President Obama and Secretary Clinton were vigorously defending sexual freedom, religious freedom is being ditched. ...more »

Eminent Domain
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SPECIAL TM: 'Eminent domain' article's wording sparks worries
Andover TownsmanDecember 1, 2011

The article calls for giving the selectmen the authority "to acquire by purchase, gift or eminent domain temporary construction easements" on West Knoll Road for use during the school construction. Four West Knoll Road properties at the end of the road ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Sexting Former Wisconsin DA Accused Of Sexual Harrassment By State Agency
TPMMuckrakerDecember 1, 2011

The Office of Lawyer Regulation in Wisconsin released a report this week that accuses former Wisconsin District Attorney Kenneth Kratz of sexual harassment and eleven violations of state rules of conduct for his alleged “sexting” of domestic abuse ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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ACLU: FBI used community outreach, partnership-building programs to collect ...
Washington PostDecember 2, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained the documents under the US Freedom of Information Act, accused the FBI of misusing its community outreach programs to collect information on people at Muslim-related events that the FBI organized or ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Free speech and 'touching' Dick Cheney
UPI.comDecember 9, 2011

Reichle's duties included interviewing people suspected of violating the law. The security detail was working undercover that day, and did not carry radios. After spotting Cheney coming out of a grocery store and talking to members of the public, ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Syria detains blogger, press freedom advocate
CPJ Press Freedom OnlineDecember 5, 2011

In August, Syria approved a new media law that purportedly bans the arrest of journalists and defends freedom of expression. At the time, CPJ noted that the new law, lacking any meaningful enforcement mechanisms, amounted to little more than platitudes ...more »

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