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US Troop out of Suffolk Law
The PhoenixDecember 1, 2011

On Veterans Day, Suffolk Law School gave us a lesson in the glories — and pitfalls — that come with living with a legal and moral tradition of free speech. Unfortunately, US Army Reserves ...more »

Report: US Agency Erred On United Pension Values
SalonDecember 1, 2011

The agency took over the pension plans in 2004 and 2005 after United filed for bankruptcy court protection in December 2002. When the PBGC takes over plans, it pays promised benefits to retirees up to certain limits. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Respect Constitution or quit, CJ tells ministers
The StandardDecember 5, 2011

He told the Justice minister that the right forum to solve the election date dispute was the High Court and not through amending the Constitution. Constitutional law expert Yash Pal Ghai said President Kibaki's administration was filled with ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Muslims look to lay down law
New Zealand HeraldDecember 3, 2011

Salafis, who often wear long beards and seek to imitate the life of the Prophet Muhammad, speak openly about their aim of turning Egypt into a state where personal freedoms, including freedom of speech, women's dress and art, are constrained by Islamic ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Nigeria: Britain Won't Accept Anti-Gay Law, Says Envoy
AllAfrica.comDecember 2, 2011

(The August 5 San Francisco Chronicle blandly explained, “Employers would still be able to use dress codes as long as workers are allowed to dress as the gender they prefer.”) “Taboos are falling so quickly that the word taboo itself increasingly has ...more »

Native Americans
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Perry defends Joe Arpaio
CBS NewsDecember 16, 2011

Arizonans have a long and shameful history of discrimination against indigenous peoples of the Americans. Arizona fought against giving the vote to native Americans and was the last state to do so. Arizona was a major supporter of Operation ******* in ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Bill outlawing gay marriage in oil-rich Nigeria puts foreign HIV, AIDS funding ...
Washington PostDecember 4, 2011

Gay sex has been banned in Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people, since colonial rule by the British. Gays and lesbians face open discrimination and abuse in a country divided by Christians and Muslims who almost uniformly oppose ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Boulder seeks eminent domain authority to force land sale near airport
Daily CameraDecember 3, 2011

The Boulder City Council is poised to authorize the use of eminent domain to force a Boulder County property owner to sell his land in order to preserve future federal funding for the Boulder Municipal Airport. ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Sexual harassment a well-known office secret
Bizcommunity.comDecember 1, 2011

She experienced sexual harassment at work, and as a journalist has the desire to speak out. However, like many women who either currently or previously faced sexual harassment, she's scared to disclose her name for fear that colleagues will laugh, ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Judicial Watch sues for Solyndra docs
PoliticoDecember 1, 2011

The conservative nonprofit group said litigation in federal district court was needed because it had little luck so far obtaining the Obama administration's materials on the California solar company through the Freedom of Information Act. Continue ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Local law enforcement must find better way to fight drug problem
Bucyrus Telegraph ForumDecember 3, 2011

Our Fourth Amendment right protects us citizens of the United States against unlawful search and seizure. Crawford County law enforcement seemingly overlooked this when deciding it was OK to pull over anyone for any and every reason. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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LA City Council to Vote on Citizens United Declaration
Wall Street Journal (blog)December 5, 2011

Nevertheless, the text of the proposed amendment to the Constitution says: “Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press,” as noted by, a website sponsored by the Annenberg School for ...more »


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