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Las Vegas man indicted in sports betting investigation
Las Vegas Review-JournalDecember 1, 2011

A Las Vegas area man tied to the sports betting operation ACME Group Trading has been indicted on charges of violating federal currency transaction laws. Robert Walker, 43, was charged with four counts of causing a financial institution ...more »

Schwarzman Cites Profitable Ventures in Backing Romney
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

He later apologized for the comparison while maintaining his criticism of the tax proposal. Obama, who has the backing of organized labor, has criticized the financial industry for its opposition to tougher regulations and has called for the wealthy to ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Defense bill repeals military law on sodomy, sex with animals
Washington PostDecember 8, 2011

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said Thursday that the repeal was simply a legal change because it's no longer constitutional. A 2003 Supreme Court decision struck down a Texas ban on sodomy as an unconstitutional ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Islamist winners in Egypt push for a stricter society | Philadelphia Inquirer ...
Philadelphia InquirerDecember 4, 2011

Salafis 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 law - goals that make many Egyptians nervous. Salafis object to women in ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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MONROE: Guidance goes deep in anti-bullying talk
Packet OnlineDecember 2, 2011

HIB can be any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act or any electronic communication ... single act or a series of incidents ... perceived as motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender...more »

Native Americans
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Steinem's Wall Street Occupied as Women Still Earn Less Than Men
BloombergDecember 5, 2011

Steinem said the Occupy protests have inspired her, and that they have enjoyed more support than the US civil rights and anti-war movements in the 1960s that took longer to reach a broad audience. “It's much more immediately international,” said ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Church bans hosting of civil partnership ceremonies
BBC NewsDecember 3, 2011

He said it was an "infringement of religious freedom" and accused the equalities minister of supporting discrimination. When the law was approved, Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said no religious group would be forced to host them, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Leading GOP Candidates Don't Want to Return Power to the States
The AtlanticDecember 4, 2011

City of New London—a case that, however unpopular, left the issue of eminent domain to the states rather than federalizing it. Ron Paul fended off Pruitt, who, as the attorney general of the state where the Oklahoma City bombing occurred, ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Howard facing lawsuit after librarian found guilty of sexual misconduct charges
Washington PostDecember 3, 2011

Five Howard University students have filed suit in federal court alleging that school officials did not do enough to protect them from an employee later convicted of sexual harassment and assault. The students, all women, say that George Bright-Abu, ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Costs of caring for wounded: Recent wars to rival Vietnam
The Seattle TimesDecember 5, 2011

The data, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and detailing all disability payments to veterans of all wars, show that veterans leaving the military in recent years are filing for and receiving compensation for more injuries than did their ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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AFSPA must be scrapped
Kashmir WatchDecember 7, 2011

What is, however, more controversial is the power of entry, search and seizure without warrant. Under Section 47 CrPC a police officer also has such powers if there is reason to believe that the building is being used as a shelter by a person alleged ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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US troubled by court rulings in Thailand inconsistent with freedom of expression
Washington PostDecember 6, 2011

Amphon was punished under tough laws aimed at protecting the monarchy and combating computer crimes. Thailand is a US treaty ally, and State Department spokeswoman for East Asia, Darragh Paradiso, said the United States has utmost respect for the Thai ...more »

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