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Best laid plans could leave you in a bind
Irish TimesNovember 1, 2011

What seemed like a good idea in 2006 has now become a burden, putting strains on marriages and family life. Signing into a binding written commitment for their financial future has been a bitter experience for this large group of people: how much more ...more »

City Attorney to City Council: Shut Up
Patch.comNovember 1, 2011

The council has no city-specific policy about communications outside of meetings, aside from following California's open-meeting law. Smith's report urges the council to "limit its consideration of facts to those presented at [official city hearings], ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Law Society demeaning legal proffession - AG
Times of SwazilandNovember 5, 2011

He said the voluntary refusal of certain lawyers to appear in court has had an effect since the boycott began, of depriving members of the public with cases in court, their constitutional right to legal representation. ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Is Wisconsin Assembly ban on cameras and signs unconstitutional?
Isthmus Daily PageNovember 10, 2011

"Obviously we want to protect the rule of law and protect people's ability to exercise their freedom of speech. Where that intersects with law enforcement and the security of the Capitol sometimes can be a gray area, depending on how it affects those ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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France, Islam and the banlieues: a debate on the place of Islam and class in ...
The GuardianNovember 1, 2011

Succeeding generations of French origin are getting more secular in their outlook. In 2008 about 60% of youths said they had no religious belief. The pattern among the children of immigrants from north Africa, Sahel and Turkey is the opposite, ...more »

Native Americans
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Law scholars decry recent decisions over land claims
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleNovember 19, 2011

"What's driving this decision is trying to figure out what to do with people who received state land grants when the land was owned by Indians," said Lindsay Robertson, a professor of history and law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Why are we seeing so much religious discrimination in the USA these days?
Gather.comNovember 2, 2011

This country was founded on the principals of religious freedom. Thomas Jefferson even had a Koran which he read and understood in his library. These unwarranted Christian bigots in my opinion are creating a foundation of religious hate that is just as ...more »

Eminent Domain
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State high court considers future of redevelopment agencies
Los Angeles TimesNovember 10, 2011

The California Legislature created redevelopment agencies in 1945, permitting cities and counties to carve out districts for new development and giving them the power to obtain property by eminent domain, purchase or lease. As the percentage of public ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Cain 'trying to think back' on harassment claims
CBS NewsNovember 1, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain continued to deny allegations of sexual harassment in a series of interviews Monday but offered more details on the incidents that he believes triggered the complaints and a resulting settlement deal that ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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US government also a villain in piracy act story
CNETNovember 1, 2011

A press release today quotes the Fraternal Order of Police discussing the importance of stopping "rogue Web sites" from creating and selling counterfeit gloves and brake pads that could put police at risk, worrying over counterfeit pharmaceuticals and ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Court: Front porch offers no OWI defense
Leader-TelegramNovember 10, 2011

In reversing Buffalo County Judge Thomas Lister, the District 3 Court of Appeals in Wausau on Tuesday concluded that Fountain City resident Gary F. Wieczorek's right to privacy and constitutional protection against unlawful search and seizure doesn't ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Affirmative Action for Our Troops
American Thinker (blog)November 12, 2011

It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the veteran, ...more »


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