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'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

Gay marriage critics, supporters argue religious liberties, equal rights at ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing marked this year's first public debate on legislation to legalize same-sex unions, a measure introduced by Gov. Martin O'Malley last week. O'Malley, a Democrat, argued that the bill will grant necessary legal...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Obama, Contraception, and Freedom of Association: Constitutional Guys Finish Last
The New AmericanFebruary 9, 2012

Santorum merely mentions that states could enforce a contraception law at the end of a gun, and he's a threat; Obama actually does enforce one at the end of a gun, and he's a savior. Okay, got it. Speaking of constitutional confusion, ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Second Chance for New Jersey to Protect Free Speech in Anti-Bullying Law
The Moral LiberalFebruary 1, 2012

The law ignores the fact that harassment in the educational context has a precise legal definition, crafted by the Supreme Court with specific attention to balancing the right to freedom of expression with the government's interest in prohibiting real ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Virginia Adoption Bill Passed
Metro WeeklyFebruary 9, 2012

McEachin also pointed out that federal law, as cited by McWaters, only protects against discrimination based on race, national origin or religion. When McWaters rebutted McEachin's comments and maintained that the bill does not change current law and ...more »

Native Americans
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Harvard Targeted in US Asian-American Discrimination Probe
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

“Asian-American students suffer discrimination at the hands of the University of Texas at Austin,” the Asian-American Legal Foundation said in a friend-of-the-court brief for the plaintiff. While the university justifies its preference for Hispanic ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Activists Question Indonesia President's Silence Over Religious Violence
Jakarta GlobeFebruary 6, 2012

Activists are questioning the lack of response from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to a letter sent by international human rights organizations about the government's handling of cases of religious discrimination. (Antara Photo) As sure as eggs is ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Pipeline Companies Fight for Right to Take Property
StateImpact TexasFebruary 13, 2012

By Dave Fehling The Texas Supreme Court could decide by later this week if it will reconsider its opinion on the use of eminent domain by companies to take private land. At issue: companies that want to build pipelines to transport oil and gas as the ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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In Wake of Scrutiny, Yale Releases First Sexual Misconduct Report
WNYCFebruary 2, 2012

Yale is under federal investigation after 16 students and alumni filed a complaint with the US Department of Education last March that alleges a “sexually hostile environment” and that the university did not properly handle sexual harassment incidents.more »

Freedom Of Information
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At Heads of State Summit - Koroma Accuses SLPP of Initiating Bad Governance
AllAfrica.comFebruary 1, 2012

He further informed them that his administration was currently working on passing the Freedom of Information Bill into an Act of Parliament, and that the debate on expunging the criminal libel aspect of the 1965 Public Order Act was on course.more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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No decision on cell phones in Supreme Court GPS tracking case
Daily SundialFebruary 5, 2012

According to the majority opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, police violated Antoine Jones' Fourth Amendment right against illegal search and seizure by placing the GPS device on his car without a warrant. “The Government physically occupied ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Twenty police at News Corporation 'a challenge to press freedom', lawyers warn 6, 2012

Lawyers have warned the presence of 20 Metropolitan Police detectives at News Corporation's investigation into phone hacking puts press freedom at risk. By Matthew Holehouse Detectives are working alongside News Corporation's management standards ...more »


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