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Medicare program's enrollment up, premiums down
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

That continues a trend for the Medicare Advantage program that counters the negative predictions of opponents of the 2010 health care law, who said enrollment would drop and premiums would rise. "Premiums are down on average, enrollment is up, ...more »

PBA of NYS approves contract
Albany Times Union (blog)February 1, 2012

the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the union that inherited the mantle of the law enforcement unit of Council 82, has ratified a proposed contract, 965 to 36. The union was created in part due to deep dissatisfaction with the initial ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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North Carolina Voter To-Do List:
Boone Mountain TimesFebruary 2, 2012

At first glance, the referendum known as Amendment 1 would appear to do little more than take an existing state law restricting marriage to one man and one woman and write it into the North Carolina State Constitution.more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Political Disclosure Bill Fails, Fletcher Sole Republican Supporter
San Diego Reader (blog)February 3, 2012

While Democrats said the law would have helped to ease voter cynicism by making it more clear who was funding advertisements pushing political positions, Republicans said they believe the law would have restricted freedom of speech.more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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BREAKING NEWS: Jury orders city to pay $68000
Lee's Summit JournalFebruary 1, 2012

... for all qualified individuals and prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, political or religious opinions.more »

Native Americans
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Coming up on CNN
CNN (blog)February 14, 2012

The Loving decision is perhaps the most forgotten milestone in civil rights history. Tonight, “The Loving Story” will have its broadcast premiere on HBO. And for the last eight years, I have led an annual celebration to share and celebrate the Lovings' ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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'Conscience'adoption billwins initial OK in Virginia
Washington TimesFebruary 3, 2012

The so-called “conscience clause” measure would allow agencies to deny placements based on sexual orientation, but not to discriminate based on other qualifications, such as race, color or national origin, which are protected under federal law.more »

Eminent Domain
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Neighbors Head to Tally to Fight FSDB Eminent Domain Bill
First Coast NewsFebruary 1, 2012

A bill that would give the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind the power of eminent domain passed a legislative committee today. A group of about a dozen concerned neighbors left for Tallahassee shortly before 4 this morning to voice their opposition ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Chinese company 'sacked worker after sex harassment complaint'
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 6, 2012

CHINESE-OWNED mobile handset manufacturer ZTE threatened to send an employee from its Melbourne offices back to China after she complained about sexual harassment, according to an unfair-dismissal claim lodged with the Federal Court in Victoria.more »

Freedom Of Information
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EU regulators want Google to halt new privacy policy
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

On Thursday, EPIC also filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding that Google release its annual privacy audit. "Google promises access to the world's information, but it has not made available to the public the report it submitted to the ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Feds raid Detroit warehouse in illegal marijuana probe
The Detroit NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Shortly after 10 am, the US Drug Enforcement Administration started executing search warrants at the hulking warehouse. At least a dozen Detroit police and DEA agents were spotted entering the complex at 10:18 am A police cruiser and U-Haul truck were ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Gasland's Josh Fox Fires Back At Congressional Republicans After Arrest At ...
MediaiteFebruary 2, 2012

The amendment is Congress shall make no law which infringes upon the Freedom of the Press. That means Congress can't pass a law or a rule or regulation in a subcommittee hearing to obstruct journalists from coming in and exposing to the American people ...more »

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