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Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

What is their position in relation to the law in this regard?" Healthcare professionals are caught between the nebulous state of the law and a presumed duty of confidentiality to the patient. This snapshot of evidence received by the commission on the ...more »

Experts Weigh In on Outside Groups' Pro-Gingrich Spots
New York Times (blog)January 1, 2012

Nevertheless, any ad featuring a candidate for federal office so close to an election would fall under what the election commission calls “electioneering communications.” But a quirk in the law means that the agency does not consider caucuses like ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Hirabayashi Remembered for His Courage
The Rafu ShimpoJanuary 5, 2012

Asking for nothing more than equal treatment under the law, and demanding his constitutional rights, he made history. His historic stand in defense of the Constitution, and against the incarceration of the Nikkei community, serves as an inspiration to ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Is Grover Norquist breaking up with SOPA?
CNETJanuary 6, 2012

ATR was more complimentary three weeks ago, when Norquist, its president, sent a letter (PDF) to Smith saying: "On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform, I want to express my support of the manager's amendment to HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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City Council removes age from discrimination protections as unintended ...
Columbia MissourianJanuary 4, 2012

... discriminate based on age," City Manager Mike Matthessaid. Other items in the protected category against discrimination include: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, handicap, sexual orientation or gender identity.more »

Native Americans
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Missouri library sued by ACLU over blocking of religious content
Deseret NewsJanuary 6, 2012

LOUIS — The American Civil Liberties Union has sued a small-town public library, claiming it unconstitutionally blocks access to websites related to Wicca and other minority religions. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in St. Louis on behalf of Anaka ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Israeli Society Facing Religious Extremism, Backlash
Voice of AmericaJanuary 6, 2012

El Or says the laws against segregation and discrimination must be enforced. But Israeli society must also make space for the demands of ultra-Orthodox people. And she says those tensions will continue until reluctant political and religious leaders ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Red Bank parking garage proposal inches along
Asbury Park PressJanuary 2, 2012

Menna speculated that the borough's ordinance banning the use of eminent domain – the practice of government condemning land it deems necessary for public purposes – is probably why few lawyers responded. “We banned eminent domain, so we can't take ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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'Sexual harassment on campus is a reality'
Hindustan TimesJanuary 6, 2012

Women are scared to come forward to make complaints regarding sexual harassment, college managements are often unsupportive and regionalism on campuses is creating rifts between students. These are just some of the issues that emerged on Friday at a ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Newport News City Council drama reminiscent of past personal disputes
Daily PressJanuary 2, 2012

Wallace at the time claimed the report was not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The dispute reached a point where Wallace wrote an opinion piece in the Daily Press, and Gear unsuccessfully lobbied the General Assembly to amend the state's ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Animals rescued from terrible living conditions
KXXV News Channel 25January 4, 2012

On Tuesday, the Waco Animal Control Unit obtained a search and seizure warrant for a home located at 4648 Wood Avenue in Waco. ACU Officers had initially received a call from a concerned citizen about numerous animals being abandoned at this home. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Good News, Bad News for Gamblers' Freedom
OpenMarket.orgJanuary 3, 2012

The Associated Press reports: Rushing to take advantage of a US Justice Department ruling that in-state Internet gambling does not violate federal law, a New Jersey lawmaker is pushing for his colleagues to pass a bill legalizing online gambling within ...more »


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