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Could guns be battered women's answer to domestic violence?
Today's ZamanJanuary 1, 2012

This week, the very same group that advocated sitting around the table as a means of dealing with domestic violence less than two decades ago is proposing that women in fear of their lives should be issued with guns as a last-resort attempt to cut down ...more »

Be warned, George Osborne, austerity will be bad for your ratings
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

Instead of indulging in some form of "verbal protectionism" via your ill-judged remarks on France's credit rating – which, predictably, provoked a Gallic counterattack – you should have the courage to admit that you were wrong. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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A bad and arbitrary law for Israel
HaaretzJanuary 2, 2012

This law, in the words of Sigal Kogut, the Knesset's deputy legal advisor and the committee's legal counsel, bears the signs of being retroactive, arbitrary and personal, and is constitutionally flawed and indefensibly unproportional. ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Occupy movement and the First Amendment
Muncie Star PressJanuary 1, 2012

It reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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100 facts about New Mexico as it marks 100 years of statehood
Carlsbad Current ArgusJanuary 1, 2012

Goddard has no girls' team, but Congress passed the Title IX law mandating gender equality in school athletics. Lopez helps Goddard win two boys' state championships, then goes on to a hall-of-fame professional career on the women's tour. 62. ...more »

Native Americans
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Former NHS exchange student recalls life under Communism
Newnan Times-HeraldJanuary 3, 2012

Brady's proclamation noted the miracle "began with prayers at a Leipzig church in 1989 and grew into public demonstrations with citizens demanding freedom, civil rights and democracy." In the proclamation, Brady mentioned Roch's talk at Allen-Lee. ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Court: Church can't be on land zoned for bar
SignOnSanDiego.comJanuary 2, 2012

Eduardo Contreras EAST COUNTY — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against San Diego County alleging religious discrimination filed by an East County church that sits on land zoned for a bar. The ruling is the latest setback ...more »

Eminent Domain
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First step for eminent domain approved
Imperial Valley PressJanuary 5, 2012

The resolution was approved in case the city fails to negotiate the purchase of the two parcels located between Bradshaw and Lincoln avenues and needs to be used in court to establish eminent domain, according to a report to the council. ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Middle Smithfield ex-solicitor Wise alleges harassment
Pocono RecordJanuary 5, 2012

By HOWARD FRANK Middle Smithfield Township's former solicitor has accused a township employee and a sitting supervisor of intimidation, retaliation and sexual harassment. In a war of words between the township and attorney Jennifer Wise, ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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More from Craig Masters
Greeley GazetteJanuary 3, 2012

But according to documents obtained after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was ruled in favor of the public, it is now known that Project Vote, an ACORN affiliate, and the Obama DOJ have partnered to register individuals on public assistance. ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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US Supreme Court asked to ponder drug dog's sniff
The Associated PressJanuary 3, 2012

He pleaded not guilty and his attorney challenged the search, claiming Franky's sniff outside the front door was an unconstitutional law enforcement intrusion into the home. The trial judge agreed and threw out the evidence seized in the search, ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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UST: CJ Corona earned Ph.D
Inquirer.netJanuary 1, 2012

By Lito B. Zulueta The University of Santo Tomas (UST) has denied it broke academic rules when it granted a doctorate in law, summa cum laude, to Chief Justice Renato Corona reportedly even without a dissertation and urged the press not to drag ...more »


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