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Why we get wasted on New Year's
SalonJanuary 1, 2012

Echoing Saturnalia's public ridicule of society's laws and customs, rowdy bands of peasants invaded the manor, demanding food and drink. In exchange, the lord received his subjects' blessings and goodwill for the coming year. ...more »

Fatca - The Menace You'll Hear About in 2012
The AtlanticJanuary 1, 2012

To keep better track of the flow of assets owned by US citizens, Fatca requires bankers in other countries to send the IRS information about transactions by any of their customers who are Americans. Similarly, US banks would have to report to the IRS...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Republicans, economists urge Supreme Court to strike entire healthcare law
The Hill (blog)January 6, 2012

By Sam Baker - 01/06/12 11:51 AM ET More than 100 congressional Republicans signed a brief Friday urging the Supreme Court to strike down the entire healthcare reform law if it finds the law's individual mandate unconstitutional. ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Winston-Salem City Council tables decision about City Hall lawn gatherings
Winston-Salem JournalJanuary 4, 2012

He said any vagueness written into the law only allowed for greater freedom of speech. Janet Owen, another member of Occupy Winston-Salem, said she appreciated Besse's concerns, but said she worried that his changes seemed designed to protect the ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Docket Clerk Job
FierceBiotechJanuary 28, 2012

Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, ...more »

Native Americans
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Iowa's Other Peculiar Institution
New York Times (blog)January 3, 2012

In a last ripple of the civil rights era, practically concurrent with the debut of the new improved caucuses, a gang of five – the Iowa Civil Liberties Union, Iowa Federation of Labor, United Auto Workers, League of Women Voters and the Iowa Democratic ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Malaysian Gay Activists Challenge Ban in Court
ABC NewsJanuary 10, 2012

The case highlights complaints about discrimination against gays at a time when international rights groups are urging authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia to abolish laws criminalizing same-sex relations. The acquittal this week of opposition ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Hospital CEO benefits to be made public
CBC.caJanuary 2, 2012

"What's in the person's contract in terms of any post-retirement kind of arrangements or anything that wouldn't show up in the sunshine law, even what the clause would be if the person was fired without cause, what compensation they would get for that ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Kwame Kilpatrick's friend Bobby Ferguson, his firm to pay $1.2 million in ...
Detroit Free PressJanuary 7, 2012

Despite the high stakes in the sexual harassment case, it didn't last long. Young sued Ferguson in October, but because Ferguson has not responded to her allegations, Acho moved for a default judgment. Wayne County Circuit Judge John Murphy granted the ...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 »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Resident again questions Sheriff's Office; Edney said remarks 'crossed the line'
BlueRidgeNow.comJanuary 4, 2012

-Misuse of untrained and improperly-certified dogs to justify searches and seizures of illegal drugs. -Davis' misuse of his position to pursue relationships with female employees. -Misuse of positions of authority by other male members of Sheriff ...more »


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