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Parliament's moral duty on assisted dying
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

... been a lull in the media recently about the rights and wrongs of assisted dying, but the conflict is sure to break out again with the imminent publication of the report from Lord Falconer's commission, established to consider changes to the law. ...more »

Looking forward 2012: A better place...
Times of IndiaJanuary 1, 2012

In 2011, a special court for NIA cases and 2G spectrum was established. Sources say more special courts may be formed if the number of cases with the National Investigating Agency increases. The year 2012 will mark the end of the 54-year-old MCD ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Individual mandate is a hidden tax
Florida Times-UnionJanuary 3, 2012

Florida and 25 states assert that the individual mandate is the linchpin to the health care law. The states argue that if the mandate is unconstitutional it would be removed and the entire law should come crashing down. In other words, the mandate ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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State gets it right again on corrupt practices ruling
Great Falls TribuneJanuary 3, 2012

"We feel Montanans do not forfeit their freedoms of speech and association simply because they associate as a corporation," said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson in a statement. He said his organization is "reviewing ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Lads' mags, sexism, and research in psychology: an interview with Dr. Peter ...
Scientific American (blog)January 13, 2012

In our own research we have observed this pattern in scientists publications and in explanations produced in the lab with regard to race, gender, and sexuality, for example (Hegarty & Buechel, 2006; Hegarty & Pratto, 2004). On the face of it, ...more »

Native Americans
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Tribute to crusader Romallus O. Murphy
Greensboro News & RecordJanuary 2, 2012

He was a “steady and ready” legal warrior and advocate for civil rights. He was never afraid to engage forces of repression and regression in the struggle to elevate the lives of African Americans. From the beginning of his legal practice, ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Fighting Discrimination, Improving Respect For Religious Freedom
Voice of AmericaJanuary 3, 2012

01-02-2012 Fighting Discrimination, Improving Respect For Religious Freedom “Together we have begun to overcome the false divide that pits religious sensitivities against freedom of expression." Commenting on the adoption by the United Nations Human ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Letter: Tell Proctor no on eminent domain
St. Augustine RecordJanuary 1, 2012

I, and some of the residents adjacent to Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, might disagree with his broad brush strokes concerning the “need” to give the FSDB eminent domain authority over these adjacent homeowners' lives and homes. ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Visalia chamber offers training to prevent sexual harassment
Visalia Times-DeltaJanuary 4, 2012

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Employers will present the state-mandated training program for supervisors on sexual harassment prevention from 7:30-10 am Jan. 25 at the Lamp Liter Inn, 3300 W. Mineral King Ave., Visalia. ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Almost 24000 children on hospital waiting lists
Irish TimesJanuary 3, 2012

ALMOST 24000 children were waiting for outpatient appointments at the capital's three children's hospitals last year and over 1000 were waiting for more than 12 months, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act. The snapshot ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Supreme Court to consider if drug dog's sniff at front door is ...
Washington PostJanuary 6, 2012

The case is being closely monitored by law enforcement agencies nationwide, which depend on dogs for a wide range of law enforcement duties. The Supreme Court police use dogs to sniff vehicles before they enter the court grounds and for other purposes. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Both sides cry 'press freedom!' in Argentine newsprint battle
CPJ Press Freedom Online (blog)January 5, 2012

The government has said the law will diversify and democratize Argentina's media and thus guarantee freedom of expression. Clarín and La Nación, citing the article that allows the state to increase its shareholding in the manufacturer, see the law as a ...more »

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