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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 »

Exxon Wins $749M for Nationalized Venezuela Assets
BloombergJanuary 1, 2012

Chavez, who has nationalized assets in the energy, metals, cement and telecommunications industries, faces about 20 arbitration cases at the ICSID, according to the Washington- based center's website. Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said in ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Even US citizens face indefinite detention in new anti-terror law
Globe and MailJanuary 10, 2012

... 1950s when dubious fears of Communist sympathizers – 'a Red under every bed' – lurking in the United States produced a similarly draconian assault on Constitutional rights has a president been faced with the choice of signing or vetoing such a law. ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Profile: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
BBC NewsJanuary 3, 2012

Human rights groups, for example, objected to lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole for violent crimes, and a ban on discrimination that did not specifically mention age or sexual orientation. The second Orban government was also ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Dismantling Gender Stereotypes: The Role Of Laws
TrustLaw (blog)January 13, 2012

Gender stereotypes often intersect with racial, ethnic, religious or other stereotypes. In a case from the Netherlands, a female employee of Turkish origin lodged a successful complaint to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination ...more »

Native Americans
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Washington-Mattson to speak on Black History Month at LCC
Longview Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

CeCe Raglin, left, and Cynthia Washington-Mattson pose with a picture of their ancestor, Victoria Freeman, in the Longview park named for Freeman, the city's first African-American civil rights activist. The granddaughter of Longview Civil Rights...more »

Religious Discrimination
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WA Governor Chris Gregoire Condemns Anti-Gay Discrimination, Announces ...
TowleroadJanuary 4, 2012

... will honor the religious freedom of all faiths. The arguments used today to discriminate based on sexual orientation should remind all of us of the arguments used to discriminate in the past, and specifically the laws banning interracial marriage. ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Garage proposal inches along in Red Bank
Asbury Park PressJanuary 3, 2012

“Only two attorneys responded with prior (parking) experience. There's no rush,” Menna said. “There will be an appointment in January … around the end of the month.” Menna speculated that the borough's ordinance banning the use of eminent domain – the ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Unwanted dinner invitation to colleague no reason to stall doctor's career: judges
National PostJanuary 5, 2012

It also cited his administrative work and his high-level teaching. At the end of the discussion, however, the dean told the committee that a sexual harassment complaint had been upheld after an internal investigation, and that the College of Physicians ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Hospice for profit: Business of dying is booming
Palm Beach PostJanuary 8, 2012

Among the three hospice providers licensed to serve Palm Beach County, Vitas patients spent more than 93 days on average in hospice care compared with 66 for the nonprofits, according to data collected by the state's Department of Elder Affairs for ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Buffalo man accused of growing marijuana
Buffalo NewsJanuary 3, 2012

Narcotics detectives entered the residence Saturday after receiving a search warrant signed by Town Justice Geoffrey Klein. The detectives seized an assortment of growing equipment in addition to the plants, according to Capt. Michael Camilleri. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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UST denies favoring Corona in doctoral program
GMA NewsJanuary 2, 2012

“Needless to say, since the university is an autonomous HEI [higher educational institution], the other issues raised (his residency, the academic honor he received) are moot because these come under the institutional academic freedom of the University ...more »

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