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CVB Attorney Threatens Legal Action If Commissioner Boyd Has Any Further "Breaches Of Confidentiality': Boyd Says ...
The ChattanooganApril 1, 2017

Attorney Phillip Whitaker said if there are any additional "breaches of confidentiality" that the CVB will pursue legal action. Commissioner Boyd said, "This letter is just another example of how the CVB wants to keep their financials from going public ...more »

Undocumented Workers Fear Paying Taxes Under Trump ...
CBS Los AngelesApril 1, 2017

"But I want to file my income taxes because I want the president to know I'm here contributing to society," said one woman.more »

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Affirmative Action
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John Yoo's Living Constitution -- Continued
National ReviewApril 22, 2017

First, as noted in my prior post, Congress need not use the magic words “declare” and “war” in the exercise of its constitutional power to declare war. Formal declarations of war are out of fashion these days (for the most part) for a variety of ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Joint Letter to the European Parliament to Adopt a Resolution on the Situation in Hungary
Human Rights Watch (press release)April 25, 2017

In view of the situation in Hungary, we are writing to request your active intervention to support civil society, press freedom, academic freedom, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Europe. Attacks on independent universities and civil society ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Free milkweed seeds available at Richland Soil & Water Conservation District
Richland SourceApril 5, 2017

Programs and assistance of Richland SWCD are available without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability or veteran status. For more information contact Theresa Rozic Sutter, Community Relations ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Facebook, Twitter face fines up to $53 million over hate speech
CNNMoneyApril 5, 2017

Maas said the government wants the bill to become law before the general election in September. Free speech activists and tech companies have in the past criticized the plan, saying it could damage free speech. Maas said freedom of expression has a ...more »

Native Americans
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Ghosts, Zucchini And Whitney Houston: Here's Your First Look At The 2017 Sydney Film Festival
JunkeeApril 5, 2017

Other docos on the docket include the Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro, about the history of the civil rights movement, Rumble: Indians Who Rocked the World, about the role of Native American musicians in the development of American popular music, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Private property owners challenge Trump's wall
El Paso Inc.April 10, 2017

The power of eminent domain is established in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides that citizens cannot “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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CO Senate Hears Late Attempt to Pass "Religious Freedom" Bill
Public News ServiceApril 12, 2017

Critics say the measure is one more attempt to install "religious freedom" laws that, in effect, legalize discrimination in the state. Amanda Henderson executive director and minister with the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, said Senate Bill 283 is at ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Governor let clock run on 13 now-laws
Arkansas OnlineApril 23, 2017

Under what is now Act 981, the state Plant Board will promote research and development of industrial hemp and commercial markets for those Arkansas products and may work with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture on industrial hemp ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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UC Berkeley Was Warned About Its Star Professor Years Before Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
BuzzFeed NewsApril 7, 2017

Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show that multiple students complained to the University of California, Berkeley, about professor John R. Searle — years before he was accused of sexually harassing a former student and employee in a March 2017 ...more »


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