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IRS rolls out new compliance campaigns for large businesses and international taxpayers
Accounting TodayFebruary 1, 2017

The IRS is not necessarily saying that when any of the campaign items appears on a return, that's a sure sign of noncompliance. “What we are saying is that we either believe or have indication that there is risk or concern that there could be, and we ...more »

In Effort to Protect Immigrants From Deportation, L.A. City Council Votes to Draft Law Decriminalizing Street Vending
KTLAFebruary 1, 2017

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to draft a law that would decriminalize sidewalk vending, in an effort to protect immigrants vulnerable to deportation. A street vendor sell fruits and in the Fashion District in Los Angeles in an undated ...more »

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Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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No one is getting fired over last week's flag burning incident, employers say
Iowa City Press CitizenFebruary 1, 2017

... and fired the employees, Iowa has few protections for non-contract employees who are terminated for any reason that doesn't amount to discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age disability, sexual orientation or gender ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Kenyan Court Finds Criminal Libel Laws Unconstitutional
AllAfrica.comFebruary 7, 2017

New York — Today's ruling by Kenya's High Court that the country's criminal defamation law is unconstitutional is a welcome step toward safeguarding press freedom and free speech, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Justice JM Mativo ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Geyser Road trail plan met with support, opposition
The SaratogianFebruary 9, 2017

“To construct this dangerous path, I now find out that the city wants to take property from me and others in the area by eminent domain,” the 81-year-old Pompey said. “Meetings were conducted pertaining to this Geyser Road project without any attempt ...more »

Native Americans
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White House considering action on religious freedom that critics warn could lead to discrimination
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2017

While it includes a provision that says agencies “shall provide protections and exemptions consistent with” the Civil Rights and Americans with Disabilities Acts, it defines religious beliefs so broadly it appears that any group could be denied ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Anti-discrimination order prompts 'religious freedom' bill in Va.
WTOPFebruary 3, 2017

The executive order also bans discrimination by state workers or agents providing state services through the executive branch. The introduction to the executive order cited the economic fallout from states that have passed laws that have been perceived ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Essex County ordered to release voting records, appeals decision
Sun Community NewsFebruary 1, 2017

The former Crown Point supervisor did not allege fraud or other malfeasance, but rather said people had a right to examine ballots, and that copies of ballot images are not exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law. “I wanted to look ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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We must improve UNT's sexual harassment policy
North Texas DailyFebruary 5, 2017

Each university has its own legal way of handling unwarranted sexual advances and harassment. However in 2007, the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom mentioned that “most college and university speech codes would not survive a legal challenge…”.more »

Freedom Of Press
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Court Rules Missouri Corrections Officials Did Not Violate Sunshine Law In Execution Cases
St. Louis Public RadioFebruary 14, 2017

The other lawsuits were filed by former Missouri legislator Joan Bray, a death penalty opponent, and by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the American Civil Liberties Union and Christopher S. McDaniel, formerly of St. Louis Public Radio.more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Unlike Trump, Neil Gorsuch Has Shown Flickers of Humanity on Criminal Justice Issues
Slate Magazine (blog)February 1, 2017

Gorsuch, it seems, does have an open mind on that point, not just because he takes seriously Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful search and seizure but because even the decisions in which he has ruled in favor of the police are argued with ...more »

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