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Utility Proposal Would Increase Legacy Costs for California CCAs
RTO InsiderMay 1, 2017

The proposal — filed jointly by Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric — calls for the California Public Utilities Commission to adopt a new approach to apportioning the utilities' costs for energy contracts ...more »

NTSB Gives Update on Plane Crash That Kills Three
MyHighPlainsMay 1, 2017

AMARILLO,TX - UPDATE (7:18 PM): The Amarillo Police Department released the names of the victims killed in Friday's plane crash. Pilot Robin Shaw and flight nurses Misty Nicholson and Scott Riola were killed when their plane went down shortly after ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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The Fight Over Sexual Freedom
The Nation.May 3, 2017

Sex and the Constitution, a new book by the legal scholar Geoffrey R. Stone that charts the laws governing sexual behavior and expression from the ancient world to present-day America, provides ample evidence for this latter view of the election. The ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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The UK wants new laws to fine Google, Twitter, and Facebook for failing to deal with hate speech
QuartzMay 1, 2017

As a result of the poor results, Maas in March proposed a law that would impose a fine of up to €50 million for failing to remove hate speech quickly enough, and would require firms to put an executive in charge of dealing with complaints. That person ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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How President Trump's national religious freedom executive order is different than the Ind. RFRA law
WRTV IndianapolisMay 4, 2017

The RFRA “fix” made it clear that a business can't use the law to refuse to provide services or goods to the public on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or United ...more »

Native Americans
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9 things we learned from listening to 9 governor candidates on 1 stage
NJ.comMay 2, 2017

"It's the new Jim Crow laws," said Zinna, referring to the restriction of the civil rights and liberties of African Americans after the Civil War. "We can't have people ... "Outside of Native Americans, we all were immigrants at one point in time ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Trump will sign order inviting more politics at church, but no 'religious liberty' clause involving LGBTQ debate
Los Angeles TimesMay 4, 2017

... morning before signing the order. Evangelicals supported Trump strongly during his election and had been pressuring the administration to go further in giving businesses discretion to assert morality clauses without running afoul of anti ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Amendment Extends FOIA Exemptions to GSEs
The MReportMay 9, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment that extends the nine exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Georgia), the bill amends HR 1694, a law ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Diddy's Ex-Personal Chef Sues Him for Sexual Harassment -
TMZ.comMay 9, 2017

Diddy's rep tells TMZ, "This is a frivolous lawsuit by a disgruntled ex-employee who was fired for cause." Diddy made his personal chef whip up meals right after ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Don't ignore the importance of press freedom
Toronto StarMay 3, 2017

Canada tends to take press freedom for granted. When you live in the first country to pass freedom of information legislation, it's easy to forget why those laws were needed in the first place. So let's put a spotlight on the work of one brave ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Commentary: More spying and more lying
Elko Daily Free PressMay 4, 2017

The Supreme Court has long characterized domestic spying as surveillance, and it has characterized surveillance as either a “search” or a “seizure” of communications. The Fourth Amendment requires judicially issued warrants for all government searches ...more »


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