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Questions For The Candidates On Marijuana Reform

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There is a major political debate currently happening in many parts of this country, but the astonishing thing is that most politicians -- especially those on the national stage -- seem to want to pretend the debate doesn't even exist.

Supreme Court Will Decide If This Band's Name Is Too Offensive To Be Trademarked

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics

The frontman of The Slants doesn’t like the name of Washington’s NFL team. He thinks the term is “an inherent racial slur” that is demeaning t...

Federal Judges Can't Clear Someone's Record, Even For Minor, Nonviolent Offenses

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK ― An appeals court ruled on Thursday that a single mother of four who completed a term of probation for filing a false insurance claim wort...

Texas, 12 Other States Push To Block Feds From Enforcing Trans Bathroom Guidance

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics

A coalition of 13 states led by Texas wants a federal judge to block the Obama administration from enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws in a way...

The University of North Carolina Flagrantly Violates Federal Law Affirming Transgender Rights

Jim Neal | Posted 05.25.2016 | Queer Voices
Jim Neal

Whether out of fear, an abundance of caution or self-interest the fact remains that their schools are violating the legal rights of transgender people.

Bernards Township, NJ Gives Lame Excuses to Stop Mosque

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Yasmina Blackburn

It's disheartening to read about another mosque on U.S. soil whose attempts to exist are being stopped because of planning boards whose palpable xenophobia comes slithering out of the woodwork of their town hall buildings.

Supreme Court Rules Against Corrupt Baltimore Cop In Major Kickback Scheme

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Baltimore police officer's plea to overturn his federal conspiracy conviction -- the latest development in...

Justice Ginsburg Leads Supreme Court Majority To Deliver Blow To Big Business

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued the first decision in a series of class action cases this term that are widely viewed as atte...

NFL Team With Racist Name Just Got Huge Boost In Legal Fight

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

An appeals court on Tuesday struck down the so-called "disparagement clause" in federal trademark law, giving Washington's football team an edge in th...

Chief Justice Roberts Made 'Human Error' In Overlooking Conflict Of Interest

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics

Earlier this year, a Supreme Court justice took action in a case where he had an unintended conflict of interest. Actually, that happened twice this y...

The House Votes To Ban The Terms ‘Oriental’ And ‘Negro’ From Federal Law

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Politicians have a habit of burying important information. There are bills with titles that say nothing about what they will actually do...

Supreme Court To Hear Puerto Rico's Cry For Help Over Debt Relief

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two related cases that could help Puerto Rico restructure some of its debt under the Recovery Act, a local ...

The Fate Of This Sex Offender May Lie In The Hands Of Justice Scalia

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A man convicted of possessing child pornography wants the Supreme Court to read his offense under federal law narrowly -- and in the pro...

Taking Marijuana Reform Seriously

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The concept that the federal "War On Weed" needs to end is now about as mainstream as it gets, and after the people have led so admirably on the issue in the past decade, the politicians are finally deciding it is safe to follow this trend.

'We Are Pleased to Inform You...': Why 50 Percent of Mammogram Reports Are Misleading

Carol A Miele | Posted 07.20.2016 | Women
Carol A Miele

What about the 50 percent that are true positives?!? Are we going to ignore them and allow them advance to Stage 4, like me? Why must we be sacrificed to keep healthcare costs down? Every life is important.

Federal Laws: Too Numerous and Vague

Kevin Price | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

The vast majority of Americans clearly seem unhappy with the working of Washington. The president and Congress have overwhelmed the American people with an incredible number of laws that are difficult for the voters and even policy makers to understand.

Keep Medicaid 'Medicaid'

Elizabeth Taylor | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Taylor

Fifty years since its enactment, Medicaid has proven over and over again to be successful in achieving what it is designed to do: provide needed health care coverage to the most vulnerable individuals.

State vs. Federal Law: Who Really Holds the Trump Card?

Lesley Daunt | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Lesley Daunt

If a state law gives people more rights than a federal law, the state law is legally supposed to prevail. This means state law will always supersede federal law when the person in question stands to gain more from the state law, right? Wrong.

Friday Talking Points -- A Weed Screed

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The subject under the microscope today is marijuana, and (in particular) the federal government's views and actions towards this issue.

Self-inflicted Wounds: New Alaska Laws Reject Statehood

John Aronno | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.

Marissa Mayer Starts Maternity Leave Debate

Carolyn Anderson | Posted 09.19.2012 | Parents
Carolyn Anderson

Mayer's decisions are a reminder of the importance of choice. It's time we open up the debate about maternity leave and work towards ensuring all women have more choices about when and how they return to work after having a baby.

Radley Balko

House Bill Would Apply U.S. Drug Policy Globally | Radley Balko | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill yesterday that would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign s...

Reporting a Murder Trial, 140 Characters at a Time

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 07.24.2011 | Technology
Alaska Dispatch News

You don't have to be at the Bonnie Craig murder trial--the dramatic cold case--nor do you have to wait until the story airs on the evening news or a reporter files a story online, or even for someone to drop a newspaper at your door, to get all the details from the courtroom proceedings.

Arizona Gone Wild: Does New Bill Give State the Right to Overthrow Federal Government?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

Under the guise of "respecting" the US Constitution, the new bill paradoxically adds for good measure: "This state and its citizens shall not recognize or be obligated to live under the statute, mandate or executive order."

National Self-Interest: The Reason to Pass the Dream Act Now

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

While the opposition cries out that the DREAM Act is a kind of back door amnesty for undocumented workers, it is actually a sensible, rational strategy to meet America's economic and social needs.