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Five Billion Dollar Pat McCrory

Harold Lloyd | Posted 09.17.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

As I've previously pointed out in McCrory's House Bill 2: A Brief Outline of its Five "Parts," only one part of that five-part bill is about bathrooms, and HB2 provides no remedy if anyone uses the "wrong" restroom.

A Welcome Defeat for the North Carolina Legislature's Effort to Hobble Black Voting

Michael Curtis | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics
Michael Curtis

On July 29, 2016, a panel of the Fourth Circuit struck down a group of election "reforms" rushed though in 2013 by Republicans in the North Carolina legislature.

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.

The Writing's on the (Bathroom) Wall: State Anti-Transgender Laws Are About to Get Flushed

Paul Bland | Posted 04.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Bland

A rural Virginia school board's discriminatory policy is headed down the toilet, exactly where it belongs. And soon to follow should be the North Carolina law, the South Carolina bill, and other states' proposed legislation putting public bathroom access at the center of the nation's culture wars.

Obamacare Dominoes: If Federal Subsidies Fall at the Supreme Court, so Do the Individual and Employer Mandates -- Game Over!

Terry Connelly | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Terry Connelly

The media and even the most ardent supporters of Obamacare seem to ignore this potential effect. Assuredly, the "large employers" and their lobbyists who are funding the Halbig and King cases have not.

My Zipcode Makes Me Legal: Lament For My Lesbian Posse

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Paula K. Garrett

This should be cause for celebration. We will have finally won our rights. And yet, I am melancholy. I am grateful, but I am not satisfied. I have this nagging, gnawing question: what about our friends?

Obama's Escalating War on Freedom of the Press

Norman Solomon | Posted 09.21.2013 | Media
Norman Solomon

Journalists who can be compelled to violate the confidentiality of their sources, or otherwise go to prison, are reduced to doing little more than providing stenographic services to pass along the official story. That's what the White House wants.

Virginia Inmate Serving 73 Years For Bank Robbery Can Pursue Sex Change Lawsuit

Richmond Times-Dispatch | | Posted 03.31.2013 | DC

A federal appeals court on Monday restored a lawsuit filed by a Virginia inmate who claims her constitutional rights were violated when prison authori...

Judge Henry Hudson's Health Care Ruling Is Good News For Reform Backers

AOL News | Ian Millhiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yes, Judge Hudson did strike down one provision of the landmark health care law, but his opinion is so poorly reasoned, so bereft of legal analysis an...

Obama's Judicial Legacy: Chapter One

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

It looks like President Obama will begin leaving his mark on the federal bench -- and consequently on American law and life for decades to come -- sooner rather than later.

Brother of US "Enemy Combatant" Released from Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

What is distressing about this latest batch of releases is that two of the men -- those from Afghanistan and the UAE -- have left Guantanamo as unknown as when they arrived.

Court Confirms President's Dictatorial Powers in Case of US "Enemy Combatant" Ali al-Marri

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Not content with endorsing the president's dictatorial right to imprison "enemy combatants", the judges ruled that the President did not even have to allege that an "enemy combatant" had ever raised arms against US forces.