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Listen Up: the Key to 'Speeding Up and Scaling Up' Business and Human Rights Reforms

Amol Mehra | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Amol Mehra

Two phrases were consistently heard at the Fourth Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, which took place in Geneva from November 16 to November 18.

Judge Appointed By Ronald Reagan Strikes Down Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Law

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

Abortion will be a major topic this spring when the Supreme Court hears a Texas case that could redefine a woman's right to end her pregnancy. I...

Going Back To College For Just One Day

Renee Fisher | Posted 11.24.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Imagine a university in which classes are taught by some of the most popular and accomplished instructors from some of the most prestigious universities around the country. Imagine that, in one day, one can take advantage of subject matter covering art, law, science and politics.

Texas Is Gaming The Clock In The Fight Over Obama's Immigration Plan

Reuters/HuffPost | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

The clock is ticking on President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, and Texas seems to know it. The state on Monday asked the U.S. Supr...

No Deadline on Rape: Bill Cosby or Cosby-Bill?

Michaela Haas | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Michaela Haas

On Saturday, dozens gathered at Bill Cosby`s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to remember his legacy - just not the legacy he likes to be known for. Some of the women who accused him of rape and their supporters met to call attention to their plight that we need to change the law.

Governors' Threats to Exclude Syrian Refugees Are Not Only Fear Mongering -- They're Unconstitutional

Andre Segura | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Andre Segura

Beyond the fear mongering and the rejection of core American values, these governors' proposed policies can't stand as a matter of the law: They are patently unconstitutional.

Fallible But Final: Why Justice Scalia is Wrong About the Supreme Court's Authority

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The very cases that Scalia invokes disclose the need for an independent judiciary to serve as a final check against abuses of government power. If that check is to be effective, the highest court in the nation must have the authority Scalia would deny it.

The Free Speech Debate Ignores the Experience of Marginalized Groups

Laura Beth Nielsen | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Laura Beth Nielsen

Instead of screaming about who is or is not being allowed to speak, America needs to take the time to listen to those who are bravely advocating for equality on college campuses. We are simply asking that America live up to a promise it made to white women and people of color long ago but has not yet fulfilled.

Sorry, Governors: The Decision To Let In Refugees Isn't Really Up To You

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

A wave of governors rattled their sabers Monday in response to the Paris terrorist attacks, vowing to block Syrian refugees from settling within ...

U.S. Citizenship: Does it Even Matter?

Michael Wildes | Posted 11.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Michael Wildes

Some people acquire U.S. citizenship immediately at birth, for others, U.S. citizenship is conferred later in life. Regardless of how it is acquired, there are very fundamental reasons why a person would want to be recognized as a U.S. citizen.

Divorce Confidential: Alimony -- Are You On The Hook?

Caroline Choi | Posted 11.13.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Alimony. It's a hot button issue in divorce and something many individuals have a hard time dealing with after the breakup. It seems unfair, when one spouse is ordered to pay a hefty sum each month towards the daily living costs and lifestyle choices of their ex-spouse. These individuals are no longer connected, yet the financial obligation continues -- sometimes indefinitely.

Supreme Court To Hear Abortion Case That Could Erode Roe v. Wade

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics

There were more than 40 abortion clinics in Texas before HB2 was passed in 2013. Eventually the law landed in court, where a federal j...

The Clock Is Ticking On DAPA, And Only The Supreme Court Can Save It

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration turns a year old next week, and it's still stuck in the courts. Monday night, the core of th...

Can the Government Put a Price Tag On Your Right to Choose Your Lawyer?

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

When, if ever, can the government effectively prevent a criminal defendant from using their legitimate assets to hire a lawyer? That's the fundamental question that the Supreme Court confronts in Luis v. United States--a question that implicates the integrity of the criminal justice system.

Standard Deviations: An Interview With Gary Smith

Phil Simon | Posted 11.10.2015 | Books
Phil Simon

More than a century ago, Mark Twain said, "There are lies, damned lies, and statistics." It's a great quote that is more true than ever. As I wrote in Too Big to Ignore, in an era of Big Data, there is tremendous opportunity and arguably more incentive to create, ignore, and pervert information.

Supreme Court May Give A Break To Thousands Of Workers Shorted On Pay

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Workers who sue collectively over unpaid overtime may just get a big break from the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices heard arguments Tu...

Hollowing Out Civil Rights Law: Supreme Court Signs Off On 'Shoot First, Think Later' Policing

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The question of whether ordinary Americans have any meaningful civil recourse against officers who violate their rights has taken on pressing importance. On Monday, in an appalling decision, the Supreme Court effectively answered "no."

Sotomayor Says SCOTUS Has 'Shoot First, Think Later' Approach To Cop Violence

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court for a number of years has sided with cops in police brutality cases. The justices did it again Monday, issuing an unsigned summary ...

Thousands Of Workers Who Were Shorted On Overtime Pay Are Headed To The Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

Workers who band together to sue their employers over wage theft or discrimination are about to have their biggest day in court in years. On Tuesday,...

I (Shall Happily) Accept the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics on Behalf of Satoshi Nakamoto

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Bhagwan Chowdhry

I am completely serious in suggesting Satoshi Nakamoto for the Prize. The invention of bitcoin -- a digital currency -- is nothing short of revolutionary.

Defining 'One Person, One Vote': SCOTUS Returns To The Political Thicket

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Evenwel represents a valuable opportunity for the Court to not only clarify its case law concerning reapportionment but also affirm a vital principle central to our law: the Constitution protects citizens against arbitrary action by government in every field.

Sonia Sotomayor Gets Unexpectedly Personal Inside The Courtroom

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Every oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court is unscripted, but rarely is the great marble courtroom the place to get real about one's...

The Only Thing Unadulterated About Foie Gras Is The Cruelty

Stephen Wells | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

Under the Poultry Product Inspection Act, the USDA has a statutory duty to prevent "diseased poultry" from entering the human food supply. And yet, the USDA continues to sit idly by as diseased fatty duck and goose livers make their way from factory farm to kitchen table.

Wanted: Supreme Court Justices With Grit

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

As we look towards the very real possibility that the next President of the United States will have an opportunity to nominate several Supreme Court justices, it is critically important to focus attention on a judicial virtue that has been neglected of late: Grit, that is, firmness of mind in the face of adversity.

Chief Justice Roberts' Wild Question About Congress And Immigration

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During oral arguments in a Supreme Court case that has the tech industry on alert, Chief Justice John Roberts asked a strange hypotheti...