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Senate Bill Would Restrict Banks Overdraft Charges

New York Times | ANDREW MARTIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the latest attack on overdraft fees charged by banks, Christopher J. Dodd, the Connecticut Democrat who heads the Senate Banking Committee, introdu...

Sharon Stone To Guest On 'Law & Order: SVU'

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Sharon Stone will soon be fighting crime in a guest role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." The Oscar-nominated actress will ap...

California Ushers In New Laws Limiting Trans Fats, The Paparazzi And More

latimes.com | Patrick McGreevy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

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Obama Won't Push Equal Rights Law in the Right Direction

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

While the Obama administration pretends that the law is a concrete inflexible animal incapable of multiple interpretations, LGBT rights in this country continue to languish. Strong leadership is needed.

Feds on Your Friends List

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

Because social media is a largely unregulated environment, law enforcement is advancing into the field unchecked. We need to start laying down guidelines for law enforcement access to social networking data.

Dr. Coburn's Peculiar Privilege

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Senator Coburn claims physician-patient privilege to avoid testifying against Ensign. But this is not a "Get out of Jail Free" card for physicians who acquire knowledge outside of their work as doctors.

Ritter Aide Nominated For Colorado US Attorney

CBS4Denver | CBS 4 Denver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

President Barack Obama has nominated Gov. Bill Ritter's deputy chief of staff to be the top federal prosecutor in Colorado. Sen. Mark Ud...

Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of Our Country

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

With an issue like health, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debate.

Vincent D'Onofrio Leaving 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Changes are afoot at "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," with charter cast member Vincent D'Onofrio exiting the USA Network series and...

Warren Miller Is My Friend

Jamie Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jamie Starr

In a sport long governed by an unspoken "bro code," it saddens me to see signs that skiing may become another cold and hard industry where even the great Warren Miller is made to look evil in the public eye.

Tort Reform -- Another Dangerous Scapegoat

Saul Segan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Saul Segan

There is no reasonable cause and effect between the costs of health care and the rendering of jury verdicts.

What This Week's Terrorism Arrests Reveal About the Post-9/11 Strategy

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

One thing is certain, authorities have powerful tools to get people off the streets in the array of statutes that they have at their disposal. They also have an extraordinarily difficult job of balancing their obligations.

Why American Laws Don't Make Any Sense

Cracked.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judiciary body and the most important legal authority in the country. Here is their secret go-to...

My Divorce is None of Your Business

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

If I get divorced in New York, the documents pertaining to my divorce remain confidential. If I get divorced in California, the documents pertaining to my divorce become a matter of public record.

Friday Talking Points [92] -- The End Of Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sadly, Obama's speech to school children has become mired in manufactured controversy from the right, with typical sky-is-falling rhetoric about the evil, evil man who occupies the Oval Office.

"...And Our Posterity"

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

The idea that future generations have a stake in carrying out the Constitution's objectives is profound. When we go to war, when we act on climate change, we do so not only for ourselves but also for our posterity.

Anticipating the Incapacitated Justice

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

While it is a disturbing truth that our nation will someday likely confront the tragedy of an incapacitated Supreme Court justice, it is not at all clear which justice that will be.

The Reinvention of Legal Research: The Future Is Now

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Schwartz

Legal research, once the province of desks, books, and binders, is now online, data-driven, and real-time. This poses serious challenge to old publishing stalwarts like Westlaw and LexisNexis.

Why Women of Color Can't Pull a Sarah Palin

Natalie Holder-Winfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Natalie Holder-Winfield

What if white women are given preferences and breaks -- where women of color are not -- because white men are attracted to them?

Denied: Access to Brooklyn Drug Treatment Court

Dan Holton-Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Holton-Roth

Drug courts were invented in the late 1980s in Dade County, Florida in an attempt to divert drug offenders from the criminal courts and offer individuals treatment instead of incarceration.

Should Physicians Participate in the Death Penalty?

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

I submit that delaying the death penalty is an indication that our own brains are in conflict about killing people in the first place.

China's Civil Rights Lawyers: The New Enemies of the State

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Novick

in recent months Beijing has been busy targeting home-grown adversaries -- Chinese civil rights lawyers -- in a series of moves that has been described as "an all-out attack."

Next: Assisted Suicide for Healthy People

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

If Betty Coumbias had only six months left to live and expressed a desire to die, most assisted-suicide advocates would support her cause. Why should she have any less control over her life because she is in good health?

Much Ado About So Little It Hurts

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard Laermer

The issue before the Senate is simple: Is the nominee qualified to sit on the Court? The answer: Yes. All the kvetching about how a nominee's race shaped her worldview is for the cameras, baby.

The Most Progressive Movement on the Planet

Michael Strong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Strong

What if we could apply the power of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship to the problem of poverty reduction?