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WATCH: 10 Absurdly Funny American Laws

HooplaHa | Posted 06.29.2015 | Comedy
HooplaHa

Happy Fourth of July week! What better way to celebrate the creation of the United States than to check out some bizarrely inventive laws our state governments created? Did you know that in Massachusetts gorillas are not allowed in the backseat of your car? Check out this video and find out what other hilarious legislation has been passed in the last 250 years.

5 Illinois Laws You Have to Know

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.10.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Not knowing the law is not an excuse for breaking it, so if you live in Illinois, you should familiarize yourself with these five rules so that you don't get caught unawares.

Some Good News Out of Illinois' Crazy Spring Legislative Session

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.05.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

There are at least a few bright spots in Illinois politics worth remembering if for no other reason than to fight off depression at the dysfunction of Illinois government. Here are some of the best bills that the General Assembly passed this spring, which are awaiting the governor's approval.

Who and What Changed America? A 20th Century Timeline

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

TIME magazine just published its "25 Moments That Changed America" list, focusing on the 20th Century. I agree with most of the selections and am impressed with the essays that explain the choices.

Jordan's Media at 'Dead End,' Laws Restrictive: Study

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.31.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Jordan's media are at a dead end and its laws are hampering journalists from working in an open environment, a report on freedom in that country revealed. One glaring issue from the "Dead End" statistics comparing results for 2013 and 2014 was that self-censorship had increased.

10 Common Sense Commandments

Lisa R. Petty | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Lisa R. Petty

We need to stop focusing on differences and, instead, start focusing on similarities. We are all people. It does not matter if we are brown, paste white, peach or any other color. We are all people.

Military Base Backtracks on Banning Women From Breastfeeding In Public

Ravishly | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Ravishly

Why override a clearly written (well, sort of) federal law that protects a mother's right to engage in an act that is so natural, so completely innocuous, that it shouldn't even require a law in the first place? Furthermore, why isn't anyone challenging this nonsense?

Bullying in Politics

Ally Del Monte | Posted 04.22.2015 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Politicians are supposed to be representative of the people they serve. Imagine, for one minute, if someone from every state in America were to stand up and say, enough, it is time for us all to #BeBrave and stand up to bullying.

7 New Illinois Laws You're Going to Want to Know in the New Year

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.18.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Not knowing a law is not considered a legal defense for not following it. So don't get caught unawares -- new laws will take effect in Illinois in 2015 that could affect the daily life of average Illinoisans.

Almost Thanksgiving and Extenders Are Still on the Table. What Does That Mean to Your Taxes?

Mark Steber | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

The mid-term elections are over, but -- as of this minute -- Congress has not tackled extending some tax breaks, i.e. that collective group known as the "Tax Extenders", which we address seemingly every couple of years.

Here's Why Life Would Be Way Better If You Were In Charge

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | Comedy

You had us at Diet Oreos. Since we just went through Midterm Elections, Jimmy Fallon made this week's hashtag #IfIWasInCharge to see what you would...

New Law Spurs Action, Bringing Protection to Many

UN Women | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
UN Women

A new law against domestic violence adopted in August in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, coupled with efforts to promote the Istanbul Convention are giving new hope to survivors.

How Do Anti-Bullying Laws Translate to School Policies?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

For the last year and a half, I have worked closely with the DC Office of Human Rights to conduct an audit of school bullying prevention policies following the passage of Washington DC's Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 (YBPA).

New Laws in Illinois You Don't Want to Miss

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.21.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

On January 1, many new Illinois laws went into effect, including prohibiting cellphone use while driving and a speed limit increase on some Illinois highways. Since then, the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly brought another batch of new laws and other actions. Here are five.

That Didn't Take Long... Lawsuit Filed to Stop Term Limits and Redistricting Efforts

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.01.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Two citizen-backed constitutional amendments are heading down the road toward becoming laws. Those amendments being, of course, redistricting reform and legislative term limits.

8 Laws To Keep Women In Line That Are Somehow Still On The Books

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.17.2014 | Women

Sometimes the law changes quickly, as in the case of Massachusetts' "upskirting" case last week. After the state's highest court declared it admissibl...

New Laws for the New Year

Global Yodel | Posted 03.09.2014 | Weird News
Global Yodel

Heads up. Things have changed. The New Year brings new laws, and in some instances new freedoms, in destinations around the world.

Pot, Guns And Paparazzi: New Laws Run Gamut In US

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.30.2013 | Crime

The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news: ____...

Women's Equality Before the Law -- Not Yet, Not Everywhere, But Change Is Here

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

By thwarting one half of the population from fully contributing all their talents, policymakers may undermine economic success for their whole country, not just women.

Is Your Child's Lemonade Stand Against the Law?

Women & Co | Posted 10.16.2013 | Parents
Women & Co

Before they set up a lemonade stand or sell cookies to their neighborhood friends, be aware that such seemingly harmless entrepreneurial activities might be against local laws.

Why Age Bias Laws Might Not Help Older Workers

U.S. News and World Report | Philip Moeller | Posted 07.19.2013 | Fifty

Age discrimination laws provided no meaningful protection to older employees during and after the recession, according to a study released this month ...

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.

Underage Drinking Laws on Campus

Uloop | Posted 08.07.2013 | College
Uloop

It is no secret that alcohol use is prevalent on college campuses. According to the National Institute On Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 80 percent of college kids drink alcohol, and over 50 percent of them have partaken in binge drinking in the last two weeks alone.

Hiring Interns? 5 Things You Need to Know

Ashley Mosley | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Ashley Mosley

Internships are a mutually beneficial relationship for both employers and students. But before you hire your next interns, here are five things you need to know.

The Singapore Diaries... Part I

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel
Tarun Sakhrani

My earliest memories of Singapore date back to the early '90s when I took my first trip there with my parents. I still have the (scary) memory of the cab driver warning us about littering or jaywalking.