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'For Official Use Only' Intel Memo Directs Police to Pipe Down on Facebook

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

In February of 2009, Gary Waters went to court in Brooklyn, accused of possessing a loaded 9mm handgun and bundle of ammo while on parole for burglary. It looked like a simple case. But Waters escaped the charge. Why?

Civil Unions in Hawaii and Illinois: How'd They Get it Right?

Katherine Franke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katherine Franke

Unlike in most jurisdictions in the U.S. that have enacted a civil union law, the Hawaii and Illinois laws cover both same-sex and different-sex couples. This is great news.

Bill Targets Solitary Confinement

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A bill introduced this week in the Colorado State Senate this week seeks to decrease the number of mentally disabled prisoners in solitary confinement...

Fighting To Represent Immigrants With Mental Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Jose Antonio Franco, a 30-year-old man with a mental age of two, was facing deportation. When a judge realized he suffered from moderate retardation, ...

Elise Foley

Honduran Immigrant Faces Deportation After Helping Her Sister Report Domestic Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An undocumented Florida woman who helped her sister report domestic violence now faces an order of deportation from Immigration and Cust...

Airline Passenger Profiling: Back From the Grave?

Jay Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Stanley

In a democratic society, attempts to carry out background checks and make judgments about individuals' supposed "danger to aviation" simply introduced too many dilemmas.

Lucia Graves

Arizona Probation Officer Fired For Supporting Marijuana Legalization

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than two months after signing a letter calling for the legalization, taxation, and regulation of marijuana, Joe Miller was terminat...

Elise Foley

House Poised To Extend Patriot Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to push through a vote on Tuesday evening to reauthorize the most contested provisions of ...

You Are Being Watched (And The ACLU Doesn't Like It)

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The American Civil Liberties Union released a scathing report Tuesday that calls on the city of Chicago to halt the expansion of its massive surveilla...

Dear Barack: Trying to be Nice, aka, Bring Back the Duel!!

Jodi Lampert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Lampert

Oh, Barack. You're such a nice guy. No matter what anyone thinks, they cannot take that away from you. I so want to be nice and fair, like you've requested.

Abortion Foes Don't Care About Women's Rights or Civil Rights

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Those who invoke race and slavery when denying a woman's right to choose are trying to obfuscate and change the subject. Their policies are hurting poor women of color.

Buck Appeals Judge's Strike-Down Of Illegal Immigration Investigation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Weld County District Attorney's Office is appealing a ruling from a Larimer District Court judge that ended an investigation into illegal immigrat...

Important Legal Victory for Chicago LGBT Rights Activists and Secularists

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

Our Feb. 13 protest in front of Holy Name Cathedral is a direct response to Cardinal George's recent high-profile lobbying against the soon to be implemented Illinois civil unions law.

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal On Va. Alcohol Ad Ban

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a ban on alcohol advertising in Virginia's college newspapers. The court on Monday rejected an...

Weekly Pulse: Don't Snort Bath Salts, Kids

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger According to Robin Marty of Care2.org, today's young whippersnappers are snorting bath salts and pl...

Next Sunday: Protest at Right-Wing Billionaires' Secret Summit near Palm Springs

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A broad coalition of consumer, community, labor, environmental, student, civil liberties, and faith-based groups are sponsoring a rally in Rancho Mira...

Artist Could Face 15 Years In Prison For Filming His Arrest

The Huffington Post | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chris Drew was finally ready to get arrested. An artist and activist, Drew had spent years protesting a Chicago ordinance that puts tight restrictions...

LA Judge Rules Teacher Layoffs Should Not Be Based On Seniority

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

LOS ANGELES — A judge on Friday approved a sweeping overhaul of how teachers are laid off in what education reformers hail as a landmark decisio...

Combat in Our Genes?

Jay Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Stanley

Born soldiers may say they have "combat in our genes" -- but a new report suggests the Pentagon may want to give the phrase whole new meaning by turning DNA into the next military battleground.

Don't Put Your Trust in "Trusted Identities"

Jay Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jay Stanley

The administration in its proposal for digital identities certainly says all the right things about privacy. Unfortunately, privacy advocates have learned over the years just what that is worth: not much.

Rights Come with Responsibilities; the Right Shirks Theirs

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Five years ago, a 47-year-old Missouri woman began a duplicitous on-line courtship through MySpace with a 13-year-old neighbor who once had been frien...

Deer Valley, the St. Regis, and the Best Snow on Earth

Eric Villency | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Eric Villency

For years, international acclaim has seemed to to escape Park City despite its dedicated following. But that may all be changing now.

California Veterans Memorial Cross Ruled Unconstitutional

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday (Jan. 4) a veterans' memorial featuring a 43-foot cross ...

Georgia Must Enact Anti-Profiling Laws

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

When I testified this month before the Special Joint Committee on Immigration Reform, a committee of 14 Republicans convened to draft legislative prop...

Standing Up for Your Faith Could Get You Arrested in Douglasville, Georgia

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Lisa Valentine attempted to enter a courthouse to accompany her nephew to his traffic hearing, only to be arrested and jailed for standing up for her right to wear a head covering according.