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GOP Defrauds Voters

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The GOP is working desperately to deny the right to vote to citizens it doesn't like. You know, poor people, black people, Hispanic people, old people, female people, especially people it believes are inclined to vote for Democrats.

32 Prison Guards Fired Amid Outrage Over Inmate Abuse

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2014 | Crime

Sept 20 (Reuters) - The secretary of Florida's prison system has fired nearly three dozen guards in the wake of the recent scrutiny given to inmate ...

State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

Steve Horn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge ...

Elise Foley

Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Treatment Of Mothers In Deportation Proceedings

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and civil rights groups filed a suit Friday against the federal government, alleging it is trampling on due process by makin...

Ryan J. Reilly

86-Year-Old Photographer Sues Feds Over Massive 'Suspicious Activity' Database

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An 86-year-old photographer and four other Americans who were entered into a massive "suspicious activity" database for innocent activit...

Why Does This Town Have Two Grenade Launchers?

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 07.08.2014 | Crime

Even the current police chief has no idea why his department acquired two grenade launchers. In a Facebook post promoting its new report on militar...

Arthur Delaney

The Latest State To Make Poor People Pass Drug Tests

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Poor people in Tennessee better get ready to forfeit bodily fluids if they want welfare benefits. A new law taking effect this week ...

"Welcome To Hell": The Border Patrol's Repeated Abuse Of Children

James Lyall | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
James Lyall

The tolerance of child abuse by federal authorities violates our laws and our values -- it is both inhumane and immoral. Now is the time to put an end to it.

Ryan J. Reilly

ACLU Report Reveals Immigrant Abuse In 'Shadow' Private Federal Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was December 2010, and officials who ran the nation's federal prisons had a dilemma. They weren't sure if they should renew a contrac...

Arthur Delaney

Rick Scott Has Pissed Away $400,000 Defending His Drug Test Schemes

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has spent nearly $400,000 in taxpayer dollars defending his various drug testing schemes, the American Civil...

Ryan J. Reilly

This Man Was Sentenced To Die In Prison. Now He Wants To Fix The Law That Put Him There.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reynolds Wintersmith wasn't supposed to be here. Not in front of the White House, or in the halls of the Justice Department, or meeting ...

Here's How 'Big Data' Can Really Hurt The Poor

AP | By EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 06.26.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House review of how the government and private sector use large sets of data has found that such information could be used...

ACLU Urges Judge To Quickly Overturn State's Gay Marriage Ban

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage for same...

ACLU Steps In When School Allegedly Tells Boy He Can't Read Bible

Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

On March 20, staff at Tennessee's Cannon County REACH after-school program reportedly told a student he was not allowed to read his Bible at school. I...

Ryan J. Reilly

Republicans Must Turn Over Emails On North Carolina Voting Law, Federal Judge Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Any race-related emails that North Carolina Republicans may have sent in connection with the voter restrictions they passed last summer ...

Maine Governor Proposes State Commission To Fact-Check Campaigns

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

A proposal by Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) to have the state's ethics panel fact-check campaign statements is raising concerns about possible First Amen...

ACLU Sues To Overturn Idaho 'Ag Gag' Law

Reuters | Laura Zuckerman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green

SALMON, Idaho, March 17 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho on Monday asked a federal judge to strike down a state law it says v...

Judge Asked To Order Utah To Recognize Gay Marriages

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY, March 12 (Reuters) - Lawyers for four same-sex couples who wed in Utah while a ban on gay marriage ...

DOJ Wants To Keep Phone Records Longer

AP | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is seeking to preserve the bulk collection of telephone records beyond five years because it's being sued a...

Homeland Security Drops Plan To Collect License Tag Data

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department abruptly reversed course Wednesday and dropped plans to ask a private company to give the governm...

Federal Gov't Wants Access To License Plate Data

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is proposing that a private company give it access to a nationwide database of license plate trac...

Group To Sue Utah For Not Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

AP | By BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the state of Utah over the issue of gay marriage, saying the official decision to ...

NAACP Has 'Serious Concerns' With New Voting Rights Bill

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The NAACP on Thursday expressed appreciation for lawmakers' effort to update voting rights laws, but raised "serious concerns" with provisions of the ...

ACLU Sues NSA

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, Dec 30 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Monday, seeking to ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Man Sentenced To Die Behind Bars For Non-Violent Crime Describes The Day His Luck Changed

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Right after lunch, the warden called inmate number 07031-078 into his office. Jason Hernandez was worried. The last time he was called t...