Under Trump, Approach to Civil Rights Law Is Likely to Change Definitively

In the final weeks of the Obama administration, the Justice Department won the first hate-crime case involving a transgender victim and sued two cities for blocking mosques from opening. Prosecutors settled lending-discrimination charges with two banks, then sued a third. They filed legal briefs on behalf of New York teenagers being held in solitary confinement, and accused Louisiana of forcing […]

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Trump to GOP, Dems: Start writing new health care law

Donald Trump is urging Republicans and Democrats to “get together” to design a replacement for President Barack Obama’s health care law. The president-elect says in a series of Thursday morning tweets that minority Democrats are doing “the typical political thing and (casting) BLAME.” He adds: “It is time for Republicans and Democrats to get together and come up with a […]

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Polish president signs controversial media bill into law

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday signed into law a controversial bill handing the conservative government control of state media, despite EU concern and condemnation from rights watchdogs. “It’s important to the president that state media be impartial, objective and credible,” presidential spokeswoman Malgorzata Sadurska told reporters. The measure is the latest controversial legislation introduced by the ruling Law and […]

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Congress poised to end where it started

NEW: President Barack Obama signed the deadline extension early Friday morning Senate could vote on spending bill Friday, but have until Saturday before next deadline Congress narrowly averted another shutdown Thursday night, 14 months after the last one What’s new is that now Democrats don’t need their President Washington (CNN) — This Congress is going out just the way it […]

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As A Disgraced Chinese Politician is Indicted, Rights Activists Also Feel the Law’s Wrath

On the same day that Bo Xilai, China’s infamous disgraced politician, was formally charged with corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power, a clutch of Chinese activists was briefly detained at a birthday celebration in southern China. The two spasms of China’s legal system on July 25 might seem unrelated—one a choreographed development in China’s most stunning political scandals in decades […]

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The Thin Red Line of American Law

I have concerns over the trends toward all-knowing supervision (what former Vice President Dick Cheney called “total information awareness”) and full-spectrum dominance. (Reading such phrases drove me back to reading George Orwell’s 1984.) I now realize that I was unduly optimistic thinking of current activities merely as trends. The future is already here. If what is already “on the books” […]

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Why ‘Six Strikes’ Could Be a Nightmare for Anyone with Shared Internet

No, “six strikes” isn’t a phrase from some esoteric version of baseball played on Mars — it’s a colloquialism for a new anti-piracy warning system designed to track copyright infringers and help internet service providers (ISPs) take progressively punitive measures to discourage or prevent said infringers from engaging in further copyright-violating activities. It’s essentially an industry workaround, after SOPA and […]

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