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Supreme Court Agrees With Michigan Voters: Affirmative Action Must Remain <i>for Whites Only</i>

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:28pm

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold Michigan's voter-approved ban on affirmative action in admissions to the state's public universities reinforces an ugly reality: that most white Americans support affirmative action only when it is for whites and no one else. Nearly every time American rhetoric privileges states' rights, it leaves marginalized groups open to even bolder discrimination than they already encounter.

Antonin Scalia Suggests a 'Revolt' Against the Government in Response to Tax Hikes

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:26pm

It's not 100 percent clear the extent to which Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia meant what it sounded like he meant, but tossing around the word "revolt" in the context of a discussion of the U.S. government is never a smart nor rational idea. And it's especially a bad idea when it's invoked during an era when armed revolt against the government is being taken very seriously.

Three Things Obama’s New Clemency Initiative Doesn’t Do

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:15pm

by Kara Brandeisky

Today, the Department of Justice outlined expanded criteria that could allow prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes to win early release from prison. Under the new initiative, the Office of the Pardon Attorney will fast-track commutation applications from inmates who have served more than 10 years for non-violent offenses and who were well-behaved while imprisoned.

Tech Millionare Who Beat Girlfriend 117 Times Ducks Jail Despite Damning Video

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:03pm

RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and battery charges last week, dodging 45 felony counts for the videotaped 30-minute beating of his girlfriend.

Obama's Asia Trip: TPP Make-or-Break Moment?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:42pm

A major goal of President Barack Obama's Asia trip is to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after four years of negotiations have resulted in talks deadlocked over scores of issues and growing U.S. congressional and public opposition.

Chris Christie Campaign Lawyer Calls Republican Governors Association Attack Ad 'A Disgrace'

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:38pm

WASHINGTON -- A lawyer representing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee in connection with the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal is condemning an attack ad released by the Christie-led Republican Governors Association that goes after an attorney based on the conduct of his clients.

This Immigration Documentary Will Make You Rethink Border Security

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:08pm

Few films bring audiences closer to the brutal reality of U.S. border security than “Who Is Dayani Cristal?”

The beautifully shot documentary, which premieres in New York City on Friday, retraces the steps of a migrant from the town of El Escanito in Honduras, to the Sonora desert in Arizona, where his body was found in August 2010 by border officers and delivered to the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Families Of Aurora Shooting Victims Call Out Koch-Backed Group For Insensitive Ad

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:03pm

A group backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch has agreed to adjust an ad featuring President Barack Obama and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) after facing complaints about an insensitive photo.

California County Tries To Ban Pot Farms As Medical Weed Business Thrives

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:56pm

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. April 23 (Reuters) - Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California's cannabis industry. U.S. states are increasingly moving to drop curbs on marijuana following landmark voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational use.

Retired Justice Says Time to Hit Refresh on the Constitution

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:52pm

As you may recall from your eighth-grade social studies class, the United States Constitution was written to be changed and we have changed it often. Even as the last of the 13 colonies were ratifying the Constitution in 1789 and 1790, the First Congress was already deep into debate over the Bill of Rights that would become the first ten amendments.

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