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Will disparate impact survive?

Will disparate impact survive?

on November 21, 2013, 7:48 AM / in National News, News

By Stacy Seicshnaydre Stacy Seicshnaydre from Tulane Law looks at an important case the Supreme Court will not hear next month about fair housing and why the theory behind it is a key tool in fighting discrimination. (Editor’s Note: This article discusses the controversial issue of subsidized housing which this Editor views strictly as a state issue, so not subject […]

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To Shred or Not to Shred

To Shred or Not to Shred

on November 21, 2013, 7:38 AM / in National News, News

To Shred or Not to Shred. That is the Question. Can someone legally dig through your trash looking for tasty credit card reciepts, account numbers, or your social security number? The U.S. Supreme Court implies that the answer is yes. In the decision California vs. Greenwood, they stated that the “expectation of privacy in trash left for collection in an area […]

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Senate leader may seek rule change to reduce Republican power

Senate leader may seek rule change to reduce Republican power

on November 21, 2013, 7:35 AM / in National News, News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is again threatening to change the rules to strip Republicans of their ability to block President Barack Obama’s nominees – and this time he may do it, perhaps as early as Thursday, aides said on Wednesday. To prevail, Reid will need 51 votes in the 100-member Senate, which Obama’s Democrats hold, […]

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New York Congresswoman Beaten and Robbed on Capitol Hill

New York Congresswoman Beaten and Robbed on Capitol Hill

on November 21, 2013, 7:31 AM / in National News, News

  By Philip Bump New York Rep. Grace Meng was attacked and robbed about two blocks from the Capitol Building on Tuesday night. Washington’s ABC affiliate reports that Meng, who represents part of the New York City borough of Queens, was “hit over the head and robbed of her Gucci tote bag” just behind the Library of Congress on Independence Street. […]

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Factbox: List of U.S. states that permit gay marriage

Factbox: List of U.S. states that permit gay marriage

on November 21, 2013, 7:26 AM / in National News, News

(Reuters) – Illinois joined a growing list of U.S. states on Wednesday to allow same-sex couples to wed when Governor Pat Quinn signed a law making it the 16th to extend marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. The Illinois law, which takes effect June 1, is the latest in a series of recent victories for gay rights, coming after […]

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China Supreme Court rules out confession through torture

China Supreme Court rules out confession through torture

on November 21, 2013, 7:14 AM / in National News, News

BEIJING (Reuters) – Using torture to extract confessions must be eliminated, China’s Supreme People’s Court said on Thursday, singling out a widespread practice that has long attracted international condemnation. “Inquisition by torture used to extract a confession, as well as the use of cold, hunger, drying, scorching, fatigue and other illegal methods to obtain confessions from the accused must be […]

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Credit Rating Agencies Downgrade Chicago’s Debt, Again

Credit Rating Agencies Downgrade Chicago’s Debt, Again

on November 21, 2013, 6:58 AM / in National News, News

The day after the Illinois state legislature adjourned without dealing with the state’s $100 billion crisis, on Friday, November 8, Fitch Ratings downgraded $8.5 billion of Chicago’s bonds, as well as labeling its outlook for future downgrades as “negative.” Said Fitch: “The city has been unsuccessful in its attempts to negotiate a solution with labor unions [or with] the state […]

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Progressives and Blacks

Progressives and Blacks

on November 21, 2013, 6:51 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

Sometimes I  wonder when black people will reject the patronizing insults of white  progressives and their black handmaidens. After CNN’s Piers Morgan’s  interview with the key witness in the George Zimmerman trial, he said:  “Rachel Jeantel is not uneducated. She’s a smart cookie.” That’s a  remarkable conclusion. Here’s a 19-year-old young lady, still in high  school, who cannot read cursive […]

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Biden appeals to Democratic senators on Iran

Biden appeals to Democratic senators on Iran

on November 21, 2013, 6:43 AM / in National News, News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Vice President Joe Biden has stressed to a dozen Democratic senators that the goal of talks involving the U.S., other world powers and Iran is to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Some lawmakers want to slap Iran with a new round of sanctions. But the Obama administration has been urging them […]

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Barack Obama Presents Oprah Winfrey With Medal of Freedom

Barack Obama Presents Oprah Winfrey With Medal of Freedom

on November 21, 2013, 6:37 AM / in National News, News

Oprah Winfrey was honored at the White House on Wednesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in an East Room ceremony heavy in historical reference and doses of humor. “Early in Oprah Winfrey’s career her bosses told her she should change her name to Susie,” President Obama quipped in introducing Winfrey. “I have to pause here to say I got […]

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Wash. woman who was ACA success story now not getting insurance

on November 20, 2013, 9:56 AM / in National News, News

Has Washington’s MIKE KRIEDLER SCREWED UP ROYALLY???? Jackie Juntti As of October 30, 2013, only 48,995 people had signed up for Obamacare.  Of that 48,995, 6,300 were looking for policies; the remaining 42.695 were Medicaid recipients.  Today is November 19, 2013.  According to this story, 8,000 people in Washington state have received letters stating their credits were miscalculated. Medicaid enrollees […]

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Illinois governor expected to sign gay marriage into law

Illinois governor expected to sign gay marriage into law

on November 20, 2013, 8:43 AM / in National News, News

 By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign same-sex marriage into law on Wednesday afternoon, which will make President Barack Obama’s home state the 16th to allow such unions. Illinois state senators voted to legalize gay marriage last February, and the state House followed suit by a slim margin earlier this month. Once signed […]

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Few support delaying changes in flood insurance

Few support delaying changes in flood insurance

on November 20, 2013, 8:34 AM / in National News, News

  By ANDREW TAYLOR   WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to delay implementation of changes in the federal flood insurance program have run into roadblocks on both sides of Capitol Hill. The leaders of the House Financial Services Committee say they are standing behind last year’s bipartisan legislation to put the flood insurance program on sounder financial footing even as the implementation […]

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Democrats plan to use Chris Christie’s comments against House Republicans

Democrats plan to use Chris Christie’s comments against House Republicans

on November 20, 2013, 8:32 AM / in National News, News

Chris Moody, Yahoo News Original Post Democrats are preparing a new broadside against vulnerable House Republicans by highlighting critical remarks made about Washington Republicans by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a possible GOP presidential contender. On a number of issues, Christie has been critical of House Republicans this year, particularly over their handling of the October government shutdown, the delayed […]

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Missouri executes serial killer after Supreme Court clears way

Missouri executes serial killer after Supreme Court clears way

on November 20, 2013, 8:29 AM / in National News, News

(Reuters) – Missouri serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was executed by lethal injection early Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for him to be put to death, a corrections spokesman said. Franklin, 63, was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m. CST (1217 GMT) at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, said Mike O’Connell, a spokesman for […]

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10 things you need to know today: November 20, 2013

10 things you need to know today: November 20, 2013

on November 20, 2013, 8:27 AM / in National News, News

1. JPMorgan finalizes $13 billion settlement JPMorgan Chase finalized a record $13 billion settlement with the Justice Department on Tuesday to end investigations into the bank’s toxic mortgage investments blamed for helping to trigger the 2008 financial crisis. Under the agreement, JPMorgan admitted it knew it shouldn’t have been selling residential mortgage-backed securities it was peddling to pension funds and […]

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President Obama’s failure of leadership

President Obama’s failure of leadership

on November 20, 2013, 8:23 AM / in National News

By Edward Morrissey / The Week Barack Obama’s second term has begun to founder under the weight of successive executive failures, a string which began last year in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Benghazi. The White House successfully fended off criticism in the short run, but questions continue over the failure to recognize the danger and prepare for […]

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George W. Bush shows off paintings with Jay Leno

on November 20, 2013, 8:19 AM / in National News, News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former President George W. Bush showed off his painting and his granddaughter and poked fun of his post-White House years on the “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno on Tuesday. The 43rd president said that he was inspired to take up painting after reading a Winston Churchill essay. When he hired an instructor for weekly lessons, […]

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The Grand Gesture

The Grand Gesture

on November 20, 2013, 8:09 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

“We need”—no problem!   We’ll just raise a few taxes, so says City Director Philip Merry, Jr.  Director Merry says “I’m moved by the police situation.”  And with that said, Director Merry instructs the City Board to consider a franchise tax and an alcohol tax to come up with ½ Million to satisfy Chief Lindsey’s funding thirst. A tax that will […]

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Senator Mike Lee Critiques the War on Poverty

Senator Mike Lee Critiques the War on Poverty

on November 20, 2013, 7:45 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

By: streiff / The RedState If you haven’t read Utah Senator Mike Lee’s remarks [Bring Them In] at the Heritage Foundation’s Anti-Poverty Forum you really owe it to yourself to do so. It is probably the most succinct conservative critique of modern government anti-poverty programs in recent decades. When President Lyndon Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty” in his 1964 […]

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