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After a two-year suspension in issuing nuclear power plant licenses, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has quietly granted long-term licensing renewals for two Limerick Generating Station Units near Philadelphia.  Unit 1 is renewed until...
From: Big Government | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Americans are, without question, safer today than they were 10 or 20 years ago. Between 1992 and 2012, violent crime in the United States dropped by 49%. Yet Americans consistently believe that crime is increasing year after year. In an attempt to exploit...
From: Reason | By: Lauren Galik | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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GOP 2016 game plan? The election is next Tuesday, but conservative House and Senate Republicans have already established an agenda for the upcoming Congress if their party manages to reclaim control of the Senate and you won't be surprised by the first...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jed Lewison | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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In the country’s unhealthiest state, the failure of Obamacare is a group effort.
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Sarah Varney | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, opposes the program’s expansion and signed a law giving final say to the Republican-controlled Legislature. But Democratic challenger Jason Carter, a state senator, says that if he were elected governor, he would seek...
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The latest Two Minutes' Hate in lefty land is over AT&T getting sued by FTC because of throttling of unlimited bandwidth users. The problem is, FTC is wrong, and AT&TThe post Tech at Night: Sorry, FTC is wrong and AT&T is right. Without a...
From: Red State | By: ( | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Madeleine M. Plasencia (University of Miami - School of Law) has posted No Right to Lie, Cheat or Steal: Public Good v. Private Order (University of Miami Law Review, Vol. 68:677, 2014) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: In the...
From: Legal Theory Blog | By: Lawrence Solum | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Investors don’t know how the cash from companies they invest in is being spent on campaigns. The S.E.C. should require disclosure....
From: New York Times | By: THE EDITORIAL BOARD | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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There’s a lesson on voting rights in a Supreme Court decision that 32 years ago allowed undocumented children a free public education....
From: New York Times | By: LINDA GREENHOUSE | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Evan Wolfson and Ted Olson aren't pleased with the Supreme Court's decision not to make marriage equality the law of the land, but they're ready to keep fighting....
From: The Atlantic | By: David A. Graham | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The execution of a Missouri man who killed a woman and her two children is on hold indefinitely as the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to review the case....
From: Fox News | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A week before Election Day, it looks like at least one of the four major marijuana initiatives will pass, while the other three races are too close to call. Here is a rundown of the latest polling, arranged by likelihood of passage: Washington, D.C....
From: Reason | By: Jacob Sullum | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately. Related posts: Student Activists Across...
From: Ms. Magazine | By: Feminist Newswire | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Nearly 11 years after it was first filed — and after a trip that saw it go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — a class action claim brought against Comcast by cable customers here in the Philadelphia area may finally be coming to an end, and...
From: Consumerist | By: Chris Morran | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Supreme Court in Delhi tells lawmakers that a list of secret foreign bank account holders that may be hiding illegal funds must be handed over Wednesday....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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FOR women living in large swathes of the American South, it is increasingly difficult to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Onerous new rules and regulations are forcing abortion clinics to shut down in states across the region. A Texas law passed last...
From: Free Republic | By: The Economist | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The White House's unclassified computer network was recently hit by a sustained cyberattack which may be the work of Russian government hackers. "Network outages are not uncommon in the White House," the Huffington Post notes, but this one—lasting...
From: Reason | By: Elizabeth Nolan Brown | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The justices will decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama's health care law.
From: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A relatively quiet campaign for seats on North Carolina?s top court appears to be changing, with a conservative group responsible for attack ads in previous judicial races buying TV spots…Click to Continue »...
From: Charlotte Observer | By: Michael Gordon, Jim Morrill and Mark Washburn | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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... According to the law....
From: The Atlantic | By: Garrett Epps | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released a disturbing video of a police shooting. It shows eight officers of the Saginaw, Michigan Police Department lined up against Milton Hall, a mentally-ill homeless man. There's a brief stand-off in...
From: Reason | By: Zenon Evans | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The ruling is the second one this week to allow an anti-abortion restriction take effect beginning November 1. Image: Shutterstock The post Court Rules Oklahoma Restrictions on Medication Abortions Can Take Effect appeared first on RH Reality Check....
From: RH Reality Check | By: Jessica Mason Pieklo | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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* As the World Series draws to a close, be sure to salute Miami-based lawyer Laurence Leavy, who will be sitting front and center behind home plate tonight wearing a garish Miami Marlins jersey. Troll so hard, buddy! [CBS Sports] * Speaking of the World...
From: Above the Law | By: Joe Patrice | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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"The group, which was officially launched in 2008 but has only just become a major political player, is a prime example of the influences that dark money has in American politics." (Image: American flag and dollars via Shutterstock)Dark money is a strong...
From: Truthout | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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(Reuters) - The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday a state law that restricts medication abortion, the non-surgical interruption of a pregnancy using drugs, saying it was constitutional....
From: Reuters | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It may be time for Barry Diller to orchestrate yet another spin-off. IAC Interactive areported revenue and profit for the third-quarter that beat analysts forecasts and heightening the possibility that the Diller's company could...
From: TheStreet | By: Leon Lazaroff | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Reducing penalties for low-level felonies could be the next step in rolling back draconian sentencing laws and addressing the criminal justice system’s long legacy of racism....
From: Miller McCune | By: Jessica Pishko | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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If there's anything we've learned about the over $1.3 billion debt saga between a group of hedge funds and Argentina it's that just when you think something is over... There could always be more. And so it is with a tiny incident that occurred in 2012....
From: Business Insider | By: Linette Lopez | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama's health care law.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Online video providers such as Aereo would be able to distribute TV programs like cable services, helping consumers circumvent large packages of channels, under a Federal Communications Commission proposal.If approved, the proposal would let internet-video...
From: Ad Age | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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If you want to understand how the intersection of ideology, intergovernmental relations, and a complex health care system have in so many places stymied the Affordable Care Act, do not...
From: Washington Monthly | By: Ed Kilgore | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The Lone Star State carried out its fewest executions since 1996 this year....
From: The Atlantic | By: Matt Ford | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A roundup of private equity-related news.
From: Wall Street Journal | By: Thomas Dunford | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Ten weeks after his death during dawn prayers in Gaza, the body of a 20-year-old father of one was found under the rubble of a mosque destroyed by Israel in August
From: Mondoweiss | By: Kate | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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This week United Parcel Service sent a memo to employees announcing a change in policy for pregnant workers: starting January 1, the company will offer temporary light duty positions not just to workers injured on the job, which is current policy, but...
From: Washington Post | By: Brigid Schulte | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman received complaints against a New York City developer who filed suit to deregulate 20 apartments at an Upper West Side condo conversion that previously received J-51 tax benefits, according to court papers...
From: The Real Deal | By: Mark Maurer | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Regulators and entrenched interests scramble to cope with the e-hailing revolution.
From: Reason | By: Brian Doherty | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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The California Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a woman who was convicted of murder for driving her teenage son and his friends to a Long Beach park where they stabbed a 13-year-old gang rival.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: Associated Press | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Brisbane ratepayers will fund the majority of councillor Nicole Johnston's Supreme Court legal fees, after she took action to protest two of her 38 evictions from the council chamber....
From: Sydney Morning Herald | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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We saw some incredible car debuts when we inspected the 132 entries at the third annual Halloween Hooptiefest on Friday, then watched the top of the standings become strangely free of German machines on Saturday, and then Sunday saw the closest Class...
From: Car and Driver | By: Murilee Martin | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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It's close to Halloween, so I guess this explains why the legislature --and the courts--- in the state of Georgia are doing such scary things."Voting rights advocates are considering legal options after a Georgia judge denied their lawsuit that would...
From: The Field Negro | By: field negro | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Rapped by the Supreme Court LtGovernor Najeeb Jung will kick off consultations with BJP AAP and Congress in the next couple of days in fresh efforts to install an elected government in the capital or dissolving the assembly to pave way for elections...
From: Hindustan Times | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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THE Supreme Court has reduced its notorious four year backlog by 44pc with the stroke of a pen courtesy of the establishment of the new permanent Court of Appeal.
From: Irish Independent | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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This is not good. You likely remember that earlier this month, the University of Notre Dame announced that it was complying with the law by offering spousal benefits to same-sex partners. The problem is...there's no such law. The Sycamore Trust released...
From: Free Republic | By: Creative Minority Report | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Florida voters are being asked to approve a little-noticed amendment to the state Constitution that would rewrite the way judges are appointed to the state’s highest courts and strengthen the powers of governors who are leaving office. Proponents say...
From: Miami Herald | By: Mary Ellen Klas | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The mourners at the National Cathedral in Washington included the Vice President, Secretary of State, assorted Senators and a Supreme Court Justice....
From: MSNBC | By: Brian Williams | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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With the GOP in control of the Senate, Congress & Supreme Court, Obama will find himself in backed into a corner. Just like a cat cornering it's prey. If Obama refuses to read and make a decision on several urgent bills to help the economy, then...
From: Free Republic | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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THE UNITED States is a world leader in solitary confinement, a degrading assault on the mind that the Supreme Court came close to declaring unconstitutional in 1890. You wouldn’t know this from state corrections departments. Arizona, for example, insists...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email A Singapore Supreme Court ruling on October 29, 2014 to uphold the country’s ban on same-sex relations between consenting adult men is a major setback for equal rights in Singapore, Human Rights Watch said today. (Berlin)...
From: Human Rights Watch | By: Human Rights Watch | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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