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Many governments persecute people of religious faith. However, one nation stands out: North Korea

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We are in an exciting time for biomedical innovation, but there is still much to be done to realize science’s promise. President-elect Donald Trump will need to work to ensure an environment where innovation and ingenuity here in the United States continue to thrive. And we have some ideas about where to start.

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Jesus Is King And I’m So Scared

09Nov

God, there is no where for me to go. I feel powerless, weak, invisible. I believe I only matter to You

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Down Ballot Races Worth Fighting For

05Nov

Electing the country’s first female president is going to be a ground breaking accomplishment. What it will mean for us here in America, and to people around the world, to see a woman serving as Commander-in-Chief will be powerful. Electing Hillary will change the way women are viewed as leaders and pave the way for other women to serve in elected office

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SANAA/HODEIDAH, Yemen, Oct 30 (Reuters) – An air raid by an Arab coalition killed 60 people in Yemen, including inmates of a prison near the city of Hodeidah, medical sources said.

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Along with the Haymarket and Sacco and Vanzetti trials, the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg during the McCarthy-era stands as among the gravest miscarriages of justice in American history. In the last few months, the Rosenberg family has amassed over 13,000 signatures (http://www.rfc.org/ethel) calling on President Obama to issue an executive proclamation nullifying the guilty verdict for Ethel modeled after what Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts did on the 50th anniversary of Sacco and Vanzetti.

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Preserving Our Democracies

24Oct

Democracy must be grounded in human rights. To many, that is obvious, but increasingly, we see some in Europe suggesting that democracy is about merely winning elections and then doing whatever the voters are deemed to want.

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Iranian activist and journalist Narges Mohammadi has won awards and global plaudits for her human rights advocacy, including her work to end Iran’s use of the death penalty for young offenders . But the 44-year-old mother of two has spent the past year behind bars, serving the remainder of a six-year sentence simply for speaking out .  Now Mohammadi, who has an undiagnosed disease affecting her muscle control, faces a further 16 years in jail after being convicted in May of several national security-related offenses tied to her peaceful activism

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LOS ANGELES ― For the past three years, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department have been embroiled in a sprawling jailhouse informant scandal ― one that may have involved the violation of multiple defendants’ civil rights, and that threatens to upend a number of already settled cases. The U.S

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Donald Trump: The American-Made Fraud

10Oct

On Sept. 2, a tarp covering part of the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh caught fire during repair work.

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The Republican National Committee released an ad Monday that attacks Virginia senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine for his record as a pro bono defense attorney and staunch opponent of the death penalty.

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For the past few weeks, national nightly news broadcasts have been leading with weather stories. California and Florida have been burning out of control, a tornado two miles in diameter wiped one Kansas town off the face of the map, and agrarian Missouri has been flooding. Fires and tornadoes, although extraordinarily dangerous and deadly, move fast and decisively, cutting a swath through all natural and manmade objects with reckless abandon

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Angela Corey, the Democratic Florida prosecutor who presided over some the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court’s most controversial cases of the past several years, lost her bid for reelection Tuesday night bringing her eight-year tenure to an end.  Melissa Nelson emerged as the Republican primary winner , earning more than 64 percent of the vote compared to Corey’s 26 percent. A third challenger, Wes White, collected less than 10 percent.  Corey’s loss was cheered by defense lawyer and academics, many of whom had criticized her aggressive prosecution, particularly of juveniles.   “Corey’s loss is an encouraging sign that the public will no longer tolerate overzealous and unprincipled criminal prosecutions, including women and children,” Mary Anne Franks, a law professor at the University of Miami, said in a statement Tuesday.  Even musician John Legend, who cofounded the criminal justice reform campaign #FreeAmerica weighed in on the Fourth Judicial Circuit State’s Attorney’s race

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Dealing with North Korea brings to mind Sisyphus, the mythological Greek king condemned for eternity to roll a stone up a hill, only to watch it roll back down. Whatever the U.S. does, Kim Jong-un again will fire missiles, test nukes, and threaten to lay waste to his enemies

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Happy 70 ½ Baby Boomers. It might surprise you to learn that in most cases you MUST start taking money from your traditional IRA, 401(k) and other retirement accounts you may have at the time hit your 70 ½ birthday. Why?

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Inicia la Euro! Los romanos iniciaron el partido con todo, estuvieron muy cerca de abrir el marcador pero no fueron capaces de anotar dentro del área chica, el balón reboto en la humanidad de Hugo Lloris . Los franceses igualaron la intensidad de los balcánicos y con su mejor futbol empezaron a tener mejores oportunidades pero el arquero Tatarusanu de Romania estuvo muy acertado en sus intervenciones Acertado hasta el segundo tiempo cuando al minuto 57 fue de manera muy tibia a cortar un centro al límite del área chica, ahí estaba Oliver Giroud quien ya había ganado la posición y no fallo en su remate de cabeza para poner la pelota en la red por primera vez en la Euro 2016 Poco les duro el gusto, Romania empezó a empujar las líneas y encontró un penalti que Stancu mando al fondo de las redes para empatar el partido

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Gales derrota a Eslovaquia

13Jul

Gales derrota a Eslovaquia Da clic para el resumen y video Gran partido el celebrado en el estadio de Burdeos , Gales y Eslovaquia jugaron un gran partido, apenas al minuto dos Hamsik hace una gran jugada y vence al arquero pero Davies se barre para evitar que la pelota llegue a la red.

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Detalle curioso, los penales entre italianos y alemanes se tiraron en la portería que tenía a los aficionados italianos de fondo, lo extraño?

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Hillary Clinton supports the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the accused shooter of nine parishioners at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, her campaign confirmed.

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North Korea without doubt is unique. If nothing else, its claimed accomplishments rival the faux Russian achievements cited by Pavel Chekov in the original Star Trek. Yet only the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has established a Communist monarchy, now reaching the third generation.

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Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison was arrested Monday on a felony domestic violence charge  after allegedly assaulting a woman at a residence outside Sacramento.

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Hillary Clinton’s stump speech is painfully unoriginal and also it rained today.

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One of the world’s largest suppliers of antibodies for scientific research on Friday agreed to pay a record $3.5 million fine and stop selling its products to settle government allegations it abused goats and rabbits.

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The Day American Democracy Died (21 January 2010)

21May

The government of the people, by the people, and for the people, has perished. Democracy was terminally ill for a long time and just lingering on life support

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Historians like me owe a debt of gratitude to Donald Trump. He is the spectacularly-coifed embodiment the Republican Party’s id, the avatar of the party’s dark forces which have been swirling since the late 1960s, and with the volume turned up to 11.

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Dealing With IRS Notices

16May

In the past, the first thing I’d tell you about IRS notices would be “don’t panic.” These days, while staying calm is still important, the first thing you need to do is make sure the notice is authentic and is really from the IRS. There are so many scams involving taxpayers information that in the past week at least seven #IRS tweets warned of scams ranging from phishing for payroll information to scammers trying to collect “past due taxes.” The IRS sends millions of notices and letters for many different reasons

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In February, the Federal Election Commission deadlocked on taking action against right-wing filmmaker Joel Gilbert for failing to disclose how much he spent manufacturing and mailing what he claimed was millions of DVD copies of his anti-Obama documentary “Dreams From My Real Father” to voters in several swing states before the 2012 presidential election, meaning that no action against him would take place. An FEC general counsel’s report declared that Gilbert’s film qualified as a legitimate media action and was not an independent political expenditure subject to financial disclosure. Despite winning his case, Gilbert knew exactly what to do to capitalize on it: run to the right-wing media and cry persecution.

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A federal court heard oral arguments in a mortgage lender’s challenge to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fine. The judges present seemed open to ruling the entire agency unconstitutional. An unfavorable ruling would be the biggest legal setback yet for the CFPB, but it is liable to be overturned on appeal

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It’s been five years since Mike Wilklow was slinging sandwiches at a Jimmy John’s shop in Minneapolis. No longer a 20-something activist, Wilklow is 31 years old and punching the clock as a computer programmer, earning far more than he did during his fast-food days. And yet, thanks to some recent legal developments, Wilklow now finds himself pondering a return to Jimmy John’s to dress Totally Tunas for next to minimum wage.

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The PBS debate moderators missed a golden opportunity to ask Hillary and Bernie a crucial question: What did they think about the execution of Rickey Ray Rector in 1992?

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The Bank Whistleblowers United announce the inaugural Financial Fraud Lemons of the Week award. There can be no more fitting recipient than the ironically named Department of Justice (DOJ). The “lemon” is used in the economics and criminology literature to refer to a car of surpassingly terrible quality

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Under the Obama administration U.S. policy toward North Korea largely has devolved into the president sitting in the Oval Office, closing his eyes, and hoping the nuclear monsters will go away.

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will issue an historic state apology in May for laws that once criminalised homosexuality. At a marriage equality march on Sunday, Mr Andrews said the apology would take place in parliament on May 24, acknowledging the ‘shameful’ legislation which prosecuted homosexuals for having consensual sex

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Justice Antonin Scalia didn’t make it to the Supreme Court this week, but he did leave a snippy note for Justice Anthony Kennedy in a major juvenile justice case decided Monday. The decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana   made retroactive a 2012 ruling that said it’s unconstitutional to automatically  sentence children to life in prison without the possibility of parole

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Bratton OKs Broken Windows ‘Reform’

26Ene

With constant reminders that they wouldn’t be in any way, shape, or form disturbing the way Broken Windows policing operates in New York City, the city council today rolled out a new set of bills said to adjust some penalties for low-level offenses. For about a year there had been talk about ‘decriminalizing’ some of offenses often associated with the Broken Windows theory, which says cracking down on low-level behaviors deters serious crime. It didn’t even go that far.

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This post was coauthored by Bahey eldin Hassan, Director of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. The international community’s support given to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regime is primarily based on the notion that his regime maintains stability in the country.

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This article was originally published in the journal Democracy. Subscribe to it here , because why not? WASHINGTON — Coverage of the influence of money in politics tends to suffer from the same weakness that all horse-race politics writing does: it almost never connects day-to-day movements to any broader reality or purpose

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This month’s arrest of a 21-year-old University of Virginia student in North Korea may have been shocking, but it was only the latest reported case of a Westerner held in that isolated nation. Otto Frederick Warmbier was detained on Jan.

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Why You Should Care About the Australian Open

18Ene

The Australian Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. It’s ok, you’ve probably watched as many Aussie Open tennis matches as you have Home Alone movies without Macaulay Culkin. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Mike Munchak has absolutely no chill.  Towards the end of the first quarter of the Steelers’ Wild Card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night, Munchak yanked a handful of Bengals safety Reggie Nelson’s dreadlocks.  Nelson barrelled into the Steelers’ sidelines after pushing running back Jordan Todman out-of-bounds. Munchak may have felt like Nelson unnecessarily shoved his running back into the sideline — Todman was nearly out-out-bounds when Nelson hit him, and the extra push sent Todman crashing into the bench. Todman should have been the star of the play for his darting run, but one of his coaches overreacted to a bit of chippiness on Nelson’s part.

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Why The 49ers Are Having A Tough Season

15Nov

What is wrong with the 49ers this season?

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Finding the best credit card is part art, part science. No single credit card is better than all others in all categories — or for all people. But by understanding your options and asking the right questions, you can find the card that’s the best fit for your spending habits and credit situation

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Comcast wants you to believe that it’s just playing fair in its latest push to control the Internet. Last week the cable-Internet colossus expanded its plan to impose unnecessary broadband-usage caps on Comcast users in cities across the South. Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas told the Associated Press that caps “introduce some more fairness” into the way Internet users pay for data.

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The Global Anti-Poaching Act passed by the House of Representatives increases penalties for wildlife traffickers and aims to ‘name and shame’ countries that are poaching hot spots. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website

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WASHINGTON — Maine voters backed a ballot initiative on Tuesday to update the state’s 19-year-old system of publicly financing campaigns. Fifty-five percent of voters supported the initiative, and 45 percent opposed it. The newly enacted initiative will fix problems with the public financing system that were created by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United and 2011 Arizona Free Enterprise decisions and have led to a dramatic decrease in the use of public funds for campaigns

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Medicare and Open Enrollment

01Nov

Medicare’s open enrollment period is the time of year when you can change your Part D, prescription drug insurance or change from traditional Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or change Medicare Advantage plans. Open enrollment runs from October 15 through December 7th.

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Tips for "Obamacare" Enrollment

01Nov

Open enrollment for the third year of “Obamacare” starts November 1st, and if you want your coverage to start on January 1, 2016, your enrollment deadline is December 15th. (Final deadline is January 31, 2016 for coverage starting March 1st.) The penalty for not having insurance coverage rises to $695 per person ($347.50 per child under 18) or 2 percent of MAGI (whichever is greater) for 2016, so it’s important to get in on the open enrollment period

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In recent days, the Democratic Party establishment has stepped up efforts to freeze the momentum for Sen. Bernie Sanders, pressing Democratic Party office holders, who are also convention super delegates, to get in line and trying to create an impression that the contest is over

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With only one year to go before the next presidential election, President Obama has begun to focus more intently on his legacy. As such, for much of this year, he has emphasized his belief that climate change is an existential threat that must be addressed through clean energy. If that’s the case, he must explain his decision to gut the Renewable Fuel Standard and hand Big Oil a decisive political victory.

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Should We Discharge Terminally Ill Inmates?

25Oct

On a recent trip to a medium security prison I and other Massachusetts legislators took, an elderly inmate serving a life sentence who was dying with lung asked me, “after I die, where is my body going to be buried.” I did not know the answer, but I found out before I left the prison. Aging Inmates In states across America, there are numerous inmates serving life sentences. These inmates did awful things to earn these life sentences

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Prosecuting Death Penalty Executioners?

22Oct

Should those imposing the death penalty be prosecuted for grave violations of international humanitarian law? Too many states, from Iran, Saudi Arabia, China to the US, still execute persons, and frequently for crimes that under international law are not considered “most serious crimes.” Can the governments of such states be themselves accused of systematic criminal norms under international law codified in treaty and norms adopted by representatives of such countries

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By James M. Dorsey The Israel Football Association (IFA) acting on orders of the police has suspended what it calls ‘sensitive’ matches, a reference to professional and amateur games between Israeli Jewish and Israeli Palestinian squads.

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If what we see going on in Israel-Palestine is not yet a third Intifada, one may not be far off. As presented in the mainstream press , the stabbings of Israeli settlers, the rock-throwing, the mass uprisings, all seem chalked up to some inexplicable proclivity toward violence on the part of Palestinians

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Henry Montgomery has spent more than  50 years behind bars after his conviction for killing a sheriff’s deputy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 17 at the time of his arrest. On Tuesday, the U.S.

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Terry Bradshaw is sick of football players like Dallas Cowboys’ Greg Hardy getting passes on domestic violence — and he’s even more upset that the NFL continues to give them.  A fired-up Bradshaw didn’t mince words as he ripped into Hardy during the “Fox NFL Sunday” pre-game show.  “Anybody, in my opinion, who lays a hand on a woman, I don’t care who you are, my friend: You never come back in this league,” Bradshaw said.  “I really, really seriously hope, eventually, we never have a place in the NFL for people who … strike a woman,” Bradshaw said as his co-hosts sat in silence.  Terry Bradshaw gives his heartfelt viewpoint on Greg Hardy's domestic abuse case. https://t.co/LfMelAXzmj — FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 11, 2015 But Hardy, who was signed to the Cowboys in March, wasn’t the only target of Bradshaw’s criticism.

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You need five Supreme Court justices to halt an execution.

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When convicted domestic abuser Greg Hardy returns to the NFL on Sunday, his history of violence against women will follow him to the team parking lot, through AT&T Stadium, into the locker room and out onto the field. But should he ever harm a woman again, that same history will push him off the field and out of the league for life.  In the 13 months since TMZ published video of Ray Rice knocking out Janay Palmer in a casino elevator , both the NFL and the Canadian Football League have developed  new domestic violence policies  in close association with domestic violence experts that take a “help me help you” approach to aggressors and victims alike.  Buried deep within both of those new domestic violence policies is another type of possible punishment, perhaps the ultimate punishment a league can hand down to any man who makes his living playing football: a lifetime ban. In the NFL’s case, it’s two strikes and you’re out.

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First of all, let me make it clear that I am NOT an Ahmadi. This clarification is essential so that my motives are clear to everyone.

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A city in South Carolina approved a $6.5 million settlement Thursday with the family of an unarmed black man shot to death earlier this year by a white police officer. The North Charleston City Council approved the settlement by a 10-0 vote, and members of Walter Scott’s family were on hand when it was announced.

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GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, calling for a focus on families with “traditional, intact values,” said Wednesday that not “every lifestyle is exactly of the same value,” and attacked what he called the “p.c.

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A Montana judge ruled on Tuesday that the state’s lethal injection protocol is unlawful.  District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled that Montana may not use pentobarbital for lethal injections. Pentobarbital is one of the two drugs used in the state’s two-drug execution protocol.  The ruling stems from a 2008 lawsuit by the Montana American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of death row inmate Ronald Allen Smith. A release from the Montana ACLU announcing the ruling stated, “All Montana executions are stayed indefinitely, which means that Montana remains in a de facto death penalty moratorium.”   This is a developing story

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Larry Brown was awarded the hat trick this week by the NCAA. For the third time in his college coaching career Brown is the head basketball coach at a university whose basketball program was found to have violated NCAA regulations. The first came in the early eighties at UCLA where his program was found to be guilty of getting “improper inducements” from UCLA boosters.

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When lawyers for Richard Glossip filed a last-minute request  with the Supreme Court late Tuesday to halt his execution, the justices were already familiar with his name.

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The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday it is weighing new rules governing the $1.3 trillion student loan market after releasing a stinging report  documenting ” widespread failures ” in an industry largely overseen by the Obama administration. The consumer bureau’s report describes student loan servicing, or the business of collecting borrowers’ monthly payments and counseling them on their repayment options, as riddled with unfair and Kafkaesque practices. Many borrowers are trapped at companies that don’t give them basic information, often mislead them, assess unexpected fees, make it hard for them to correct errors and frequently push them into default, the report says

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said Monday he won’t stop Thursday’s scheduled execution of Alfredo Prieto, a serial murderer who claims he is intellectually disabled and therefore  ineligible for the death penalty. McAuliffe’s decision means Prieto, 49, a native of El Salvador, can only be saved by a last-minute reprieve from the U.S

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William Devin Howell, a drifter who has been imprisoned for eight years, may be Connecticut’s most prolific killer in nearly three decades, authorities say.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — the Notorious RBG — will be the guest DJ on a radio show next week in Chicago. Ginsburg will share some of her favorite classical music on WFMT, a classical radio station. According to the station , Ginsburg, whose son runs a classical music record label in Chicago, also will participate in a performance by the Lyric Opera of Chicago called “Opera and the Law.” The performance, which will be broadcast live on the station, features these law-related scenes from operas, handpicked by Ginsburg herself: The “Seguidilla” scene from Bizet’s “Carmen” — Ms.

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In June 2014, Justin Guy was cited by a Hawaii County Police Department officer for  holding a sign  that read, “Homeless Please Help.” He didn’t realize it, but by asking for help on a downtown street in Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, the 26-year-old was  violating a county law that prohibited soliciting money  in a wide range of public places. He faced a maximum 30 days in jail for the petty misdemeanor charge, but instead of just accepting his penalty, Guy fought back. Over the course of the next year, he initiated not only a change to the island’s laws related to panhandling and free speech, but a major change in his own life

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As a CEO of a company in a competitive industry, I cross my fingers that my competitors will implement wellness programs. Indeed, the more comprehensive their programs, the better it is for me. Those competitors will suffer increased healthcare costs, compounded by declines in productivity

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Dress code conflicts announced the beginning of the school year with a bang.  Usually, I’d provide an example, but it makes more sense to talk about the Missouri Legislature, where a few weeks ago, a dress code for interns was proposed, to much dismay and no small amount of ridicule . “Removing one more distraction will help everyone keep their focus on legislative matters,” explained GOP State Rep. Nick King, in an email about this proposal.

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A bill being considered  in the House that would restrict colleges from punishing students accused of sexual assault is meeting near-universal opposition from advocacy organizations who work with rape victims. The Safe Campus Act, originally sponsored by Republican Reps. Matt Salmon of Arizona, and Pete Sessions and Kay Granger of Texas, would prohibit colleges and universities from punishing a student accused of sexual assault and battery unless the reporting victim also goes to police with the complaint.  Twenty-five advocacy organizations working with sexual assault victims contacted by The Huffington Post in recent days said they are opposed to the bill

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Kim Davis and the Freedom of Religion

08Sep

The Kim Davis situation raises interesting questions about the meaning and practical effect of the freedom of religion.

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The heart-rending image of Alan Kurdi, the three-year old whose dead body washed up on shore, had to be one of the saddest pictures anyone has ever seen. There is absolutely no meaning in his death, but let’s take this one terrible picture, as black and as difficult as it is, and try to put it in a context with the bigger picture. There are (at least) seven conclusions we can draw from the big picture which perhaps can help us avoid more tragedies in the future.

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