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Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions

Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions
Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early Monday to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country as time was running out on the Texas Legislature's special session.
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Part 5: Private Prisons - Sweetheart Contracts Fill Beds & Pad Profits

Part 5: Private Prisons - Sweetheart Contracts Fill Beds & Pad Profits
At 192% occupancy, Alabama's prisons are so overcrowded that some fear a federal takeover. It's likely that some sort of prison reform (or maybe just a building spree) will be a major topic of the 2015 legislative session. And when the private prison lobbyists start waving donation checks and ALEC-inspired bills at legislators, there's a good chance some form of privatization will be under discussion.  
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Allegations Part of Trend to End Harassment, Bullying

(#YesALLDaughters plans a candlelit vigil tonight, Monday, Dec. 1, starting at 4:45p.m. at the Norman Schools Administrative Services Center, 131 S. Flood.)
The student walkout at Norman High School last Monday, followed by a rally that called attention to rape and bullying allegations at the school, has become, intentionally or not, part of a larger movement to elimin
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Fires Burn As Ferguson Feels Pain of Injustice

Fires Burn As Ferguson Feels Pain of Injustice
Following Monday night's announcement by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch that a grand jury would not indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the city of Ferguson, Missouri erupted in unrest fueled by an outpouring of emotion by those both outraged and saddened by the decision.
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Tiresome Racial Politics Rear Their Ugly Head in Viral Harassment Video

Tiresome Racial Politics Rear Their Ugly Head in Viral Harassment Video
For the past couple of days I’ve been thinking about that video. You know the one that follows a 20-something white woman as she walks around New York City for 10 hours and receives a bunch of commentary and demands from men she doesn’t know. The video is effective.
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Analysis: Police Using Controversial Patriot Act Authority for 'Everyday' Cases

Analysis: Police Using Controversial Patriot Act Authority for 'Everyday' Cases
A contentious surveillance provision of the Patriot Act, which allows law enforcement to conduct searches while delaying informing the suspect, is broadly used, but almost never in terrorism cases—despite Justice Department officials arguments to the contrary, according to an analysis by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
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Do Federal Courts Even Have the Authority to Rule on Same-sex Marriage?

Do Federal Courts Even Have the Authority to Rule on Same-sex Marriage?
Lyle Denniston, the constitutional literacy adviser for the National Constitution Center, looks at a new development in the same-sex marriage lawsuits that could bar federal courts from deciding the issue.
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The Government is Tracking Your Snail Mail, Too

The Government is Tracking Your Snail Mail, Too
New York Times investigation finds government tracking of Americans' mail 'more extensive than previously disclosed'
Though over a century old, one often overlooked aspect of government surveillance continues to expand and evolve: the tracking of Americans' mail by the U.S. Postal
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Cincinnati May Lose Its Sole Abortion Clinic

Cincinnati May Lose Its Sole Abortion Clinic
The greater Cincinnati area could soon become one of the largest in the country without an abortion provider.
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Lawsuit Aims to Break Arizona's Secrecy Over Experimental Lethal Injections

Lawsuit Aims to Break Arizona's Secrecy Over Experimental Lethal Injections
Major media organizations have levied a federal lawsuit to force Arizona to break its secrecy around lethal injections by revealing the drugs and processes used to kill people, because the public has the "right" to know.
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