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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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Court Rules Mississippi Can’t Close Its Only Abortion Clinic

Court Rules Mississippi Can’t Close Its Only Abortion Clinic
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled 2-1 that a Mississippi law that requires doctors performing abortions in the state to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional.
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Sorry Mr Mayor, But Atheists Have Rights, Too

Sorry Mr Mayor, But Atheists Have Rights, Too
The residents of Warren, Michigan, visit their city hall on a regular basis to pay taxes, to vote, and to visit the library branch and the farmers market that are located there. Since 2009, they have also been able to visit a "Prayer Station" in the building's large atrium.
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This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart

This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart
This short film tells the story of Robina Asti, a 92-year-old former pilot and transgender woman. After the death of her beloved husband Norwood Patton in 2012, Robina applied to the Social Security Administration for survivor benefits, but was denied because the SSA claimed she was "legally male" at the time of her marriage.
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Cells In Cells: California Prison Unleashes Hounds Over Contraband Phones

Cells In Cells: California Prison Unleashes Hounds Over Contraband Phones
Efforts to revoke illegal cell phones in prisons, including celebrated "phone-sniffing" dogs, help serve a shady cottage industry that charges outrageous amounts of money to talk to loved ones or conduct wire transfers. Meanwhile, the ACLU fights in court to cap rates on permitted calls.
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Marco Rubio Is The Real Victim Of The Gay Rights Movement

Marco Rubio Is The Real Victim Of The Gay Rights Movement
In an attempt to woo social conservatives in advance of a possible presidential bid, Sen. Marco Rubio delivered a speech at Catholic University today, where he attempted to come across as a uniter on social issues like marriage equality and abortion rights while assuring his party’s right flank that he agrees with their hardline policy positions.
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Obama: Outlawing LGBT Discrimination 'on the Right Side of History'

Obama: Outlawing LGBT Discrimination 'on the Right Side of History'
President Obama signs an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Find video of his remarks on the flip.
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More CA Death Row Inmates Commit Suicide Than Receive Capital Punishment, as Judge Questions Constitutionality

More CA Death Row Inmates Commit Suicide Than Receive Capital Punishment, as Judge Questions Constitutionality
Last week, Judge Carney in the Central District of California wrote a refreshingly accessible, logical, and just opinion declaring California’s death penalty system unconstitutional. The court found that the excessive systemic delay between sentence and execution, combined with the infrequency of the punishment actually being administered, creates a system where “a sentence of death...is a sentence of life imprisonment with the remote possibility of death — a sentence no rational legislature or jury could ever impose.” But is it the end of capital punishment in the state?
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Widespread Constitutional Violations in Newark Police Department

Widespread Constitutional Violations in Newark Police Department
A U.S. Department of Justice investigation has found that the Newark Police Department violated citizens' constitutional rights and engaged in a pattern of excessive force, with such practices disproportionately affecting the city's black community.
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Republicans' Weird Obsession with Marriage Inequality Hurting Election Prospects

Republicans' Weird Obsession with Marriage Inequality Hurting Election Prospects
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers continues his obsession with trying to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite repeated court rulings that strike down bans on same-sex marriage. Suthers has been rumored to be looking at running for Mayor of Colorado Springs in 2015, so perhaps he views his defense of a same-sex marriage ban as something that may help him with a highly-conservative Colorado Springs electorate.
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