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1 hr ago | KVBC-TV Las Vegas

Immigrants are sworn in as US citizens during naturalization ceremonies.

Five people are suing the federal government alleging that an expanded national security screen targeting Muslims has led to lengthy delays and denials in their applications for citizenship and green cards.


Related Topix: Activism

3 hrs ago | Switched

Gay Congressman Mark Pocan: ENDA Religious Exemption Will Go, Obama Is 'Leading Us'

US Congressman Mark Pocan, D-WI, speaks during a news conference with activists opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, July 9, 2014.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Representative Mark Pocan, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Gay/Lesbian, Tammy Baldwin, Senator Tammy Baldwin, US Senate, Nancy Pelosi

7 hrs ago | Triple Pundit

What Does Corporate Responsibility Mean When It Comes To NSA Data Requests?

Details about the National Security Agency's "Prism" surveillance program have entered the news in dribs and drabs since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked revealing documents about the program to the Guardian and the Washington Post in June of last year.


Related Topix: Prison, Google, Startups, Widevine Technologies, Emerging Technology, Search Engines

11 hrs ago |

Fourth Circuit Panel Strikes Down Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

"We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws."


Related Topix: Virginia, US News, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Gay/Lesbian

Wed Jul 30, 2014

Local ACLU Issues Resolution of Support for Santa Cruz 11

WHEREAS, The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California believes that all four remaining defendants charged in the Santa Cruz Superior Court action collectively known as the "Occupy" cases, i.e., Gabriella Ripley-Phipps, Cameron Laurendeau, Franklin Alcantara and Brent Adams, are local activists working ... (more)


Related Topix: Santa Cruz County, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, Activism, Criminal Defense Law, Law


What crack cocaine teaches us about NSA reform

This week, Patrick Leahy, the Democratic senator from Vermont, introduced a revised version of the USA Freedom Act, a bill to finally start pulling the reins on America's out-of-control surveillance state.


Related Topix: Drugs, US Politics, US News, Patrick Leahy, US Senate, Democrat, Prison

WLTX-TV Columbia

Same-Sex Couples Denied Marriage Licenses; Petition Drive Begins

Several same-sex couples tried to get marriage licenses in Greenville Wednesday but were denied because of the state's ban on gay marriages.


Related Topix: Gay/Lesbian, US News, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Greenville, SC, Duncan, SC

Chris Christie urges lawmakers to act on N.J. bail reform

TRENTON - Standing with social activists, clergy and the mayors of Trenton and Camden - two of New Jersey's poorest and most violent cities - Gov. Chris Christie today urged the Legislature to act to reform the state's "broken" bail system before time runs out next week.

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Related Topix: Chris Christie, US Governors, Trenton, NJ, Camden, NJ


Burglary at lawmaker's home revives phone-tracking bill

After his home was burglarized while he and his wife slept, a Tulalip lawmaker is reinvigorating his efforts to pass a bill that would allow police to track cellphone signals.


Related Topix: Tulalip, WA, Privacy

The Raw Story

ACLU and police union oppose Baltimore's proposed strict new youth curfew

City officials in crime-ridden Baltimore on Tuesday defended plans for one of the toughest U.S. youth curfews against criticism from residents who were skeptical about police enforcement of the new law.


Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

The Detroit News

After Arizona fiasco, back to the future for the death penalty?

The surreal national debate over the death penalty reached a climax of sorts July 23 in a prison execution chamber in Florence, Ariz.


Related Topix: Death Penalty, Prison, Criminal Defense Law, Law, US News, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

WWL-TV New Orleans

Could federal appellate ruling impact Louisiana abortion clinics?

NEW ORLEANS A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a Mississippi law that would have shuttered the state's only abortion clinic.


Related Topix: Louisiana, Abortion, New Orleans, LA, US News, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Tue Jul 29, 2014


Ohio's First Pro-Marriage Equality Ad in a Decade

It is the first ad of its kind since voters approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2004, reports The Columbus Dispatch .


Related Topix: Ohio


Tech Companies Throw Their Support Behind Strengthened NSA Reform Bill

As expected, Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced the USA FREEDOM Act to the upper chamber of Congress on Tuesday.


Related Topix: US News, US Politics, Patrick Leahy, US Senate, Democrat, Patriot Act, Privacy, Social Software

Mother of slain Mexican teen sues Border Patrol

The mother of a Mexican teen who was shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent nearly two years ago is suing the agency in federal court.


Related Topix: Nogales, AZ

Burlington Times News

Gay marriage supporters push for quick N.C. ruling

Lawyers challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban say they will press for quick legal action after a federal appeals court found a similar law in Virginia is unconstitutional.


Related Topix: North Carolina, Gay/Lesbian, Activism, US News, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals


ACLU in Raleigh to support same-sex marriage

The ACLU was in Raleigh Tuesday, speaking about its fight for same-sex marriage in the state.


Related Topix: North Carolina

Christie calls special legislative session for Thursday on bail reform

The Senate was already scheduled to meet that day, but the Assembly was not. July is an especially difficult time of year for legislators to convene unexpectedly because of planned vacations.


Daily Kos

Human Rights Watch/ACLU: U.S. surveillance harming journalism, law, democracy

The practice of journalism and of law in the United States is being dramatically, negatively harmed by large-scale surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.


Related Topix: Journalism, Charitable Organizations, Human Rights Watch, US News, Liberal Political News

Religion News Service

NYPD Muslim surveillance should concern atheists, too

For the last two weeks of July, Faitheist is being guest hosted by Sarah Jones , Communications Associate for Americans United for Separation of Church and State.


Related Topix: Center for Constitutional Rights, Charitable Organizations