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3 hrs ago | KOMO News

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

8 hrs ago | 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

11 hrs ago | 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

14 hrs ago | 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

The Hill

Overnight Tech: Eyes on Leahy for new Nsa reform bill

THE LEDE: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is expected to unveil his bulked-up version of the USA Freedom Act on Tuesday, which would place new limits on the National Security Agency and reform the secretive federal surveillance court.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Patrick Leahy, US Senate, Democrat, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Republican, Saxby Chambliss, Senator Patrick Toomey

Mon Jul 28, 2014


Web Extra: Kevin Kelly Interviews Legal Director of Ar. ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union recently released a report claiming police use of military equipment targets people of color.


Related Topix: Activism

U.S. 4th Circuit Court Of Appeals Overturns Va. Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today [July 28] affirmed a district court ruling striking down Virginia's ban on marriage for same-sex couples.


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

Effingham Herald

So who is the real outsider in the Senate race?

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia.


Related Topix: Crime Movies, The Outsiders, Drama Movies, Glynn County, GA, Sea Island, GA, Bryan County, GA, Pembroke, GA, Whitfield County, GA, Cohutta, GA


Why Privacy Advocates Aren't Celebrating The Senate's...

The U.S. Senate is expected to make huge strides Tuesday by introducing a new bill that could curtail the National Security Agency's ability to collect mass amounts of data.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Patrick Leahy, US Senate, Democrat, Liberal Political News

Wisconsin Gazette

Civil rights groups ask Florida sheriffs to halt enforcement of ICE detainers

A civil rights coalition is demanding Florida law enforcement agencies in 62 counties stop detaining people for alleged civil immigration violations at the request of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Related Topix: Florida, Prison, Miami Dade County, FL, Broward County, FL


Immigration Officials Detained Hundreds Of Pregnant Women Despite Policy Change

"We don't detain pregnant women." That's the initial response that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency told a reporter last year when asked about the number of pregnant detainees in immigration detention centers.


Related Topix: US News, Liberal Political News

The Skanner

Education Should Take Priority Over Punishment for Nonviolent Crimes

What if we didn't incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes? Or, if we sentenced them, what if their sentences were reasonable, instead of intolerable? What if a man who steals a $159 jacket while high gets drug treatment and a sentence of, say, two years, instead of a sentence of life imprisonment without parole? How much would we save if ... (more)


Related Topix: Prison, Opinion