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U.S. Supreme Court Could Decide Nation Status of Jerusalem

M y children were born in Jerusalem—to be precise, in West Jerusalem. As dual citizens, they each have an Israeli passport and an American one. In the Israeli documents, their birthplace is listed as Israel. On their U.S. passports, on the line for place of birth, "Jerusalem" appears instead of the name of a country. Show More Summary

UNICEF USA Must Reads

A weekly roundup of UNICEF issues in the news. (October 31, 2014)

Mexico betrayed

It has been a month since the disappearance of 43 ‘normalistas’, students that train to become teachers from Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teacher Training College  in the town of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero state, some 300km south of Mexico City. It happened … Please continue reading.

"CITIZENFOUR": The Evolution of Whistleblower Edward Snowden

Filmmaker Laura Poitras, director of CITIZENFOUR, sits down with Anthony Romero, ACLU executive director, to discuss her film, the surveillance state, and Edward Snowden. Anthony Romero: Your film offers an understanding of Ed Snowden and the NSA revelations in a way that we can't fully do in paper and writing. Show More Summary

New NSA Documents Shine More Light into Black Box of Executive Order 12333

What is arguably the most powerful of the U.S. government's surveillance authorities is also the most secretive, and it operates with the least amount of oversight. Today, we're releasing a new set of documents concerning Executive Order...Show More Summary

Indigenous Women Living on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Over and over, during the 6th annual Indigenous Women’s Forum in Waspam, we heard the same refrain . Climate change is a clear and present threat to our lives and communities, they shared. The women said they see it in the irregular weather patterns that make local harvests unpredictable and threaten their food supply. They see it [...]

On Realism, Old and New

This article appears in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. T hough few people realize it, it was Bill Clinton who first uttered the phrase on which U.S. foreign policy has remained so hopelessly fixated ever since. Show More Summary

Wisconsin Governor's Race: Referendums Designed to Rebuke Walker to Appear on Election Day Ballots

  (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker addresses the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago on August 8, 2014. S ince his election to the Wisconsin governor’s mansion, Scott Walker, together...Show More Summary

Wisconsin Ballot Measures Designed to Rebuke Walker at the Polls

  (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker addresses the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago on August 8, 2014. S ince his election to the Wisconsin governor’s mansion, Scott Walker, together...Show More Summary

The Police's Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

This piece originally appeared at Slate's Jurisprudence, under the title, " Search Party." It used to be that when police violated a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights through an unconstitutional search, evidence derived from the search...Show More Summary

Let an Innocent Man Spend His Last Days at Home

This piece originally appeared at the Texas Tribune. Max Soffar, an innocent man on death row in Texas, has just a few months to live. He's dying of liver cancer, and his last wish is to hold his wife, Anita, in his arms. His lawyers continue to present evidence of his innocence to the courts. Show More Summary

Ebola: Travel Bans, Quarantines, and Political Courage

The political reaction to Ebola has been a study in contrasts. On the one hand, we see some leaders insecurely trying to prove their “Ebola-fighting bona fides” by racing to go beyond what public health experts recommend. Some are actually fanning the flames of public fear. Show More Summary

North Carolina Doubles Down on Shaming Women Who Seek Abortions

Another day, another attempt by politicians to shame and humiliate a woman seeking an abortion. Yet again, the government intrusion pushes right into the exam room. Today the state of North Carolina is asking an appeals court to reinstate...Show More Summary

Consultation duty gets to the Supreme Court

Moseley R (ota) v. London Borough of Haringey [2014] UK 56  – read judgment Lord Wilson posed the question, answered today by the Supreme Court, with concision. When Parliament requires a local authority to consult interested persons before making a decision which would potentially affect all of its inhabitants, what are the ingredients of the requisite consultation? The […]

Which Southern State Is Feeling the Brunt of Big Money Election Spending?

  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Retired teacher Blaine Heslett and his son Caleb, 15, right, listen as Lee Greenwood delivers his song "God Bless the USA", at a rally for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in Cadiz at the Scott Jolly Farm, Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Show More Summary

The House Could Get Even Nuttier After This Election, But Heat May Be Off Boehner

  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) W ith all the attention focused on the Senate in next Tuesday's elections, it would be easy to forget that there's an election for the House happening as well. The consensus is that Republicans will probably add a few seats to their majority—not a defeat, but not a blow-out victory either. Show More Summary

Removal of subsidy for spare room not unlawful

Cotton and others, (R on the application of) v Minister for Work and Pensions and others, 15 October 2014  [2014] EWHC 3437 (Admin) – read judgment Whether you call it the “spare room subsidy” or the “bedroom tax”, the removal of this type of housing benefit has been nothing short of controversial. There have been several […]

UPS Finally Admits the Obvious – Letting Pregnant Workers Work is Good for Business

We recently reported that the fight to let pregnant workers come to work has finally reached the Supreme Court. On December 3, the court will hear the case of Peggy Young, a United Postal Service (UPS) package driver who was forced off the job while she was pregnant, when she requested a temporary light-duty position. Show More Summary

Why the 2016 Republican Primaries Will Be a Messy Venn Diagram

The 2016 Democratic presidential primaries are promising to be rather boring—although anything can happen, at the moment it looks like Hillary Clinton won't have much competition, and if she does it will come from the less-than-electrifying likes of Martin O'Malley. Show More Summary

Women Creating Possibilities: The First Day

We traveled for two days to get to our destination – the community of Waspam, near Nicaragua’s northern border with Honduras. After two flights and an hours-long, bumpy and dusty ride, we were bone tired when we first stepped out of the car. That tired feeling soon evaporated. It was replaced by the humming energy [...]

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