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The Two Terrible Olympic Bids Left

8 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

On Friday, the IOC decides whether China or Kazakhstan will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Either country is precisely the type of human rights violator the newly amended Olympic Charter was changed to prohibit.

Reminder: When Ron Wyden Says There's A Secret Interpretation Of A Law, Everyone Should Pay Attention

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Years before Ed Snowden revealed how the NSA and DOJ had reinterpreted the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act to allow the intelligence community to spy on Americans, Senator Ron Wyden tried to warn the public that this had happened:...Show More Summary

Senate Democrats Asking Gun Dealers For Help In Expanding Background Checks

Senate Democrats eager to expand background checks are reaching out directly to those vendors since their bills that chip away at Second Amendment...

TOM THE DANCING BUG - "I sacrifice thee in the name of The Second Amendment"

23 hours agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Penelope Smythe of Chagrin Falls, USA, is chosen to be a lucky sacrifice to our worship of The Second Amendment! Read the rest

Donald Trump's Clueless Lawyer Threatens Press, Says It's Ok To Rape Your Spouse

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the absolute ridiculousness of Donald Trump's "lawsuit" against Univision, which made some bizarre claims about the First Amendment and defamation that clearly did not apply. While there may be a legitimate...Show More Summary

“Don Zimmerman Files First Amendment Challenge to Austin Campaign Restrictions”

Press release: Late Monday, District 6 representative Don Zimmerman filed a First Amendment lawsuit challenging City of Austin campaign finance rules that ban political speech and prohibit fundraising until next May … Continue readi...

No Wonder Mike Huckabee Felt Comfortable Making That Holocaust Remark 

A humble proposal for a small amendment to Godwin’s law, the famous Internet-age adage that holds that all political debates will include an invocation of Nazism if they go on for long enough: If a political debate starts with invocations of Munich, you’ve only gone too far when you specifically bring up gas chambers. Show More Summary

Right-wing unites behind anti-LGBT 'First Amendment Defense Act'

Idaho Rep. Raúl Labrador is pushing a license to discriminate bill in Congress—the 'First Amendment Defense Act.' The right wing is coalescing around the newly introduced First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which aims to protect the 'religious freedom' of tax-exempt organizations and individuals who oppose same-sex marriage (i.e. Show More Summary

Cruz rebellion fizzles in Senate, but Cruz has larger aims

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his trusty sidekick Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) have been shut down in the Senate Monday night in their efforts to upend Senate rules over an amendment to the highway funding bill to renew the Export-Import Bank. Cruz...Show More Summary

Drivers, Beware: The Costly, Deadly Dangers Of Traffic Stops In The American Police State

Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute, “The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. Show More Summary

Senators proposing ‘I will not rest until Metro produces safety results’

A transportation-bill amendment would set new safety standards and change how board members are appointed.

Anti-Choice Balloon Payment Due

You may well consider the manuevering among Senate Republicans over an amendment to "defund" Planned Parenthood as part of a transportation bill to represent just another episode of symbolic Kabuki...

Microsoft makes amends for past mistakes with Windows 10

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system should start hitting U.S. computers on Wednesday, marking one of the biggest launches in the company's history. A few years after what could charitably be called a disastrous launch for Windows 8, Microsoft needs the new system to move forward while also making amends.Read full article >>

First Slice 7/28/15: Deal offers an option for bringing casinos to Georgia

Gov. Nathan Deal just gave gaming companies looking to open a casino in Georgia — but wondered how to overcome the governor's personal opposition to gambling — an option: a constitutional amendment.  MARTA officials are moving ahead with studies looking at expanding its rail network into Clayton County, where buses started rolling several months ago. Show More Summary

News in Brief: Resolute Congress Passes Second Amendment Again

yesterdayHumor : The Onion

WASHINGTON—Easily securing the requisite two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate, a resolute United States Congress responded to the ongoing national debate on gun rights Tuesday by passing the Second Amendment again. “This isShow More Summary

Obama, Hillary and the 22nd Amendment

President Obama told the world Tuesday that he is a “pretty good” president and that he could win a third term if he could run again. Perhaps our very confident leader has been reading The Queen, and Hillary certainly should have byShow More Summary

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