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2016: the first presidential election in 50 years without Voting Rights Act protections

3 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Three years ago, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, a 50-year-old piece of civil rights legislation that ended the Jim Crow practices of poll taxes and other restrictions that disproportionately denied people of color and poor people the right to vote. (more…)

Pope Francis Marriage Shocker!

Pope Francis is a remarkable religious leader in part because he acts more like a jazz soloist than a marching-band leader. Instead of guiding his followers through practiced routines based on a shared score, he riffs alone and then traipses backwards, making up his own melodies and repeating old themes in new keys. Show More Summary

US Tech Company Fined $14Mln for Paying Bribes in Russia, Five Other States

A Danish subsidiary of a company based in the US state of Massachusetts has agreed to pay a $3.4 million fine under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for improper payments while selling it ultrasound equipment in Russia and five other nations, the US Department of Justice announced in a press release.

Trump May Have Committed Fraud

“If Donald Trump’s claims that certain of his commercial ventures benefit charity are untrue, he could be held liable under Section 349 of New York’s General Business Law, which forbids deceptive business acts and practices, as well as under charitable [...]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Naturopathic Practice Act

One of the biggest challenges with trying to hold the line against pseudoscience in medicine is that the proponents of pseudoscience are relentless. Since they have a large financial stake in the outcome, they dedicate the time and resources to lobbying state legislatures to get the laws they want. They lobby for health care freedom […]

"During my first retreat, I wondered how... looking at a single flower for 45 minutes was even possible, let alone so gratifying."

"My thoughts — when I returned to the act of thinking about something rather than nothing — were fresher and more surprising. It is clear to me that this ancient meditative practice helps free the mind to have richer experiences of the present. Show More Summary

SAT or ACT? College Exam Rivalry May Favor the Former Upstart

3 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

This article originally appeared on the International Business Times. Thirty years ago, before she was a successful lawyer with her own practice in San Francisco, Eunice Chang had to take the SAT like everyone else. Armed with a practice...Show More Summary

DEADLY Tragedy As Blue Angels Pilot Engages In One Last HEROIC Act Before Fatal Crash… [VIDEO]

Yesterday was a very, very sad day. The Blue Angels were doing a practice flight over Smyrna, Tennessee when things went horribly wrong. One of the jets crashed in front

The PHIT Act Allows Tax Deductions for Golf and Other Athletic Expenses, But Will It Have a Practical Impact?

last monthSports : The Big Lead

Congress has a new bill in front of them that could allow you to write off your golf habit, and other sports-related expenses. The Personal (...)

IRS Addresses Tax Consequences of Disgorgement Payment

In a recent IRS Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum (“CCA”), the IRS addressed the tax consequences of a disgorgement payment made to the Securities and Exchange Commission for violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

House Judiciary: freeze that slush

The House Judiciary Committee, by an 18-6 vote, has given its approval to the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016, which would curtail the Department of Justice’s practice of using legal settlements to funnel money to favored groups [Rep. Show More Summary

Farmworkers rally for overtime pay, days off, bargaining rights

last monthNews : NY Daily News

Protesters, including Timothy Cardinal Dolan, gathered to support the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act.

Is Positivity Dangerous for Us?

Want to be happier, healthier, richer, sexier, or more powerful? According to many of the headlines all around us, all you need to do is to think and act more positively. But if you've ever tried to put this into practice, you've probably...Show More Summary

Review finds LGMA compares favorably with FDA produce rule

An expert panel has found that the best practices guidelines already followed by California and Arizona growers compares favorably with the new Produce Safety Rule now finalized under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). All four reviewers on the panel say that the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement’s (LGMA’s) food safety guidelines provide the same kind... Continue Reading

The Department of Justice is suing North Carolina over its same-sex bathroom law

The US Justice Department on Monday filed a complaint against North Carolina over its controversial transgender bathroom law, saying the law constituted a pattern and practice of discrimination and violated the Civil Rights Act. TheShow More Summary

What the Defend Trade Secrets Act Means for Trade Secret Defendants

Guest Post By Maxwell Goss. Dr. Goss is a business litigation attorney with McDonald Hopkins PLC in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His practice focuses on trade secret, noncompete, patent, trademark, and shareholder litigation. The Defend...Show More Summary

OPM Director Beth Cobert on attracting, retaining and recognizing public servants

Beth Cobert, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is working to improve federal hiring practices, bring a new generation into government, provide better services to federal employees and retirees, and tout the important work of the civil service. Cobert spoke about these issues and her efforts to deal with a major data breach […]

Ringling Bros. circus ends controversial elephant act after 145 years

The circus company has used elephants in its shows for the last 145 years but changed its policies after animals rights' groups and others campaigned against the practice. Continue reading ? The post Ringling Bros. circus ends controversial elephant act after 145 years appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Legislation to End “Conversion Therapy” Introduced on Capitol Hill

Yesterday, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, the first federal legislation to prohibit the dangerous and fraudulent practice of ?“conversion therapy” by ?expressly ?classifying it as ?a violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act. Show More Summary

I Did a Random Act of Kindness Every Day For 9 Days and This Is What Happened

We all lead busy lives, and sometimes we forget to practice one of the most important human behaviors: kindness. For nine days, I challenged myself to be kind to strangers and loved ones alike in big and small ways. It wasn't time-consuming or costly, and the rewards held the greatest value. Show More Summary

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