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Massachusetts Man Arrested For Posting “Put Wings On Pigs” On Facebook

23 hours agoNews : Jonathan Turley

Charles DiRosa, 27, has been criminally charged in Chicopee, Massachusetts after he posted “Put Wings on Pigs” to Facebook. It was a despicable act after the murder of two New York police officers, but in my view it was protected speech. Before murdering the two officers, Ismaaiyl Brinsley posted a statement that “I’m putting wings […]

Justice Department: Transgender Rights Are Protected Under Federal Law

Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that it is the position of the U.S. Department of Justice that discrimination against transgender people is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, representing a reversalShow More Summary

Gray Wolves In The Great Lakes Region Get Christmas Miracle As Court Rules That They Should Be Protected

The majestic gray wolves that live in the western Great Lakes region are once again under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. The new federal court decision ends all wolf hunting and trapping in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Show More Summary

22 States Ask Defense Dept. To Do More To Protect Servicemembers From Predatory Lenders

When the Military Lending Act was introduced in 2007, it aimed to prevent predatory lenders from gouging military personnel with exorbitant interest rates and mountains of fees. While those protections have proven to be successful in many ways, lenders have since learned how to work around specific limits of the law. Now, attorneys general from 22 states are asking … [More]

Obesity as a Disability: A Comparative Look

As we all know, there has over the last few decades been substantial controversy in this country as to whether obesity is an impairment or (even a disability) for purposes of protection under the Rehabilition Act or the ADA. In...

Sunday wrap

Who said it? 1. “Where’s your sense of humanity?” 2. “I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly.” 3. “[T]he administration is more interested in emptying Guantanamo so that it can close it, rather than protecting the national security interests of the United States and the lives of Americans, including […]

The Civil Rights Act Now Covers Protections For Transgender Individuals

The Justice Department is now interpreting the Civil Rights Act to include protections for transgender people. (The Grio) The Miss World Pageant is no longer including the bikini portion. (The Independent) Nonviolent drug criminals who are serving bloated sentences that they wouldn’t be serving under the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act might be eligible for clemency. [...]

Will Pro-Life Organizations Be Forced to Pay for Abortion?

A recent District of Columbia city council act treats abortion and “reproductive health care decision[s]” as a protected status, one that apparently trumps the protected status of “religion.”

New York's Grassroots Triiumph

In New York State, at least, sanity has prevailed. By banning fracking, Governor Andrew Cuomo has acted to protect his state's citizens from a rapacious industry whose presence would inevitably result in significant health and environmental consequences. It's hard to overstate how important this victory is. Show More Summary

How A Law From 1964 Suddenly Protects Transgender Government Workers

5 days agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

Attorney General Eric Holder released a memo Thursday outlining the Justice Department’s decision to redefine its interpretation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people. Show More Summary

The Conflict Minerals Law: Kickstarting Change in the Congo

Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform Act -- "the conflict minerals" clause -- has attracted controversy concerning its effects on the ground in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the broader region whose conflicts the law intends to allay. Show More Summary

The Justice Department makes a big move on transgender rights.

"Attorney General Holder announced today that the Department of Justice will take the position in litigation that the protection of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to claims of discrimination based on an individual’s...Show More Summary

Transgender government workers now protected under Civil Rights Act

Claims of workplace discrimination against transgender people will now be covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a memo released Thursday. “This important shift will ensureShow More Summary

Transgender workers get civil rights protections, Justice Department says

Employment discrimination based on gender identity is forbidden under the Civil Rights Act, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday, announcing a change in the way it will litigate claims.

U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers

6 days agoNews : The Two-Way

The Justice Department's move is a reversal from how the Bush administration interpreted Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Stronger Patient Protections Are Around the Corner

Since the federal health insurance exchange opened in November for people to enroll in 2015 plans, nearly 1 million Americans have signed up for coverage. One of the most laudable goals of the Affordable Care Act is to end discrimination against people with chronic diseases and disabilities that has long plagued our health care system. Show More Summary

Senate Leaders Demand Treasury, HHS Inform Consumers About Risks Of HealthCare.gov Coverage

Michael F. Cannon The Obama administration is boasting that 2.5 million Americans have selected health insurance plans for 2015 through the Exchanges it operates in 36 states under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and that they are well on their way to enrolling 9.1 million Americans in Exchange coverage next year. Show More Summary

The “Rufa” Red Knot is now protected under the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the “Rufa” population of Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) as a threatened...

Hugs help protect against stress, infection, say researchers

Researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. They found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.

CFPB Lawsuit: Sprint Made Millions Off Consumers Acting As A “Breeding Ground” For Bill-Cramming

Just a day after rumors surfaced that Sprint could be facing a $105 million from the Federal Communications Commission for allegedly overcharging customers using a practice known as “bill-cramming,” the Consumer Financial ProtectionShow More Summary

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