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Was Edward Snowden Covered by the IC Whistleblowers Act? Yes, He Was.

"As an employee of a private company rather than a direct employee of the U.S. government, I was not protected by U.S. whistleblower laws, and I would not have been protected from retaliation and legal sanction for revealing classified information about lawbreaking in accordance with the recommended process. "President Obama also...

American Space Technology for Exploring Resource Opportunities in Deep Space (ASTEROIDS) Act of 2014: a Bill to Protect Space Property Rights

Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida announced on Thursday that he was introducing a bill along with Rep, Derek Kilmer, D-WA called the American Space Technology for Exploring Resource Opportunities in Deep Space (ASTEROIDS) Act of 2014. The act...Show More Summary

Morning Bits

Add it to the list of Obamacare problems. “A primary aim of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to expand insurance coverage, especially among households with lower incomes. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that about one-third of the additional insurance coverage expected to occur because of the law will come from […]

Right-Wing Media Defend Delinquent Polluters From Congressionally-Authorized EPA Plan

Right-wing media labeled the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to garnish the wages of polluters who have failed to pay their fines a "power grab," even though the agency is acting with authority granted to it by decades-old...Show More Summary

Chad Griffin: HRC Supports ENDA, But...

4 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

"The Human Rights Campaign supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act for a very simple reason. It will guarantee millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all 50 states explicit, reliable protections from discrimination in the workplace. Show More Summary

Senators Disagree on Whether Voting Rights Act Should Be Fixed

Grassley says legislation under consideration "seems to create only a fig leaf of protection for legitimate voter ID laws."

Welcome To The New Wild West

5 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

On the day the new Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act went into effect, an argument between two men in a convenience store led to a near-showdown involving a drawn firearm and one arrest. Read the rest

Great moments in immigration law

When a near-unanimous Congress came together in 2008 to pass something with the moralistic, self-congratulatory name of the “William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims ProtectionAct, we should have braced ourselves for major, unintended, un-humanitarian consequences. Show More Summary

Small Streams Matter.

The great folks at Trout Unlimited are constantly doing battle to help preserve the waters that you’re lucky enough to fish. TU has just released a report about a new threat to the Clean Water Act’s ability to protect small streams. This is important stuff – please have a look, download the report, and take […]

Krauthammer: Obama Allowing Border Influx for 'Political Reasons, Very Cynically'

During Monday’s “Special Report” panel segment, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer explained how the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 is being used in ways it was not intended pertaining to the influx of Central American youth at U.S.-Mexico border. Show More Summary

Wilderness Forward

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, one of our country's greatest tools for protecting America's wild places. Signed into law on Sept. 3, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Wilderness Act established the...Show More Summary

"Hobby Lobby makes clear that all persons — human and corporate, citizen and foreigner, resident and alien — enjoy the special religious free exercise protections of the RFRA."

Write lawyers for Guantanamo detainees who want to be able to meet in groups for communal prayer in observance of Ramadan.Assuming the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to the detainees, the question is whether being deprived...Show More Summary

ACT Businesses Shine at the Telstra Business Awards

I just came home from the 2014 Telstra Business Awards ACT and again there were an inspiring selection of nominations and winners. The winners were the Cogito Group (identity protection technology), Solace Creations (energy efficient housing), Today’s Homes (custom built housing) and Intelledox (data managers). These awards are hard won, and deserving of acclaim. All [...]

The Civil Rights Act at 50: Protecting people of color and the environment, too

The law has been particularly effective at ensuring access to public transportation for communities of color. Fitting -- it was born on a bus.

The Climate Post: Supreme Court Says EPA Can Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In the latest decision on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to regulate carbon pollution, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, but voted 5-4 to limit permitting requirements. Show More Summary

Constitutional Rights Foundation: The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Today is the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a truly momentous occasion in protecting the rights not only of African Americans, but also of women and all minorities.

The Gun Nut Dilemma

This was entirely predictable, and, in fact, I remember one of you predicting this exact problem but can not remember who or in what comment thread: On the first day of the new Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act, a misunderstanding between two armed men in a convenience store Tuesday led to a drawn firearm and [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

On The First Day Of Georgia’s New ‘Guns Everywhere’ Law, Two Guys With Guns Clash

On the  very first day of the new Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act — aka: the ‘guns everywhere’ law — a misunderstanding between two armed men in a convenience store Tuesday led to a drawn firearm and a man’s arrest, according to the Valdosta Family Times.  We totally did not see this coming. We were [...]

Gun Toters Square Off on Day 1 of Georgia's New Law

On the first day of the new Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act, a misunderstanding between two armed men in a convenience store Tuesday led to a drawn firearm and a man's arrest. "Essentially, it involved one customer with a gun on his hip when a second customer entered with a gun on his hip," said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress. Show More Summary

Protect light industrial businesses from Big Tech sprawl

[Editor’s Note: With the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee scheduled on Monday, July 7, to act on a proposal to allow the new owner of the San Francisco Design Center to evict existing tenants to accommodate techShow More Summary

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