Social Issues

New York City Announces New Restrictions on Prescription Painkillers in Public Hospital Emergency Rooms

January 11, 2013

“Under the new city policy, most public hospital patients will no longer be able to get more than three days’ worth of narcotic painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet. Long-acting painkillers, including OxyContin … and methadone, will not be dispensed at all.”

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Vice President Biden Suggests the White House is Considering Pushing to Ban Private Gun Sales

January 10, 2013

“”And one is, there is a surprising — so far — a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks. Not just close the gun show loophole but total, universal background checks, including private sales.”"”

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National Rifle Association (NRA): The White House Has an “Agenda to Attack the Second Amendment”

January 10, 2013

“After meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House today, the National Rifle Association released a statement saying the White House has an “agenda to attack the Second Amendment.”"

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Vice President Biden: President Obama Considering Executive Order on Gun Control

January 9, 2013

“”The president is going to act,” said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. “There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet.”"

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White House Issues New Statement Repsonding to a Petition Regarding the Legalization of Marijuana

January 9, 2013

“At President Obama’s request, the Justice Department is reviewing the legalization initiatives passed in Colorado and Washington, given differences between state and federal law.”

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Vice President Biden to Meet with the National Rifle Association (NRA) This Week

January 9, 2013

“Vice President Biden will meet with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a range of other groups this week as President Obama’s gun violence task force shifts into high gear.”

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White House Considering a “Comprehensive Approach” to Gun Control Reform

January 6, 2013

“A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors.”

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Department of Defense Bans Access to Gay Websites

January 4, 2013

“The filter category used by the Pentagon, “LGBT,” also bans gay anti-bullying and suicide prevention sites.”

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President Obama Signs the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2013 into Law

January 3, 2013

“Civil liberties advocates had roundly criticized the bill over Guantanamo and a separate section that could allow the military to indefinitely detain American citizens on suspicions of supporting terrorism.”

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The 112th Congress U.S. House of Representatives Fails to Renew the Violence Against Women Act

January 3, 2013

“Despite a late-stage intervention by Vice President Joe Biden, House Republican leaders failed to advance the Senate’s 2012 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.”

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Report: White House Will Push to Pass Immigration and Gun Reform this January

January 2, 2013

“It remains unclear what type of immigration policies the White House plans to push in January, but turning them into law could be a long process.”

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U.S. Senate Votes to Approve a Five-Year Extension for Warrantless Wiretapping under FISA

December 29, 2012

“The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, approved by the House of Representatives in September, passed the Senate with a 73-23 vote and broad bipartisan support, and now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.”

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Documents Prove that the FBI Tracked and Monitored Occupy Wall Street Before Protests Even Began

December 25, 2012

“The list of documents, says Verheyden-Hilliard, “is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement.””

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Georgia Judge Temporarily Blocks Law Banning Abortions after 20 Weeks of Pregnancy

December 25, 2012

“The General Assembly passed the law earlier this year and it was set to take effect Jan. 1. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs blocked the law in a Friday order as part of a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.”

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker: I’m Not Afraid of Law-Abiding Citizens Who Buy Guns

December 24, 2012

“Booker pushed for stronger background checks on people looking to purchase guns and said a key way to curb gun violence is to shut down secondary markets.”

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