Social Issues

3 years after passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Senate Democrats still don’t pay female staffers equitably

May 28, 2012

“After the Lilly Ledbetter Act passed in Congress and was signed into law, President Obama and Senate Democrats were self-congratulatory.”

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Report: Google Executives deliberately stole information and “covered it up for years”

May 27, 2012

“Now the full scale of its activities has emerged amid accusations of a cover-up after US regulators found a senior manager was warned as early as 2007 that the information was being captured as its cars trawled the country but did nothing.”

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Report: Google Street View Cars collected e-mails, photographs, passwords, chat messages, and other private Internet communications

May 27, 2012

““It was one of the biggest violations of data protection laws that we had ever seen,” Mr. Caspar recently recalled about that long-sought viewing in late 2010. “We were very angry.””

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Gallup Poll: Lowest number of Americans are pro-choice since the poll began in 1995

May 25, 2012

“The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as “pro-choice” is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves “pro-life,” one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009.”

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The former Rutgers Student convicted for his role in harassing his roommate with a webcam is sentenced to 30 days in jail

May 22, 2012

“Dharun Ravi, 20, could have gotten 10 years behind bars for his part in a case that burst onto front pages when Tyler Clementi threw himself to his death off theGeorge Washington Bridge.”

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Despite the promises of the country’s revolution, Egyptian women still feel excluded

May 22, 2012

“After Egyptian women stood shoulder to shoulder with men in the protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak, many looked forward to a role in the revolution’s next steps. But 15 months later, rights activists complain that women are being excluded from key decisions.”

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Jefferson Parish School Board in Louisiana under fire for a School Psychologist’s racially-charged tweets

May 22, 2012

“Civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center filed a complaint alleging that the school system “sends a disproportionate number of black and disabled students to alternative schools to languish for months.”"

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Congressional Candidate Andy Caffrey (D-CA): I’m willing to get arrested to defend our rights as Californians to consume medicine

May 21, 2012

“If I have to do it, I’ll smoke a joint on the Capitol steps and get arrested to draw national attention to what’s going on.”

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43 Catholic Dioceses and Organizations file lawsuits against the Obama Administration’s contraception mandate

May 21, 2012

“At least 11 previous lawsuits have already been filed against the mandate by states, colleges, private employers and organizations throughout the U.S.”

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Anti-NATO protesters vow to also demonstrate during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC

May 21, 2012

“Activists who staged a massive protest march at the NATO summit here Sunday vowed to bring thousands of demonstrators to Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention.”

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Anti-NATO protesters in Chicago clashed with police outside of the NATO Summit this past weekend

May 21, 2012

“The demonstrations were largely peaceful until late in the day, when some of the protesters tried to push through a line of police keeping them from the convention center where leaders and delegates from 50 countries were meeting.”

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Witness: Trayvon Martin was “straddling” George Zimmerman, punching him “MMA style”

May 18, 2012

“The witness–who was in his living room and about 30 feet away from the confrontation– said he called out to the two men that he was dialing 911. “He then heard a ‘pop,’” police reported, and saw the black male “laid out on the grass.””

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2 Police Reports and 2 Witness Accounts support George Zimmerman’s version of events

May 17, 2012

“The reports also note that two witness accounts appear to back up Zimmerman’s version of what happened when they describe a man on his back with another person wearing a hoodie straddling him and throwing punches.”

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The Obama Administration orders federal, state, and local officials to adopt a zero tolerance policy for prison rape

May 17, 2012

“The regulations are immediately binding on federal prisons. States that don’t [comply] face a loss of 5 percent of their Justice Department prison money unless their governor certifies that the same amount of money is being used to bring the state into compliance.”

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Reuters/Ipsos Poll: President Obama’s declared support for same-sex marriage hasn’t affected his approval rating

May 15, 2012

“31% of Americans have a higher opinion of Obama because of his gay marriage decision and 30% see him less favorably. 40% say the announcement had no impact on their view of the president.”

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