Social Issues

Report: Department of Homeland Security Violating Fourth Amendment Rights of Two-Thirds of Americans

February 20, 2013

“Those numbers come from the ACLU’s estimates of how many people live within 100 miles of the United States border, since Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CLCR) concluded that border searches of electronic devices do not violate the Fourth Amendment.”

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Pentagon Releases Memo Outlining Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

February 12, 2013

“The Department will immediately proceed with the planning and implementation of these changes and provide the Secretary of Defense an implementation plan within 60 days.”

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U.S. Senate Votes to Re-Authorize the Violence Against Women Act

February 12, 2013

“The 78-22 Senate vote to reauthorize the two-decade-old act that has shielded millions of women from abuse and helped reduce national rates of domestic violence turns the focus to the House, where Republican leaders are working to come up with their own version.”

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California State Lawmakers Propose Stricter Gun Control Reforms Than Those Passed in New York

February 8, 2013

“Those buying ammunition would have to pay a fee and undergo an initial background check by the state Department of Justice, similar to what is required now before buyers can purchase a weapon.”

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North Dakota Senate Passes Anti-Abortion Constitutional Amendment to Appear on the State Ballot

February 8, 2013

“The North Dakota Senate on Thursday approved placing on the state ballot a constitutional amendment that declares that life begins at conception.”

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Catholic Bishops Reject President Obama’s Contraceptive Coverage Compromise

February 8, 2013

“But the cardinal, one of the most prominent voices in the American Catholic Church, said new federal rules proposed last week offer only “second-class status” to church-affiliated universities, hospitals and charities by failing to grant them the same full exemption afforded to houses of worship.”

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Human Rights Watch: India Government Response to Sexual Abuse of Children Has “Fallen Short”

February 8, 2013

“The group urged the government to better shield children from sexual abuse as part of a broad push for change after the death of a young woman who was gang-raped here in December.”

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) Vetoes Internet Gambling Bill

February 7, 2013

“Nevada and Delaware have passed laws legalizing Internet betting, which also is going on offshore, untaxed and unregulated.”

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House Democrats Release 15-Point Proposal on Gun Control Reform

February 7, 2013

“The task force established by House Democrats to explore gun legislation … called Thursday for renewing the assault weapons ban, outlawing high-capacity magazines, stricter federal penalties for gun trafficking, and requiring universal background checks.”

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Quinnipiac University Poll: 92% of American Voters Support Universal Background Chekcs

February 7, 2013

“In households with a gun, 91 percent were in favor, while 8 percent were opposed, Quinnipiac said.”

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State Lawmakers Proposing Mandatory Liability Insurance For Gun Ownership

February 7, 2013

“California on Tuesday became at least the fourth state to have a liability insurance bill introduced, following Massachusetts, Maryland and Connecticut.”

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Vice President Biden Calls On House Democrats To “Continue to Fight For” Gun Control Reform

February 7, 2013

“The vice president said he rejected those who would say the political risk “is too high, the outcome is too certain.””

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Raids Across Europe Net At Least 26 Arrests on Human Trafficking Charges

February 6, 2013

“At least 26 people were arrested as dozens of coordinated raids were carried out Wednesday across Britain, France and Belgium against a human trafficking network, BBC reported.”

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Boy Scouts Executive Board Postpones Vote to Lift Ban on Gay Scouts and Troop Leaders

February 6, 2013

“The decision will now be made at the organization’s annual meeting in May. About 1,400 members of the group’s national council will take part during that gathering, the board said.”

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Washington D.C. Family Rights Council Shooter Floyd Corkins Pleads Guilty

February 6, 2013

“He’d bought a gun and learned how to use it. He’d loaded three magazines. And he had stopped by Chick-fil-A to pick up 15 sandwiches, which he planned to smear in the dying faces of staffers he expected to kill at the Family Research Council in Washington.”

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