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Category: Legal Affairs

GOP Senators vs. Black Voters

by Alison Fairbrother | Aug 1, 2014 | Legal Affairs

  A predominantly African-American audience filled the chamber on a late June morning as the Senate Judiciary Committee convened for a hearing on a bill that would restore parts of the 1964 Voting Rights Act (VRA). What was arguably the most effective civil-rights legislation ever enacted had been gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court exactly […]

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Our Broken System

by Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde | Jul 30, 2014 | Legal Affairs, Politics

In a bustling room at the Third Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a group of white and Latino parishioners gathered for a workshop on immigration. They wanted to learn more about the issue. Julio Alvarez, a Mexican immigrant, was there to answer their questions. “Why can’t immigrants just wait in line and move here […]

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Crafting a Hobby Lobby Fix

by Martha Burk | Jul 29, 2014 | Legal Affairs

  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to take action that will counter the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. Thanks to that ruling, big employers may deny birth control coverage to the female employees whose health insurance they must provide. In other words, the court’s conservative majority didn’t just elevate the rights of corporations over […]

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Stand with Rand

by Lou Dubose | Jul 21, 2014 | Legal Affairs

  Fifty-two democratic senators voted in May to confirm Harvard Law Professor David J. Barron to a seat on the First Circuit Court of Appeals (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island). Barron has had a distinguished career, moving back and forth between teaching and assignments with the executive branch and the Senate. […]

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Crime in the Punishment

by Elizabeth Gaynes | Jun 23, 2014 | Legal Affairs

  Thomas Mott Osborne—the 19th-century prison reformer who became the warden of Sing Sing prison—asked a question that still begs an answer: “Shall our prisons be scrap heaps or human repair shops?” The association he founded more than 80 years ago continues to answer that question by providing rehabilitation services and advocacy for individuals who […]

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