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Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill Meant To Guarantee Paid Parental Leave For More Workers

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill Friday that would have guaranteed job-protected time off for many new parents in the state. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), required companies with 20 or more employees to provide six weeks of maternity or paternity leave after the birth or adoption of a […]

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JASTA: Irresponsible And Dangerous

Congress’ vote to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act was both embarrassing and irresponsible. The bill, known as JASTA, amends the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act allowing U.S. citizens to sue foreign governments and entities for damages resulting from acts of terrorism committed on U.S. soil on or after September […]

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Wisconsin Got Caught Stiffing Citizens On Voter ID, And Now A Judge Wants Answers

A federal judge on Friday ordered the state of Wisconsin to explain why it may not be complying with express instructions to freely provide voter identification cards to any and all qualified voters who request them. An appeals court last month allowed Wisconsin’s voter ID requirement to remain in effect for the November elections, but […]

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Senators Blame Obama For Not Helping Them Understand Their Own Bill

Last Friday, President Barack Obama vetoed a bill called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, better known as JASTA. The bill, which enjoyed broad bipartisan support in both houses of Congress, would, among other things, have allowed plaintiffs to sue countries known to have sponsored terrorist acts for compensatory damages. Many of the bill’s […]

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For First Time In Over 150 Years, Supreme Court Will Be Shorthanded On Election Day

The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term on Monday in uncharted territory, with an vacancy on the bench on a presidential Election Day now certain for the first time since Abraham Lincoln won re-election in 1864 at the height of the Civil War. While the eight justices will start to hear oral arguments on […]

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Alabama Chief Justice Suspended For Blocking Same-Sex Marriage In The State

Roy Moore, the Alabama Supreme Court’s chief justice, has been suspended for the remainder of his term as punishment for instructing state judges to flout federal orders legalizing same-sex marriage, a state court ruled Friday. Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary, which was responsible for handling the ethics charges against Moore, stopped short of removing him from the […]

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California Expands Equal Pay Law To Include Protections For Race And Ethnicity

California employers will soon be required to prove that any difference in pay between workers is not based on their race or ethnicity, making the state in the first in the nation to establish such strong equal pay protections. SB 1063, which Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law on Friday, expands on the state’s […]

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Woman accuses sleazy divorce attorney of getting her drunk and bedding her in lawsuit: ‘I was raped’

A lecherous divorce lawyer prolonged an emotionally bereft client’s case to seduce her, court papers charge. Amorous attorney Peter Cedeno preyed on the woman when her eight-year marriage collapsed, bedding the Manhattan mom after a boozy lunchtime rendezvous and two months of wooing, according to a startling lawsuit. The suit accuses Cedeno of malpractice, negligence […]

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Wells Fargo CEO Should Resign Over ‘Egregious Fraud’ With Fake Accounts, Lawmakers Say

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK – U.S. lawmakers called for Wells Fargo & Co chief John Stumpf to resign on Thursday and a top House Democrat demanded the bank be broken because it is too big to manage. Stumpf’s second trip to Capitol Hill on Thursday went no better than his first as lawmakers from both parties angrily […]

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Exxon Mobil Sued Over Climate Change Cover-Up

The environmental advocacy group Conservation Law Foundation has made good on its threat to sue Exxon Mobil Corp., filing what it says is the first U.S. legal action aimed at holding the oil giant accountable for its well-documented climate change cover-up. The 70-page suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston, alleges Exxon Mobil’s bulk storage and distribution […]

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