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The Supreme Court Will Decide If This Band’s Name Is Too Offensive To Be Trademarked

The frontman of The Slants doesn’t like the name of Washington’s NFL team. He thinks the term is “an inherent racial slur” that is demeaning to Native Americans. And yet Simon Tam, who is Asian American, is an unwilling ally of the team, if only legally. In separate cases, the two are battling the federal […]

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GOP Congressman’s Bill Would Subject Heroin Dealers To The Death Penalty

A Republican congressman introduced legislation this week that would punish some heroin dealers with the death penalty or life in prison ― a measure critics say would be an ineffective throwback to draconian “tough on crime” policies that defined the failed war on drugs. Rep. Tom Reed’s (R-N.Y.) bill, the Help Ensure Lives are Protected Act, […]

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Ex-girlfriend of rich creep who only got community service for secretly filming their sex romps files suit

The rich creep who got a slap on the wrist for secretly filming his girlfriend may not be done paying for the crime. One of John Kelly’s victims filed suit against him in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday seeking money damages for turning their private trysts into twisted home movies. Kelly’s “outrageous and shocking” conduct caused […]

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The Saudi 9/11 Bill Is A Gross Stunt That Empowers Conspiracy Theorists

WASHINGTON ― Congress offered a rare show of unity Wednesday when Republicans and Democrats in both chambers overwhelmingly voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that allows the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. Legislators can now claim to have heroically stood up for all Americans against foreigners and […]

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Alabama Chief Justice Stands Trial For Blocking Same-Sex Marriage

Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary tried Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday for violating ethics when he ordered state judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses. If the court finds Moore liable, it could remove him from the state Supreme Court for the second time in his career. Moore stands accused of ordering Alabama […]

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Fox News Could Still Face Court Battle Over Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment Claims

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is pushing to litigate her sexual harassment claim against ex-Fox News chief Roger Ailes in court and has new documents that bolster her case, her lawyer said Wednesday. Tantaros has accused Ailes and other leaders at the network, including co-president Bill Shine, of harassing her. Her attorney, Judd Burstein, […]

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The dangerous state laws that are punishing pregnant women

By Lynn M. Paltrow and Lisa K. Sangoi On August 31, 2016, Purvi Patel walked out of the Indiana Women’s Prison, after fighting a conviction and 20-year sentence for attempting to have an abortion. By the time she won her appeal, she had already spent over a year in prison. While the fight for reproductive […]

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Brooklyn juvenile detention center aide faces 16 years in prison for ‘repeatedly’ abusing, raping teen girl

An aide at a Brooklyn juvenile detention center was convicted Wednesday on charges of raping and sexually abusing a teenage girl in his care. Barry Proctor, 47, of the Bronx, faces up to 16 years in prison for taking advantage of the girl, first by targeting the troubled teen, then by grooming her for sex. […]

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Investors Worth $2.1 Trillion Want NC To Flush ‘Bathroom Bill’

The fallout from North Carolina’s House Bill 2 continues six months after Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law. In the latest blow to the controversial “bathroom bill,” 60 investment managers from across the country representing more than $2.1 trillion in managed assets have called for the state to repeal the law, which effectively bars transgender […]

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Judge Blocks Some Voter Registrations On Election Day In Illinois

CHICAGO – A federal judge in Illinois on Tuesday blocked same-day registration at polling places in the state’s most populous counties, saying a law enacted last year disproportionately favored urban voters over their rural counterparts. The ruling resulted from a federal court lawsuit brought in August by a group aligned with a conservative think tank […]

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