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How The Supreme Court Ravaged The Employment Discrimination Landscape

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the largest ever class action lawsuit, despite widespread evidence that Wal-Mart treated women less favorably then men. In so doing, it fundamentally altered the standards for suing large corporations for discrimination, and sent the message that big companies are particularly immune to challenge. Two years later, the statistics bear out that message, as … [Read more...]

Where Are The Anti-Shutdown Protests?

CREDIT: Flickr user Fibonacci Blue It’s no secret that the radical right has seized control of major parts of the U.S. government while the radical left remains furious, but impotent. The shutdown fight is a manifestation of this yawning gap. It’s not that consistent progressives haven’t had recent success influencing policy. They (we) have. Rather, it’s that the … [Read more...]

Judge Rebuffs Motion To Halt Maryland Gun Law

A federal judge turned back a move by gun groups to halt the state’s new gun law just days before it is set to go into effect. The ruling means the law will not be temporarily blocked. A more expansive hearing on the constitutional challenges will take place before a the court’s final ruling. U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake said the challengers undercut their own argument … [Read more...]

Federal Judge Orders Release Of Terminally Ill ‘Angola 3′ Inmate Who Spent 40 Years In Solitary

Herman Wallace CREDIT: The House That Herman Built A federal judge ordered the release Tuesday of a dying inmate who spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement for a racially charged murder conviction that has continued to garner outrage in the decades since. Herman Wallace was one of the famous “Angola 3″ — three politically active Black Panthers convicted in the murder … [Read more...]

Federal Court To Michigan: Stop Tossing Homeless People In Jail For Begging

The state of Michigan may no longer toss homeless men and women in jail for the crime of asking for a few coins so that they can eat. According to decision handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit last week, a decades-old state law prohibiting “begging in a public place” violates the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee. In Grand Rapids, Michigan … [Read more...]

Top Conservative Pundit: If I Were Starting from Scratch, I Would Outlaw Alcohol and Allow Marijuana

Cameron Davis is an intern for Think Progress. “If I were starting a society from scratch, I would outlaw alcohol and allow marijuana,” conservative columnist and pundit Charles Krauthammer said on the O’Reilly Factor Tuesday. O’Reilly and Krauthammer began the segment about Washington’s and Colorado’s recent marijuana legalization laws in agreement, bemoaning … [Read more...]

Poll Shows Red State Democrat With Commanding Lead After Voting In Favor Of Background Checks

CREDIT: AP Gov. Mitt Romney won the state of Louisiana by more than 17 points last November. The state recently amended its constitution to include sweeping protections for guns rights — at the urging of the National Rifle Association. And its state house passed unconstitutional legislation nullifying federal gun laws. If any state would rebel against a Democratic senator who supports … [Read more...]

No, Mayor Bloomberg, Stop-And-Frisk Is Not The Reason Your Gun Bust Succeeded

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (R) Undercover agents, targeted wiretaps, and dogged investigatory work by New York Police Department officers over a period of ten months led this week to what is being dubbed the largest gun smuggling bust in New York City history. It netted 254 illegal guns, 19 indictments, and sent a bold signal to those seeking to … [Read more...]

Anti-Immigrant Sheriff Clashes With Heavily Armed Vigilantes ‘Patrolling’ The Border

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn’t just one of America’s most abusive sheriffs — a Justice Department investigation uncovered widespread lawlessness in his office, including assaults against pregnant women and incidents where female prisoners were forced to sleep in their own menstrual blood — he’s also an unusually military sheriff. Last November, he announced … [Read more...]

Court Allows Force-Feeding Of California Inmates Entering Seventh Week Of Hunger Strike

In early July, 30,000 California inmates began refusing meals in protest of the widespread indefinite solitary confinement of inmates that can go on for decades, with little opportunity to challenge isolation. The strikes yielded renewed attention to conditions of confinement, but not any concessions from the state. Seven weeks later, 130 inmates are still on hunger strike, and officials have … [Read more...]

Top Ten Protester Signs From North Carolina’s ‘Moral Monday’ On The Road

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Thousands of North Carolina residents took to the streets of Charlotte Monday night to protest the state legislature’s “anti-voting” bill, drastic cuts to education, and many other items on the right-wing legislature’s list of terrible ideas. An estimated 2,000 North Carolinians inaugurated the first Moral Monday in Charlotte, as protesters … [Read more...]

How The Drug Enforcement Administration Killed A County Program To Police Pot

In 2010, Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman encountered two marijuana-related problems in his jurisdiction. On the one hand, he regularly received 911 calls from neighbors complaining about small marijuana farms emitting an odor reminiscent of skunk at the beginning of the growing season. Even though many of these actors were complying with California and county medical marijuana law, every … [Read more...]

Meet The Creepy Texas Preacher Wandering Around Walmart With An Assault Rifle

If you go shopping in Huntsville, Texas, you’re likely to run into a local preacher with an assault rifle slung across his back. Beginning last week, Pastor Terry Holcomb started posting videos of himself wandering into local businesses with an AR-15 Bushmaster rifle — the same weapon used to kill 20 children and six adults in the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. In one video, … [Read more...]

Nine Term North Carolina Senator Resigns To Fight New Voter Suppression Law

Former NC State Sen. Ellie Kinnaird (D) North Carolina state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird (D) announced today that she is resigning her seat in the state legislature after 17 years of service. Instead she will work full time to reverse the blizzard of right-wing legislation enacted by Republicans since they took over the state government last January. In a message posted on her website, Kinnaird wrote … [Read more...]

Court Blocks Pennsylvania Voter ID Law, As Six Other States Revive Their Own

For the third consecutive election, Pennsylvania’s controversial law requiring photo identification to vote will likely not apply, after a state court blocked the law again Friday. The court held once again that the law is arguably unconstitutional, and cannot be applied until a trial determines once and for all if the law is valid. An initial ruling last October held that the law did not … [Read more...]

Ohio Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Excute Sex Criminals

State Rep. John Becker (R-OH) wants his state to execute more people — even if the Constitution has other things to say. Under a proposal Becker announced Friday, his state would expand its death penalty to include sex crimes such as rape, sexual battery and “improper sexual contact” with a minor, at least in cases where the defendant is a recidivist. The Supreme Court held such … [Read more...]

Illinois Requires Background Checks On All Gun Sales

Marina Fang is an intern for ThinkProgress. (Credit: AP) Starting January 1, all gun sales in Illinois will be subject to background checks, as part of a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday. The Illinois Gun Safety and Responsibility Act closes a loophole that excludes private gun sales, including those made online. Currently, only firearms purchased at a licensed firearms dealer or at a … [Read more...]

Heritage Foundation’s Campaign To ‘Stop Obamacare’ Resorts To Violent Gun Imagery

The Heritage Foundation is attempting to “stop Obamacare” by making it an Internet meme. The conservative think tank, led by former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), is asking that people Instagram their best anti-Obamacare arguments as part of Heritage’s campaign to shut down the government unless the health care law is defunded — and at least one contributor has taken a page from … [Read more...]