Civil Rights

The Supreme Court’s Supremely Terrible Campaign Finance Ruling

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The Supreme Court’s Supremely Terrible Campaign Finance Ruling
In a decision that surprised no one, the U.S. Supreme Court’s five conservative judges again struck down limitations on election spending. The Court recently ruled in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission that restricting the amount of money a person can contribute to candidates, political action committees (PACs), and political parties in a two-year election cycle…
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Owning Your Likeness In the Digital Age: Privacy vs. Free Speech

Owning Your Likeness In the Digital Age: Privacy vs. Free Speech

Over the last few years, several technological advancements have joined together to dramatically increase the number of photojournalists roaming the streets waiting to capture everything from the mundane to the historic. The smartphone era has brought not only immediate access to information, but also the incredible ability to capture and share photos and videos across…
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Warning! “Liking” Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Warning! “Liking” Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

There’s an old truism that if you gave an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters, they’d eventually produce Hamlet. No such luck. Instead, they’re producing ever-more insane “terms of agreement.” Oh. I’m sorry. My mistake. It’s not an infinite number of monkeys. It’s obscenely paid corporate lawyers. Monkeying around with accepted notions…
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Military Rape: Cover-Ups And Conflicts Of Interest

Military Rape: Cover-Ups And Conflicts Of Interest

Senior Army Officer, Brigadier General Jeremy A. Sinclair, was essentially slapped on the wrist after pleading guilty to massively reduced charges in what was perhaps the military’s most closely watched sexual assault case. The general’s sentence was announced on March 20th. In exchange for pleading guilty to the abridged charges, which included disobeying a commander’s…
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Let’s Care About Syrian Refugees

Let’s Care About Syrian Refugees

“There’s no hope left,” says a woman living in a Syrian refugee camp called Atmeh that hugs the Turkish border. The civil war in Syria has displaced six million people inside the country, and at least two million more have fled into neighboring states. This makes it the worst evacuation since the Rwandan genocide 20…
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