Yesterday, twenty three Columbia University students filed a federal lawsuit
, alleging that the school "allows accused perpetrators of sexual assault to remain on campus, has too-lenient sanctions for perpetrators, discourages victims from reporting assault and denies accommodations to students with mental health disabilities (which they say result from their attacks)." The complaint is the first of its kind, linking Title IX and Clery complaints
with alleged violations of Title II
, part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which provides that schools must provide accommodations based on disability status. [more inside]
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia has ruled
that Texas' ban on the recognition of marriage equality is unconstitutional. The ruling comes days after the launch
of Freedom To Marry's Southern Campaign
, and almost a week after a judge in Illinois ruled that gay and lesbian
couples there had the right to marry immediately
, rather than June 1, as the legislature had previously passed. The Texas ruling has been stayed pending appeal.
"Our nation's uneven but dogged journey toward truer and more meaningful freedoms for our citizens has brought us continually to a deeper understanding of the first three words in our Constitution: we the people. "We the People" have become a broader, more diverse family than once imagined."
In the case of Bostic v. Rainey
, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia's Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen has declared Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional [more inside]
was born in 1921. She used to take the subway to the airport
when she started flying in 1936.She fought in World War II, and at the age of 92 is now fighting the government she served to obtain Social Security benefits following the death of her husband, Norwood.
The Social Security Administration states that she is ineligible because her legal 2004 marriage was not legal.
28 year old Chauncey Wright, brain damaged, with an IQ in the 50s, had trouble holding a job. Seeing some men handing out flyers at a Walmart parking lot, Wright asked if they needed a helper. Soon, Wright found himself handing out flyers on his bike, eventually procuring drugs and firearms for his employers. And inidicted on several drug and gun charges after finding out his employers were undercover ATF officers running a sting operation in a curious Milwaukee storefront
. During which the storefront was burgled, damaged, the owner stiffed on repair costs, and several guns stolen from ATF vehicles, including a machine gun that has yet to be recovered.
This wasn't an isolated incident. [more inside]
If the Federal Government shuts down on October 1st, the DC city government is supposed to shut down as well
. In a bid to keep the city functioning, Mayor Vince Gray has declared all city employees "essential."
Non-voting Rep Eleanor Holmes Norton
and the DC GOP
are also petitioning Congress to keep the city open. The District's budget comes from local taxes, but needs Congressional approval to spend it's own money
How we prioritize federal spending in America...
National Priorities Project is a national non-profit, non-partisan research organization dedicated to making complex federal budget information transparent and accessible so people can prioritize and influence how their tax dollars are spent.
our highly speculative proposal for the reconfiguration of the political geography of the United States to better conform to the spatial distribution of various water resources, such as rivers, aquifers, and man-made infrastructures. [more inside]
, the Federal Circuit has upheld Ultramericial's patent on the process of users viewing video ads online in order to view content. The court ruled
that the abstractness of the patent does not invalidate it. [more inside]
In July 2007, NPR published a two part series
(direct links: 1
) about a four year old uninvestigated rape case at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
. Sparked in part by a 2006 report (pdf)
from Amnesty International that included a startling statistic: "One in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime,"
NPR's investigation led to the reopening of the case and Congressional hearings
. In February 2011, Harper's published an update of sorts: Tiny Little Laws: A Plague of Sexual Violence in Indian Country (Via)
The Feynman Files.
For the first time, FBI records for Dr Richard Feynman have been released to the public
. They document the Bureau's apparent obsession in the 1950's with outing him as a communist sympathizer, and include notations from several background checks as well as interviews with his colleagues, friends and acquaintances.
Verisign today seized control
of a .com domain belonging to a Canadian online gambling business
operating in Canada (inasmuch as an online business can be said to be operating in Canada), on behalf of Federal Authorities. [more inside]
In August Bloomberg News Reported Secret 1.2 Trillion Dollar Loan To Banks.
How much "secret" money was printed and given to the banks?
Congressman Dennis Kucinich accuses
the Federal Reserve of secretly giving domestic and international banks nearly 8 trillion dollars. Ben Bernanke denies
. John Stewart educates and satirizes
in the first segment of his show. Congressman Alan Grayson grills
the (apparently clueless) Federal Reserve Inspector General regarding their accounting.
Taxpayers in the San Francisco area spend $2,762,295 each year in junk food subsidies, but only $41,950 each year on apple subsidies. [LATIMES]
A new report released this week has found that, among the billions of dollars spent each year in federal subsidies for commodity crops, a steady flow of these taxpayer dollars are going to support high fructose corn syrup and three other common food additives used in junk food. The report, “Apples to Twinkies: Comparing Federal Subsidies of Fresh Produce and Junk Food
” by CALPIRG
and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, studies the interesting question of whether the nation's problem with obesity is fueled by farm subsidies.
Americhrome: The color that has come to signify America in today’s combat theaters isn’t the red, the white, or the blue picked by Betsy Ross, but an ignoble sandy hue commonly referred to as desert tan and officially identified as Federal Standard 595 Color No. 33446. The official swatch of desert tan is housed in Franconia, Va., just outside Washington’s beltway, in a warehouse filled with the rest of the federal government’s certified color chips. From there, for $625, you can purchase a complete set of the 650 three-by-five-inch cards that define the colors covering the vast majority of items purchased by the Federal Acquisition Service, a $50 billion subsection of the General Services Administration, which acts as a kind of equipment manager for federal agencies around the country...
If you hire illegal aliens at your business, the federal government can seize your property
. In a rare move, the U.S. government is seeking to confiscate the property of an iconic San Diego restaurant that allegedly had a practice of knowingly hiring illegal aliens.
Ever wanted a visual tally of the computers
, personal data
, and other property
lost by or stolen from the US federal government? Presenting the Government Lost & Found Map
, via OhMyGov!
In response to the 2005 lawsuit, ACSI v. Stearns
, a federal court has upheld the decision
of the University of California to deny college credit for science courses that utilize texts with a religious slant. Official statement from the UCOP
Federal Court rules Drug-Free Workplace Laws are unconstitutional.
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday a city can't require all job applicants to be tested for narcotics and must instead show why drug use in a particular job would be dangerous. Decision here
Google launches a site dedicated to the upcoming Australian Federal Election
with Youtube channels from each party, electoral boundaries integrated into Google Maps, a search engine to allow you to view what each candidate has said on a range of issues, from immigration to interest rates, news from your electorate, and graphs of media activity on candidates and issues. Australians have been lacking a comprehensive political resource like the UK's The Work For You
, and Google has brought it one step closer. Unfortunately, many of the resources are in the form of gadgets you add to your iGoogle homepage, rather than standalone applications.
Nice work if you can get it.
Bloggers are an increasingly important part of modern elections -- something that becomes immediately obvious when you look at FEC filings. Bloggers are increasingly starting to rake in the campaign cash. Initially inspired by this feature from The Hotline
, Bill Beutler combed through the FEC records and broke down what candidates were paying what bloggers how much in the current election.
17 year old kid
gets 2 years for selling 20 dollars of pot, enough for 1 joint. The entire town is basically a "No Drug Zone" so they used federal law to give the kid the mandatory 2 years. The Drug Policy Alliance
has put together a video
that really hits home on the war against the American people.
Federal Appeals Court
opinion "We respectfully disagree and reach a different conclusion... Possession of a large sum of cash is 'strong evidence' of a connection to drug activity."
Even if no evidence of a drug related crime is provided, you are guilty until proven innocent. BTW, they wont return the money.
Proposed Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 32.1.
Proposed Rule 32.1
[.pdf] is an attempt to resolve a dispute in federal court practice over the propriety of citations to unpublished opinions. It is an argument
that has been played out in academic papers
and Circuit Courts. Judge Richard Arnold of the 8th Circuit, writing for the majority, held
that local rules which declare that unpublished opinions are not precedent are unconstitutional under Article III.
Anastasoff v. United States
, 223 F.3d 898, 900(8th Cir. 2000), vacated as moot on reh'g en banc
, 235 F.3d 1054 (8th Cir.2000). Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit disagreed
, holding that nonprecedential decisions are not inconsistent with the exercise of the judicial power. Hart v. Massanari
, 226 F.3d 1155, 1163 (9th Cir. 2001). The proposed Rule would resolve the circuit split, but the debate rages on.
The White House nominates
Ben Bernanke to replace Alan Greenspan. Works at Princenton, got his doctorate at MIT, currently has several economic related papers out
. Apparently actually has a job relating to economics, and wants to drop dollar bills out of a helicopter
Well, cut taxes if we enter a deflationary period -- which is just as sexy.
we may not know where they are - but here's where they've been...
An incredible amount of information - current and historical - well indexed and with about a billion options
for searching through it. pretty impressive for what is at least unofficially a quasi-federal government site
despite protestations to the contrary.
Bush Wants $60B for 2004 Fed IT Budget
. It's the only area aside from defense that is going to have an increase in spending when Bush releases his budget on 2/3. Mitchell E. Daniels said federal IT projects contain "tons of overlap and redundancies" and "far too many plans for which we do not have good business cases." And here I thought that was just the proper definition of our government.
George Bush: Union buster.
500 federal employees (including US Attorneys' offices, Interpol's U.S. branch, the Criminal Division, the National Drug Intelligence Center, and the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review) fired because the presence of unionized workers would not be "consistent with national security requirements and considerations." [via bb
juan garza was executed in indiana this morning,
in the same room where timothy mcveigh died. why no hullabaloo this time?
Finally, in the upcoming federal election, Canadians will have a chance to do what Americans have been doing for decades: elect an American leader