Court Upholds Florida Law That Punishes Doctors For Talking About Guns July 29, 2014
The ruling could have major implications as policymakers examine gun violence as a public health issue
Immigration Debate Roils Politics In … Maine?
LePage, the governor of Maine, the state with the largest percentage of white people, placed thousands of miles from the southern border, has thrust the issue of immigration to the forefront with his criticism over the federal government's placement of eight immigrants in the state.
GAO Report: Drinking Water At Risk From Underground Fracking Waste Injection
“The federal government’s watchdog is saying what communities across the country have known for years: fracking is putting Americans at risk,” said Amy Mall, senior policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Peddlers & Profiteers: Wall Street’s Finest Pushing Tax-Dodging Mergers
'As much as I may hate these deals and the ramifications for our country, if I don’t do the deal, my competitor across the street will be happy to do it.'
Report: Government Surveillance Threatens Journalism, Law And Thus Democracy
Interviews with dozens of leading journalists and attorneys found that U.S. government surveillance is eroding critically important freedoms.
Western Penn. Residents Request Fracking-Related Illness Probe
Scientists are asked to either prove or refute theories connecting a range of health problems with nearby fracking operations.
EPA: Largest Coal-Fired Plant In West U.S. On Track To Close
The final rule comes five years after the EPA gave notice that it was considering pollution controls for the plant.
Report Says Surveillance Is Hampering Journalists
The groups are calling on the administration to be more upfront about the data it is collecting and how the information is used, and to increase protections for journalists and whistleblowers.
Coal-Exporting Town Fights Rising Seas, Global Warming
As the U.S. weans itself off the dirty fuels blamed for global warming at home, it has sent more dirty fuels than ever abroad to meet a growing demand.
Botched Execution In Arizona: A Shot In The Arm For Debate On Capital Punishment
The group throwing the biggest wrench into lethal injections is not who you think it is.
You’ve Got Mail: Judge Grants Feds Unrestricted Access To Gmail Account
In giving law enforcement unfettered access to search for “some needles” in one individual’s “computer haystack,” a judge fans the flames of the data debate.
In Assigning Blame For MH17, Let’s Not Forget Iran Air Flight 655 July 28, 2014
In considering Russia’s potential culpability, one must also be willing to accept the possibility that the tragedy of MH17 may be the result of unfortunate circumstances.
EU Court: Poland Enabled CIA Torture
"This ruling is of landmark significance for ending impunity" for rendition.
Canadian Group Delivering Water To Detroit To Protest Shutoffs
Council of Canadians joins movement against city-wide water war.
Conn. State’s Attorney Refuses Warrant For Assualt And Evidence Fabrication By Police Officer
The incident in Connecticut is yet another example of police around the country using unnecessary and excessive force in the course of making arrests.
Eric Garner’s Death Prompts Cop-Public Clash On Policing Tactics
The NYPD’s police commissioner and Internal Affairs Division both admit to “wrongdoing” in Garner’s arrest, but Internet users aren’t so sure.
Marijuana Legalization To Be On The Ballot In A Maine City And Oregon
Come November, Alaska, Oregon, and South Portland, Maine, voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for adults.
Criminal Prosecution Rates For Corporate Environmental Crimes Near Zero
Grappling with a shrinking budget and limited manpower, the EPA pursues criminal charges in “fewer than one-half of one percent” of total legal violations.
Is The EPA Doing Enough To Stop Corporate Polluters?
Due to “the reality of budget cuts and staffing reductions,” the EPA has had to make hard choices, including the choice to only pursue “high impact cases.”
EPA Denies Texas’ Emergency Request To Use Dangerous Herbicide On 3 Million Cotton Field Acres
Environmental groups believe the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency got it right by denying the emergency use request Texas filed in order to use hazardous herbicide propazine to kill superweeds infesting the state’s cotton.
Seattle Police: Homeless Ticketed Most For Pot
An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African-American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.
How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, Executions Went Awry
Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies.