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“Pay-To-Play” Threatens To Create An Attainment Gap In Youth Sports July 30, 2014
Athletic participation is becoming too expensive for America’s poor -- a group already grappling with obesity and other health issues at higher rates than their wealthy peers.
Court Upholds Florida Law That Punishes Doctors For Talking About Guns
The ruling could have major implications as policymakers examine gun violence as a public health issue
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.
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.
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.”
Virginia’s Strict Ballot Access Laws In Question
A legal challenge to Virginia’s ballot access law reflects concerns about the impartiality of the electoral system.
Report: Nearly Half Of All Federal Terror Cases Involve Federal Informants
“[M]any of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring, and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.”
Like NSA, Local Police Spy On Americans Without Warrant
Stingrays and other cell surveillance tools have been used in the U.S. for years without the knowledge of the public or even defense attorneys and judges.
UAV Enthusiasts: Drone Photography Is Not A Crime
For several drone photography enthusiasts, their own footage has been their best defense against spurious charges.
Detroit’s Water Crisis A Symptom Of Urban Shrinkage
Water shutoffs are affecting huge swathes of a city that can’t afford to pay, prompting nearly 80 people to steal water. Is urban renewal worth the costs?
New Flashpoint In Immigration Battle Has “History Of Intolerance,” Activists Say
Instead of rolling out the welcome mat for immigrants, cities in California’s “Inland Empire” are pulling the rug out from under them by blocking buses and protesting.
A Guilty Verdict In Silk Road Case Could Doom Internet Freedoms July 15, 2014
In the case against Ross Ulbricht, one man’s personal freedom is at stake and maybe even Internet freedom as we know it.
CISPA-like Bill Advances In Senate, Despite Outcry From Activists
Opponents of the bill are surprised that Congress wouldn’t be more diligent in ensuring Americans’ privacy was protected, given all the NSA revelations in the past year.
NSA ‘Bombshell’: Agency Spied On Prominent American Citizens
Government covertly monitored email accounts of five high-profile Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers.
Journo Cries Foul After Being Denied Access To Military Base Turned Refugee Camp
Saying the U.S. treats illegal immigrants better than its own veterans, an Infowars journalist reports from a military base despite being explicitly refused access.
Saying “Data Is Different,” SCOTUS Ruling Could Boost NSA Suits
The Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of a San Diego gang member may be a shot in the arm for cases against the NSA’s bulk collection of phone metadata.
A Growing Role For Blacks In Republican Politics?
Despite a series of miscues and shenanigans, the Mississippi Senate primary may have shown a shift in Republican/black relations in the South.
Is A Less Partisan America Ready For A Competitive Third Party?
“It is more important that the best voices are heard in the political conversation and not just the most partisan,” one advocate for transparent elections tells MintPress.
ACLU Sues Massachusetts SWAT Teams For Refusing To Release Public Records
Law enforcement councils in Massachusetts refused to release their records on SWAT team activity, saying that as nonprofits, they’re exempt from open records requests.
Long-Term Incarceration Perpetuates Cycle Of Incarceration
In examining the incarceration rates between black and white Americans, Virginia Tech researchers conclude that long-term prison sentences are “contagious.”
Wikileaks: Leaked TISA Text Shows US, EU Aggressively Rolling Back Regulations
“If these talks are in the public interest why are the public not being informed?” one advocate asks of expansive, but notoriously secretive, trade talks.
Detroit Water Cut-Offs Could Be Rights Violation, UN Experts Warn
Amid its deluge of economic problems, Detroit turns off residential water service en masse for nonpayment. Could some level of privatization turn the spigot back on or make the problems worse?