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Affordable Health Care: “It’s not your free choice,” according to Justice Ginsburg

Affordable Health Care: “It’s not your free choice,” according to Justice Ginsburg

Demonstrators for and against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act march and chant in outside the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. The high court, which has set aside six hours over three days, will hear arguments over the constitutionality of the act. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Welcome to [...]

SCOTUS hearings on healthcare – Day 2

SCOTUS hearings on healthcare – Day 2

Attorney for the Solicitor Generals Office (R) speaks to the media after attending a hearing at the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Today’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the fate of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the second of three days of hearings [...]

How can you resolve conflict with an unreasonable neighbor?

How can you resolve conflict with an unreasonable neighbor?

The sun rises on a suburban street in Calgary, Canada. Credit: Frank Maurer| Flickr Creative Commons Howdy, neighbor? Like to borrow a straitjacket? Are you sure? Please? Los Angeles is much more neighborly than a lot of people – certainly people who don’t live here – will give it credit for, but every once in [...]

U.S. Supreme Court begins hearings on the Affordable Care Act

U.S. Supreme Court begins hearings on the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court Building is seen in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25. Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP KPCC’s Kitty Felde will be talking to us live from the courthouse to talk about today’s Supreme Court consideration of the Affordable Care Act. Amicus curiae attorney Robert A. Long will advise the court on the Anti-Injunction Act, which [...]

The “Reason Rally:” Atheists gather en masse in D.C. this weekend

The “Reason Rally:” Atheists gather en masse in D.C. this weekend

Participants carry signs supporting atheism during the Ashley Rukes LGBT Pride Parade in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 26, 2011 If the Reason Rally fulfills its own publicity, this Saturday the National Mall will see the largest gathering of atheists in history (estimates range from 5,000 to 20,000, depending on weather). Sponsored by over 20 atheist [...]

Trayvon Martin and the risks of being young and black in America

Trayvon Martin and the risks of being young and black in America

Protestors make a call for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Credit: werthmedia/Flickr (cc by-nc-nd) Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in New York’s Union Square Wednesday, to remember the life protest the death of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin who was killed three weeks ago by an overzealous neighborhood watchman. Martin’s [...]

Should Romney “Etch A Sketch” his campaign?

Should Romney “Etch A Sketch” his campaign?

Etch-a-sketch art by DonkeyHotey based on a photo by Matthew Reichbach. Credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr/Creative Commons Mitt Romney’s political rivals predictably jumped at the chance to criticize him after his senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom compared the Romney campaign to an “Etch A Sketch” children’s toy on CNN this week. While speaking on the network’s “Starting Point” about [...]

NFL makes example New Orleans Saints, but…

NFL makes example New Orleans Saints, but…

Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints watches play from the sidelines the NFC Divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Members of New Orleans Saints coaching and management staff have been fined and suspended and the [...]

No charges, no arrest, and delayed media coverage: what explains mainstream response to the shooting of Trayvon Martin?

No charges, no arrest, and delayed media coverage: what explains mainstream response to the shooting of Trayvon Martin?

Tallahassee criminal defense attorney Mutyaqee Akbar (L) hands a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) in regards to the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watch person, at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida. The Justice Department and the FBI opened an investigation into the death of the [...]

Online dating services to screen sex offenders – what should individuals do to protect themselves?

Online dating services to screen sex offenders – what should individuals do to protect themselves?

A user signs up for eHarmony’s online dating srevice. Credit: VideoVillain/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed) California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris announced a joint agreement yesterday with eHarmony, Match.com and Spark Networks, operators of websites such as JDate and ChristianMingle, that the online dating companies will screen subscribers against national sex offender registries and create a quick reporting [...]