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Should it be legal to videotape the police?

Should it be legal to videotape the police?

Using cameras a police officer squares off with protestors during a demonstration organized by National Nurses United in Daley Plaza where they were calling for a “Robin Hood” tax on stocks, bonds, derivatives and other financial instruments May 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images When Christopher Sharp used his cell phone camera [...]

Are the Girl Scouts and the Catholic Church headed for splitsville?

Are the Girl Scouts and the Catholic Church headed for splitsville?

A group of Girl Scouts at a Capitol Hill event earlier this year. Credit: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Girl Scouts of The Girls Scouts of America are celebrating their centennial but the Catholic Church may be absent from the festivities. According to The Christian Science Monitor the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops has opened an [...]

Democratic senators go after Facebook co-founder for avoiding taxes, but Republicans call foul

Democratic senators go after Facebook co-founder for avoiding taxes, but Republicans call foul

Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook attends the 7th Annual Common Sense Media Awards honoring Bill Clinton at Gotham Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Common Sense Media In September of 2011, Eduardo Saverin, one of the co-founders of Facebook, renounced his United States citizenship and eight months [...]

Buddy Guy: the greatest blues guitarist alive!

Buddy Guy: the greatest blues guitarist alive!

Buddy Guy performs on stage. Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images From a very early age, Buddy Guy knew he wanted to play music. His parents were sharecroppers in rural Louisiana and when they got electricity and bought a record player, his life-long passion was ignited. The inspiration came in 1949 when he heard John Lee Hooker’s [...]

Keeping drugs for personal use could be classified a misdemeanor, not a felony

Keeping drugs for personal use could be classified a misdemeanor, not a felony

Detective Paul Baker holds two rocks of crystal meth with a street value of NZD$83,000 alongside firearms that were confiscated as part of Operation Slab at the North Shore Policing Centre on August 19, 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand. Credit: Phil Walter/Getty Images Will reducing the personal possession of drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine [...]

High and dizzy with Harold Lloyd

High and dizzy with Harold Lloyd

American actor Harold Lloyd (R) poses for a photograph. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images One of the iconic faces of the silent film era is that of Harold Lloyd, with his round glasses and straw boater, the everyman who goes to great lengths – and heights – to get the girl. This Sunday, May 20th at UCLA’s [...]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fights to bust filibusters

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fights to bust filibusters

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) participate in a news conference on March 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. Senator Reid talked about the disagreement with Republican over the pending highway bill. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images It’s not often that you hear high-profile [...]

The improbable life and success of pitcher Jim Abbott

The improbable life and success of pitcher Jim Abbott

Imperfect: An Improbable Life Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott not only defied the odds of becoming a major league pitcher, he challenged the impossible by throwing a no-hitter. In his book “Imperfect: an Improbable Life,” Jim Abbott retraces his path from his days as an All-American at Michigan, his pivotal role in winning [...]

Roseanne Barr for president

Roseanne Barr for president

Comedian Roseanne Barr speaks at the Beverly Hilton on July 27, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images California voters will see a familiar household name on the June ballot for the state presidential primary – Roseanne Barr – according to state election officials. Barr, better known as a comedian than a [...]

Is there a better way to give work permits to immigrants?

Is there a better way to give work permits to immigrants?

A stack of work visas await processing. Credit: Ahmed AB/Flickr Currently, work visas are obtained using a waiting list and a lottery system. UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri is proposing an auction system in which U.S companies would bid electronically for permits to hire immigrant workers. Because these permits would be market based, government would [...]

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