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Chicago House Authority plans drug screenings for all residents

The Chicago Housing Authority has floated the idea of forcing all current and prospective residents of public housing property over the age of 18 to undergo mandatory drug testing. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the measure is among several proposed changes to CHA’s Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy. Under the…

ACLU sues Florida Gov. Rick Scott over mandatory drug testing for state workers

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is challenging in federal court Governor Rick Scott’s (R) executive order forcing all state employees in Executive Branch agencies to undergo drug testing without regard to suspicion of illegal drug use. The ACLU filed the lawsuit (PDF) on Tuesday on behalf of the American…

Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife received $150,000 from anti-health care reform group

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas released his new financial disclosure form on Friday under pressure from Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and others. Mother Jones reported that his financial disclosure form indicates his wife, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, received a $150,000 salary from the group Liberty Central in 2010 and less than…

Chris Hayes: Breitbart ‘a serial manipulator of the media’

On MSNBC’s The Last Word Tuesday night, Chris Hayes questioned why conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart was allowed to “spout off” on CNN about Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Breitbart implied Tuesday that Weiner had been engaged in inappropriate relationships with multiple young women. “Am I wrong in my level of outrage…

Mexico teacher soothes students with Barney song amid nearby gunfire

Marta Rivera Alanis, a 33-year-old kindergarten teacher, calmed her 15 students during a gun battle outside her classroom in Monterrey, Mexico by singing a Barney song. The teacher belongs to a Security Committee for Teachers and recorded video of the incident on her Blackberry to show her security trainees. The…

Julian Assange: U.S. reaction to WikiLeaks most severe since McCarthy era

In an interview produced by Millar Grattan Media, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claims that the United State’s response to his organization’s activities has been the most severe reaction since the McCarthy era. “The United States has brought out to the public an extremely aggressive response,” he said. “In private, it…

Supreme Court rules John Ashcroft did not misuse power to arrest terror witness

The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously threw out a lawsuit accusing former Attorney General John Ashcroft of misusing his power by jailing a supposed terrorism witness in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In the case Ashcroft v. al Kidd, the highest court in the nation ruled (PDF)…

Florida to require drug testing for all welfare recipients

Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed legislation into law on Tuesday that requires anyone applying for temporary government assistance to pay for and undergo drug screening. Under the new law, applicants for the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program who test positive for illegal drug use won’t be eligible…

Sony loses $3.2 billion after Playstation Network hacked

CNN’s Kyung Lah reports that Sony has lost billions of dollars after its PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services were hacked last month. The personal data from more than 100 million accounts were reportedly compromised in the security breach. Experts believe Sony will be able to recover from the…

Partisan divide remains in support for health care reform law

Voters in the United States remain divided along party lines over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010. The latest telephone survey by the conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports found that at least 51 percent of likely voters somewhat favored repeal of the…

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