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Nevada Republican governor signs transgender job discrimination bill

Despite opposition from within his own party, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) signed a bill prohibiting job discrimination against transgender people into law on Tuesday. The law makes Nevada the 14th state to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in the workplace. Hawaii became the 13th…

D.C. flashmob protests Obama’s ‘pandering’ to Israel lobby

Participants of the Move Over AIPAC coalition, an offshoot of the anti-war group CODEPINK, performed a flash mob in Union Station of Washington D.C. over the weekend to protest the United State’s support for Israel. Watch video, courtesy of CODEPINK, below:…

American Express can no longer be used to buy medical marijuana

American Express is no longer allowing transactions to be processed at medical marijuana dispensaries nationwide, according to published reports. A spokesperson told the LA Weekly that the company made the decision to not allow its credit cards to be accepted for medical marijuana because it is their “policy to adhere…

Labor board: Newspaper can legally fire reporter for ‘inappropriate’ tweets

The Arizona Daily Star had the legal right to fire its crime and public safety reporter for a series of morbid tweets he posted on his personal Twitter account, according to the National Labor Relations Board. Business Insurance reported the federal labor agency found that the reporter’s termination did not…

ACLU objects to school’s plan to test every student for alcohol at prom

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington said a high school’s plan to test everyone at this year’s prom for alcohol sounded like a “blanket search,” which courts have ruled against. The Seattle Times reported that every student at Lake Washington High School’s June 4 senior prom would be tested for…

Woman kicked off Amtrak train for talking on cell phone for 16 hours straight

A woman was escorted off an Amtrak train by police officers on Sunday after other passengers complained that she had been talking loudly on her cell phone for sixteen hours straight. The woman allegedly became aggressive when passengers confronted her about talking on her cell phone in a designated “quiet…

Herman Cain top 2012 presidential candidate among GOP primary voters

Former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and Atlanta radio talk show host Herman Cain is the most popular choice of Republican primary voters in the race for the 2012 presidential nomination. Nineteen percent of GOP primary voters would like to see Cain run against President Barack Obama, according to a Zogby…

Theology professor: Glenn Beck’s apocalyptic rhetoric distracts from ‘true message of Jesus’

While discussing the failed May 21 Rapture prediction on MSNBC’s The Last Word Monday, Obery Hendricks of New York Theological Seminary said that people like Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Glenn Beck, who focus on the end of the world, divert attention from the real message of Jesus. Watch video, courtesy…

Illinois Senate approves bill to restrict Westboro Baptist protests

The Illinois Senate passed legislation on Monday aimed at restricting members of the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting at funerals. The infamous Westboro Baptist Church pickets the funerals of military families with offensive signs such as “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates America.” The church believes that God…

Senators Leahy, Paul propose expanded oversight of PATRIOT Act

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an amendment to the PATRIOT Act on Monday that attempts to safeguard American’s civil liberties by increasing oversight of government surveillance powers. The Leahy-Paul amendment [PDF] requires an expansion of public reporting on the use of…

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