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Supreme Court expands Citizens United with ruling on Montana challenge

The supreme court has struck down a century-old Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending, dashing hopes of a rethink over a controversial 2010 decision by the justices that allows for vast amounts of private cash being used to influence national elections. Campaigners had hoped the court would look again at…

New York Times expands digital platform to subscribers with Flipboard

The New York Times said Monday it was expanding its digital news offerings to third-party platforms as part of a push for more online subscribers. The “NYT Everywhere” will begin with Flipboard, a so-called social magazine which allows its users to flip through news from around the world. Starting Thursday,…

Supreme Court rules juveniles cannot be sentenced to life without parole

US judges will no longer be able to hand out mandatory sentences of life behind bars with no chance of parole to children following a supreme court ruling handed down Monday. In a 5-4 vote, justices threw out America’s ability to send juveniles to prison without a hope of ever…

Radio host: ‘Pistol whip’ the nuns who are protesting Paul Ryan

A conservative radio host says that the Catholic nuns who have embarked on a nine-state bus tour to protest the injustice of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed budget deserve to be beaten with a handgun because they “threw the first punch.” “There’s a bus full of nuns headed towards Washington…

Christian law firm: Anti-LGBT parenting study shows ‘true science always’ reinforces the Bible

Members of a law firm associated with Rev. Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University on Monday claimed that “true science” always strengthened Bible teachings like LGBT couples are bad parents. On Monday’s Faith and Freedom radio broadcast,” Liberty Counsel’s Steve Crampton and Harry Mihet pointed to a debunked New Family Structure Study…

Biden warned Obama of flaws in Afghan surge plan: book

A forthcoming book about the Afghanistan war claims that Vice President Joe Biden warned President Barack Obama that military leaders’ plans for an Iraq-style “surge” were deeply flawed and would not produce the same results as they did in Iraq. The book, “Little America: The War Within the War for…

Westboro Baptist follower enters Kansas Board of Education race

A man running for the Kansas Board of Education declares on his website that he has decided to seek public office in “the evil city of Topeka” after “seeing the light of Westboro Baptist Church,” one of the nation’s most notorious hate groups. Jack Wu, a California native, writes that…

Supreme Court guts most of Arizona’s anti-immigration law

The United States Supreme Court on Monday struck down most of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law, but upheld that police could be required to inquire about immigration status when they stop suspects. In a 5-4 ruling (PDF), the court said that federal laws preempted most of the Arizona law.…

Arpaio claims he ‘saved’ 6-year-old immigrant by arresting her

Maricopa Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio is insisting that he “saved” a 6-year-old girl, who he believes was brought to the country illegally, by arresting her. The Arizona Republic reported last week that the controversial Arizona sheriff’s office had arrested the 6-year-old and 15 other people on the very day that…

Loophole lets cruise ship rapes go unreported

An innocuous-looking loophole in the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 (PDF) has allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) neglect the reporting requirement for sexual assaults on American citizens in international waters, according to reporter Matthew Harwood, writing for Salon. That law requires cruise companies to protect…

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