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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…

Halperin: Any Supreme Court ruling on health care hurts Obama

Time magazine’s Mark Halperin on Monday predicted that President Barack Obama would come out as the loser whether the Supreme Court decided to strike down the health care reform law or not this week. “I actually think whatever the court rules, it’s bad for the president,” Halperin told MSNBC’s Joe…

Jimmy Carter slams U.S. policy on drones, targeted assassinations

Former US president Jimmy Carter has declared that drone strikes and targeted assassinations abroad have seen the country violating human rights in a way that “abets our enemies and alienates our friends”. In a stinging attack on US foreign policy, Carter said America was “abandoning its role as a champion…

Elvis Presley’s original crypt withdrawn from auction after protests

The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried has been withdrawn from a huge auction of sports and music memorabilia in Los Angeles following virulent protests from the King’s fans. The crypt — in which Presley was buried in 1997 before being moved to his final resting place at…

Wildfires force evacuations in the West

Wildfires have forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes in the western US state of Colorado, authorities said. The latest blaze broke out Saturday in Waldo Canyon national park, west of Colorado Springs, spreading out over 2,000 acres (800 hectares), according to officials. Authorities said 1,050 homes were evacuated…

NYC gay pride march marks one year of marriage rights

NEW YORK — Tens of thousands celebrated the first anniversary of the legalization of gay marriage in New York state at the annual Gay Pride March Sunday. “Let’s celebrate. We have a lot to celebrate,” said singer Cyndi Lauper, 59, the parade’s grand marshal, “Everybody can be married in New…

Members of Congress profit from stock trades in companies affected by their legislation

An analysis by the Washington Post has determined that between 2007 and 2010, 130 members of Congress or their families engaged in hundreds of millions of dollars of transactions involving stock in companies that were lobbying before their committees. This practice is neither illegal nor forbidden by Congressional ethics rules,…

Bradley Manning’s lawyer accuses prosecution of lying to the judge

The US government is deliberately attempting to prevent Bradley Manning, the alleged source of the massive WikiLeaks trove of state secrets, from receiving a fair trial, the soldier’s lawyer alleges in new court documents. David Coombs, Manning’s civilian lawyer, has made his strongest accusations yet about the conduct of the…

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