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Appeals court blocks parts of Alabama immigration law

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court Friday temporarily blocked Alabama from enforcing part of its tough new law cracking down on illegal immigrants but allowed some disputed portions to remain in effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, granted the Obama administration…

Secret memo ‘justified’ killing of US-born Awlaqi

President Barack Obama’s administration crafted a legal document in secret ahead of the assassination of US-born Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaqi, which permitted the killing of an American citizen without trial, a report said. The secret memorandum was written in 2010 to justify the action despite a legal framework that prevents…

Muslim community survey planned as rights groups question NYPD’s CIA ties

The connections between the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), revealed by an investigative report published this week by The Associated Press, are coming under heavy fire by a coalition of civil rights groups, who are demanding the city council immediately investigate the department. “Despite…

Arizona appeals court ruling on immigration law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Arizona Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal and overturn a ruling that put on hold key parts of the state’s tough law cracking down on illegal immigrants. The law, signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer in April 2010, requires police to check the…

No automatic right to lawyer in U.S. civil cases: court

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that states did not have an automatic duty to provide counsel in civil courts in the case of a divorced father who was jailed for failing to pay child support. By a majority 5-4 vote, the justices found that while the…

Republican apologizes for depicting Obama as a monkey

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A Republican official in California has apologized for sending an email containing a picture depicting US President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee. The family portrait-style image of three chimps had Obama’s head on the body of a baby chimp with the message “Now you know why…

Thousands flock to Washington, DC in support of Obama’s agenda

Organizers claim more participants than at Glenn Beck’s rally, but AP disagrees Tapping into anger as the tea party movement has done, a coalition of progressive and civil rights groups marched Saturday on the Lincoln Memorial and pledged to support Democrats struggling to keep power on Capitol Hill. “We are…

Georgia trying to disenfranchise minorities, civil rights groups charge

“A coalition of civil rights groups argued before a federal court in Atlanta today that Georgia’s citizenship voter-verification procedures discriminate against minorities and should be permanently blocked absent federal preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act,” a press release sent to RAW STORY notes. The press release continues,…

Rights groups file suit against ‘un-American’ Arizona law

US-born 70-year-old US citizen of Spanish and Chinese descent ‘already stopped twice’ by law enforcement officers in Arizona and asked to produce his papers A coalition of civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit Monday seeking to challenge Arizona’s tough new immigration law, claiming the legislation violated the US…

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