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Groups sue to overturn ‘discriminatory’ Alabama immigration law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – Civil rights groups on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s new immigration law, described as the toughest in the nation by both critics and supporters. The lawsuit says Alabama’s law will subject both citizens and non-citizens to “criminal penalties and incarceration for innocent daily activities, such…

GOP Senators propose alternatives to U.S. dollar

Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced legislation this week that would eliminate all taxes on gold and silver coins, elevating them from the status of “collectables” to “legal tender” of the same status as Federal Reserve notes. Currently, only the state of Utah recognizes…

Poll: Facebook users have more friends, political views

WASHINGTON (AFP) – According to a poll published on Thursday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, Facebook users are more trusting, have more close friends and are more politically engaged. The survey of 2,255 American adults found that Facebook members who use the site multiple times…

Supreme Court upholds employer sanctions in Arizona immigration law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an Arizona law punishing businesses that hire undocumented workers is constiutional. In their 5-3 ruling, the court rejected the notion that states have no role in immigration matters. The decision comes as this high court is prepared to hear arguments on an even…

Arizona Senate votes down immigration bills

PHOENIX (Reuters) – The Arizona Senate on Thursday rejected five immigration bills, placing a major stumbling block in the way of state conservatives’ hopes to pass more laws cracking down on illegal immigrants. The Senate voted down bills that sought to provoke a reevaluation by the U.S. Supreme Court of…

Czech Republic under fire for ‘penis testing’ gay refugees

The European Union’s top human rights agency is criticizing the Czech Republic for its practice of using a “sexual arousal” test to see if refugee claimants are telling the truth when they claim to be gay. According to a report released last week by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency, refugees…

U. of Ill. denies William Ayers emeritus status

University of Illinois denies 1960s radical William Ayers largely honorary emeritus status The University of Illinois on Thursday denied 1960s radical William Ayers emeritus faculty status after trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy noted Ayers dedicated a book to, among others, the man who killed Kennedy’s father, Robert F. Kennedy. All nine…

Judge blocks key parts of Arizona immigration law

A federal judge Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s new immigration law, barring police from checking the immigrant status of suspected criminals. The ruling came hours before the new law had been due to go into effect, handing temporary victory to civil rights groups and the Obama administration…

St. Louis Tea Party suggests ‘bigoted’ NAACP should be taxed

An organization devoted to fighting for less government and less taxes drafted a resolution which condemned another group’s proposed resolution and suggested that the IRS should reconsider its tax-exempt status. “A Tea Party group in Missouri, reacting to the NAACP’s plan to take up a resolution branding the conservative movement…

North Korea to convene communist party delegates, select new political leader

North Korea’s ruling communist party will convene a rare meeting of key party delegates in September to elect new leaders, Pyongyang’s official media reported Saturday. It will be only the third such meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) since the communist state was founded in 1948 and…

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