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Why India's coal policy needs a makeover 2.10.2014 Rediff: Business
Realistically, coal will be the major fuel for electricity generation in India, as in America, for a long time.
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Scalia: U.S. pot laws should trump state’s 2.10.2014 Durango Herald
BOULDER – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was asked about marijuana Wednesday after giving a speech at the University of Colorado. The conservative justice smiled, then hinted that he thinks federal drug law should trump Colorado’s vote to allow pot.Scalia spoke about federalism in his remarks. After the speech, Scalia...
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How old is too old? 2.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel doesn't want to live past 75 Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel doesn't want to live past ...
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Court blocks parts of N.C. law that ended same-day voter registration 2.10.2014 LA Times: Nation
A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked some provisions of a North Carolina law that bars same-day voter registration, saying it would disproportionately affect minority voters. 
Appeals court panel blocks two key voter suppression provisions of new North Carolina law 2.10.2014 Daily Kos
Appeals court has given same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting a chance of resurrection in North Carolina. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked provisions of a North Carolina voting law that would have ended same-day registration and eliminated the counting of votes cast outside one's precinct. But it left intact a lower court decision that affirmed the law's reducing the number of early voting days, expanding what can be done to challenge voters and eliminating the discretion of county election boards from adding an extra hour on election day in extraordinary circumstances. The Charlotte Post reports that an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court could happen as soon as Thursday. Plaintiffs in the case, including the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, the A. Philip Randolph Institute and Common Cause North Carolina, have sued on the grounds that the new law violates the equal protection provisions of the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. They argued ...
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Hit-and-run ends in crash into Colorado Supreme Court building 2.10.2014 Denver Post: Local
A car crashed into the steps of the Colorado Supreme Court building in downtown Denver Wednesday afternoon after fleeing a hit-and-run accident on the Auraria Campus, officials ...
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pDangers of imperious impatience 2.10.2014 Hindu: Opinion
Celebrities and their lawyers need to guard against excesses. When imprisoned, celebrities need to persuade their fans not to turn fanatic; any breakdown in law and order would only further postpone the bail hearing
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Court: Democrats don't need Kansas Senate nominee 2.10.2014 AP Politics
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Democrats are not required to field a candidate this fall against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a state court decided Wednesday in a boost for independent Greg Orman and a blow to the GOP's hopes of capturing a majority....
Greg Orman holds slight lead over Pat Roberts in new poll 2.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics
Independent Greg Orman leads Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a new poll shows, the latest sign of trouble for Senate Republicans in a key contest. The USA Today/Suffolk University poll shows Orman leading Roberts 46 percent to 41 percent among likely voters in the poll. Eleven percent are undecided. Libertarian Party candidate Randall Batson clocks in at about one ...
Jimmy Kimmel Commits Stoner Slander 2.10.2014 Think Progres

Stoners; not actually less informed than the general population.

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Jury begins deliberating in Naperville 'smart meter' case 1.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A DuPage County jury this afternoon is deciding if a Naperville woman resisted arrest during an encounter with police that took place while she was filming workers installing a wireless utility meter in ...
BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Halts Major Part Of North Carolina’s Voter Suppression Law 1.10.2014 Think Progres

"[E]ven one disenfranchised voter" who is denied the right to vote on account of race "is too many."

The post BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Halts Major Part Of North Carolina’s Voter Suppression Law appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia to give to lectures in Colorado 1.10.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will address about 400 people at Colorado Christian University on ...
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Unconstitutional Animus: Araiza Responds to Pollvogt 1.10.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
William Araiza This post is part of the Symposium on Unconstitutional Animus. First, let me thank Susannah for organizing this online symposium, on a topic that is becoming more and more central to the Court’s approach to equal protection.  I have a few quick and tentative reactions to her lead-off post. I think Susannah is right that a finding of animus at least sometimes triggers a shift of the burden of proof.  Cleburne is the clearest example of this phenomenon; as readers will likely recall, the Court in that case implied that it had searched the record for evidence supporting the challenged government action – thus suggesting that the government bore the burden of demonstrating the requisite rational relationship to a legitimate interest.  Other Supreme Court cases, though, don’t seem to me to reflect that shift.  Most notably, as she notes, the Court in Windsordid not seriously engage in testing DOMA against the interests asserted by its defenders. More conceptually, I wonder about her suggestion ...
George Zimmerman, Darren Wilson and the kickstarted defense: you call this justice? | Amanda Robb 1.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Is crowd-sourced funding the new public defender? Just ask the killers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown or the secret conservatives who pay their legal fees I learned a lot shocking things reporting Zimmerman Family Values for the new issue of GQ . But one really creeped up on me. From nearly the second the Florida neighborhood watchman shot to death 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George and his family absolutely believed that a superstar attorney was his only chance to not wind up in prison forever. So it was inevitable that when Zimmerman was arrested and charged with murder, he had only one thing on his mind: how to pay for a private criminal defense lawyer. Knowing that his phone calls were being recorded while he was in jail pending bond (for a grand total of seven weeks) Zimmerman and his family spoke in code. They were all very grateful for the support from SH. You didnt need a crypto-analyst to figure out that SH was Sean Hannity. In July 2012, the Miami Herald reported that the anchor was ...
Fact Checker: The Braley-Ernst clash over ‘personhood’ in Iowa 1.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa): “What I won’t do is support the type of legislation that Sen. Ernst introduced in Iowa—which would have banned all forms of abortion, that would have prevented certain forms of contraception from being available to Iowa women, that would have prevented in vitro fertilization and prosecuted doctors for performing what are now legal ...
Fastest path to same-sex marriage for some Americans would be Supreme Court rejection of cases 1.10.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
In 22 States, a Wave of New Voting Restrictions Threatens to Shift Outcomes in Tight Races 1.10.2014 American Prospect
For the first time in decades, voters in nearly half the country will find it harder to cast a ballot in the upcoming elections. Voters in 22 states will face tougher rules than in the last midterms. In 15 states, 2014 is slated to be the first major election with new voting restrictions in place.  These changes are the product of a concerted push to restrict voting by legislative majorities that swept into office in 2010. They represent a sharp reversal for a country whose historical trajectory has been to expand voting rights and make the process more convenient and accessible.  Although some of these new laws are harsher than others, and some are still being fought in the courts, they have already dramatically altered the landscape for 2014. The outcomes of some of the tightest races this year could turn on the application of controversial new voting rules. Strict voter ID laws have gotten most of the attention, but are only part of the story. Cutbacks to early voting and voter registration ...
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For the record 1.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Ohio early voting: An article in Section A on Sept. 30 about Ohio's effort to curtail its 35-day early-voting period said the U.S. Supreme Court had allowed the state to cancel voting on the weekend before the election, including Sunday, when African American turnout is heaviest. The court's...
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Subsidies For Federal Obamacare Exchanges 1.10.2014 Outside the Beltway
A legal setback for the Affordable Care Act, but the important arguments on this issue lie in higher courts.
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