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  • April 13, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    F.B.I. Begins Civil Rights Investigation into Police Beating of Suspect in California On Friday, ten San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were placed on paid leave after a news camera taped them attacking a fleeing suspect. The suspect, Francis Pusok, attempted to flee pursuing authorities on horseback following a high-speed chase […]

     
  • Supreme Court Threatens Medicaid Reimbursement Accountability

    Uncategorized April 10, 2015 at 5:10 pm 2 comments

    As the country focuses on the upcoming King v. Burwell decision, the Supreme Court recently ruled on a barely noticed, yet critical, healthcare case: Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center. The Court’s decision in Armstrong will likely have significant, negative consequences for the continued pursuit of universal healthcare. In Armstrong, an […]

     
  • Indiana’s Amended RFRA: Back to Square One for LGBT Hoosiers?

    LGBTQ Rights, Uncategorized April 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm 0 comments

    Last week, Stephen Silva wrote an article critiquing the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) for opening the door to increased LGBT discrimination in the state. As it turned out, many Americans shared his concerns. The public response in the week following the law’s enactment was overwhelmingly negative: interest groups and […]

     
  • April 6, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Uncategorized April 6, 2015 at 11:37 pm 0 comments

    Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act Indiana Governor Pence signed the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law last week. The Indiana law  states, “A governmental entity may not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.” The Indiana RFRA […]

     
  • Religious Liberty and the Unsafe Space Movement

    LGBTQ Rights April 5, 2015 at 1:42 am 0 comments

    There is nothing new about statewide Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (“RFRA”). After the Supreme Court held that the federal RFRA did not apply to the states, about two dozen states in the South and Midwest passed statewide versions of the federal law preventing any religiously neutral law from infringing upon […]

     
  • March 30, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Weekly News Roundup March 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm 0 comments

    Verdict Still Out on Social Impact of Pao Gender Discrimination Case On Friday, March 27, the jury in the Ellen Pao gender discrimination case returned a verdict for the defendant Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, finding Pao was not fired in retaliation for her reporting of work-place sexual harassment. The […]

     
  • Where Gay Rights Meet Gender Wrongs

    With an ever-growing list of accomplishments—from state nondiscrimination laws to inevitable nationwide marriage to prominent positions in society and government—gay Americans and the Gay Agenda continue building momentum toward full equality. And women have played a major role in creating a society that’s better for gay men. Straight female allies […]

     
  • Gender Discrimination: Fine Lines in the Workplace

    Uncategorized March 28, 2015 at 12:58 am 0 comments

    This week, the high-profile trial of Ellen Pao v. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) took place in San Francisco Superior Court.  KPCB is a well-known venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Pao is the interim CEO of Reddit and former junior partner at KPCB. In 2012, Pao filed the […]

     
  • Reality TV and the Construction of Crime

    Criminal Justice, Race March 27, 2015 at 9:42 pm 0 comments

    On March 15, entertainment and reality intersected during the final episode of HBO’s six-part documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” The documentary, which examined Robert Durst’s life and his connection to three separate murders, made television history during its finale by broadcasting a murder confession on […]

     
  • An Argument for Medicaid Expansion

    Uncategorized March 27, 2015 at 7:20 pm 1 comment

    Twenty-two states are currently denying healthcare coverage to nearly seven million Americans.[1] The intransigent opposition to the Affordable Care Act from state leadership, primarily in the South and Midwest, has unfairly burdened their residents and created a missed opportunity. Regardless of one’s opinion on other components of the ACA, the […]