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Supreme Court says no to excessive government penalties

SCOTUS limits rights of gov''t to demand excessive penaltiesOver at least the last 10 years, government prosecutors have become increasingly focused on imposing the maximum consequences on individuals who violate the law. When seeking to impose monetary sanctions or forfeiture of assets, the government has expanded its view of what constitutes the proceeds of wrongdoing and has not hesitated to make wrongdoers pay.

Many have applauded this seemingly limitless reach of the government power since it only impacted wrongdoers. Few individuals have the resources to challenge whether the government’s expansion of its power is justified under our laws. Recently, however, two individuals did challenge the government, and the Supreme Court concluded that the government had gone too far. We should all applaud the Supreme Court’s recognition that even the government is bound by the limits of the law.


Dozens of US cities brace for anti-Muslim marches

US cities to hold anti Muslim marchesCities across the United States are gearing up for the National March Against Sharia, an anti-Muslim campaign that has been criticised by several rights groups and watchdogs.

ACT for America, described by the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) as the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in the US, called for Saturday's marches in at least 28 cities in more than 20 states.


This Is What Happens When Women Get Elected

Nev. state senator Pat SpearmanWith a state legislature made up 40 percent of women, Nevada is second only to Vermont in terms of female representation. And that translated into a landmark session for women’s rights and health this year, even under a male Republican governor.

Nevada lawmakers just wrapped up a state legislative session that delivered a startling number of progressive victories for women: tax-free tampons, a new $500,000 family planning program, workplace accommodations for pregnant women, and mandatory insurance coverage of contraception and mammograms.


Fired worker kills five and himself in Orlando rampages' in shooting near Orlando

Disgruntled worker kills five and self in OrlandoA disgruntled former employee returned to an Orlando RV accessory business and fatally shot five people before killing himself, authorities said.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the 45-year-old shooter, who had been fired in April, entered the Fiama Inc. building at about 8 a.m. ET and opened fire. Seven people in the building survived the rampage and were providing details of the shootings, Demings said.



Violence Erupts In Portland Amid Alt-Right, Anti-Fascist Rallies

Violence erupts in PortlandFor days, Portland has served as ground zero for American hate, heroism and healing. Today, it served as America’s battleground.

What started Sunday as two counterdemonstrations outside City Hall between anti-fascist protesters and members of the alt-right during a “Trump Free Speech Rally” evolved into an impromptu march and standoff with police.


New Study: Rates of Anti-LGBTQ School Bullying at 'Unprecedented High'

LGBT bullyingSeven years ago, a rash of suicides triggered widespread public discussion about the extremely high rate of bullying queer and transgender students face. But a new study claims the prevalence of anti-LGBTQ harassment and violence has actually increased since then.

North Carolina-based research firm RTI International tracked 20 years of data on school bullying and conducted a meta-analysis of those findings.


March for Truth protests calling for independent Russia probe kick off

March for Truth 6/3/17
Protesters in Washington huddled steps away from the White House on Saturday, calling for an independent commission to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the latest in a series of weekend demonstrations against the Trump administration.
The first protesters in the so-called “#MarchForTruth” gathered in New York City’s Foley Square, where speakers, including “Hamilton” star Javier Muñoz and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), addressed the crowd.

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