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Bush-appointed judge rules Obama’s immigration action unconstitutional

Judge Arthur Schwab rules Obama’s action oversteps his constitutional authority<p>In an opinion that at times read more like a partisan jeremiad than a judicial ruling, a George W. Bush-appointed federal judge ruled Tuesday that President Obama overstepped his constitutional authority with his …

113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent …

The chilling rise of American militarism

Chuck Hagel’s ouster signals a shift in foreign policy. Welcome to the new Washington, where peace is a dirty word<p>It was the end of the road for Chuck Hagel last week and the Washington press corps couldn’t have been more enthusiastic about writing his obituary. In terms of pure coverage, it may …

Supreme Court watchers wonder if justices are ready to take a same-sex marriage case

Neither journalists nor lawyers are particularly known for their math skills, but the ciphering is underway as we await word on whether the Supreme Court will determine this term that there is a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry.<p>As a near-inviolable rule, the justices must take a …

If the Supreme Court Breaks Obamacare, Will Republicans Fix It?

Re­pub­lic­ans want the Su­preme Court to blow a ma­jor hole in Obama­care next year, but they are still de­bat­ing wheth­er they would help re­pair …

Immigrants in limbo over Obama immigrant rules

DENVER (AP) — When President Barack Obama outlined why he was letting as many as 4 million immigrants stay and work legally in this country last …

Obama riffs on his presidency with Stephen Colbert

WASHINGTON (AP) — His daughters mock his big ears, he leaves his socks on the floor and sitting behind Stephen Colbert's desk, he said, gives him a …

Federal autopsy released in Ferguson shooting

A federal autopsy in the Ferguson police shooting reached similar conclusions to those performed by local officials and a private examiner hired by 18-year-old Michael Brown's family, documents released Monday evening show.<p>The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System's autopsy on Brown, conducted at …

Obama tries to reassure immigrants to register

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday tried to reassure immigrants that if they register under his new executive action they …

How The U.S. Supreme Court Turned Into A Corporate Echo Chamber

This is one of a three-part series by Reuters on how a small group of corporate lawyers has outsize influence in the Supreme Court. Via Huffington …

Greece Was Taken Over by Rioting Again This Weekend

Protesters gathered in honor of the 2008 killing of Alexandros Grigoropoulos by cops in Athens.<p><i>This article was first published on​ VICE Greece</i><i>​</i><p>​​On December 6, 2008, police officer Epaminondas Korkoneas shot 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos in the Athenian district of Exarcheia. Grigoropoulos …

Frat Suspended for "Clemson Cripmas" Party in Wake of Ferguson Protests

While Clemson students protested non-indictments in Ferguson and Staten Island on campus this weekend, some frat bros decided to elevate the race …

How big is the Supreme Court threat to the ACA? Very big.

Some experts have counseled a zen-like patience while awaiting the Supreme Court's consideration of the King case, which involves federal subsidies for<p>Affordable Care Actinsurance plans and is expected to yield a decision sometime in July. We've observed that the prospect of subsidies being …

On Trayvon, Ferguson and Eric Garner

<i>“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what</i> …

The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit

It’s the great irony of the Information Age: Awash in pseudo-facts, we are less and less likely to believe official sources.<p>“I don’t believe a word …

A Portrait of a 76-Year-Old Intersex Prostitute

Claudette is a 76-year-old cyclist and sex workers' rights activist, and also my friend.<p><i>This story was originally published on</i> <i>​VICE France</i>.<p>When I lived in Switzerland, I volunteered for a local organization called Aspa​sie, which campaigns for the rights of prostitutes. That's how I met Claudette, …

17 states sue Obama for executive order on immigration: Texas attorney general

A coalition of 17 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday saying it acted illegally by issuing an executive order to ease the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants who are in the country without the proper documents.<p>The case being led by Texas and filed at the Federal …

Immigration

Justices weigh bias claim of pregnant UPS driver

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the three women on the Supreme Court vigorously questioned a UPS lawyer Wednesday over the company's refusal to give lighter …

What Today's Facebook Supreme Court Case Means for Free Speech Online

How carefully do you think about the things you post on Facebook? Depending on the outcome of today's Supreme Court hearing, that answer could soon …

Internet

We Turned Strangers on the Internet into What They've Always Wanted to Be

Then we asked members of the public whether they looked better normal, or as their alter-ego—be it a goth, a Trekkie, a Juggalo, or a human doll.<p><b>PHOTOGRAPHY:</b> Holly Falconer<p><b>STYLING:</b> Kylie Griffiths<p><b>Stylist's assistants:</b> Rachel Williamson and Beth Whitehead<p><b>Makeup:</b> Michelle Dacillo using Mac<p><b>Hair:</b> …

The Internet Has Changed the Way We Remember War

I spoke to Tate Modern curator Simon Baker about <em>Conflict, Time, Photography</em>, a new exhibition featuring the work of Don McCullin, Simon Norfolk, and Chloe Dewe Mathews.<p><i>This post originally appeared in VICE UK​</i><p>Contemplation and a thorough interrogation of what it is to actually remember …

Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson Not Indicted in Shooting of Michael Brown

A grand jury chose Monday not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. Violence, looting, fires and gunshots erupted as anger broke out immediately.<p>At Ferguson police headquarters, protesters …

Immigration Reform 2014: Will Obama's New Immigration Enforcement Plan Fix Secure Communities' Problems?

President Obama’s executive action on immigration will likely dramatically alter the lives of some 5 million people who will soon be eligible for …

Ferguson Grand Jury to Announce Decision on Michael Brown Shooting Today

Authorities in Missouri pleaded for calm Monday night as the anxious city of Ferguson waited for a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, three months ago.<p>Businesses boarded their windows, the National Guard …

Justice

Supreme Court case tests the limits of free speech on Facebook and other social media

About a week after Tara Elonis persuaded a judge to issue a protective order against her estranged husband, Anthony, her soon-to-be ex had this to say:<p>“Fold up your PFA [protection-from-abuse order] and put it in your pocket<p>Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?”<p>Anthony Elonis didn’t deliver the …

SPIN METER: Immigration steps are beyond the norm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's unilateral actions on immigration stand out from those of his predecessors because of the sheer scope of …

Could Republicans 'Defund' Obama's Immigration Order?

With Republicans livid over the president’s executive action to curb deportations, some are calling for a measure to deny the administration funding to carry it out.<p>But, according the top Republican in charge of deploying the House's power of the purse, that probably won’t work.<p>"The primary agency …