MaryJane Marquez

47 Flips | 3 Magazines | @MaryJaneMar2017 | Keep up with MaryJane Marquez on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “MaryJane Marquez”

Women in Hollywood launch campaign to fight sexual harassment

2017 was the year the powerful predators and abusers in Hollywood were unceremoniously and justly exposed. 2018 sees the creation of a new campaign to continue fighting against the poisonous culture of silence and system of sexual abuse in the film industry and beyond. A full page ad in the <i>New York</i> …

Still Waiting for FEMA in Texas and Florida After Hurricanes

HOUSTON — Outside Rachel Roberts’s house, a skeleton sits on a chair next to the driveway, a skeleton child on its lap, an empty cup in its hand and a sign at its feet that reads “Waiting on FEMA.”<p>It is a Halloween reminder that, for many, getting help to recover from Hurricane Harvey remains a …

The role players and the unfolding drama of “DACA”

Public figures at national and state government levels are maneuvering for position in the final hours before the so-called “DACA” controversy …

Attorney General Sessions Rescinds DACA Program | C-SPAN Classroom

Description<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the Trump administrations plan to rescind the Obama-era DACA program, with an unspecified time to …

Oprah 2020? People Are Asking After Golden Globes Speech

<b>Updated at 4:15 p.m. ET</b><p>A fiery and impassioned speech by Oprah Winfrey at Sunday night's Golden Globes Awards has set the Internet abuzz with speculation and perhaps wishful thinking: Oprah for president in 2020?<p>The former talk show host, actor and businesswoman received the Cecil B. DeMille Award …

Pakistan girl's brutal death: 'It is not honor killing, it's just plain murder'

<b>Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> Her name was Ambreen.<p>She was just 15.<p>Her alleged crime: Helping a neighbor and her boyfriend elope.<p>For that, she was dragged from her home, injected with sedatives, strangled, tied up in a van and then burned, Pakistani officials said.<p>More than a dozen people have been …

Pakistan

Cities Argue For a Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

When voters in four U.S. states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — approved recreational marijuana sales, part of the appeal was the promise of a new revenue source to buoy cash-strapped cities and states.<p>But tensions are growing in those four states over how the tax rewards from pot sales …

Cannabis

Parental leave expands for California workers so they can bond with their newborns

Under a new law to combat workplace inequities, some 2.7 million California mothers and fathers will gain the right to a long-sought benefit: 12 …

Fascism Runs in My American Family

The diehard Trump supporters aren't being fooled. The Moore voters aren't pinching their noses. A large portion of Americans actually agree with the …

In Alabama, Republicans fear a lose-lose in Roy Moore Senate race

With more than 48 hours of campaigning still left in Alabama’s scandal-shrouded U.S. Senate campaign — and the outcome far from clear — some Republicans have already conceded defeat.<p>From their perspective, Tuesday will yield one of two unhappy results.<p>Either voters will elect a Democratic U.S. …

Republicans

Supreme Court temporarily blocks Texas abortion law

The Supreme Court barred Texas on Monday from implementing a law that would have forced more than half the state’s 19 abortion clinics to close their doors this week.<p>The law, which was to take effect Wednesday, would require clinics to adhere to strict new physical standards and the doctors who …

Measles outbreak: Different states, different rules on vaccinations

<b>(CNN) —</b> The rash of measles cases across the country has affected some states more than others. And, not surprisingly, the rules for vaccinating vary wildly from coast to coast.<p>Take California, for example, where more than 90 people have already been infected with measles this year. As in many …

Education is the business of the states

In 1981, Tennessee’s 41-year-old governor proposed to President Ronald Reagan a swap: Washington would fully fund Medicaid, and the states would have complete responsibility for primary and secondary education. Reagan, a former governor, was receptive. But Democrats, who controlled the House and …

States Consider Legislation To Protect Free Speech On Campus

On college campuses, outrage over provocative speakers sometimes turns violent.<p>It's becoming a pattern on campuses around the country. A speaker is invited, often by a conservative student group. Other students oppose the speaker, and maybe they protest. If the speech happens, the speaker is …

Judge rules Justice Department can’t keep grant money from uncooperative sanctuary cities

A federal judge on Friday blocked the Justice Department from withholding grant funds from places that do not provide immigration authorities access to local jails or give advance notice when suspected illegal immigrants are to be released — dealing a major blow to the Trump administration's vowed …

Defying Trump, Hawaii Becomes First State to Pass Law Committing to Paris Climate Accord

Hawaii on Tuesday became the first state to pass a law committing to the goals and limits of the Paris climate accord, defying President Trump, who announced last week that he would withdraw the United States from the historic agreement.<p>The state’s governor, David Y. Ige, signed two bills at a …

Climate

A later start to the school day? Why California could delay the bell

<i>Update: Senate Bill 328 to delay school start times stalled in the Assembly during the Legislature’s final days. The author said he’ll revive the</i> …

Public Health

CA ballot measure seeks to legalize 'shrooms'

California could become the first state to legalize "magic mushrooms" if a ballot initiative becomes law.<p>The measure would decriminalize the use of …

Cannabis

We’re lawyers who support same-sex marriage. We also support the Masterpiece Cakeshop baker.

Same-sex marriage and religious liberty can coexist.<p>The Supreme Court heard argument yesterday in <i>Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission</i>. The issue is whether a conservative Christian baker who believes that weddings are inherently religious and that same-sex marriages are …

Religion

Constitutional law scholars' amicus brief in the travel ban case explains why the Bill of Rights limits federal power over immigration

One of the main points at issue in the travel ban case currently before the Supreme Court is whether President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring entry by citizens of six Muslim-majority nations is unconstitutional because its purpose is to discriminate against Muslims, in violation of the …

Don't gamble away federalism

Thanks in part to all the other blockbuster cases currently before the Supreme Court, <i>Christie v. NCAA</i> has not gotten nearly as much attention as it deserves. The immediate issue at stake is an effort by the NCAA and several professional sports leagues (including the NBA, NFL, NHL, and Major League …

Police Evaluations Should Focus on Lawfulness of Stops, Monitor Says

A court-appointed monitor overseeing changes for the New York Police Department has asked a judge to enshrine a new evaluation system for officers that de-emphasizes the number of street stops they make and focuses instead on the lawfulness of those encounters.<p>The monitor, Peter L. Zimroth, …

Roy Moore signed resolution in 2010 supporting states' rights to void federal law

<b>(CNN) —</b> Roy Moore, the Republican nominee in Alabama's Senate election, signed onto a resolution in 2010 affirming the right of states to nullify, or void, federal law, CNN's KFile has found.<p>"We pledge to limit and restrain all federal government exercise of power that exceeds in any way the plain …

Missouri Attorney General Says State Should Make Own Lethal Injections

Missouri's attorney general said Thursday that if the state wants to keep using lethal injections to execute prisoners, it needs to run its own pharmacy to make the deadly doses.<p>In a speech to a bar association, Chris Koster said lethal injection relies on "an uneasy cooperation" between medical …

White House: Lerner emails lost in computer crash

<b>(CNN)</b> – A top White House official blamed a computer crash for the disappearance of emails from embattled former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, echoing the explanation the agency gave Congress last week for the two years' worth of missing subpoenaed correspondence.<p>"I think it's …

Burn the Flag or Burn the Constitution?

" ...Those who would burn the flag destroy the symbol of freedom, but amending the Constitution would destroy part of freedom itself. "<p>—Vietnam …

Fate of Texas abortion clinics hang in balance ahead of court ruling

The fate of more than half of Texas’s remaining abortion clinics hinged on a hearing on Friday that played out between the state and abortion providers in one of the nation’s most conservative courts.<p>Texas asked a three-judge panel in the 5th US circuit court of appeals to overturn a ruling by a US …

Imperfect Union: The Constitution Didn't Foresee Divided Government

Watching the battle between Obama and a Republican Congress for two years may shake Americans' faith in the Framers.<p>“The president is completely ignoring the will of the American voters, who turned out on Election Day and overwhelmingly elected people who wanted to change the direction of the …