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5 Unexpected Causes of Pollution

1<p>Using Body Wash All the Time<p>Liquid soaps require five times more energy for raw-material production and nearly 20 times more energy for packaging …

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The Common Core Conversation

Tibet: Chinese police 'fired into protesters'

<b>At least 60 Tibetans were injured after Chinese police fired into a crowd of protesters, rights group Free Tibet and US-based Radio Free Asia report.</b><p>The shooting occurred on Sunday in Biru county, as villagers demanded police free a man who led separate protests in September, the reports said.<p>There …

New Maryland Firearms Law Rides In On A Wave Of Gun Sales

One of the strictest gun laws in the nation went into effect in Maryland on Tuesday. The new law bans assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, and it makes Maryland one of only six states that require handgun purchasers to get fingerprinted and take gun safety courses.<p>Gun owners in the state …

11 Supreme Court Cases That Could Change The U.S. In The Coming Year

The Supreme Court will begin hearing cases this week. Although decisions could take until late June, here are the key cases to watch.<p>WASHINGTON — At 10 a.m. Monday, in the midst of a government shutdown, Chief Justice John Roberts will begin his eighth term at the Supreme Court — beginning a …

Ore. School Board Votes to Allow Staff to Pack Heat at School

A school board in St. Helens, Ore., voted to allow teachers and staff to pack heat on school grounds, an official said.<p>St. Helens School Board …

In Praise of Electronically Monitoring Employees

You might think it’s legitimate and appropriate for management to make sure employees aren’t stealing from the business. Apparently, not everyone agrees.<p>A little while back, a Steve Lohr post at the <i>New York Times</i> described some research Lamar Pierce, Dan Snow, and I just finished up and published …

Records of Rights Vote: The 14th Amendment

<i>Cast your vote now for the 14th Amendment to be displayed first in the new Rubenstein Gallery. Today’s post comes from Jessie Kratz, the Historian of</i> …

Education Updates

Posted on April 24, 2018 by<p><i>Today’s post comes from Judy Luis-Watson, manager of volunteer & education programs at the National Archives at College</i> …

Seattle Police Backtrack on Their Mass Surveillance Plans

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Seattle Police Department did something amazing this week: After word got out that the …

Drone dialogue: Flying in circles? | US & Canada

Mamana Bibi was tending her crops in northern Pakistan one day in late October 2012. The 68-year-old grandmother was picking okra not far from the family home, when a missile was fired from a remotely piloted aircraft. Bibi was killed instantly, her body torn to pieces just metres away from her …

Chicago Gun Ordinance Ruled Unconstitutional

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A federal judge ruled part of Chicago's gun ordinance unconstitutional on Monday, stating it illegal …

US privacy group challenging NSA and FBI collection of phone records

The US supreme court will be asked to suspend the blanket collection of US telephone records by the FBI under an emergency petition due to be filed on Monday by civil rights campaigners at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic).<p>This new legal challenge to the power of government agencies …

The top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant

Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders which allow the NSA to make use of information "inadvertently" collected from domestic US communications without a warrant.<p>The Guardian is publishing in …

Report: Nearly all drug defendants “forced” to plead guilty

<b>Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill (Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>97 percent of drug defendants forgo their right to trial and plead out. HRW highlights undue prosecutorial power<p>Natasha Lennard<p>December 5, 2013 3:20pm (UTC)<p>"It is very clear that prosecutors control the criminal …

Wait Until You See How a High School Textbook Summarizes the Rights Guaranteed in the Second Amendment

<b>UPDATE</b>: Highly Questionable Definition of Second Amendment Found in Another High School Textbook – and This One Is ‘Widely Adopted’<p>–<p>Controversy is brewing around a school district in Denton, Texas, that is said to be using a United States history book that seems to summarize the Second Amendment …

The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism: Crash Course US History #8

Constitutional Principles: Separation of Powers

Saltaire Board Votes to Seize World War II Vet's Property by Eminent Domain

Eighty-eight year old Frank Whitney is a World War II veteran. He’s also the owner of Saltaire Market, a grocery store slash deli, liquor store, and …

Angry Birds firm calls for industry to respond to NSA spying revelations

Rovio, the Finnish software company behind the Angry Birds game, has announced it will “re-evaluate” its relationship with advertising networks following revelations that the NSA and its UK counterpart GCHQ have the capability to “piggyback” on the private user data they collect.<p>On Monday, the …

The Bill of Rights: 14 Originals

<b>The Bill of Rights: 14 Originals</b><p>On September 28, 1789, Speaker of the House Frederick Muhlenberg and Vice President John Adams signed the enrolled copy of the first proposed amendments to the new Constitution—the document later known as the Bill of Rights.<p>The final, signed copy contained the 12 constitutional amendments that Congress proposed to the states (10 of them, articles 3 through 12, were subsequently ratified and became the Bill of Rights). Shortly after it was signed, clerks created …

Court Decision: Schools Can Stop Students From Wearing American Flag

<i>The Washington Post’s</i> Volokh Conspiracy reports that the 9th Circuit has upheld the right of a California high school to forbid students from wearing …

Judge reaffirms 'Constitution-free zones' near border, teeing up high court fight

A federal judge who endorsed "suspicion-less" searches of laptops, cameras and cell phones at the border has set up a possible Supreme Court showdown challenging what critics call “Constitution-free zones” and the Obama administration's dragnet approach to national security.<p>A decision by Judge …

Founding Fathers: The Threat of Tyranny