District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago made clear that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear firearms in the home for self-defense, but left unanswered whether it protects other conduct. Writing for the majority in Heller, Scalia emphasized that Heller marked the ...[read more]
06/26/2014: Federal judge upheld Colorado gun control laws
04/23/2014: Georgia governor signed bill expanding gun carry rights
03/31/2014: Federal judge ruled immigrants have same gun carrying rights as citizens
03/25/2014: Ninth Circuit upheld San Francisco gun control laws
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05/27/2014: Supreme Court found Florida IQ cutoff for executions unconstitutional.
03/03/2014: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on death penalty for intellectually disabled.
05/02/2014: Obama expressed desire to ask AG Holder to investigate death penalty issues.
05/02/2014: UN urged death ...[read more]
Since the US Supreme Court first addressed the death penalty the 1879 case Wilkerson v. Utah, the Court has struggled with determining the penalty's constitutional boundaries. In 1976 the court held in Gregg v. Georgia that the imposition of the death penalty does not always violate the Eighth ...[read more]
Michigan is not the only US state to maintain some type of ban on race-conscious affirmative action policies. In 1996 California voters approved an amendment to the state's constitution that prohibited public institutions from using affirmative action policies. Under Proposition 209, state ...[read more]
05/31/2010: Pakistan court lifted Facebook ban.
06/06/2010: Bangladesh government lifted Facebook ban after removal of Muhammad caricatures.
02/08/2011: Syria lifted ban on social media sites Facebook, YouTube.
07/05/2012: UN Human Rights Council passed resolution to protect Internet ...[read more]
The Ukrainian Crisis
The Ukrainian government under President Viktor Yanukovych announced on November 21, 2013, that it had suspended preparation for a trade deal with the European Union. The decision purportedly came about as a result of intense pressure from the Russian Federation to reject ...[read more]
The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, or BP oil spill, had far-reaching and catastrophic environmental effects. According to a 2013 study published by the National Academy of Sciences, it is difficult to know the full extent of environmental damage caused by the spill because of the movement ...[read more]
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Settlements with the US Department of Justice
The US Department of Justice announced on November 19, 2013 that JPMorgan Chase & Co. had agreed to a record-setting $13 billion settlement over its risky mortgage practices that played a role in the 2008 financial crisis. ...[read more]