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In Arkansas, an Air Force Veteran Stands Up for Voting

In Arkansas, an Air Force Veteran Stands Up for Voting

From Barry Haas’ perspective, the Arkansas state law requiring voters to show approved forms of photo identification before casting a ballot accomplished something he never thought would occur on U.S. soil. For the first time in about 50 years, his vote – as a U.S. citizen and resident in Arkansas – was rejected by election [...]
U.S. to Issue Stamp of Harvey Milk, Gay Rights IconWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service will feature a close-up, black-and-white photograph of Harvey Milk on its commemorative stamp of the California politician and gay rights icon. The stamp will show Milk smiling broadly and wearing a suit jacket and tie. The image is based on a Daniel Nicoletta photograph taken of Milk as he stood outside [...]
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Study: States Need to Improve Juvenile Justice Education  The 70,000 young people who are in custody in the United States and the South on any particular day are receiving such a poor education that they are being set “further back” in their lives, according to the Southern Education Foundation (SEF).  Researchers who issued the April 17 report, “Just Learning,” found that juvenile [...]
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U.S. Widens Clemency Rules to Cut Prison PopulationWASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday. The initiative is part of a broader Obama administration effort to trim the nation’s prison population, ease [...]
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Hope Reborn From Fast for Immigration ReformFor me, it started with an invitation from a friend, Mary Kay Henry of Service Employees International Union, to visit the Fast for Families tent on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Their fast, which inspired me and thousands of others to fast in the weeks since, memorialized immigrants’ journey to a better future here. [...]
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Supreme Court: State’s Voters Can Ban Race in AdmissionsWASHINGTON (AP) — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America. The 6-2 decision upheld [...]
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Seattle Church With Gay Boy Scout Leader Loses CharterSEATTLE (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership. A Boy Scouts attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it no longer could host troops under the Boy Scouts name. [...]
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Philadelphia Ends Immigration ‘Hold’ Agreement with ICE  Police in Philadelphia will no longer detain people only for immigration reasons, following last week’s executive order ending an agreement to do so with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed the order on April 16 which puts a halt to city police responding to non-mandatory requests from federal immigration enforcement [...]
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Arizona Immigration Law Appeal Nixed by Supreme Court  PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal of a blocked provision of Arizona’s 2010 immigration enforcement law, dealing another blow to Gov. Jan Brewer in her effort to defend the law.  The court declined to review the ruling that barred police from arresting people who harbor those [...]
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Report: DHS Secretary Considers Limiting DeportationsWASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don’t have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. The change, if adopted following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, could limit removals of people who [...]
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