“On Monday, Purvi Patel, an Indian-American woman, became the first person in U.S. history sentenced to prison for feticide, for ending her own pregnancy…a woman who goes to the hospital for help because she has a miscarriage, and ends up being sentenced to jail for 20 years.”
“Islamic State, the most powerful insurgent group in Syria, is now only a few kilometers from President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power.”
“‘No amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart another attack or prevent another bloodbath from occurring in your cities,’ said Al-Shabaab in a statement released on Saturday.”
“Troops will be sent to guard targets that could potentially be attacked by terrorists, including Jewish site and diplomatic missions, according the Defense Minister Steven Vandeput, cited by The Globe and Mail.
The U.S. and Israeli embassies in Brussels will come under heavy guard, along with NATO and EU institutions, according to Vandeput.”
“More than 100 former students of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges system have joined what they say is the nation’s first student debt strike. The students have refused to pay back loans they took out to attend Corinthian, which has been sued by the federal government for its predatory lending.”
“Represent Us is the grassroots organization responsible for drafting the provisional Anti-Corruption Act …[and] has been making headway and gaining momentum ever since Tallahassee, FL became the first municipality in American history to pass legislation criminalizing corruption.”
“[The legislation reads:] ‘This state shall not take any adverse action against a person, wholly or partially, on the basis that such person acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction about the institution of marriage,’… It would apply to private employers as well, regardless of religious affiliation, and it could allow businesses to deny certain state benefits to members of same-sex marriages if the employer objects to the marriage.’”
“The early closures are a micro-level indicator of what’s really a macro-level problem across all of Kansas’ public services to its people. [Governor] Brownback has followed through on a promise to all but erase the state’s income tax code, ditching all taxes on a class of businesses known as “pass-through entities.” Many of the people who rely on the pass-through structure for tax purposes are only businesses in the sense that they collect royalties for a book or other non-wage compensation from something that isn’t a standard payroll job, and a vanishingly small percentage of such tax entities are “small businesses” in the traditional, job-creating sense. But anyone who can present their income as “pass-through” cash to the state of Kansas can sidestep income taxes.”
“The city council is currently drafting legislation that could be introduced as soon as this spring which would permit noncitizens who are legally documented residents to vote in municipal elections, according to The Guardian. Non-citizens currently make up around 21 percent of the voting age population of the city and almost one million of the 1.3 million non-citizens in New York are documented immigrants who would be enfranchised by the law change.”
“In 38 states, it is illegal for a minor to terminate a pregnancy without one parent’s knowledge. (Some of those 38 states go further, and require a parent’s permission). Girls who are afraid or unable to involve their parents can ask a judge for permission instead. This confidential process, which the Supreme Court helped establish in the late ’70s and early ’80s, is called judicial bypass…[The new measures proposed by the Texas Legislature] would publicize the names of judges who give minors permission to obtain abortions—a step that critics say would put judges under intense pressure, or even jeopardize their safety.”
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