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Tamir Rice And The Question Of How The Law Should Handle Officer-Involved Shootings

Tamir Rice

The decision by a Cleveland Grand Jury to decline to indict a police officer in the shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice raises once again questions about how the law handles shootings involving police officers.

Federal Appeals Court Ruling Raises Doubts About Rulings Against Redskins Trademarks

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A ruling in an unrelated case raises serious doubts about the law used to revoke the Washington Redskins trademarks because they are allegedly ‘disparaging.’

Mistrial In First Trial Of Officer In Freddie Gray Case Deals Prosecution A Setback

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A setback for prosecutors in the Freddie Gray case.

Divided Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Affirmative Action In University Admissions

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A divided Supreme Court heard argument today in a case involving affirmative action in college admissions that is before the Court for the second time in two years.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument On Meaning Of ‘One Person, One Vote’ In Redistricting

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in a case that could have big implications for redistricting, and the make-up of state legislatures and the House of Representatives.

Justice Department Opens Investigation Of Chicago Police Department

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The Justice Department has launched a widespread investigation into the operation of the Chicago Police Department in the wake of the murder of LaQuan McDonald.

Police Shooting In Chicago Beginning To Have A Political Impact

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The October 2014 shooting of 17 year old LaQuan McDonald is beginning to have a political impact in Chicago and could have national political implications as well.

Passenger Kicked Off Flight Because They Cut Off Crew Member At Revolving Door

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A Dallas man was kicked off a flight home from New York City because he had unknowingly cut off a flight crew member while going through a revolving door. This seems like a case of discretion gone way too far.

Protests At Princeton May Lead To Admitting Uncomfortable Truths About Woodrow Wilson

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Protests by students at Princeton are causing some people to finally pay attention to some inconvenient truths about America’s 28th President.

Mississippi Still Trying To Rid Itself Of Confederate Flag, Enter 21st Cenutry

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Five months after Charleston, Mississippi is still struggling to rid itself of symbols of the Confederacy.

Chicago Cop Charged With First-Degree Murder In 2014 Death Of 17 Year-Old African-American Male

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A Chicago Police Officer has been charged with murder in the death of a 17 year old African-American male that, from the evidence that has been released, seems completely unjustifiable.

SCOTUS Accepts Virginia Redistricting Case That Tests Use Of Race And Politics In Drawing Lines

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The Supreme Court has accepted for appeal a Virginia case that deal with the issue of using race and politics as a basis for drawing district lines.

Missouri Professor Resigns After Not Canceling Exam

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The racial saga at Mizzou has not been solved with the ouster of the president and chancellor.

Racial Tensions Getting Ugly at University of Missouri

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Massive boycotts and protests likely spell the end of Tim Wolfe’s tenure as president.

Donald Trump Gets Less Support From Latino Voters Than Mitt Romney Did

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Contrary to his claims, Donald Trump would not win the Latino vote if he were the nominee. In fact, it looks like he’d end up doing much, much worse.

South Carolina To Seek Death Penalty For Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof

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Prosecutors in South Carolina announced that they will seek the death penalty for Charleston shooter Dylann Roof.

Virginia Man Dies After Being Held In Jail For Four Months Without Trial Or Bail

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Four months in jail, no opportunity for bail, no trial, no access to mental health care. And, now Jamycheal Mitchell is dead.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

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A Federal Appeals Court has dealt a setback to Texas in the battle over its Voter ID Law.

Cincinnati Cop Indicted For Murder In Traffic Stop Shooting Death

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A police officer in Cincinnati has been indicted for murder in a case that seems to be a pretty clear cut example of improper use of force.

Special Prosecutors For Police-Involved Shootings?

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Removing the responsibility to investigate police misconduct from the prosecutors who have to work with those police on a daily basis is a good idea.

Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Indicted On Federal Hate Crimes Charges

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Dylann Roof has been indicted in Federal Court for completely unnecessary reasons.

Oklahoma Protesters Greet President Obama With Confederate Flags

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Protesters waving Confederate flags greeted President Obama when he arrived in Oklahoma last night: Supporters of the Confederate flag rallied Wednesday in Oklahoma as President Barack Obama arrived in the state for a series of events, including the first ever visit to a federal prison by a sitting President. About 10 people waving Confederate battle […]

South Carolina Takes Down The Confederate Flag

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Finally.

Federal Judge Upholds Revocation Of Redskins Trademarks

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A Federal Judge has uphold a Patent Office ruling revoking the Redskins Trademarks on the ground that they are “disparaging” toward Native Americans.

South Carolina House Approves Removal Of Confederate Flag

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After a debate that was more contentious than what had occurred in the State Senate, the South Carolina House has voted to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State Capitol in Columbia: COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Confederate battle flag that has flown at the South Carolina State House for more than 50 […]

South Carolina Senate Overwhelmingly Votes To Remove Confederate Flag

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The South Carolina Senate has overwhelmingly voted to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State Capitol: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has given final approval to a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Capitol. The 36-3 vote Tuesday now sends the bill to the […]

The Confederate Flag Battle Slips Into Silly Territory

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The Confederate Flag needs to be removed from official places of honor, but do we really need to worry about reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard?

Supreme Court Agrees To Wade Back Into The Affirmative Action Debate

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The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to wade back into the thorny issue of race and higher education.

The Confederate Flag Has Always Been About Hate, Not “Heritage”

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The people who continue to claim that the Confederate Flag is about anything other than hatred, racism, and a nation that celebrated slavery are lying to you and to themselves.

Protester Removes Confederate Flag At South Carolina Capitol

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Good for her.

Univision Breaks Ties With Donald Trump Over His Comments About ‘Mexican Rapists’

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Donald Trump’s comments about Mexicans during his announcement speech last week are having financial repercussions: Univision is canceling its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, an event partially owned by Donald Trump, to protest Trump’s offensive remarks about Mexicans. Furthermore, Univision says it is severing all other business ties to Trump. Univision is the biggest […]

Jim Webb Defends The Confederate Flag

Sen. Jim Webb talks to CNN's John King about the political conflict in Libya.

If Jim Webb runs for President, he will be the only candidate in either party who is on record defending the Confederate Battle Flag. And he’s thinking of running as a Democrat.

The Stories we Tell Ourselves (Battle Flag Edition)

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An important tenet of the internet is “don’t read the comments.” Well, I have violated that rule of late–which means more musings on the symbols of the CSA.

Walmart, Kmart, and Sears Remove Confederate Flag From Stores; Amazon, eBay Undecided

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The Confederate battle flag is suddenly toxic.

The Battle Against The Confederate Flag Moves Beyond South Carolina

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As Governor Haley pushes the South Carolina legislature to take the Confederate Flag down, the movement moves beyond the Palmetto State.

Nikki Haley, Lindsey Graham To Call For Removal Of Confederate Flag (Update: Senator Tim Scott As Well)

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The tide has turned.

Obama Talks About Race Relations In The Wake Of Charleston, Media Concentrates On One Word

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President Obama gave an interesting and somewhat unusual interview to a podcaster late last week, but the media is obsessed over a single word.

Republican Candidates Are Dodging The Issue On The Confederate Flag

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With notable exceptions, most of the Republican candidates for President are refusing to take a stand on the propriety of South Carolina flying the Confederate Flag. That’s called cowardice.

Quote Of The Day: Historical Perspective Edition

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Given the fact that the murders in Charleston have revived debates about the Confederate Flag and other issues related to the Civil War, a found this quote, which a friend had shared on their Facebook wall, to be appropriate “Fellow citizens: I am not indifferent to the claims of a generous forgetfulness, but whatever else […]

Some Republicans Can’t Seem To Admit That Racism Was Behind The Charleston Murders

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It’s been obvious from the moment the news broke that the murders in Charleston were rooted in racism, but some Republicans have had trouble acknowledging that.

It’s Long Past Time To Abandon The Confederate Flag

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The murders in Charleston have revived a debate that should have been over a long time ago.

Yes, Dylann Roof Is A Terrorist

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A word that has come in recent years to be used to refer chiefly to Muslim fanatics obviously applies to a man who murdered nine people because they’re black.

Supreme Court Says Texas Can Ban Confederate License Plates, Endangering Freedom Of Speech

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The Supreme Court ruled that states don’t have to grant license plates that display the Confederate flag. Their decision has the potential to seriously harm the First Amendment.

Nine Dead In Shooting At African-American Church In Charleston, South Carolina

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Nine people died overnight in a shooting at an historic African-American Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Rachel Dolezal Resigns As Head Of Spokane N.A.A.C.P.

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This should be the end of this story, but it probably won’t be.

Site Proves Racism Isn’t Really the Problem; Commenters Prove Otherwise

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A black leader is running a billboard campaign to improve his community. Racism ensues.

The Strange Case Of Rachel Dolezal

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The head of the Spokane NAACP has apparently been lying about her racial background, and that’s led to a whole other argument.

Ohio Judge Finds Probable Cause For Murder Charges In Tamir Rice Case

Tamir Rice

A Judge in Cleveland has found that there is probable cause to charge a Cleveland Police Officer with murder in the death of Tamir Rice, but that is hardly the end of the matter.

Cleveland Police Department Reaches Settlement With Justice Department On Abuse Report

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The Cleveland Police Department has agreed to submit to significant monitoring in the wake of a damning Justice Department investigation.

Cleveland Cop Found Not Guilty In Death Of Two Unarmed Individuals

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A Cleveland police officer has been acquitted of manslaughter and other charges in a case that resulted in the death of two African-American individuals.

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