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A bill is advancing in Florida which would make abortion a felony

(Miami Herald File)

Florida Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights has been trying every year since 2010 to introduce anti-abortion legislation; however, his proposals have never advanced to consideration by a committee.  Monday Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, the chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee has agreed to consider the bill. By an 8-3 vote Monday afternoon, a …

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Ex-cop Steven Zelich pleads guilty to killing teen, refrigerating body, dumping it in a suitcase along highway

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Just before his trial was supposed to begin, former Wisconsin cop Steven Zelich, who had been accused to murdering two women and leaving their bodies along a stretch of rural highway in briefcases, pleaded guilty to the murder of 19-year-old Oregon woman Jenny Gamez.  Her body was found in June …

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President Obama Takes On Solitary Confinement

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Today’s edition of the Washington Post contains an op-ed by President Obama outlining a series of executive actions on the use of solitary confinement in American federal prisons.  Currently around 100,000 inmates are serving time in solitary confinement.  The Justice Department’s research has found a high incidence of depression, withdrawal,  exacerbated …

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Russia’s Gay Population Returns To The Closet

Photo Credit: Daily Beast

New legislation introduced by Duma proposes banning homosexuals from public displays of affection. They would be fined for kissing, holding hands, or any intimate touching otherwise permitted amongst heterosexual partners. In the eyes of the bill’s authors, homosexuality is a western ideology purposefully planted in the minds of Russia’s youth …

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North Carolina GOP Are Intentionally Suppressing Black Votes To Maintain Their Majority In State Legislature

Credit: Alice Ollstein/Think Progress

This morning, residents of North Carolina are taking the state to court, arguing that GOP legislators in the state have intentionally designed a new voter ID law to marginalize the growing presence of minority turnout, which increasingly threatens the Republican majority in Raleigh. Via Think Progress: The state is claiming …

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