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MAR 26, 2015 - Huffington Post

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U.S. Court Halts Labor Department Protection For Same-Sex Couples

(Adds background) By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, March 26 (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge in Texas on Thursday issued a stay to halt the U.S. Labor Department from implementing a rule that would expand medical leave protections for same-sex couples, saying the move impinges on the rights of states that ban gay marriage. The state of Texas, which has ...

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MAR 26, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Kansas Legislature Passes First-In-The-Nation Abortion Procedure Ban

The Kansas state House passed a law Wednesday that would ban a second-trimester abortion procedure used in 8 percent of abortions performed in the state. The legislation, which was drafted by the National Right to Life Committee, would effectively outlaw what it calls a "dismemberment abortion," which is the dilation and evacuation procedure that is used for most second-trimester abortions. ...

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MAR 25, 2015 - The Nation

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A Rare Victory for Black Voting Rights in the South

Representatives from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund standing outside the Supreme Court in Washington awaiting a decision in Shelby County v. Holder on June 25, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) In 2010, Republicans gained control of the Alabama legislature for the first time in 136 years. The redistricting maps drawn by Republicans following the 2010 election preserved the 35 ...

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MAR 25, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Jeb Bush Is To The Right Of George W. On Abortion

As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) fundraises with his brother George W., the likely 2016 presidential candidate is widely being positioned in the media as the more moderate of the two. But on the issue of abortion, Jeb actually stands to the right of his elder sibling. Former President George W. Bush has described himself as "pro-life," and in ...

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MAR 25, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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Nigeria court delays ruling on Buhari's school certificate

A Nigerian court on Wednesday postponed judgment on a legal challenge disputing the eligibility of opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari to stand in this weekend's general election because he cannot produce his secondary school leaving certificate. Buhari's All Progressives Congress claim the petition is part of a ruling party plot to disqualify its 72-year-old candidate days before Saturday's vote. "The suit ...

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