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Law for Liberation | A Summer of Civil Liberties

 
Jonathan Moore, ACLU of Michigan Communications Intern

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When most people hear words like “litigation” or “injunction”, the images these words conjure are often far from revolutionary or liberating.

Case numbers are called, people rise and sit, gavels bang, a symphony of patience, protocol and paper shuffling only understood by a select few.

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Many Deported as "Recent Border Crossers" Are Neither Recent Nor Anywhere Near the Border, Nor Crossing It

This piece originally ran on MSNBC.com.
In an attempt to convince the public that its enforcement of immigration laws is fair and compassionate, the Department of Homeland Security emphasizes its supposedly careful targeting of "recent border crossers." This spin on "border removals" conjures up individuals apprehended in the act of crossing an actual border or shortly thereafter.

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Sorry Mr. Mayor, But Atheists Have Rights, Too

They say you can't fight city hall, but sometimes there's no other choice.
The residents of Warren, Michigan, visit their city hall on a regular basis to pay taxes, to vote, and to visit the library branch and the farmers market that are located there. Since 2009, they have also been able to visit a "Prayer Station" in the building's large atrium.

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Wonky Word Wednesdays: Appropriation

Deciding how the state invests our tax dollars is critical to how our state supports its citizens and improves our overall economy. It is this part of the process – who receives what and why – that makes the legislature so fascinating (at least for geeks like me).  With that in mind, let’s tackle one of the most important and most used words of the budget process – appropriation.
What does appropriation mean?

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Somebody tell the Pope people about this

The market capitalism lovers at Forbes announced today for the fifth time in eight years that the Raleigh metro area is the nation’s best for business and careers. Here are the factors highlighted first in the story Fueling Raleigh’s consistent results are business costs that are 18% below the national average, and an adult population ...

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New issue brief examines one of the largest business subsidies in Oklahoma

Mark Lash is a retired federal employee who follows Oklahoma policymaking. He has previously written about the Quality Jobs Program for the OK Policy Blog.
Download the full report here.

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Federal appeals courts issue contradictory rulings on health-law subsidies

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Federal appeals courts issue contradictory rulings on health-law subsidies

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The Washington Post

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Tuesday, July 2

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New Questions on Health Law as Rulings on Subsidies Differ

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New Questions on Health Law as Rulings on Subsidies Differ

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New York Times

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Appeals Courts Split On Legality Of Subsidies For Affordable Care Act

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Appeals Courts Split On Legality Of Subsidies For Affordable Care Act

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Kaiser Health News

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Tuesday, July 22, 201

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Poverty guidelines are out of date

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