October 9, 2012
latimes:

In legal battle against drone strikes, she’s on the front lines: A law professor at Notre Dame leads a lonely campaign to stop the targeted killings in Pakistan and elsewhere, insisting they violate international law.
Photo: Notre Dame law professor Mary Ellen O’Connell is a leading critic of the U.S. targeted-killing program against Al Qaeda militants. Credit: Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times

latimes:

In legal battle against drone strikes, she’s on the front lines: A law professor at Notre Dame leads a lonely campaign to stop the targeted killings in Pakistan and elsewhere, insisting they violate international law.

Photo: Notre Dame law professor Mary Ellen O’Connell is a leading critic of the U.S. targeted-killing program against Al Qaeda militants. Credit: Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times

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Filed under: drones law 
September 4, 2012
"When Obama was sworn into office, there were 55 vacancies on the federal bench. There are now more than 75, and Obama will likely “become the first president since Reagan, and possibly much earlier, to finish his first term with more vacancies than he inherited,” according to Alliance for Justice."

— Pamela Karlan, “Empty Benches” (Boston Review, September/October 2012)

(Source: bostonreview)

July 13, 2012
Food Stamps: House Republicans Push For Deeper Cuts To SNAP

The cuts, which are part of a broader farm bill, would reduce spending in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, by $16 billion over 10 years. The reduction is deeper than proposed SNAP cuts in a version of the farm bill that passed the Senate last month with bipartisan support.

Watching politicians fight over SNAP can be aggravating for people who rely on the program. Tanya Wells, 32, said her family of four receives the maximum monthly allotment of $668.

“We would love to not have to rely on the government for something as important as food, but we simply can not,” she said. “We do hope to be off of the system soon, because it causes a lot of extra stress to see your only food source constantly on the line because of political battles.”

Wells said she and her husband both lost their jobs near the end of 2007. She had worked as a logistics coordinator for an oil company while he had been a sheet metal mechanic — and they made a decent living.

“We were comfortable middle class and all of the sudden the rug got pulled out from under us,” Wells said.

(Source: huffingtonpost)

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Filed under: news law business world economy 
June 20, 2012
"Dostoevsky was right: How we treat our prisoners says more about us than it does about them."

Andrew Cohen, on the enormous price we pay by ignoring mentally ill prisoners. (via theatlantic)

(via theatlantic)

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Filed under: Prison Jail Supermax Law 
March 12, 2012
"The federal government will not preclear a photo voter identification law signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) because it would have a greater impact on Hispanic voters, a Justice Department official said in a letter to state authorities on Monday."

DOJ Objects To Texas Voter ID Law; Says It Would Have Unfair Impact On Hispanics

(via tpmmedia)