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Gov. Abbott signs innocence commission bill

By Peggy Fikac

Houston Chronicle

June 1, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law Monday to create an innocence commission to review wrongful convictions. … Read More

Opinion analysis: New shield against religious bias

By Lyle Denniston

SCOTUS Blog

June 1, 2015

Analysis A job applicant whose faith dictates a personal practice that may contradict a company’s workplace rules now has a better chance of getting hired, even if the management’s rule is entirely neutral about religion, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday.  If the management has even an inkling about the applicant’s religious views, it may violate federal civil rights […] … Read More

Puzzles, Paradoxes, Controversies, and the Global Economy

RAND

June 1, 2015

In this wide-ranging collection of essays first published between 2007 and 2014, Charles Wolf Jr. shares his insights on the world’s economies, including those of China, the United States, Japan, Korea, India, and others. … Read More

Opinion analysis: Internet threats still in legal limbo?

By Lyle Denniston

SCOTUS Blog

June 1, 2015

Analysis The Supreme Court moved into the new realm of violent speech on the Internet with the aim of clarifying the legal risk.  It insisted Monday that it had done so, at least part of the way, but two Justices argued that instead only confusion had resulted.  It is not even clear, at this point, what happens […] … Read More

Should There Be a Hostage Czar?

By Brian Michael Jenkins

RAND

June 1, 2015

In light of recent kidnappings ending in the deaths of American hostages, appointing a ’hostage czar’ may seem like a sound idea. But the creation of a high-profile position for hostage issues raises policy questions and comes with operational risks. … Read More

Islamic Supremacism: The True Source of Muslim ‘Grievances’

By Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

June 1, 2015

by Raymond Ibrahim // RaymondIbrahim.com In the ongoing debate (or debacle) concerning free speech/expression and Muslim grievance—most recently on exhibition at Garland, where two “jihadis” opened fire on a “Prophet Muhammad” art contest organized by Pamela Geller—one thing has become clear: the things non-Muslims can do to provoke Islamic violence is … Read more → … Read More

The Polygamists are Coming!

By Mark Silk

June 1, 2015

Thanks to social conservatives. The post The Polygamists are Coming! appeared first on Spiritual Politics. … Read More

The Polygamists are Coming!

By Mark Silk

Religion News Service

June 1, 2015

Thanks to social conservatives. The post The Polygamists are Coming! appeared first on Spiritual Politics. … Read More

Needed: Prophetic Voices

By Robert Kuttner

Huffington Post

May 31, 2015

Last week, I went back to Oberlin for my 50th reunion where much of the weekend was a celebration of our graduation ceremony in 1965, whose commencement speaker was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Imagine what his prophetic voice might have accomplished had he lived into the 21st century. … Read More

Hinojosa: GOP talk of gay marriage is 'hateful'

By Peggy Fikac

Houston Chronicle

May 31, 2015

The U.S. Marine veteran’s words sliced like a knife through the typically decorous debate on the Senate floor last week when Sen. Kelly Hancock brought up a resolution pledging to defend the gay-marriage ban in the state constitution.Democrats who spoke against the resolution largely recognized that, acknowledging their GOP colleagues’ right to express their views even while decrying (in mostly polite tones) the anti-gay position as being on the wrong side of history.Hancock, R-North Richland … Read More

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