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Senate Confirms First Openly Gay Judge for Federal Circuit

The Senate casts votes for Todd M. Hughes at the session convening on Tuesday, September 24.

Unlike many of President Obama’s other federal court nominees, Todd Hughes’ nomination has proceeded smoothly.

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Native American Woman Nominated to Arizona Federal Bench

If confirmed, Diane J. Humetewa (above) will be the only active member of a Native American tribe to serve as a federal judge, and the first Native American woman to do so.

If confirmed, Diane J. Humetewa will be the only active member of a Native American tribe to serve as a federal judge, and the first Native American woman to do so.

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Report: Taxpayers Responsible for Helping Keep For-Profit Prison Operators Financially Afloat

Correctional corporations make money whether cells are empty or occupied, according to the new report.

A new report on for-profit private prisons shows how correctional corporations make money whether cells are empty or occupied, depending on citizens to pay “low-crime taxes” when occupancy is down in order to cushion corporations’ bottom lines.

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Legal Wrap: Abortion Fights Heat Up in Red States

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Indiana and Kansas show the battle over abortion rights and access is growing in intensity in some parts of the country.

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Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Arizona Law Defunding Planned Parenthood

Among the bills recently introduced are HB 1132 and SB 638, which would raise the cap on total tax credits for contributions to all CPCs in the state from $2 million to $2.5 million.

A federal appeals court ruled the state’s attempts to cut Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid funding were unlawful.

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Exclusive: Results of Congressional ‘Fishing Expedition’ Show Abortion Is Already Highly Regulated, Overwhelmingly Safe

An analysis of documents requested by two congressional committees from state departments of health and attorneys general show that states overwhelmingly share a muscular approach to regulating abortion, and there is virtually no evidence that patients are being harmed.

An analysis of documents requested by two congressional committees from state departments of health and attorneys general show that states overwhelmingly share a muscular approach to regulating abortion, and there is virtually no evidence that patients are being harmed.

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Russia’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Leads to Protests, Pushback, and a Reminder of Our Laws Here at Home

The new law has rightly called attention to the widespread discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in Russia. And as the international community reacts—by dumping vodka and threatening to boycott the Olympic Games in Sochi—it's worth noting that some U.S. states have similar language on the books.

The new law has rightly called attention to the widespread discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in Russia. And as the international community reacts—by dumping vodka and threatening to boycott the Olympic Games in Sochi—it’s worth noting that some U.S. states have similar language on the books.

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Arizona’s Race-Baiting Abortion Law, and the Texas Fight Continues

On this episode of Reality Cast, Miriam Yeung talks about fighting back against a stigmatizing and stereotyping law in Arizona. I also discuss how Texas women aren’t giving up the abortion battle and the major setbacks in the expansion of the HPV vaccine.

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20-Week Abortion Bans and the Pathway to the Supreme Court

On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to go along with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's crusade to have the state's "crimes against nature" law reinstated.

Much has been written about the politics behind 20-week abortion laws—especially the false claims that they are designed to protect women—but so far, there has been relatively scant coverage of the anti-choice litigation strategy in relation to these bans.

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Legal Wrap: The Fallacy of Admitting Privileges Restrictions, and GOP Targets Another Female Judicial Nominee

This week in legal news: the bad policy and law behind admitting privileges restrictions, and Republicans' obstructionism on judicial nominees becomes transparently misogynistic.

This week in legal news: the bad policy and law behind admitting privileges restrictions, and Republicans’ obstructionism on judicial nominees becomes transparently misogynistic.

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