Civil Rights Act

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Court Rules for LGBT Rights in Workplace 'Game Changer'

Federal court decides Civil Rights Act applies

(Newser) - The Civil Rights Act protects gay and lesbian employees from workplace discrimination, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday—three weeks after a three-judge panel in Atlanta ruled the opposite. In a ruling that is being called a "game changer" by LGBT rights groups, the 7th US Circuit Court of... More »

Feds: North Carolina LGBT Law Violates Civil Rights

State is at risk of a lawsuit from the Justice Department

(Newser) - A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can't be enforced, the US Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it's in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding, the AP... More »

What Obama Can Learn From LBJ

David Frum: Lyndon Johnson knew how to manipulate

(Newser) - David Frum detects "an unspoken critique of Barack Obama' in the fourth volume of Robert Caro's massive LBJ biography, The Passage of Power. Whereas Lyndon Johnson cajoled, wooed, and threatened in order to amass support for major bills—like the Civil Rights Act and Medicare—President Obama recoils... More »

'White Only' Pool Sign Just 'Historical,' Landlord Says

Outraged tenant files civil rights complaint

(Newser) - An Ohio landlord says the "White Only" sign in front of a pool at a duplex she owns was just an antique, but a former tenant says her views on race also appear to be from 1930s Alabama. "We invited my daughter, who is African-American, to visit and... More »

Rand Paul Reeks of Tea Party Doom

'Too far out' for mainstream America

(Newser) - Rand Paul's waffling on civil rights and calling President Obama "un-American" for keeping pressure on BP is stark evidence the Tea Party faces an uphill battle, argues Mark Sappenfield in the Christian Science Monitor . "To remain true to the Tea Party ideology is to occupy a spot on... More »

Criticizing BP Is 'Un-American': Rand Paul

Candidate faults Obama for remarks, makes more headlines

(Newser) - Rand Paul continued his campaign to get the public back on his side today with a rousing defense of ... BP? Appearing on Good Morning America to further clarify his civil rights comments , Paul criticized President Obama for demonizing the company behind the Gulf oil spill. "What I don't like... More »

Rand Paul Embodies Perils of Being a Real Outsider

Nominee isn't just just a seasoned pol campaigning as an outsider

(Newser) - If you've followed the ping-ponging fortunes of Rand Paul over the last few days, one thing becomes clear, writes Ben Smith: "There’s a difference between campaigning as an outsider—and really being one." Paul has already begun backtracking from his volatile statement that the Civil Rights Act... More »

Rand Paul Bombs on Maddow Show

Kentucky candidate dodges question in disastrous interview

(Newser) - Rand Paul doesn't believe the government should tell businesses they can't discriminate against black people. That's essentially the takeaway from the newly-minted GOP Senate nominee's painful interview with Rachel Maddow last night, in which he spent 20 minutes trying to dodge questions about his stance on the Civil Rights Act,... More »

Some Blacks Think Obama Could Threaten Progress

Experts fear success could close discussion

(Newser) - Despite being a landmark in black American history, Barack Obama’s pending nomination could stall civil rights progress, some blacks say, because his success could fuel an argument that racial divisions have been healed, the New York Times reports. The danger is “that we declare victory,” a sociologist... More »

Equal Pay Bill Blocked in Senate

Clinton and Obama declare truce to back bill stomped by GOP

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama interrupted their rival campaigns yesterday to vote together on a bill that would make it easier for women to sue employers for pay discrimination. But their moment of unity proved fruitless as Senate Republicans blocked the bill, likely killing it for the rest of the... More »

Invoking King May Backfire for Clinton in SC

Influential congressman reconsiders neutral stance in primary

(Newser) - The highest-ranking African American in Congress, Rep. Jim Clyburn, is reconsidering his neutrality in South Carolina’s Democratic primary after comments by Hillary Clinton he perceived as “denigrating” Martin Luther King. Competing with Barack Obama over the legacies of JFK and MLK, Clinton said: “King’s dream began... More »

House Bans Bias Against Gays at Work

Major civil rights measure now moves to Senate

(Newser) - It took more than 30 years, but House Democrats today passed a bill banning workplace discrimination against homosexuals, the New York Times reports. Thirty-five Republicans joined 200 Democrats to pass the legislation, which would amend the Civil Rights Act and safeguard workers against discrimination because of their “actual or... More »

Save the Whales—but Forget the Delta Smelt

Endangered Species Act hurts animals, industry

(Newser) - The Endangered Species Act , enacted in 1973 to protect the likes of the bald eagle and the California grizzly, is in desperate need of overhaul, the Economist argues. The act’s latest ravagement is the protection of the delta smelt, a three-inch fish a judge deemed important enough late last... More »

High Court Curbs Pay Bias Suits

Ginsburg dissents on decision limiting charges to 180 days

(Newser) - The Supreme Court severely limited the right of women to sue employers over pay discrimination in a stormy 5-4 decision yesterday. A lone woman employee at a tire factory sued because she was paid less than male coworkers over her long career; the court held that such charges must be... More »

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