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In at least seven states—Arizona, South Dakota, Georgia, Indiana, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Virginia—Republican lawmakers have filed legislation that would prohibit transgender girls from participating on sports teams for girls and women in high school and college. Read more»

Can the school board in Tennessee at least appreciate the irony of banning books about people who banned books? Hello? Is anyone home? Read more» 1

Abortion rights advocates demonstrate in St. Paul, where speakers warned that Minnesota likely will pursue a restrictive abortion law similar to the one in Texas.

The Texas anti-abortion law that incentivizes ordinary people to file lawsuits against health care providers has human rights advocates and legal experts worried that the legal maneuver will spread to other states—and other social issues. Read more»

The lawsuit asks the court to declare the guidance 'invalid and unlawful and to prohibit their enforcement.'

Twenty states, including Arizona, are suing the Biden administration to stop the enforcement of what they say is a “regulatory overreach” in federal guidelines that protect transgender individuals from discrimination at work and in school. Read more»

Infection control nurse Dionne Bradley receives the COVID-19 vaccination at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park, Edison, N.J., Jan. 5, 2021.

As of August 26, about 39% of U.S. hospitals had announced vaccine mandates, and across the nation, hospitals are weighing more than patient and caregiver health in deciding whether to mandate COVID vaccines for staffers. Read more»

Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing. Read more»

Three peace activists, (from left) Michael R. Walli, Sister Megan Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed, have been charged with trespassing for breaching the exterior security at America’s premier vault for nuclear weapons-grade uranium in around thirty minutes.

An 82-year-old nun has upended the lax regulation of the U.S. nuclear weapons establishment. Read more»

Beer and wine wholesalers have pumped substantial cash into the campaigns of several American Legislative Exchange Council politicians who have sponsored voter ID bills in their states. Read more»

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

The Supreme Court Justices might take a lesson from "The Hunger Games" when deciding on ObamaCare. Read more»

Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves to supporters after his victory speech Tuesday at the Westin at Copley Plaza in Boston.

Turnout was so light for Super Tuesday, the vote appears less than convincing. Read more»

The Tax Foundation reported this week that the average combined sales tax in Arizona at the start of this year – adding up state, county, city and tribal taxes – was 9.12 percent, second only to Tennessee’s average rate of 9.45 percent. Read more»

Texas Gov. Rick Perry defends the state's record on executions during a Republican presidential debate in September.

Texas, the state that led America in the largest number of executions last year, might be running out of the lethal drug used to administer the death penalty. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, announced Tuesday that he will give up his position of chair of the Senate Republican Conference as of January. Read more»

Wendell Potter

Companies are rapidly moving their policyholders into high-deductible plans and spending far less on medical care — and far more on overhead—than they have in the past. Read more»

Abortion opponents worry that vague language used in the new health care reform bill could lead to the coverage of elective abortions in new high risk insurance pools and say that may already be starting in New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Read more»

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