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Tennessee Medical Association taking heat for new pregnancy criminalization law

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National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), along with more than 65 leading Tennessee, national, and international medial and ethics professionals, and other organizations, have released a letter to policymakers and media calling attention to the Tennessee Medical Association’s (TMA) support for a new law allowing the arrest of women who become pregnant.
The new Tennessee law that went into effect on July 1 permits arrests of pregnant women for the crime of fetal assault, with special focus on the “illegal use” of “narcotics” by pregnant women. Tennessee is the first state, through legislative action to make pregnant women criminally liable for the outcomes of their pregnancies.

The politics of federal judges

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The two conflicting appeals court rulings last week on the legality of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one supporting it and the other rejecting the health law – underscore the nexus between politics and the judiciary. All of the judges voting to uphold the ACA were appointed by Democrats. All of the judges voting to strike down the law were appointed by Republicans.
We’ve seen this scenario played out at the U.S. Supreme Court, with most controversial rulings decided on a 5-4 vote, with conservatives clinging to a one-vote margin. But the most important appointments might be those of federal appeals court judges, the last stop before a case reaches the Supreme Court.

The lynching of Eric Garner

It was one of the most difficult scenes in Spike Lee’s classic movie “Do the Right Thing,” the brutal strangulation of peace-loving Radio Raheem by New York City police in a Brooklyn pizza shop.
That scene touched a raw nerve as it recalled the 1983 death of 25-year-old graffiti artist Michael Stewart, another choke-hold victim of the New York City Police Department. 

Sentencing guidelines drop for drug offenses

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Reducing federal prison terms for drug traffickers currently incarcerated has excited a population that had all but given up hope.
It has also reinvigorated inmates, their parents and attorneys who have fought to get lawmakers to revisit how society punishes those with minor drug offenses.
“The United States has undergone an unprecedented social experiment with its excessive use of incarceration,” said Jon Korin, a local resident whose son received a 100-month federal prison sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.

Obama practically weepy at Malia going to college

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is practically weepy at the thought of his daughter Malia going off to college, a milestone many months away that is already on his mind.
Malia barely reached up to her father's shoulders when they moved to the White House nearly six years ago with her mother, little sister and grandmother. At 16, she stands nearly as tall as her 6-foot-1 dad and is visiting college campuses in preparation for that bittersweet day in the fall of 2016 when she trades her White House bedroom for a dorm.
She has been seen touring the University of California at Berkeley and the Palo Alto, California, campus of Stanford, where another president's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, attended college.