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Fact or Fiction: In Washington D.C., It Is Legal to Record Private Conversations Without the Consent of All Participants.

Incredibly, this is a fact! The District of Columbia has a “one-party consent” wiretapping law.  This means that in our nation’s capital, it is not a crime to record a phone call or conversation as long as at least one party to the conversation consents. See D.C. Code § 23-542. However, a person having a conversation via telephone, Skype, etc., with someone in another state may......
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Can Publishers or Websites Be Sued for “Fake News?”

Yes! Those who publish or even repeat fake news stories can be sued in civil court for defamation. Chobani Sues InfoWars for Fake News Chobani, one of the most popular yogurt companies in America, claims that Alex Jones and Infowars intentionally pushed a false story that the company imported migrant rapists and spread tuberculosis throughout the community. The headline on the Infowars video “MSM [mainstream media] Covers......
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Fact or Fiction: The President Pays for the First Family’s Groceries

This is a fact! The president of the United States pays for meals for himself, his family and personal guests. This includes the First Family’s private Thanksgiving meal.  The First Family must also pay for their own household expenses, down to the toothpaste and the First Lady’s clothing. Although the president pays his family’s personal meals, the White House chefs who often prepare the president’s......
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Did United Have the Right to Forcibly Remove a Passenger from a Full Flight?

@United overbook #flight3411 and decided to force random passengers off the plane. Here’s how they did it: pic.twitter.com/QfefM8X2cW — Jayse D. Anspach (@JayseDavid) April 10, 2017 Last Sunday, Dr. David Dao was violently removed from United Express Flight 3411 after he refused to give up his seat on a full flight from Chicago, IL, to Louisville, KY. United said airline representatives chose four passengers to leave......
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A Bill Would Turn California Into A Sanctuary State. Is That Legal?

How Would California Become the Country’s First Sanctuary State? In 2013, California passed the Trust Act, which prevents jails from keeping someone in custody for immigration authorities after they are eligible for release. Many cities and counties in the state already have “sanctuary” policies. But after the 2016 presidential election, California’s Senate leader, Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), introduced the bill that would essentially make......
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So ISPs Can Sell Your Internet Browsing History Now?

Yes, assuming the President does not veto the bill …. ISPs collect huge amounts of data on the websites people visit, including medical, financial and other personal information. An FCC regulation, passed in October 2016 and scheduled to take effect in December 2017, would have required ISPs to ask permission before selling that information to advertisers and others, a so-called opt-in provision. Furthermore, many consumers......
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Can Employers Require You to Undergo Genetic Testing?

Why Do Employers Want to Genetically Test Employees Anyway? Workplace wellness programs, which offer workers a variety of incentives to monitor and improve their health, have become increasingly popular with companies. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers may discount health insurance premiums by up to 30 percent — and in some cases 50 percent — for employees who voluntarily participate in a wellness program where......
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Can the Federal Government Interfere with State Marijuana Laws?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Statements on Marijuana Eight states have voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Twenty-nine states have legalized medical marijuana. Twenty-one states have decriminalized the drug. However, marijuana remains illegal under federal law as a Schedule 1 drug. Schedule 1 drugs are defined as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” In the past, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has......
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Do Other Countries Offer Birthright Citizenship?

Birthright Citizenship, also known as jus soli or “right of the soil,” is the automatic granting of citizenship to any children born within a nation’s borders or territories. The only two countries in the developed world which offer birthright citizenship are the United States and … Canada! No European country offers birthright citizenship. Why Does the U.S. Offer Birthright Citizenship? The U.S. did not always......
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Fact or Fiction: 12-Year Olds Can Get Married in the U.S.

This is a fact! While 18 is the minimum marriage age in most states, there are exceptions in every state that allow children younger than 18 to marry, typically with parental consent or judicial approval. Nine states still allow pregnancy exceptions to the marriage age. In fact, 27 states do not specify an age below which a child cannot marry, including California! Where Is Child Marriage Most......
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