- The New York Times explores how the U.S. bail system punishes poor defendants, regardless of their guilt or innocence. "It sets up a system where first there's the punishment, and then there's the opportunity to go to court for trial," said Maryland public defender Paul DeWolfe.
- Senate Democrats introduced a birth control "accessibility" bill in response to Republicans' recent over-the-counter (OTC) pill proposal. The bill does nothing to encourage OTC oral contraception sales, but stipulates that if it does happen, insurance companies must cover the pills without charging a co-pay.
- President Obama is considering sending up to 500 more troops to Iraq to help train local fighters. (Ceci n'est pas une war…)
- Ohio marijuana advocates say they have enough signatures to get a vote on both medicinal and recreational marijuana legalization on the 2015 ballot.
- Louisiana lawmakers this week voted to reduce maximum penalties for marijuana offenses, and Massachusetts may eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders.
- The Labor Department is about to make millions more workers eligible for overtime pay. What could go wrong?
- San Francisco is close to requiring health warnings on soda advertisements.
- The McKinney, Texas, police officer who tackled a teenager and drew his gun on two others at a pool party last weekend has resigned.
- In the U.K., anyone caught selling balloons filled with "laughing gas" (aka nitrous) could face seven years in prison.
Sex offender registries are cruel and unjust.
Virginia Is About To Require a Government License for 'Art Therapy,' Because Glue and Scissors Are 'Potentially' Dangerous
The real motive for laws like this has nothing to do with scissors and glue. It's all about protectionism.
A fun case about cross-enforcement of the Fourth Amendment now before the Ninth Circuit.