President Obama commutes a man's jail sentence over typo

President Obama today used his executive authority to commute the prison term of Ceasar Cantu, a convict who otherwise would have spent an extra three and a half years behind bars thanks to a typo. In 2006, Cantu pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and money laundering. His plea agreement with prosecutors resulted in Cantu falling under a base offense...

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Parents are going to prison for a medical diagnosis that may not exist

On a cold Wednesday evening in January 2009, Josh Miller was finishing his 8:00-to-5:00 shift as an automotive detailer at a garage in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It was just like any other day; he was tired and ready to go home. But that evening, his life would change forever. In just a few hours, Miller would find himself to be one of thousands of people embroiled in an ongoing national medical debate.

After work, Miller picked up his two-month-old son, Rhys (pronounced "Reese"), from the restaurant where his fiancée worked, and headed home with the boy. The two ate dinner and relaxed, sitting together on the couch. They were watching TV — Miller doesn’t remember which show — when the boy started to cry. Miller, who was 32 at the time, tried to soothe Rhys by patting the little boy’s belly and making shushing sounds. But Rhys continued to cry. And cry. And then cry some more. Soon, the cries became uncontrollable, Rhys’ voice cracking and distorting as he filled the air...

“We now know, however, that its premises were wrong." Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy

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Inside Google's efforts to become one of the largest corporate forces in Washington

Google is taking Washington politics seriously. Like many other massive corporations, the company is working hard to gain and wield influence among lawmakers. After largely avoiding politics in its earlier years, the search giant has become one of the top five lobbying powers over the past two years. In 2012, it ranked above all others, save General Electric. It's only natural that a company as large as Google would be involved in politics, but the scale of its efforts in Washington — and...


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Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras return to US, blame government for climate of fear

At the presentation ceremony for Long Island University's prestigious George Polk Awards in journalism, reporters were recognized for some of the biggest stories of the past year: the NFL’s indifference to concussions, the deliberate attempts by New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s office to create traffic jams, former Virginia governor Robert McConnell’s acceptance of illegal gifts. But one of the most dramatic moments was a series of...

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