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Things We Saw Today: Uh Oh, Some Bad News About Santa Claus

I've got some good news/bad news about Santa Claus. The good news: he's real! The bad news: he's dead. Sorry, everybody.

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Did Your State Try to Crack Down on Protesters This Year? They’re Likely to Try Again.

Both the United Nations and the nonprofit State Innovation Exchange have identified a disturbing, anti-democratic attack against protests in the U.S. state legislatures.

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The “Civil Rights Uniformity Act” Is Trying to Write Trans People Out of Civil Rights Protections

This House bill wants to forbid the federal government from protecting trans folks under existing civil rights laws like Title IX, the Fair Housing Act, and the Affordable Care Act.

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The U.S. Department of Education is Cutting Back Its Civil Rights Investigations

The Department of Education is scaling back its civil rights investigations, removing Obama-era guidelines that looked for systemic issues of discrimination. This is bad news for America's students, but the Commission on Civil Rights is on the case.

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Court Rules Civil Rights Act of 1964 Also Protects Employees From Sexual Orientation Discrimination

You don't lose rights when someone else gets them, pal.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 offers workplace protections to employees, banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, or sex. Now, thanks to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, those protections are extended to people based on sexual orientation.

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The Future Is Disappearing: Trump Administration Deletes WhiteHouse.Gov References to Climate Change, Civil Rights, Healthcare, LGBT Issues

President-elect Donald Trump has only just stepped into office today, and already, the effects of his administration can be seen on the official White House websites. Apparently those effects are, "delete all reference to the issues that this administration intends to ignore."

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Trump’s Cabinet Nominees’ Confirmation Hearings Started off With Nonstop Protests. Here’s Why.

The confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for Attorney General, has been plagued with disruptive protests.

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