Divorce, Family, Marriage, Tips & How-To

Top 7 places to get a quickie divorce

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In a rush to get divorced? Then don’t file for divorce in Maryland or South Carolina, which both require a year of residency plus a year of separation before you can even start the process. Instead, look for places with short or non-existent residency requirements and waiting periods. Assuming you’re after an uncontested divorce, the process could take just a few short weeks.

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Freedom, Government & Politics, Healthcare, News, Real Estate, Rights

Should you be able to smoke in your own home?

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is planning to give $9,000 to each of four health advocacy groups willing to work with landlords and developers on banning smoking within their buildings. Is this idea a step in the right direction for public health? Or another instance of bureaucrats telling adults what they can and cannot do?

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Crime & Lawsuits, Freedom, Lisa Bloom, News, Rights, Traffic Laws

The police bullying of Sandra Bland

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What is clear from the arrest video is that Officer Encinia wanted to assert his dominance over Ms. Bland, even though it was a routine traffic stop for failing to signal. At every opportunity where he could ratchet up the tense encounter or calm it down, he chose to escalate. Ms. Bland was treated like the enemy, rather than a citizen motorist who had committed only the most minor infraction that caused no harm to anyone.

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Consumer Protection, Divorce, Marriage, Privacy

Online cheaters—and the rest of us—are not safe

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Ashley Madison, a dating and social media website that caters to married people looking to engage in adulterous relationships, provides users with a place to chat, exchange photos, discuss fantasies, etc. But there’s a problem. Earlier this week, Ashley Madison was hacked by the so-called “Impact Team,” a group of hackers attempting to extort the company, but not for money. They want Ashley Madison to shut down, and they are threatening to expose its users’ private information, including addresses and credit card information—unless, that is, the site disappears from the Internet.

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Real Estate

Lease negotiation: You have more power than you think

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When you factor in the formulaic legal documents, generic 20-minute interview, and perfunctory tour of the apartment and its amenities, it’s not unusual for renters to feel like they must either take it or leave it. It may not seem like there is room to negotiate the residential lease agreement. That might be true — sometimes. But renters may actually be in a better bargaining position than they realize. Often, potential renters are able to negotiate some aspects of the lease agreement, especially when the landlord is eager to rent a particular unit.

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Crime & Lawsuits, Freedom, Funny, Rights

Is it legal to flip off a cop?

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The finger. The bird. Flipping someone off. Whatever you call it, it’s a rude gesture meant to express disdain and provoke a reaction. So, if you flip off a cop, can you get arrested? In January 2013, a federal court said no. Hurrah for freedom of expression! But not so fast. Just because you can legally give a police officer the finger doesn’t mean you should.

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Crime & Lawsuits, Freedom, News, Rights

Midazolam and the future of the death penalty

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In a dissent authored by Justice Sotomayor and joined by Justices Ginsberg, Breyer, and Kagan, Sotomayor chastised the majority not only for its recognition of the death penalty as a constitutional form of punishment under the Eighth Amendment, but also for ignoring the petitioners’ requests for a stay of execution pending the final resolution of the ongoing midazolam debate.

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Crime & Lawsuits, Freedom, Government & Politics, Lisa Bloom, News, Rights

Will we finally fix our broken prison system?

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US politicians have suddenly woken up and realized—finally—that something has to be done about mass incarceration. In a recent speech to the NAACP, President Barack Obama called for a sentencing overhaul bill to be passed this year that would reduce mandatory minimum sentences “or get rid of them entirely,” favoring treatment or other alternatives for many drug offenders. Remarkably, Republican House Speaker John Boehner largely agrees, and said he supports a bipartisan bill currently making its way through the House that would, among other things, lower mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders.

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Consumer Protection, Family, Injury, Safety, Tips & How-To

Detergent pods: Convenient, but dangerous

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With bright colors and appealing packaging, detergent pods cause many children to mistake them for toys or candy.

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Divorce, Family, Marriage

5 reasons men file for divorce

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When it comes to divorce, does sex matter? That is, are there differences between men and women? Research and experience both say yes.

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