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Alabama Denies DNA Test To Potentially Innocent Man On Death Row

Andrew Cohen chronicles the many uncertainties in Alabama’s case against Thomas Arthur, who was convicted of murder three decades ago and is scheduled to be executed next month. They include a key witness who recanted and then unrecanted her testimony, another man who admitted to committing the murder, and a wig containing DNA evidence that likely belongs to the real killer.

Rep. Issa Says President Obama Wants To ‘Convert’ The Constitution ‘To Some South African Constitution’

Issa made the curious accusation Friday at the California Republican Party’s Spring Convention in Burlingame:

ISSA: We’re going to establish a very different policy. One, that we have a president who will respect the Constitution, not try to convert it to some [inaudible] South African Constitution.

Supreme Court To Hear The Mother of All Corporate Immunity Cases

The Roberts Court is rightly mocked for its seemingly single-minded willingness to immunize corporations from the laws intended to protect ordinary Americans, but the question presented in a corporate immunity case the justices just agreed to hear is so stark that a decision granting such immunity would verge on self-parody. Or, at least, it would if the consequences of such a decision wouldn’t be so tragic and far-reaching.

BREAKING: Dow Jones Closes Above 13,000 For The First Time Since May 2008

the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed over 13,000 for the first time since May 19, 2008. The stock market is now up over 56 percent since Obama took office. Today, the stock market was buoyed, in the view of one economist, by “job and income gains…leading to higher confidence and spending growth, in turn driving further spending gains.” Here’s how the stock market has fared under our last three presidents:

Florida Senate Committee Passes Bill To Speed Up Foreclosure Process

The housing crisis remains one of the biggest drags on the nation’s economy, with millions of Americans mired in the foreclosure process or delinquent or underwater on their mortgages. Few places have been hit as hard as Florida, the state with the fourth-highest foreclosure rate in the country.

Over Last 10 Years, General Electric’s Effective Tax Rate Was 2.3 Percent

The Obama administration unveiled its corporate tax reform plan last week, which would lower the top rate from 35 percent to 28 percent, billing it as an effort to help make the American corporate tax code more competitive. Republicans have long crowed for corporate tax reform, saying America’s high marginal rate stifles competition, but they have blocked efforts (including Obama’s) to close many of the loopholes and schemes corporations use to avoid paying taxes.

University of Virginia Football Player Goes On Hunger Strike To Get Living Wage For University Employees

Joseph Williams moved more than 30 times as a child, living in homeless shelters, church basements, and the homes of family friends. Now Williams, a junior safety on the University of Virginia football team, is taking up a cause supporting the contract workers who are barely making enough to get by.

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