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9 Travesties Of Justice Of 2014

Every year, stories emerge that serve as a reminder that the American system of justice means injustice for too many, with some receiving little or no punishment for egregious offenses, while others receive harsh or faulty punishment for much less, or even by way of partisan civil court decisions.

EBay Just Became The Latest Tech Company To Leave Conservative Group ALEC


CREDIT: Shutterstock A spokesperson for eBay Inc. has confirmed to Reuters that it will end its association with the conservative political group American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

Native American Group Raises $20,000 To Fund Super Bowl Ad Against ‘Redskins’ Name


CREDIT: AP Native Americans opposed to the continued use of “Redskins” as the name of Washington’s NFL team gained widespread attention before last year’s Super Bowl with a web video protesting the name.

Toddler Who Got Burned In SWAT Raid Has Accumulated $1 Million In Medical Bills


A photo of 19-month-old “Bou Bou” held by a supporter during a vigil outside the hospital where he was being treated CREDIT: AP Photo/David Goldman This past spring, a SWAT team raided the home where Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh were sleeping with their four young children, releasing a “flash-bang” grenade that critically injured their toddler.

Video: NYPD Officers Caught Arresting, Repeatedly Punching Boy


NYPD officers lined up, holding batons, during street protests. CREDIT: AP A graphic new video shows NYPD officers beating a young boy against a vehicle.

Mom, Dad, This Is My Boyfriend. We Met On A Hook-Up App.


Gabrielle, 22, joined Tinder as a joke. The punchline is, that’s how she met her boyfriend. It’s all very modern, it’s totally fine, it’s not weird at all, except for the part where she had to explain Tinder to her parents.

‘The Interview,’ Pirated DVDs, And North Korea’s Access To Hollywood Movies


CREDIT: AP The movie The Interview, which was just pulled from American theaters thanks to threats from alleged North Korean hackers, spins around an assassination attempt on the Kim Jong-un, the country’s autocratic, “dear leader.” While the slapstick comedy is not one that American audiences would take seriously, censors in the isolated, communist country may be worried that it’ll be smuggled in the “Hermit Kingdom” which is not as hermetically sealed as you might expect.

ACLU Sues To End Almost Total White Control Over Ferguson’s Majority Black School System


CREDIT: AP A lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union paints a grim picture of a school district whose leadership bears little resemblance to its student body.

America’s Second-Biggest Form Of Waste Is About To Be Federally Regulated For The First Time


Coal ash swirls on the surface of the Dan River. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerry Broome The EPA has confirmed that on Friday, it will release its first-ever regulations on the second-largest form of waste generated in the United States: coal ash.

The Evidence That Completely Undermines The GOP’s Opposition To Obama’s New Cuba Policy


A host of prominent Republicans with strong political connections to Florida’s Hispanic community — including Sen.

Salvation Army Internal Document Reveals Ongoing Anti-Gay Policies


CREDIT: Shutterstock/Ken Wolter Over the past several years, the Salvation Army has tried to change its image, trumpeting that it doesn’t discriminate against LGBT people through its charity work (though it still does) and claiming that its history of supporting discrimination is a myth (despite being well documented).

Ireland Is Forcing A Brain-Dead Woman To Stay On Life Support Because She’s Pregnant


Protesters opposed to abortion in Belfast, Northern Ireland CREDIT: AP Photo/Peter Morrison Irish officials are sparking a new round of controversy over the country’s harsh anti-abortion laws, insisting on keeping a brain-dead woman hooked up to life support against her family’s wishes because she’s pregnant.

The Modern-Day Lesson We Can Learn From Historical Drama ‘The Imitation Game’


Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightley at the NY premiere of ‘The Imitation Game’ CREDIT: AP Golden Globe nominee and likely Oscar contender The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) — the British World War II savant who deciphered the nearly uncrackable Nazi code, Enigma — and his subsequent treatment by British authorities.

Federal Court Stands Up For Gun Rights For People Who Have Been ‘Committed To a Mental Institution’


CREDIT: Shutterstock A panel of three Republican members of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a man who was previously “committed to a mental institution,” might nonetheless be allowed to have a gun, despite a federal ban on firearm possession by such individuals.

57,000-Gallon Oil Spill In Canada Forces Closure Of Pipeline To U.S.


Enbridge, Inc. an energy delivery company based in Alberta, Canada, experienced an oil spill from one of its pipelines on Wednesday.

‘The Interview’ Cancellation Isn’t About ‘Letting The Terrorists Win’


CREDIT: AP/Damian Dovarganes Remember when the Sony hack was just about high-power executives talking trash, about Channing Tatum’s love of the CAPSLOCK key, about everyone hating Adam Sandler movies?

U.S. Wealth Gap Widest On Record


Joaquim is an intern at ThinkProgress. CREDIT: Shutterstock The wealth disparity between upper and middle income Americans has hit a record high, according to a new Pew Research Center Report.

The Devastating Consequences Of Chipping Away At Family Planning Programs


CREDIT: Shutterstock The federally funded family planning clinics that are supposed to offer a safety net for low-income Americans are in crisis.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: How The World Fought Climate Change (Or Didn’t) In 2014


Getting meaningful action to address climate change out of the United States’ political system has been a bit like pulling teeth.

Birds Are Avoiding Offshore Wind Farms, Study Finds


CREDIT: flickr/ James Higgott A new report by a leading bird research institute in the U.K. found that over 99 percent of seabirds were likely to alter their flight paths in order to avoid collision with offshore wind farms.


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