"As the work of a non-human animal, it has no human author in whom copyright is vested.

This copyright battle is bananas.

In 2011, a monkey stole nature photographer David Slater’s camera and proceeded to take a selfie.

The photo found its way to Wikimedia Commons, who says that since Slater did not take the photo himself, it is considered public domain.

Slater doesn’t agree.

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"This will not break us. This will define us."

After a a drunk driver hit and killed their four-year-old daughter, Michael and Laurel Middelaer launched a campaign to change the culture around drinking and driving.

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"Around the world we are all hoping the U.S. can strengthen its firearm policies. We are all so distressed by the news of tragedies there, and thinking of the families and communities directly affected. But also, the U.S. is the world’s major producer and thus the source of many guns that kill and injure elsewhere. So we all have a stake in what eventually happens in the US."


-Rebecca Peters, international expert on gun violence prevention who led the campaign that succeeded in reforming Australia’s gun laws and was the first director of the international movement against gun violence, IANSA. Read more from our chat on international gun policy here.

ICYMI: Obama responds to health care reform ruling 

"Today’s decision was a victory for people all over this country."

Health Care Reform: Four questions for SCOTUS

  • Does an 1867 law, the Anti-Injunction Act, prevent the Supreme Court from reviewing and deciding the health care law challenge? The act bars pre-enforcement challenges to taxes. The penalty in the health care law for failure to purchase minimum insurance will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service, but will not appear on a taxpayer’s tax return until 2015.

  • Is the so-called individual mandate to purchase health insurance constitutional?

  • If the mandate is unconstitutional, can it be severed from the rest of the law or must the entire law fall?

  • Does the expansion of Medicaid coverage for the poor and disabled unconstitutionally coerce the states into participating, because if they do not participate, they risk losing federal money in the federal-state funded program?

Need a last-minute refresher on the SCOTUS health reform case?

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Yesterday’s fiery exchange between Attorney General Eric Holder and Sen. John Cornyn:

SEN. JOHN CORNYN (R), Texas: You won’t tell the truth about what you know and when you knew it on Fast and Furious. You won’t cooperate with a legitimate congressional investigation. So, Mr. Attorney General, it’s more sorrow than — than regret — than anger that I would say that you leave me no alternative but to join those that call upon you to resign your office.

ERIC HOLDER: This is now the ninth time that I have answered questions before a congressional committee about Fast and Furious.

If you want to talk about Fast and Furious, I’m the attorney general that put an end to the misguided tactics that were used in Fast and Furious, which leads me to believe that the desire here is not for an accommodation, but for a political point-making.

And that is the kind of thing that, you know, you and your side I guess have the ability to do, if that’s what you want to do. It is the thing that I think turns people off about Washington. While we have very serious problems, we’re still involved in this political gamesmanship.

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Professor James Liebman, who spent four-and-a-half years with his students at Columbia Law School reassembling the story of Carlos DeLuna, who was executed for a murder he swore he didn’t commit. 

Health Care Reform By the Numbers