Obama to outline his immigration plan. The President will set forth his immigration reform plan in a speech at 2:55 EST in Las Vegas, one day after senators put forth similar proposals that provide a path to citizenship and increase border control between the U.S. and Mexico. Unlike the Senate framework, same-sex bi-national couples – those with one American and one foreign partner – will be included in the White House principles.
Boy Scouts to end gay ban. The Boy Scouts of America is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders as early as next week. The new policy would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts.
U.S. to execute first woman in more than two years. Texas is set to execute Kimberly McCarthy by lethal injection on Tuesday, the first woman to be put to death in the U.S. in more than two years. Only 12 female inmates were put to death since capital punishment was reinstated by the Court in 1976.
VAWA reauthorization vote next week. The Senate will vote early next week to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The bill reauthorizes VAWA and adds new protections for members of the LGBT community and Native Americans.
U.S. weighs drones base in North Africa. The United States military is preparing to establish a drone base in northwest Africa so that it can increase surveillance missions on local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups.
A new study shows 39% of American adults say the ads are their favorite part of the Super Bowl, compared to 28% who favor the game itself. This is pronounced among women: 44% say they prefer the ads to any aspect of the game.
Unlocking your cell phone is now illegal in the U.S., after a ruling by the Librarian of Congress in October 2012.
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Top PolicyMic Stories – If They Don't Act Fast, America's Boy Scouts Will Be Stuck On the Wrong Side Of History (Bryant Harris) – Grassroots pressure from local Boy Scout chapters and threats from corporate sponsors have prompted an abrupt potential reversal in the organization's discriminatory, anti-gay admissions policy.
Opposition to Chuck Hagel is a Bizarre Coalition Of Christian Conservatives and Gay Rights Activists (Janna Brock) – Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearings for secretary of defense are bound to get nasty. Hagel is notably anti-war, and is much more critical of Israel than his predecessors. But he faces other foes.
Walgreens Under Fire For Failing to Sell Plan B ... to Men? (Alison Tanner) – Walgreens has agreed to review its store policies after receiving several complaints about pharmacists refusing to sell emergency contraception to male customers.
Now That the Payroll Tax Break Has Expired, Who is to Blame For Your Smaller Paycheck? (Michael De Los Santos) – Now that the temporary reduction of the payroll tax has expired, those making between $50,000 and $75,000 will be hit with a tax increase of about $800. But who's to blame?
Anti-Gay Vandalism At Catholic College is Nothing Compared to Church's Assault On Equal Rights (Sylvia Camaj) – An instance of anti-gay vandalism at Boston College has the Catholic school up in arms, and rightfully so. But that's not nearly as bad as the attack the Church has been waging on equal rights.
When Someone Dies, What Does Facebook Do With Their Profiles? (Adam Hogue) – Facebook has roughly 30 million profiles of deceased users on its site. Is their lasting legacy their profile pages and everything stored there?
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