On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down a controversial decision to uphold the sampling of some suspected criminals' DNA, a practice at least 26 states have already implemented. In a 5-4 ruling, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia sided with the liberal justices and wrote the dissenting opinion, citing indiscriminate search as a concern:
“Searching every lawfully stopped car…might turn up information about unsolved crimes the driver had committed, but no one would say that such a search was aimed at ‘identifying’ him, and no court would hold such a search lawful.”
One of the Senate’s most vocal advocates for victims of military sexual assault said she was unsatisfied with military leaders’ testimony during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the matter Tuesday.
In a day of fierce testimony on Capitol Hill, top military brass maintained that commanders should still be involved in the investigations and decisions to prosecute sexual assault cases involving servicemembers. read more
This week, labor activists from around the country are converging on Bentonville, Ark. in an attempt to disrupt Walmart's annual shareholder meeting and draw attention to the plight of striking Walmart employees.
But if those protesters decide to enter any Walmarts in Arkansas, they'd better be planning on buying something; thanks to a ruling by the state's Benton County Circuit Court, members of the labor group OUR Walmart and the labor union UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) are forbidden from doing anything on Walmart property other than shopping. read more
1. The working woman's icon, Rosie the Riveter, is being repurposed as a docile house cleaner. The cleaning product company, Swiffer, came out with an ad invoking the 1942 image of Rosie. Except the flexed muscle representing strength has been replaced with a mop representing...domesticity?
(credit: Heather Beschizza) read more
A sprawling new report from the American Civil Liberties Union argues that the war on cannabis disproportionately affects African-Americans, and makes the case for ending arrests for marijuana possession. The group's 185-page study, called "The War on Marijuana in Black and White," finds that black people are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for possession than whites, even though people of both races consume marijuana at roughly the same rate. read more
Two and a half years into the violent conflict between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and various rebel groups, the bloodshed is only intensifying, according to a report from United Nations investigators. In a survey of events in Syria between Jan. 15 and May 15, the U.N. Human Rights Council’s independent commission on the civil war says it has reached "new levels of cruelty and brutality"—and that there's no reason to believe the carnage will abate any time soon. read more
1. A lot of people on the internet reacted to last night's episode of "Game of Thrones." We here at All In with Chris Hayes went ahead and picked the best of them.
2. Prestigious publication The Wall Street Journal often reserves its stipple portraits for society’s elites. Joining the likes of Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett: famed internet feline Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce), featured in a profile for Friday's paper. read more
Income inequality in America has exploded over the past few decades. But there's considerable disagreement about the cause of the shift: are impersonal forces like globalization and technological development to blame, or policies designed to disproportionately benefit the rich?
A recently published study from Israeli sociologist Tali Kristal says that labor's share of overall income is declining because workers are losing the power to fight for their own interests. read more
Law enforcement officials can take routine DNA samples from those they arrest, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday. A 5-4 majority held that doing so is little different from taking fingerprints, and therefore does not intrude on a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights.
But civil liberties groups, as well as the dissenting justices, stridently disagreed with the ruling, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy. read more