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Mississippi Legislators Decide When Life Begins

Conservative types sure are liberal about whom, or what, they’re willing to call a person. Hey, corporations are people too! And according to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and other like-minded state legislators, so is a fertilized egg.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ahmed Ali

Egypt Votes in Favor of Constitutional Amendments

In results released Sunday evening, 77 percent of Egyptian voters have endorsed amendments to their country’s constitution that will pave the way for parliamentary elections, which the military junta said will be held in June.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Harry Hamburg

GOP Launches Final Health Care Attack in Senate

If you can’t beat ’em, hit ’em with a bunch of amendments they’d have a hard time opposing. That was apparently the strategy of Republicans hoping to throw a wrench into the health care reform works in the Senate on Wednesday.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Sanders Lets Fly at GOP Senators

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, was far from pleased with certain of his Republican colleagues Wednesday when his attempt to add a single-payer amendment to the Senate’s health care reform legislation was met with stonewalling tactics from his GOP peers. Here, he lets it rip, slamming what he calls their bid “to bring the U.S. government to a halt.”

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


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House Readies for Mortgage Vote

Homeowners facing foreclosure could get help if Congress approves a “cram-down” measure, which would give bankruptcy judges the ability to alter mortgage terms. The House of Representatives is gearing up to vote on the amendment, but it’s not likely to be an easy victory by any stretch.

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 READ MORE



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California’s High Court to Rule on Marriage Ban

The California Supreme Court has agreed to examine the state’s recently adopted marriage ban, scheduling a hearing for March. The court will decide whether Prop. 8 was a sweeping revision or a simple amendment to the state’s constitution, and whether legally married same-sex couples should suffer a blanket divorce.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE



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Jerry Brown Says Prop. 8 Should Remain In Effect, for Now

Is Jerry Brown just doing his job, or is he trying to be all things to all Californians? The attorney general said in a statement that the state’s high court should review the recently passed gay marriage ban, but until then, “... The public interest would be better served by allowing Proposition 8 to remain in effect ... .”

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Logic Lessons With Sarah Palin: Gay Marriage Edition

Just to go out on a limb here, doesn’t supporting a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage on the federal level represent a very real form of “judgment” about the people and relationships that are granted the official stamp of legitimacy and those that aren’t?

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


Google Comes Out for Gay Marriage

Co-founder Sergey Brin explains on Google’s blog why the tech giant officially opposes California’s Prop. 8, a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state: “While there are many objections to this proposition ... it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2008 READ MORE


A Court of Radicals

In knocking down the District of Columbia’s 32-year ban on handgun possession, the conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court have shown again their willingness to abandon precedent in order to do whatever is necessary to further the agenda of the contemporary political right.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008 READ MORE


When Common Sense Is Unconstitutional

As much as I abhor the possible real-word impact of the Supreme Court’s Second Amendment ruling, I fear that it’s probably right.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Notes on a California Sea Change

Watching the couples in line for licenses in Beverly Hills on the first day of gay marriage in California, I was struck by how the scene was so commonplace, even boring—just a bunch of men and women waiting their turn at a nondescript government office.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Could L.A. Accidentally Elect a White Separatist?

Not many people pay attention to judicial elections, especially one held in June, and it’s for that reason that some Angelenos are worried about the campaign of William Johnson. A white separatist, Johnson is apparently counting on a lack of attention and the support of Ron Paul’s local organization to help him to victory.

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Votes Against Torture Ban

Sen. John McCain has established himself as an outspoken critic of torture, which makes his vote Wednesday against the Feinstein Amendment, which would set limits on the types of interrogation techniques used by American intelligence agencies, all the more puzzling—or, in the case of The Atlantic columnist Andrew Sullivan, heartbreaking.

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Dodd Gears Up for FISA Filibuster

Sen. Chris Dodd is preparing to take to the Senate floor with a filibuster to thwart the legislative advancement of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act if it doesn’t include his proposed amendment, co-sponsored with Sen. Russ Feingold, that would prevent the Bush administration from retroactively letting big telecom companies off the hook for allowing the government to conduct warrantless surveillance on their networks.

Posted on Dec 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Supreme Court to Rule on Gun Rights

The Supreme Court will rule on the Second Amendment for the first time since 1939, when it examines whether a handgun ban in Washington, D.C., is constitutional. A decision is expected next summer, so expect to see a lot of tap dancing from the candidates, particularly those who’ve changed their minds about gun violence or suddenly discovered a love of hunting.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Reinhold Matay

Giuliani Does a 180 on Gay Marriage?

Looks like Rudy Giuliani has changed his tune when it comes to gay marriage.  Giuliani reportedly told Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins that he would support a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage—a bit of news, the Huffington Post points out, that might surprise Rudy’s former roommates.

Posted on Oct 22, 2007 READ MORE


While the GOP Frets Over Nonexistent Flag Burning…

A brutal dictator in North Korea threatens our country with an “annihilating strike and a nuclear war” in response to America’s rhetoric over N. Korea’s possible missile launch (which was probably a hoax anyway).

  • Keep in mind that Sen. Orrin Hatch said that passing the flag-burning amendment was “the most important thing the Senate could be doing.” Good to know the Republicans really have their eye on the ball.

    Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


  • Bush and Flag
    From deskpicture.com

    Andy Borowitz: Bush Opposes Marriage Between a Man and a Flag

    The political satirist reports on the president’s discovery of what could be the greatest wedge issue of the 2006 midterm elections.

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


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    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Flag Amendment Fails by Single Vote

    Shame on all 66 senators who voted “yes” for this travesty. That means you, John McCain, Evan Bayh, George Allen, Sam Brownback and Chuck Hagel.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    From koce.org

    Even Scalia Opposes Flag-Burning Amendment

    The arch-conservative Supreme Court justice is quoted in this Jonathan Alter column as saying that banning flag-burning would “[dilute] the very freedom that makes this emblem so revered.?
    Mr. President, when you find yourself to the right of Antonin Scalia, you’ve crossed over into crazy town.

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    anti-gay protester
    From real-e-works.com

    Religious Right Seeking to Ban Gay Marriage Without Congress

    In the wake of the marriage ban’s failure in the Senate, conservative Christian leaders are discussing an unprecedented—although apparently legal—maneuver to amend the Constitution without congressional approval.

    Posted on Jun 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Sanity: Gay Marriage Ban Fails in Senate

    The Senate voted down a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but Republicans will keep the issue alive in the House with another vote. Two Democrats, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson and West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, voted in favor of the ban.

    Posted on Jun 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    Top: Mike Luckovich / Middle: Dwayne Powell / Bottom: Mr. Fish

    Debate Begins on Gay Marriage Amendment

    President Bush renewed his call for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Detractors called the move transparently political—in light of the fact that the proposed amendment stands virtually no chance of passing either house of Congress.

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    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - Bush’s Creation Union

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    Supreme Court Limits Whistle-Blower Lawsuits

    The court today ruled that First Amendment guarantees do not always protect government employees when they speak out pursuant to their official capacities—as opposed to as citizens speaking out on matters of public concern.

  • Here’s how SCOTUSblog interprets the ruling: “This apparently means that employees may be disciplined for their official capacity speech, without any First Amendment scrutiny, and without regard to whether it touches on matters of ‘public concern’—a very significant doctrinal development.”

  • Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Mike Bloomberg
    From edgeboston.com

    NYC Mayor Bloomberg: I’d Allow Same-Sex Marriages

    Landing another left on the right, as the Daily News put it, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg vowed that the city will perform gay marriages, if permitted, and came out strongly against a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriages.

    Posted on May 29, 2006 READ MORE


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    photos: senate.gov

    Shouting Match Over Gay Marriage Amendment

    After a Senate committee approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., strode out of the room, and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., bid him “good riddance.”

    Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Laura Bush: Don’t Campaign on Gay Marriage Amendment

    The First Lady welcomes the debate over the issue, but says it should not “be used as a campaign tool, obviously.”
    Guess it wasn’t “obvious” to her husband when he was campaigning for reelection in 2004.

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Conservatives Kill Proposal to Scan All Shipping Containers

    If you need more proof that right-wing lawmakers care a helluva lot more about their ties to industry than about safeguarding the country, read this post.

    Posted on Apr 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Religious Leaders Band Together Against Gay Marriage

    About 50 prominent religious leaders—including Catholic cardinals and archbishops—have signed a petition in support of a constitutional amendment blocking same-sex marriages.

    Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Republicans Defeat Net Neutrality Proposal

    Remember John Edwards’ “Two Americas”? Well, a House subcommittee just moved us closer to a country of “Two Internets,” in which only the wealthy will enjoy the fastest connection speeds.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    No Deal on Immigration

    The immigration bill, which seemed to have majority support, failed in the Senate Friday amid efforts to amend the bill. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the amendments proposed by conservative Republicans “filibuster by amendment.” So much for the hyped bipartisan compromise on immigration reform.

    Posted on Apr 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Feingold Favors Legalizing Gay Marriage

    Watershed moment: A credible presidential hopeful stakes out the high moral ground—and the progressive left political ground—on homosexual marriage. He calls a pending Wisconsin amendment against same-sex marriages “a mean-spirited attempt” to single out gay men and lesbians for discrimination.

    Posted on Apr 5, 2006 READ MORE


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