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Are Medical Insurance Mandates Constitutional?

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s health-care plans contain some form of mandate—a requirement that Americans purchase insurance. At least one legal scholar wonders whether that’s constitutional. At the very least, Karl Manheim argues in an Op-Ed article, it’s “certainly unprecedented.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2008 READ MORE


Musgrave

More GOP Bigotry at ‘Values Conference’

Want to see unbridled hate masquerading as a defense of “values”? Watch Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo) call the prevention of gay marriage “the most important issue we face today.” (More important than global warming, terrorism, etc.)

Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


Bush's new marriage amendment
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


    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


    Gonzales Sidesteps Legal Issues of NSA Spying

    The attorney general, in defending the NSA’s collection of millions of U.S. phone records, claims it is constitutional—but conveniently ignores the fact that it appears to be illegal.

    Posted on May 24, 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


    Ehab_Elmaghraby
    From Barry Iverson / The New York Times

    U.S. to Pay $300,000 to Ex-Detainee

    The federal government is settling a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian who claims he was abused in a Brooklyn detention center and then deported on suspicion of having links to terrorism.

    Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


    The Shooting Party (a perspective from the right)

    As I understand the profound concern of the ever-alert White House reporters, they smell a constitutional crisis because the shooting party failed to alert the media of the accidental shooting down in Corpus Christi, Texas.

    Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times Calls Spy Program Patently Illegal

    The Gray Lady, in an editorial, eviscerates Bush’s defense of his spying program, point by point. | editorial

    Posted on Jan 29, 2006 READ MORE


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