Could L.A. Accidentally Elect a White Separatist?

May 19, 2008
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.
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McCain Votes Against Torture Ban

Feb 15, 2008
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.

Dodd Gears Up for FISA Filibuster

Dec 18, 2007
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.

Supreme Court to Rule on Gun Rights

Nov 21, 2007
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.

Giuliani Does a 180 on Gay Marriage?

Oct 22, 2007
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.

While the GOP Frets Over Nonexistent Flag Burning…

Jul 3, 2006
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.

Even Scalia Opposes Flag-Burning Amendment

Jun 23, 2006
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.