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Will Californians Vote On Executing Gays and Lesbians?

Unless a court intervenes, the state will have to allow an attorney to collect signatures for a ballot measure that would authorize mass murder.<p>California has always done democracy a bit differently than most other states. Every other year, voters in the Golden State cast ballots not just for …

Rights & Freedoms

Photograph: KCNA/Reuters<p>Choe Chun-gil, arrested by North Korea as a spy.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/27/1427424135438/23551890-0708-4b6f-abf3-57d57a1a4fe6-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: KCNA/Reuters<p>Choe Chun-gil, arrested by North Korea as a …

North Korea

Disagreement over whether 9/11 hijackers had support inside US, report says

Nearly 14 years after Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans in New York City, Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, there is disagreement over whether there were others inside the U.S. who knew about the plot in advance and aided the 19 hijackers, according to a special review …

GOP Lawmakers Give Obama Warning on Raising Taxes Through Executive Action

Earlier this month White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama was “very interested” in the possibility of raising taxes through …

How the U.S. Supreme Court Left Amtrak Waiting

The court ruled that the passenger rail service is indeed a government entity. But the details of how it will be allowed to manage its on-time performance could take years to resolve.<p>Amtrak has technically won its Supreme Court case against freight railroads, but it's not yet clear if train …

Fox News Host Greta Van Susteren Gives Obama a Blistering ‘Refresher’ on the Constitution

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren gave President Barack Obama a “refresher” on the U.S. Constitutional during her program Wednesday night.<p>Image source: Fox News<p>“Let’s all go ‘Off the Record’ for a minute. President Obama and I both have this common: We both went to it and taught at law school,” she …

A matter of rights: Supreme Court bar to challenge military courts

<b>ISLAMABAD:</b><p><b>The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has decided to challenge before the apex court the proposed creation of military courts that will</b> …

The Meaning of Magna Carta since 1215

Ralph V. Turner considers how and why Magna Carta became a beacon of liberty in Britain and, increasingly, in the United States.<p>Most students of …

Magna Carta

Treason: Obama Aids the Enemy

For A Closing Act, Obama Has A Bold Plan To Transform Child Care

President Barack Obama has taken on some pretty ambitious projects, from overhauling health care to slowing global warming. As he comes to the end of his time in office, he’s trying for one more -- although very few people in Washington seem to have noticed, and the most important steps will …

House GOP Pulls Anti-Abortion Bill on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

The House Republican leadership reversed course on plans to vote on an anti-abortion bill deemed too restrictive by many female lawmakers in its …

Citizens United protesters disrupt Supreme Court

Seven people were taken into custody for disrupting the opening minutes of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of a decision by the …

1,000 'criminal aliens' released by ICE committed new crimes, Grassley says

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Friday that 1,000 of the more than 36,000 "criminal aliens" released by federal immigration authorities in 2013 have been convicted of new crimes.<p>Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, cited Department of Homeland Security statistics in a statement released …

GOP chairmen to lead task force to develop Obamacare alternative

Three powerful committee chairmen — including Rep. Paul Ryan — will lead a working group to develop an alternative to Obamacare, the House Republicans’ most serious attempt thus far to develop their health care reform package, according to GOP sources.<p>Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the Ways and …

Justice Sotomayor: Stop Bending the Constitution to Favor Cops

Has the Supreme Court given law enforcement more leeway that the Constitution permits? Justice Sonia Sotomayor seems to think so. At oral argument in <i>Rodriguez v. United States</i>, a case involving the use of drug-sniffing dogs during traffic stops, Justice Sotomayor vigorously resisted the …

Sarah Palin bemuses Republicans with rambling speech and talk of 2016 run

Iowa Republicans voiced scepticism on Monday over Sarah Palin’s claim to be contemplating a campaign for president in 2016, amid criticism of her unusual speech to a conservative rally in the state.<p>The former Alaska governor and vice-presidential nominee revived speculation about her future over …

Republicans

Democrats block Keystone XL bill

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Senate Democrats blocked an effort by Republicans to end debate on a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, a setback for GOP leaders who must rely on a handful of Democrats who have supported the project in the past in order to get approval of their top legislative priority …

Keystone bill fails to clear Senate hurdle, debate drags on

Senate Republicans failed to rally enough votes Monday to advance a bill approving the Keystone XL Pipeline, putting a crimp in their plans to quickly move toward a final vote.<p>The preliminary vote, on shutting down amendment submissions, was 53-39. The bill needed 60 to advance.<p>Senate Democrats …

Budget for Koch-backed network: almost $1 billion for 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies that …

AZ Students Must Pass US Civics Test

Education

Obama nears limit of executive powers

The list of actions he can take without Congress dwindles.<p>President Barack Obama can crank out all the executive actions he wants, but they’re not going to solve the biggest problems on his agenda.<p>That’s the reality the president faces as he prepares for his State of the Union address next week, …

Danish parliament debates closing mosque linked to Islamic State | The Star

COPENHAGEN—Denmark’s parliament is debating whether a mosque in the country’s west should be shut after police said it was used to recruit fighters …

Europe

House Votes to Restore Constitution

Following up on promises made during last year’s lame duck session, the House voted today to fund the Department of Homeland Security, and to …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

“An Affront to the Rule of Law and to the Constitution Itself”

<b>WASHINGTON, DC</b> – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) spoke on the floor today in support of the House’s efforts to stop President Obama’s unilateral …

U.S. Constitution

Paul Ryan isn't running for president. He's after something even bigger.

Most politicians who can gin up presidential speculation do (see Gingrich, Newt). It means more reporters covering their speeches, more money for their PAC, more invitations to the Sunday shows. But Rep. Paul Ryan took himself out of the race early.<p>"After giving it a lot of thought, I've decided …

House GOP Votes to Undercut Obama's Immigration Actions

House Republicans approved legislation Wednesday that would undercut President Barack Obama's immigration actions and voted to roll back protections for children brought into the country illegally.<p>Republicans in Congress, who have threatened retaliation against the White House since the president …

U.S. report says human rights worsen in China

BEIJING — A U.S. report Tuesday accused China's rulers of intensifying their repression of personal freedoms, even as the communist government has proclaimed a commitment to greater human rights.<p>Freedom House, a Washington advocacy group, said that since Communist Party leader Xi Jinping came to …