Sonia Diaz

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Same-Sex Couples, A Widow, And A Nation Wait On The Supreme Court

Many outcomes are possible in the challenges to California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act that are due to be decided by the justices in the coming weeks. A complex path got the cases — and the country — to a moment of waiting.<p>WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is expected to decide two …

Social Conservatives Still Control the GOP

Despite worries that their focus on abortion and gay marriage is a liability for Republicans, they're as well-organized, vigilant, and powerful as ever.<p>Ever since Republicans got clobbered in the last election, some have suggested they dial back some of their hard stances in the culture war. The …

About half the Senate skipped classified NSA briefing

Father’s Day was more important<p>America may currently the middle the most intense national debate about data privacy since 9/11, but you wouldn't be able to tell that by looking at the U.S. Senate. The Hill reports that more than half of the senators decided to skip out on a classified briefing on …

Gun control still on minds as Sandy Hook massacre anniversary passes

Kim Russell and Neil Heslin join MSNBC to discuss the six-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre and whether or not progress has been made on gun control since.

8th Grader Arrested Over NRA T-Shirt Argument Now Faces A Year in Jail

The West Virginia eight-grader arrested and suspended over his National Rifle Association T-shirt with an image of a firearm is now facing a $500 fine and a year in jail.<p>A judge is allowing prosecutors to move forward with charging Jared Marcum, 14, with obstructing an officer, WOWK-TV …

Crime

Anti-alcohol bill leaves many Turks dispirited

ISTANBUL — Turkey is about to enact the strictest alcohol laws in the republic's 89-year history in a move that some Turks complain is part of a creeping Islamist agenda.<p>The bill supported by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would prohibit the sale of alcohol from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and forbid …

Major U.S. Weapons Compromised By Chinese Hackers, Report Warns

A previously undisclosed portion of a U.S. Defense report lists the specific weapons system designs that it says have been at least partially …