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Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions

Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions
Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early Monday to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country as time was running out on the Texas Legislature's special session.
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Do Federal Courts Even Have the Authority to Rule on Same-sex Marriage?

Do Federal Courts Even Have the Authority to Rule on Same-sex Marriage?
Lyle Denniston, the constitutional literacy adviser for the National Constitution Center, looks at a new development in the same-sex marriage lawsuits that could bar federal courts from deciding the issue.
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The Government is Tracking Your Snail Mail, Too

The Government is Tracking Your Snail Mail, Too
New York Times investigation finds government tracking of Americans' mail 'more extensive than previously disclosed'
Though over a century old, one often overlooked aspect of government surveillance continues to expand and evolve: the tracking of Americans' mail by the U.S. Postal
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Cincinnati May Lose Its Sole Abortion Clinic

Cincinnati May Lose Its Sole Abortion Clinic
The greater Cincinnati area could soon become one of the largest in the country without an abortion provider.
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Lawsuit Aims to Break Arizona's Secrecy Over Experimental Lethal Injections

Lawsuit Aims to Break Arizona's Secrecy Over Experimental Lethal Injections
Major media organizations have levied a federal lawsuit to force Arizona to break its secrecy around lethal injections by revealing the drugs and processes used to kill people, because the public has the "right" to know.
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Idaho Republican: No Marriage Licenses For Anyone Because Gay Marriage Is Legal

Idaho Republican: No Marriage Licenses For Anyone Because Gay Marriage Is Legal
In response to a federal court decision striking down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage, GOP state Sen. Steve Vick wants his state to consider “eliminating marriage licenses in Idaho.”
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Could a Brief 1972 Ruling Stop the Same-Sex Marriage Movement?

Could a Brief 1972 Ruling Stop the Same-Sex Marriage Movement?
The Constitution’s grant of ultimate judicial power in the federal system to the Supreme Court has meant, at least since the 1796 decision in the case of Ware v. Hylton, that the Justices had the power to strike down state laws that conflicted with the national Constitution.
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Big Money Bankrolls Opposition to Movement to Overturn Citizens United

Big Money Bankrolls Opposition to Movement to Overturn Citizens United
An historic vote in the U.S. Senate earlier this year to amend the constitution to reverse Citizens United and stem the flood of money into our elections – expected to top $1 billion this election cycle – has the Koch brothers spooked.
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California Is Legally Obligated to Lessen Its Prison Population, Prop 47 Diverts Those Savings to Education.

California Is Legally Obligated to Lessen Its Prison Population, Prop 47 Diverts Those Savings to Education.
This November 4th, when Californians go to the polls, they will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. This initiative is a criminal reform to reclassify some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, permitting re-sentencing for prisoners serving time for crimes classified as felonies prior to its passage. California currently has a tremendous prison overcrowding problem, and the state is required to do something about this within the next two years.
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Harry Waksberg
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Top Virgina GOP Consultant on Why Homosexuality is Wrong: It's 'Where 'Poop' Comes Out of'

Top Virgina GOP Consultant on Why Homosexuality is Wrong: It's 'Where 'Poop' Comes Out of'
Steve Waters, a rabidly anti-gay bigot who is a leading Virginia GOP operative, has some interesting things to say about the evils of homosexuality. Whether it's wondering if Obama would fly the Christian Flag to the lack of liberals' tolerance to the perversion of marriage by men who put 'part of [their] anatomy where 'poop' comes out of," Mr. Waters certainly has a way with words.
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