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Gay marriage ruling affecting other cases

Gay marriage ruling affecting other cases

When the Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law, Justice Anthony Kennedy took pains in his majority opinion to say the ruling applied only to legally married same-sex couples seeking benefits from the federal government. But judges and lawyers representing same-sex couples are already using Kennedy’s language and reasoning in other cases […]

Two Republicans voted before they took office

Two Republicans voted before they took office

It only took two days for majority Republicans in the House to suffer their first embarrassment. Two of their members, including the House Republican campaign chairman, voted a half-dozen times in Wednesday’s opening session before they were sworn in. Reps. Pete Sessions, the campaign chief, and Mike Fitzpatrick were at a reception in the Capitol […]

Reading the Constitution: Education or futility?

Reading the Constitution: Education or futility?

Republicans and Democrats took turns politely in a historic recitation of the Constitution from the House floor Thursday, but the decorum hardly meant they were in agreement. In a nod to the tea partiers who put the Republicans in power, GOP lawmakers took time out from their campaign to change the way government works to […]

Birther soldier cops a plea

Birther soldier cops a plea

An Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama‘s eligibility for office pleaded guilty Tuesday to one of two charges against him. Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colo., pleaded guilty in a military court to a charge that included disobeying orders to meet with a superior and […]

Court weighs constitutionality of gay marriage ban

Court weighs constitutionality of gay marriage ban

A line of questioning at an appeals court hearing over California‘s gay marriage ban suggested the three judges could issue a decision that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state but leave intact bans in other western states under the court’s jurisdiction. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard nearly three hours of arguments […]

Another stupid mistake by tea party darling Christine O’Donnell

Another stupid mistake by tea party darling Christine O’Donnell

Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, a tea party candidate whose lack of grasp of issues shocks even the party faithful, shocked a law school audience during a debate Tuesday when she claimed the Constitution didn’t call for a on Tuesday questioned whether the U.S. Constitution calls for a separation of church and state. […]

Rand Paul hedges on tax code revamp

Rand Paul hedges on tax code revamp

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul sidestepped questions Wednesday about revamping the federal tax code, a day after the tea party favorite took a stand to replace the income tax with a national sales tax. Paul, a limited-government advocate, said he supports a “simpler tax code” but wouldn’t offer specifics about his written comments to […]

GOP’s uneven record on the Constitution

GOP’s uneven record on the Constitution

Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia won his seat in Congress campaigning as a strict defender of the Constitution. He carries a copy in his pocket and is particularly fond of invoking the Second Amendment right to bear arms. But it turns out there are parts of the document he doesn’t care for — lots […]

Repubicans go after birthright citizenship

Repubicans go after birthright citizenship

Leading Republicans are joining a push to reconsider the constitutional amendment that grants automatic citizenship to people born in the United States. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Tuesday he supports holding hearings on the 14th Amendment right, although he emphasized that Washington’s immigration focus should remain on border security. His comments came […]

Feds fear impact of gay marriage ruling

Feds fear impact of gay marriage ruling

A judge’s rulings in Massachusetts that the federal law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional could have implications far beyond the state if they’re upheld by a higher court after an appeal by the Obama administration, legal experts say. U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro said the law, the Defense of Marriage Act, interferes with the right […]