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Court says ‘nada’ to stay on Utah gay marriage ruling

Court says ‘nada’ to stay on Utah gay marriage ruling

A federal appeals court on Sunday declined to stop officials in Utah from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples following a judge’s ruling last week that overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage. Utah Governor Gary Herbert asked for an emergency stay to prevent marriage licenses from being issued to same-sex couples after U.S. District […]

Death of a nation

Death of a nation

The tragic shootings in Arizona that left six people — including a child and a federal judge — dead and Congresswoman Gabriellle Giffords fighting for her life highlights on one one hand just how violence-pr0ne political debate and rhetoric has become in our nation. On the other, it showcases the fine line between passion and […]

Obama’s embattled health care plan: Is there a doctor in the house?

Obama’s embattled health care plan: Is there a doctor in the house?

The scorecard on the legal fight over President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul is two judges in favor and one against. But these are the early rounds in preliminary bouts. The one that really counts — a showdown at the Supreme Court — is at least a year away. The health care law suffered its […]

Judge rules key part of Obamacare unconstitutional

Judge rules key part of Obamacare unconstitutional

A federal judge in Washington ruled Monday that a key part of President Barack Obama‘s health care law is unconstitutional because the feds can’t force Americans to buy insurance. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson said no court in the nation has expanded the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to allow regulation of an individual’s […]

Judge sends Alaska Senate race to the courts

Judge sends Alaska Senate race to the courts

A federal judge has granted a temporary injunction halting the certification of Alaska’s hotly contested Senate election — an order that requires Republican candidate Joe Miller file a formal challenge of the vote count in state court. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said Friday that Miller’s challenge to the counting of write-in […]

Pentagon orders open doors for gays

Pentagon orders open doors for gays

The Pentagon said on Tuesday it had told U.S. military recruiters to allow gays and lesbians to apply for service, as gay veterans tested a court order striking down the military’s ban on openly serving homosexuals. California-based U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ordered the military a week ago to stop enforcing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t […]

Even with court ruling, military gays still don’t tell

Even with court ruling, military gays still don’t tell

When word came down of a judge’s ruling that gays could serve openly in the military, an Air Force officer received joyous congratulations from a comrade. Realizing there was someone in the room who didn’t know his sexual orientation, the officer pretended it was a joke and laughed it off. He figured it was too […]

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ a sticky issue for Democrats

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ a sticky issue for Democrats

At a time when President Barack Obama is trying to rally his political base, his administration is fighting to temporarily preserve the ban on gays serving openly in the military, even though his core supporters want it ended now. The Justice Department is appealing a court ruling that would stop the Clinton-era “don’t ask, don’t […]

While politicians debate, judge acts on ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

While politicians debate, judge acts on ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

A federal judge’s ruling that the military must stop its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy comes amid conflicting concerns of gays who think the government is moving too slowly to let them serve openly and Pentagon officials who believe that moving too quickly might disrupt a military engaged in war. Gay rights groups have said […]

Sentenced Times Square bomber warns of more attacks

Sentenced Times Square bomber warns of more attacks

The Pakistani immigrant who tried to detonate a car bomb on a busy Saturday night in Times Square accepted a life sentence with a smirk Tuesday and warned that Americans can expect more bloodshed at the hands of Muslims. “Brace yourselves, because the war with Muslims has just begun,” 31-year-old Faisal Shahzad told a federal […]