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Supreme Court justice: No protection for women in Constitution

Roe v. Wade ‘a total absurdity,’ Scalia told audience Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s belief that women have no protection under the constitution could herald the return of officially-sanctioned gender discrimination, a prominent Washington lawyer says. Justice Scalia reiterated his position that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment doesn’t guarantee protection against…

US press should fear being targeted: Assange

WASHINGTON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday that a US government effort to prosecute him should serve as a warning to journalists in the United States. Assange, in an interview with the MSNBC television network, said there has been a “quite deliberate attempt to split off our organization from…

Civil groups band together to demand US protect press freedoms

Over two dozen civil organizations banded together on Wednesday to speak out against actions that would limit the free speech of journalists. In the wake of the disclosure of thousands of US diplomatic cables by secrets website WikiLeaks, some government officials have called for legal or military reprisals against the…

UN restores gay reference in anti-violence resolution

Gay rights advocates scored a hard-fought victory at the U.N. on Tuesday when member states restored a reference to sexual orientation, dropped last month from a resolution opposing the unjustified killing of minority groups. The removal of the reference, at the urging of African and Arab countries last month, alarmed…

UPDATE: Senate rejects GOP’s second START rewrite

UPDATE: The Republican effort to rewrite the START treaty with Russia failed. Senators by a vote of 60-32 rejected an amendment adding language on short-range nuclear weapons. The new arms treaty with Russia deals with only long-range missiles, Democratic senators noted. (Story continues below) Republican senators that vote for the…

Republicans block child nutrition bill

Republicans block legislation to feed more children, improve school lunches. House Republicans have temporarily blocked legislation to feed school meals to thousands more hungry children. Republicans used a procedural maneuver Wednesday to try to amend the $4.5 billion bill, which would give more needy children the opportunity to eat free…

House Republicans target Constitution in health reform battle

In an effort to block all or part of President Obama’s health reform laws, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) today introduced a proposed amendment to the Constitution that would allow states to veto federal legislation. As introduced to the House of Representatives, the so-called Repeal Amendment would drastically change how the…

Tea party leader: Restricting vote to property owners ‘makes a lot of sense’

Tea Party Nation President Judson Phillips said denying the right to vote to those who do not own property “makes a lot of sense” during a weekly radio program. “The Founding Fathers originally said, they put certain restrictions on who gets the right to vote,” Phillips said. “It wasn’t you…

GOP Rep. asks Clinton to declare WikiLeaks a ‘foreign terrorist organization’

A key Republican Congressman from New York has a new definition for the word “terrorism” that doesn’t require the use of violence or even fear. All that’s needed to be a terrorist, according to Rep. Peter King, the incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is a website revealing…

GOP lawmaker says naked body scanners violate Fourth Amendment

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is violating the Fourth Amendment by forcing travelers to submit to scans that produce images of the naked body, according to one Republican congressman from Texas. Speaking on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Ted Poe blasted former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for his links…

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