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Court orders father of slain Marine to pay for anti-gay protesters’ court fees

The father of a Marine killed in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters was ordered to pay the protesters’ appeal costs, his lawyers said Monday. On Friday, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Snyder to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist…

Democrats to dodge accountability on public option

Most Democrats say they support a public option, but we probably won’t know for sure as they’re unlikely to cast a vote on it. The last hope for an up-or-down vote on the provision in the current bill faded on Friday, when one of its most outspoken backers scrapped his…

McCain’s opponent: Gay marriage law allows ‘man on horse’ unions

Sen. John McCain — despite supporting the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” prohibition on openly gay servicemembers — has been a staunch critic of a national amendment to ban same-sex unions. In fact, during debate on the federal marriage amendment in 1994, he called the push to ban same-sex marriage…

Supreme Court hints it plans to make gun ownership a national right

“Most of the Supreme Court justices who two years ago said the 2nd Amendment protects individual gun rights signaled during arguments Tuesday that they are ready to extend this right nationwide and to use it to strike down some state and local gun regulations,” David A. Savage reports for the…

Supreme Court gun case could imperil basis of state laws

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could affect the ability of states and cities to pass gun bans, and, more broadly, could shift the balance of power between the states and Washington. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of a challenge to Chicago’s…

House Democrats in disarray over anti-torture provision

Democratic leadership in the House was in disarray last night after having to withdraw the 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act, moments before it was to have been voted upon, as the result of a controversial anti-torture provision. The amendment was added in the House Rules Committee late on Wednesday and had…

Barney Frank backtracks on opposition to Senate health bill: ‘I was overreacting’

Now supports passing Senate legislation through House WASHINGTON — Backtracking from a declaration he made just after the election of Republican Scott Brown Tuesday night, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has tempered his opposition to the Senate health reform bill. “I have realized that my statement last night was more pessimistic…

Franken’s anti-rape amendment becomes law

Over the unexplained objections of 30 Republican Senators, an anti-rape amendment authored by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) became law Monday with President Obama’s signature on the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. The provision was sparked by the gang-rape of a 19-year-old Kellogg, Brown & Root employee by her coworkers…

Nelson stalls health bill over anti-abortion demands

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson said Thursday he won’t support the Senate health bill in its current form, saying he’s still not satisfied that the bill will prevent federal funding from going to abortions. The senator from Nebraska became the focus of Democrats’ efforts Thursday to rally the 60 votes they…

Volcker slams ‘outlandish’ bank bonuses, tells Wall Street to ‘wake up’

Financial reform in doubt as pro-Wall Street forces step up battle The man often credited with successfully ending America’s long struggle with inflation in the 1980s issued a stern warning to the world’s bankers that they aren’t doing enough — or doing the right things — to prevent further economic…

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