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Obama offers wishes to Mandela on birthday

US President Barack Obama hailed Nelson Mandela on his 93rd birthday Monday, saying the former South African leader remains “a beacon for the global community, and for all who work for democracy, justice and reconciliation.” A statement issued by the White House on behalf of the president and his wife…

Obama picks RIAA lawyer to replace Kagan as solicitor general

President Barack Obama announced Monday that he plans to nominate former Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lawyer Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. as solicitor general, a position formerly held by Elena Kagan. Verrilli currently serves as deputy counsel to the president and previously served as an associate deputy attorney general…

2 lawsuits challenge US Defense of Marriage Act

2 lawsuits challenge federal Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of couples in NY, Conn., VT, NH Gay civil rights groups trying to build momentum for a possible Supreme Court showdown filed two lawsuits Tuesday that seek to strike down portions of a 1996 law that denies married same-sex couples…

Group offers $100,000 for ‘information leading to the arrest and conviction of Karl Rove’

Amid the launch of a new campaign to encourage greater scrutiny of the right-wing “American Crossroads” groups known to many as the “shadow RNC,” an activist organization declared that it would give $100,000 to any person who comes forward with “information leading to the arrest and conviction of Karl Rove.”…

Veterans’ group: CIA blocking lawsuit over experiments on troops

An advocacy group working on behalf of Vietnam veterans has asked a federal judge in California to sanction the CIA, saying the spy agency has been blocking efforts to uncover its role in alleged experiments on US soldiers from the 1950s to 1970s. The Vietnam Veterans of America filed a…

ACLU sues Montana on behalf of same-sex couples

The ACLU announced today that it is filing a lawsuit against the state of Montana on behalf of same-sex couples who have been denied the same legal protections as opposite-sex couples. The plaintiffs of the case Donaldson and Guggenheim v. State of Montana consists of seven committed same-sex couples. In…

GOP fundraiser canceled after congressman claims Obama ‘favors’ blacks

The Republican Congressman who suggested that President Obama “has a default mechanism in him that breaks down [on] the side of race” has already been widely criticized for his remark. But adding insult to injury, even a Republican candidate has now canceled a fundraiser where Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was…

ACLU sues on behalf of former gov’t prosecutor who spoke out about Gitmo trials

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former government prosecutor who was fired after he spoke out against the Obama administration’s handling of Guantanamo Bay detainees. The suit alleges Col. Morris D. Davis was fired from the Congressional Research Service after he wrote an…

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