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In surprise move, Vietnam asks citizens for public comment on their constitution

Vietnam’s government has asked its 90 million citizens for public comment on their constitution, and the request has prompted a flurry of rare public critiques from intellectuals, former officials, and civil society groups.  That type of reaction from the public might seem normal in a democracy,…  …

Changes to Hungary’s constitution spur thousands to protest

Thousands of Hungarians gathered outside the country’s parliament in Budapest Saturday in protest at changes to the new constitution they say infringe on civil rights. After a demonstration on Thursday, protestors and a number of NGOs including Amnesty International launched a second rally against a package of measures due to…

Three arrested in protest of proposed North Carolina same sex marriage ban

Three activists were arrested Thursday afternoon after entering the North Carolina House floor and chanting “Liberty and Justice for All in North Carolina” while the chamber was in session. The incident was part of a GetEQUAL campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment to the North Carolina Constitution that would define…

Redford: ‘The parallels are obvious’ between my movie and Bush-era policies

In Robert Redford’s new movie, The Conspirator, a cabinet official decides that what he thinks can assure the stability of the nation is more important that the individual liberties afforded by the Constitution of that nation. Thus, he pursues military tribunals instead of civilian trials for those he determines are…

Republican bill would halt ‘unauthorized’ U.S. strikes in Libya

Two Republican congressmen, Rep. Timothy V. Johnson (IL) and Rep. Justin Amash (MI), have introduced legislation to the House of Representatives that would prevent the United States from carrying out further military operations in Libya until such actions were authorized by Congress. Johnson and Amash claimed that President Barack Obama…

Kucinich: Obama could be impeached for attacking Libya

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) says President Barack Obama did not have the constitutional authority to order U.S. forces to participate in an attack on Libya. In a conference call with other liberal lawmakers Saturday, Kucinich asked why the U.S. missile strikes were not impeachable offenses, according to two Democratic lawmakers…

Top Reagan DOJ official slams Scalia for ‘secretly’ meeting tea party members

WASHINGTON – A top Justice Department official under President Ronald Reagan tore into Justice Antonin Scalia for holding a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill with tea partyers. “Justice Antonin Scalia galloped beyond the farthest boundaries of judicial propriety in secretly meeting on Capitol Hill to discuss the Constitution with Tea…

‘War criminal!’: Ron Paul backers crash Cheney-Rumsfeld reunion

Supporters of libertarian Republican Ron Paul shouted down former Vice President Dick Cheney at a conservative conference Thursday, in a sign of a growing foreign policy rift on the American right. Cheney had appeared on the first day of the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference to introduce Donald Rumsfeld, the…

Rumsfeld to receive ‘Defender of the Constitution Award’ at CPAC

Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will be honored with the “Defender of the Constitution Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual event attended by numerous conservative activists, journalists, and politicians. WorldNetDaily columnist Brad O’Leary and American Conservative Union chairman David A. Keene will present the…

Army ‘revisiting’ ban on female soldiers in combat units, Gen. Casey announces

The Army’s top general said recently that a policy banning women from combat arms units could soon be revised. “We’re looking at revising the policy,” Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told a breakfast gathering of the Association of the U.S. Army in Arlington, Va. “We’ve had some work going on…

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