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Republican state attorneys general sue Obama over birth control rule

Seven state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration that seeks to block the implementation of new federal government rules regarding contraception coverage. The attorneys general of Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas, along with some Catholic organizations, said in their lawsuit that the…

Romney woes leave Republican race on a knife-edge

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s future hangs in the balance. In one week’s time he could either be restored as the frontrunner in the Republican presidential race or be left staring into a political abyss. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, a Christian conservative who fiercely opposes gay marriage and abortion, has…

Michigan faces lawsuit over new domestic partner health care ban

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against a new state law that eliminates health care coverage for the domestic partners of public employees. The lawsuit charges that the new law discriminates against gay and lesbian public employees by forcing them to…

Hutaree militia defendant pleads guilty in Michigan

DETROIT (Reuters) – One of nine members of a Midwestern militia group that prosecutors have accused of plotting to kill police to spark a wider war against the U.S. government pleaded guilty on Monday to weapons charges, prosecutors said. Joshua John Clough, 29, formerly of Blissfield Township, Michigan, was among…

Medical marijuana clinic owner charged with trading pot for votes

The owner of a medical marijuana clinic in Michigan is facing criminal charges this week after it offered a half-gram of free weed in exchange for patients registering to vote. Shekina Pena, 34, owner of the Your Healthy Choice Clinic in Lansing, Mich., was officially charged on Monday with “Influencing…

Why Yes, Virginia, You Can Be Barred From Getting A Degree If You Won’t Do The Work

Julea Ward was a counseling student at Eastern Michigan University, and a devout Christian. The requirements of the program she entered complied with the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics. In part, a counselor is required to engage with clients who may possess values, whether cultural or religious, that differ…

It’s The Biggest Day In The World

Ohio State vs. Michigan today. (I’ve been in law school long enough that I initially wrote that Ohio State v. Michigan, Jesus.) I do have to give Michigan credit – there’s an anti-global climate change initiative called Stop the Buckeye focused on stopping the climate changes that are bringing the…

Your Day In Race

In Michigan, there’s a proposal (#2) on the ballot to permit stem cell research in the state. The “no” side has financed a series of ads talking about genetic research gone amok, presuming that we’ll somehow turn Michigan into a charmingly Midwestern Gattaca if it goes forward. It also makes…

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