The Supreme Court is tackling one of the most divisive First Amendment issues, agreeing on Monday to hear a case on whether an upstate New York town violated the Constitution by opening its public meetings with a Christian prayer.
Jeffrey Nugent is a member of the NRA and a strong defender of the Second Amendment. But there is one major difference between him and his brother, rocker and gun-rights advocate Ted Nugent: he believes in expanding background check...
David Cameron's marriage equality legislation faces a challenging series of votes in parliament today, the Guardian reports, the primary one coming from an amendment by Tory opponents to grant civil partnerships to heterosexual couples: Maria Miller, the equalities minister, has...
Bill Maher on Friday once again exposed himself as a total hypocrite. Minutes after telling his HBO Real Time panel "the Second Amendment is bulls--t," he admitted having two firearms in his house - "one upstairs and one down" - claiming, "As long as we live in the gun country, I ain’t giving up my gun" (video follows with transcript and commentary): read more
A new poll shows Virginia voters may be ready to support legalizing same-sex marriage after a 2006 vote that ratified a constitutional amendment defining marriage as “between one man and one woman.” The poll, conducted by The Washington Post, saw a 13% increase in “acceptance of gay marriage” since 2006, and more specifically, a 25% [...]
(Floyd Abrams) Floyd Abrams was invited to say a few words about his latest book Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment (Yale University Press, 2013). His comments are set forth below. When one tries to determine which of his articles, speeches, testimony, letters, reviews and the like over a 45-year period [...]
Remember all those gun nullification bills that cropped up back in January? Last month, Kansas went ahead and passed one. Senate Bill 102, also known as the Second Amendment Protection Act, became effective in Kansas on April 25. And it has led to a high-level back and forth between Attorney General Eric Holder and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R).
Our founding fathers could never have imagined that a single click of a mouse would one day demand protection under the First Amendment.
(Prof. Ronald Collins, guest-blogging) Here is the last installment before Mr. Abrams’s post. Thanks to Eugene for having me and thanks to all for the comments (critical ones included) from your readers. RC “Our approach under the First Amendment has wisely, I think, generally been to risk suffering the harm that speech may do in order to avoid the [...]
The magnitude of this violation of phone call confidentiality speaks volumes about a political readiness to ride roughshod over the right to data privacy and the right to protect one's sources, the cornerstone of journalistic work.
(Prof. Ronald Collins, guest-blogging) Sometimes Fortuna deals a hand that forever changes the arc of one’s life. And so it was when Floyd Abrams met a remarkable man from Romania. After graduating from Cornell in 1956, Floyd Abrams ventured to New Haven to study law at Yale Law School, home of many renowned constitutional law scholars. Once there, Abrams [...]
Nicole Grant will pay for her $42,152 mistake, even if she'll only pay $125 at a time. In 2009, Grant was indicted on one count of stealing government property in excess of $1,000 after she failed to notify the government that she was no longer eligible for Supplementary Security Income......
As the Senate considers a bipartisan immigration reform bill, Sen. Jeff Sessions has offered a series of amendments that create more obstacles on immigrants’ path to provisional and permanent legal status. One of Sessions’ amendments would require that undocumented immigrants have a minimum average income and consistent employment over the 10 years of provisional status [...]
TweetAre you up to speed on this one? Laird Harrison of KQED has the deets on the original “My Jihad” campaign. Then some lady spent money on ads making fun of that campaign. An example can be found here. But then the SFMTA responded by quoting Maya Angelou since it couldn’t figure out any different [...]
As expected, the backbench Tory campaign for an EU referendum bill started as soon as the Queen’s Speech proved not to contain one. The first battle is over an amendment… Continue reading The post EU referendum amendment is just first step in long battle appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday adopted six Republican amendments to immigration reform legislation to strengthen the border. One amendment sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Read more...
Immigration reform is finally beginning its move through the Senate, with the Senate Judiciary Committee starting to tackle hundreds of proposed amendments. Proposing a ridiculous number of amendments is just one of several Republican...Show More Summary
Defying expectations, Congress is poised to take a serious shot at immigration reform. A bipartisan group of eight Senators has agreed on a bill. One of the GOP's brightest young stars, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), has linked his political future to passage of the bill, and so far managed to wade through a flood of harsh criticism from the right. Show More Summary
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a gay rights amendment to the Senate's immigration bill, prompting one of the measure's Republican sponsors to repeat his prediction that it would sink the l...
Last year, young science advocate and activist Zack Kopplin was honored with one of four "Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment" awards (named after the Playboy founder) and accepted it at the famed mansion... This year's winner, like Zack, is well known to the atheist community and also very deserving of the honor. So congratulations to Jessica Ahlquist :) [Click headline for more…]