With the democrats in control of Congress, some activists are hoping they'll add a controversial issue to their to-do list: revisiting the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.
President George W. Bush might have taken a "thumping" in the election last week, but that hasn't exactly made him humble when it comes to presidential appointments.
Democrats weren't the only big winners in last week's election. Abortion "grays" made gains too. "Grays" are what the Democratic think tank Third Way calls the mushy middle of the electorate when it comes to the thorny issue of abortion.
Will last week's New Jersey Supreme Court decision on gay marriage have an impact on next week's election? The ruling opened the door to make the state the second in the nation—after Massachusetts—to allow gay marriage by finding that the legislature must offer same-sex couples some form of marriage or civil union.Gay marriage was one of the hot-button issues in 2004, but Evan Wolfson, executive director of the gay-rights group Freedom to Marry and author of "Why Marriage Matters" (Simon &...
Mitt Really Wanted To Be Here, But He Thought It Would Be More Fun To Speak To You By Video From Someplace Else
The whereabouts of Ann Romney, first lady of Massachusetts, are not usually the stuff of urgent news releases. But this morning the Family Research Council was eager to alert reporters that Mrs.
The U.S. Supreme Court opens its 2006 session tomorrow--the High Court's first full term with its two new members, Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito.
If you thought only wonks in Birkenstocks cared about global warming, think again. Last week a coalition of green activists, states and cities, religious groups, energy companies and even a ski resort filed briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency should regulate greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.
For Seattle-area pastor and gay-marriage opponent Joseph Fuiten, there was little time to savor the good news. Within hours after the Washington Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage, Fuiten--who leads a 2,000-member congregation--was drafting a missive about the ruling to send to 30,000 conservative Christian voters.
The final gavel has landed, the last oyez-oyez sounded for the summer. So how did the new Roberts Supreme Court stack up? Despite this week's contentious decisions on Texas redistricting plans and the legal rights of enemy combatants at Guantánamo, the court struck a more harmonious note overall.
The confirmation battle over Judge John Roberts is about to take center stage. George W. Bush quickly nominated Roberts to serve as chief justice--a move the president had considered all along, according to one adviser close to the process who refused to be quoted because of the sensitivity of the deliberations.
When the Food and Drug Administration announced Aug. 26 it was again delaying a decision on whether to make Plan B--the morning-after pill--available over the counter for women 17 and older, Commissioner Lester Crawford cited the problem of limiting distribution to younger teens.
In 39 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, John G. Roberts earned a reputation as an unflappable advocate for his clients. But this week, when Roberts testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in his own bid to join the high court, he'll face a different challenge.
The choice was contentious even before it was official. The name of John G. Roberts--President George W. Bush's pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor--leaked to the press about an hour before the judge appeared at Bush's side in the East Room of the White House last night.