David Boies on His Case Against Prop 8

David Boies, the prominent Democratic attorney who is working with his former adversary Ted Olson to argue for gay marriage, sees the case as consistent with his work as a lifelong liberal, and with Olson's as a conservative.

Gay Marriage on Trial: Dissecting 'Moral Disapproval'

NEWSWEEK correspondent Eve Conant is blogging this week from inside the California Supreme Court as it hears arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Theodore Olson, in his opening statement is arguing that the Supreme Court has described marriage as a basic civil right, one associated with the right to liberty and intimate choice. "In short, in the words of the highest court in the land, marriage is the most important relationship in life." Judge Vaughn Walker is pressing...

This Week in Conservative Media: Connecting the Dots, Terror and Obama Not Firing Anyone

The twitter Tweet Tracker collection on the National Review's The Corner blog is rife with commentary on U.S. security failures. "Mutullab could get on a plane but joan rivers couldn't," tweets the Review's Kathryn Lopez.  But the tweeting doesn't seem to be resulting in any of the changes conservative commentators have been calling for all day, which is for top officials to get sacked over security lapses leading to the thwarted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

This Week in Conservative Media: 'From Allahu Akbar to Crayola Akbar'

HotAir.com's Allahpundit comes up with this Crayola Akbar line in a post exploring how two of the four leaders allegedly behind the plot to blow up Northwest Flight 253 last week had been released by U.S. authorities from in late 2007. "This reads like a plot of one of the those over-the-top David Zucker attack ads against the left─except it wasn't the left that presided over this one," writes Allahpundit.

This Week in Conservative Media: Hoping Health Care Won't Pass

"Obamacare" is dominating the otherwise sluggish headlines this week. The National Review's editor Rich Lowry and Robert Costa, the William F. Buckey Jr. Fellow at the National Review Institute lead the site with a hopeful salvo for conservatives: "Five Reasons It Might Not Pass."Their No. 1 reason? "Public Revulsion." The latest NBC/Wall St.

How I Learned to Sled Without a Sled

I was one of those people totally unprepared for the massive snowstorm currently hitting D.C. that's headed up north. This fact leads me to why I am writing this—fear not New Yorkers and other Northern-folk, there are lots of ways to have fun in the snow when everything is sold out.Last night when my friend Colleen mentioned renting cross-country skis I thought, brilliant!

This Week in Conservative Media: 'ClimateGate' and a Media Cover-Up

Hundreds of private e-mail messages and documents by climate-change researchers were stolen from a server at a British university and circulated among global-warming skeptics last week, fanning the flames of the debate over global warming just ahead of negotiations in Copenhagen to hammer out an international climate accord.

Census Worker Hanging Ruled a Suicide

Kentucky police say that census worker Bill Sparkman, whose body was discovered naked and hanging from a tree in a rural cemetery Sept. 12 with the word "Fed" scrawled across his chest, committed suicide.

This Week in Conservative Media: Health Rationing and Mammograms

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Monday said women in their 40s should stop routinely having yearly mammograms, and older women should have them only every other year, recommendations that have divided the medical community ("It's crazy—unethical, really," Harvard radiologist Daniel B.

This Week In Conservative Media: When it Comes to Fort Hood, Why Ask Why?

"I could not believe I was hearing that question all weekend: why did he do it? Why did a Muslim, in touch with Al Qaeda, open fire on U.S. military personnel?" asks Rush Limbaugh. "I tell you something, folks, political correctness and a lot of other things are gonna lead to our downfall." Limbaugh also discusses how the House Judiciary Committee just voted to strip the Patriot Act of a provision allowing the government to spy on people who are not linked to known terrorist groups, i.e. "lone...

Maine Looked Like Promising Ground for Gay Rights

Maine should have been an example of strength in numbers for gay-marriage proponents but instead turned into heartache. If you don't count the District of Columbia, according to Gary Gates of the Williams Institute, a think tank at UCLA's school of law devoted to gay-rights policies, Maine "has the highest number of same-sex couples per 1,000 households (so the highest per capita) of any state." So what happened?

This Week in Conservative Media: Apparently, Mao Is Not Dead

At least he's not if you're a conservative pundit tracking the Obama administration. It's been almost a week since Glenn Beck ran a segment featuring White House Communications Director Anita Dunn counting Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa among two of her favorite political philosophers, and the "mainstream media," according to Bill O'Reilly, are still refusing to deal with it.O'Reilly, mystified, asked Brit Hume: "Look, what if you said, well, look, Hitler came out of nowhere after the Weimar...

The Kindest Cut

One day, when Sila Folow was an 8-year-old girl living in Mali, four elderly women held her down on the dirt floor of an outhouse and, in keeping with local tradition, used a sharp blade to cut out her clitoris and most of her labia.

The 16th Minute: Andrew Speaker

Then: While in Rome for his honeymoon in May 2007, Andrew Speaker learns he has an extreme form of drug-resistant tuberculosis. He flies to Montreal, crosses the border, gets quarantined by the U.S. government and sparks a TB scare.

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