Nevada: Hearing next month could change abortion laws

OK: Hearing on abortion law challenge delayed

Milwaukee School Board proposal to offer free condoms to students

Irish lawmakers open debate on civil partnerships bill

European Court of Human Rights puts pro-life Ireland in hot seat

Judiciary Committee Approves Another Obama Pro-Abortion Judge, Louis Butler

NYCLU: Senate’s Failure to Pass Marriage is Disappointing, but Only a Temporary Setback

    NYCLU: “The New York Civil Liberties Union today denounced the State Senate’s failure to pass legislation to give lesbian and gay couples the ability to marry in New York State, but expressed confidence that the marriage bill will pass in the near future.”


  • Posted: 12/03/2009
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  • Category: Global
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  • Source: www.aclu.org

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“ACLU of Kentucky Goes to DC to Stop Stupak”

Senate Backs Mikulski Amdt, Could Require All Insurance Plans to Cover Abortions

Americans United for Life Criticizes the Harmful Authorization of Federally Funded Research on Human Embryonic Stem Cells

ACLU to Argue FRIDAY for Kindergartener’s Right to Religious Expression Before Appeals Court

ACLU lobbies Congress for abortion coverage

Court Struggles With Student Loan Bankruptcy Issues

Staten Island Republican Senator under attack for marriage vote

N.J. Senate will vote on marriage redefinition next week

LSAC Study on Law School Gaming Resources for US News Rankings

    Kenneth Anderson reports at the Volokh Conspiracy: “My law school’s Librarian and Associate Dean, Billie Jo Kaufman, sent around this latest newsletter from the Law School Admissions Council re a new study on how law schools move resources around in order to maximize USNWR rankings (thanks Billie Jo!). Here is part of the LSAC executive summary . . . ”


  • Posted: 12/03/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: volokh.com

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California Junior High Principal Apologizes For Not Warning Parents About Pro-Homosexual Program for 8th Graders

Harry Reid Responds to Critics of Abortion Funding in Senate Health Care Bill by Saying He Opposes Abortion

Deputy Attorney General David Ogden steps down

Attorney General Abbott defends Texas Pledge of Allegiance

Parents Take a Beating from School District, Court in Anti-Bullying Case

Mitt Romney and religious tolerance

    David E. Campbell, John C. Green and J. Quin Monson writing at USA Today: “Polls showed that anywhere from one-quarter to one-third of Americans openly said they would not vote for a Mormon candidate for president. Mormons are hardly the only religious group to face such overt hostility. Polls show that Muslims, Buddhists and people without a religion are all viewed more warily by Americans. And as America becomes more religiously diverse, we can expect still more candidates from faiths that might be unfamiliar to many Americans, or those who profess no religion at all.”


  • Posted: 12/03/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: blogs.usatoday.com

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“Same-sex marriage activists doom DOMA repeal”

    SF Civil Rights Examiner: “. . . Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has pushed aside the President’s proposal and introduced a bill repealing DOMA but only granting federal rights to married same-sex couples. As of January 1, 2010, this would only cover four New England states and Iowa. Congressman Nadler has abandoned his President at the behest of marriage-only activists, groups like Marriage Equality, USA, who believe including anything but marriage would undermine the drive for same-sex marriage.”


  • Posted: 12/03/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.examiner.com

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Killing Slaughterhouse: Understanding the controversial 1873 decision at the center of the Supreme Court’s upcoming gun rights fight

    Reason: “Gura explained in an earlier interview with Reason what that decision did to the Privileges or Immunities Clause: ‘The Slaughterhouse Cases declared pretty much that the only privileges and immunities protected by the 14th Amendment are those of national citizenship, rights that accrue out of the existence of the federal government, like the right to a passport or right to travel the waterways of the U.S. or to petition Congress.’ . . . By choosing to tell the Supreme Court that it should recognize Second Amendment rights as among the privileges or immunities the 14th Amendment was meant to protect, Gura is asking the Court to overturn Slaughterhouse. ”


  • Posted: 12/03/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: reason.com

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Senate Dems prep for hardball tactics in health debate after floor strategizing

Implicit Eurocentrism and the eternal infidel

    Razib Khan writing at Secular Right: “Some of the most vociferous Left multiculturalists in fact are strong believers in the distinction between the civilized and barbaric, they simply draw lines closer in. For example, ‘heteronormative Red State patriarchal Christian’ is a long-winded way of saying heathen or infidel. To many multicultural Leftists I suspect non-Western cultures are like the mythical Prester John, a potential ally against the near enemy. But like Pester John the ally is an illusion and fantasy, just as Western Leftist’s pretense toward cultural neutrality and acceptance of differences is predicated on fundamentally ‘Eurocentric’ norms and values.”


  • Posted: 12/03/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: secularright.org

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“Some gays seek renewed focus on civil unions”

New York lawmakers reject “gay marriage”

Massachusetts law limiting pro-life free speech should go to Supreme Court

A surprisingly dark day for homosexual demands in New Jersey

N.Y. Senate debates religion, defeats “gay marriage” bill

Sen. Nelson: I Won’t Support a Health Bill Without Stupak Language

Obama Administration OKs First Taxpayer-Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research

ADF defends “perfectly constitutional” Christmas parade

“Gay activists outraged by Vatican cardinal’s condemnation of homosexual acts”

Obamacare: How the Unions are “Getting Well”

    Howard Rich writes at Townhall: “‘The House resolution establishes a scenario that would effectively exclude non-union employers from eligibility to work on program-funded contracts,’ a recent opinion-editorial published in the Houston Chronicle noted . . . The scam works like this . . . ”


  • Posted: 12/03/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Church Challenge To Zoning Enforcement Not Barred By Claim Preclusion

Focs on the Family Action launches StandforChristmas.com

Illinois Governor Pushes Video Gambling at Racetracks

House Bill Seeks Immunity for “Military Gays”

5th Circuit OK’s School Rules on Student Distribution of Materials

Research documents the ‘U.S. News’ effect on law schools

Justices Thomas, Stevens Clash Over Death Row Appeal

Harvard Law stops free-tuition public law program

“Gov. Paterson will not re-introduce gay marriage bill to State Senate unless passage a sure thing”

Poll finds sexting common among young people

Pressure builds for PACER overhaul: DOJ Will Spend Over $15M on Legal Research This Year

    Legal Blog Watch: “Documents provided this week by the U.S. Department of Justice under a Freedom of Information Act request show that it will spend more than $15 million for legal research this year. Of that, it will pay more than $5 million to each of the major legal research providers, WestLaw and LexisNexis, and pay $4 million for access to the federal judiciary’s PACER system.”


  • Posted: 12/03/2009
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: legalblogwatch.typepad.com

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After major same sex marriage research, liberal CA org says: “We do not see a path to victory.”