George Soros vs. judicial elections: Stripping people of power, giving lawyers control of courts

Obama again speaks up for “Ground Zero mosque”

Judge stops contribution limits in Kentucky school board races

Marriage out of vogue, kids out of wedlock in Bulgaria

“MEPs call for Europe-wide recognition of gay relationships”

Suit threatens Planned Parenthood funds

The quickly unraveling clerkship market

    Concurring Opinions: “It’s not surprising, but it is a little sad, to report that the judicial clerkship hiring plan is on its last legs. The plan, as you may recall, organized hiring of clerks by prohibiting schools from sending materials before a certain date (the day after Labor day) and asking judges not to call to schedule and then hold interviews for a week and change (this year, September 13 and 16th, respectively) . . .”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.concurringopinions.com

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Report: US must deal with homegrown Islamic radical problem

    CNSNews: “The U.S. was slow to take seriously the threat posed by homegrown radicals and the government has failed to put systems in place to deal with the growing phenomenon, according to a new report compiled by the former heads of the Sept. 11 Commission. The report says U.S. authorities failed to realize that Somali-American youths traveling from Minnesota to Mogadishu in 2008 to join extremists was not an isolated issue. Instead, the movement was one among several instances of a broader, more diverse threat that has surfaced across the country.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.cnsnews.com

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Dutch politician Geert Wilders heads to ground zero

DADT ruling could spur Senate to act

Why Afghanistan has reacted so sharply to threat of Koran burning

    The Christian Science Monitor: “In Kabul, parliamentary candidates have put up signs vowing retaliation against the US if Korans are burned and in at least two provinces, anti-American protesters have been shot outside NATO compounds. In one northeastern province, an Afghan National Army outpost was almost overrun and a protest in Kabul earlier this week included stone-throwing at US humvees . . . While it’s hard to see an isolated Quran burning in Florida driving many ethnic Tajiks or Uzbeks to the Taliban’s side, the history of Afghanistan is replete with examples of insults against Islam – real or imagined –- lighting the dry religious tinder that cuts across ethnic lines there. That’s a strategy the Taliban has pursued for decades.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.csmonitor.com

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Atheist billboard provokes Oklahoman Christians

Dems could lose 8 Empire State seats in US House

1st Circuit asked to consider whether “under God” is political or religious

Heritage Foundation: A defense of the elected judiciary

    Deborah O’Malley writing at The Heritage Foundation: “The assault against elected judges has entered a new and more dangerous phase: Millions of dollars are being poured into efforts to promote ‘merit’ selection of state judges, a system in which unelected, unaccountable experts and special interests recommend for appointment—and in some cases select—judges as a way to combat politicization. Yet merit selection does not remove politics from the judicial selection process; it merely drags politics out of the public spotlight, much to the advantage of liberal special interests—and to the detriment of public accountability. While not perfect, judicial elections are far more effective than ‘merit’ selection as a means of promoting judicial independence and public accountability.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.heritage.org

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Hitmen kill 25 in bloodiest day on Mexico-U.S. border

Mosque furor, Koran burning: Anti-Islamic fervor mobilizes US Muslims

Ground Zero mosque’s eerie echo of ancient terror – the rabat

    Amir Taheri writing in The New York Post: Islam is a religion, not a culture. Each of the 57 Muslim-majority nations has its own distinct culture — and the Bengali culture has little in common with the Nigerian. Then, too, most of those countries have their own cultural offices in the US, especially in New York . . . In fact, the proposed structure is known in Islamic history as a rabat — literally a connector. The first rabat appeared at the time of the Prophet . . . After each ghazva ["raid"], the Prophet ordered the creation of a rabat — or a point of contact at the heart of the infidel territory raided. The rabat consisted of an area for prayer, a section for the raiders to eat and rest and facilities to train and prepare for future razzias.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nypost.com

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Web host kicks church sites to the curb for “hate speech”

    Adotas: “Rackspace Hosting, web host to a plethora of websites, including two sites run by Dove World Outreach Center (pastor Terry Jones’ church) has announced that both of those sites have been shut down . . . Having used the church’s websites to gain publicity for the event by using the domain name ‘Islam is of the Devil,’ Dan Goodgame, spokesman for Rackspace said the church violated the ‘hate speech’ provisions of its contract with the web host.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.adotas.com

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Transvestites demand use of opposite sex bathrooms in Argentina

Washington Post Editorial: Congress needs to stop stonewalling on federal court vacancies

    Washington Post: “As the parties have squabbled, the number of “judicial vacancies” has more than doubled — from 20 at the beginning of the Obama administration to 49. Backlogs have grown, as have workloads for sitting judges and legal fees for litigants. Responsibility starts with the president. Judicial nominations have not been high on Mr. Obama’s to-do list . . . The president’s focus on his policy agenda helps to explain the lack of attention, but it is nevertheless perplexing because Mr. Obama is a former constitutional law professor who should appreciate the importance of the federal courts.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association membership declines

Haley Barbour on “gay rights” and same-sex “marriage”

    Politico: “On a different issue, Barbour signaled how he might respond to questions about gay rights when he was asked about former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman’s decision to disclose that he is gay. The governor recalled that he had worked alongside gays in his years in GOP politics — ‘no big deal to me,’ he said. But he noted that he, and an overwhelming majority of voters in his state, had voted to affirm traditional marriage. ‘Those two things are compatible with each other,’ he said. More broadly, Barbour suggested that fiscal issues were so resonant at the moment that there was little need to focus on cultural issues.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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Video game industry gears up for battle against Calif. law

NC: Thousands gather for Islamic Eid Prayer at state fairgrounds

DADT in Reid’s hands

Planned Parenthood report shows abortions up 6 percent, adoptions down

Canada: “Upholding gay blood ban awkward, but correct”

Australia: Adoption service welcomes same-sex adoptions as opponents vow to fight

“A huge Muslim problem: inbreeding”

Home schoolers victims of U.N. treaty

Fla. pastor, imam at odds over Koran-burning deal

    OneNewsNow: “Imam Muhammad Musri said he was clear on Thursday when he told the Rev. Terry Jones that he could set up a meeting with planners of the New York City mosque, but insisted he never promised to shift the location. Jones announced after the meeting — with Musri at his side — that they had a bargain and that he would call off the Quran-burning for Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Later he accused Musri of lying and said the burning was only suspended, not canceled, leaving a question of whether he’d go through with it.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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Churches and whole villages being torched doesn’t receive the attention of one Koran in the U.S.

Michelle Malkin: The eternal flame of Muslim outrage

    Michelle Malkin writing at Townhall: “Pardon my national security-threatening impudence, but when is the ‘Muslim world’ not ready to ‘explode’? . . . When everything from sneakers to stuffed animals to comics to frescos to beauty queens to fast-food packaging to undies serves as dry tinder for Allah’s avengers, it’s a grand farce to feign concern about the recruitment effect of a few burnt Korans in the hands of a two-bit attention-seeker in Florida. The eternal flame of Muslim outrage was lit a long, long time ago.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: townhall.com

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“John Roberts, the accidental Chief Justice”

    Linda Greenhouse writing at The New York Times / Opinionator: “Had [Justice O'Connor] anticipated that the chief justice would not serve out the next Supreme Court term, she told me after his death, she would have delayed her own retirement for a year rather than burden the court with two simultaneous vacancies . . . It’s easy to forget, for example, that John Roberts was an accidental chief justice . . . had Chief Justice Rehnquist learned of his dire prognosis a month sooner than he did, I think there is at least a fair chance that Sandra Day O’Connor would still be on the court.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

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Napolitano uses the “t” word in reference to Al Qaeda

    Politico: “Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11 with a speech Friday in New York vowing to keep up the fight against terrorists and to ‘to enlist the nation in its own collective security.’”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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Napolitano use the “t” word in reference to Al Qaeda

    Politico: “Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11 with a speech Friday in New York vowing to keep up the fight against terrorists and to ‘to enlist the nation in its own collective security.’”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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Questions for Imam Rauf from an American Muslim

    M. Zuhdi Jasser writing in the Wall Street Journal, “Questions for Imam Rauf from an American Muslim” [full text via Google News]: “Imam Rauf and his supporters are clearly more interested in making a political statement in relation to Islam than in the mosque’s potential for causing community division and pain to those who lost loved ones on 9/11. That division is already bitterly obvious. As someone who has been involved in building mosques around the country, and who has dealt with his fair share of unjustified opposition, I ask of Imam Rauf and all his supporters, ‘Where is your sense of fairness and common decency?’”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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USC Law: U.S. Supreme Court preview, Sept. 20

    USC Law: “USC Law is presenting the third annual ‘U.S. Supreme Court: A Preview,’ featuring distinguished legal scholars Kathleen Sullivan of Stanford Law School, John Eastman of Chapman Law School and Rebecca Brown of USC Gould School of Law . . . The panelists will discuss and debate the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court Term, which begins Oct. 4. They will look at the dynamics of the Court, the appointment of Justice Elena Kagan and the Court’s future.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: lawweb.usc.edu

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Samuel Gregg: Fiat money and public debt

    Samuel Gregg, Research Director at the Acton Institute, writing at Public Discourse: “[O]ne of the Great Recession’s unexpected benefits is the manner in which it has reignited a range of economic debates that have needed attention for some time. One is a widespread questioning of the methods and priorities of mainstream economic science. Another discussion concerns the conduct of monetary policy . . . Closely related to this are questions about the long-term viability of fiat money: the means of exchange that has dominated the world since the end of the gold standard . . . One [of the problems associated with fiat money] is the greater ease with which it permits governments to devalue currencies, thereby reducing the wealth of those with assets denominated in that currency . . . [It] facilitat[es] systemic moral hazard throughout entire economies . . . [and] it encourages the illusion that governments and central banks can somehow ‘manage’ multi-trillion dollar economies.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Harvard’s endowment rises 11 percent to $27.4B

Pa. mosque opens peacefully near synagogue, church

Feds say AZ violates rights of English learners

“Gay group counters Target money”

Health plans respond to Obama administration’s warning on premiums

FRC statement on court decision overturning the law on open homosexuality in the military

    Family Research Council: “[Family Research Council President Tony Perkins]: ‘It is hard to believe that a District Court level judge in California knows more about what impacts military readiness than the service chiefs who are all on the record saying the law on homosexuality in the military should not be changed. Once again, homosexual activists have found a judicial activist who will aid in the advancement of their agenda. This is a decision for Congress that should be based upon the input of the men and women who serve and those who lead them.’”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.frc.org

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NYPD “army” to keep peace at opposing 9/11 rallies near mosque

    New York Post: “The NYPD has called up ‘an army of cops’ to handle rival protests expected to draw thousands to the site of the planned Ground Zero mosque on the anniversary of 9/11, sources said yesterday. ‘We want to keep everyone in their corners. You don’t want the opposing sides to clash,’ an NYPD official told The Post. ‘All eyes are going to be on New York City that day. No one wants to see a fight on Sept. 11.’”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nypost.com

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TN: Springfield pastor plans to burn Koran

“Footballers’ call girls are the result of sexualised society”

Accused abortionist transported women in scheme to evade state laws

Court delays ban on federal funds for US stem cell work

Federal stem cell funding is temporarily back on track

Scientists are optimistic as Appeals Court lifts injunction against stem-cell research

ERLC interns gain cultural insight

Adult stem cell scientists ask federal district judge for a summary declaratory judgment and a permanent injunction enjoining unlawful federal funding of research involving the destruction of living human embryos

Caution: Wretched hive of villainy ahead

Stem cell funding wins temporary reprieve

Ousted Michigan jurist stands by election system

    Blog of LegalTimes: “Cliff Taylor, former chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, voiced his support for the system that removed him from office during a panel discussion today about merit selection and its power to reshape America’s state courts. Taylor and former campaign manager Colleen Pero addressed the gathering sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. They released a study underwritten by the American Justice Partnership, and written by Pero, asserting that billionaire George Soros has spent $45 million to ‘hand judicial selection over to small, unaccountable commissions comprised of legal elites.’”


  • Posted: 09/10/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: legaltimes.typepad.com

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“Federal stem cell funding wins temporary reprieve”

MN: City recognizes wrongful termination of Christian worker

Stem-cell funding reinstated . . . for now

Roma expulsions must stop now, MEPs tell France

US appeal court overturns embryonic stem cell ruling

Obama Administration scurries to fund embryo destruction after court ruling

Palin backs Tea Party candidate in Delaware’s Republican Senate primary

Haley Barbour faces backlash, said pro-lifers should scrap social issues

Polish public largely against joining Euro Zone

Court suspends ban on stem cell research funding

Gingrich to Obama: Treat Ground Zero mosque organizers like Koran burners

NIH to resume funding stem cell research for now

Hillary Clinton from the State Department: Eid Mubarak

Thousands protest Koran burning plan in Afghan north

Protester to burn Quran at Wyoming Capitol to protest mosque and Obama stance