ACLU of Michigan opens its first office in Grand Rapids

Senate confirms Feldblum for EEOC

Ireland: First same-sex civil partnership planned

ADF attorneys, pro-life groups: Parental involvement more needed for abortions than for body piercings

Maine governor’s “change of heart” on same-sex “marriage”

Indian law school to launch course on “gay rights”

Arizona’s unmarried partners set to lose health benefits

Telegraph: Cameron must face the challenge of Islamisation in the UK

Richard Chamberlain: “I wouldn’t advise gay actors to come out”

    TVGuide.com: “‘It’s complicated. There’s still a tremendous amount of homophobia in our culture. It’s regrettable, it’s stupid, it’s heartless, and it’s immoral, but there it is,’ he tells The Advocate. ‘For an actor to be working is a kind of miracle, because most actors aren’t, so it’s just silly for a working actor to say, “Oh, I don’t care if anybody knows I’m gay” — especially if you’re a leading man. Personally, I wouldn’t advise a gay leading man—type actor to come out.’”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Source: www.tvguide.com

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Baby boomers near 65 with retirements in jeopardy

MD: Brinkley not convinced same-sex “marriage” will become law

Alaska needs a law school, lawmaker says

Obamacare litigation, the Commerce Clause, and child pornography laws

    Orin Kerr Orin Kerr writing at The Volokh Conspiracy: “One of the interesting arguments raised in the litigation over the individual mandate is whether courts should adopt a new activity/inactivity distinction in Commerce Clause doctrine . . . If the child pornography laws are an unconstitutional mandate, must the child pornography laws be struck down at least as applied to innocent possession? In other words, is it beyond the reach of Congress to require those who come into innocent possession of child pornography to take reasonable steps to destroy it or report the matter to law enforcement?”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: volokh.com

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Kuwait Times: Anti-polygamists run into opposition

NY: Greek church to sue Port Authority over land for rebuilding

New governors attack state debt

    Christian Science Monitor: “The story is the same in practically every Middlesex, village and farm community. States and municipalities spent more than they could afford. They ran up pension obligations. They borrowed for stadia and swimming pools. And now, like Ireland and Greece, they can’t keep up with the payments.”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.csmonitor.com

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Iowa: “Vander Plaats: Gronstal is politically vulnerable”

“Citizen Soros” now targeting messenger

    WorldNetDaily: “[W]hether it affects him or not, octogenarian billionaire George Soros’ funding of a media ‘monitor’ that routinely attacks traditional and conservative media is becoming a focal point. The report by Matthew Vadum, editor of Organization Trends, is scheduled to be released by the Capital Research Center in January . . . Vadum’s report documents how for a long time Soros’ has been buying up media properties and funding ‘left-leaning’ websites and groups, many of which try to keep their ties hidden.”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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American companies created jobs in 2010 = 1.4M overseas; less than 1M domestically

    AP: “The Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank, says American companies have created 1.4 million jobs overseas this year, compared with less than 1 million in the U.S.”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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Iowa: “Branstad: governor doesn’t have a role in impeachment”

As Jan. 9 Sudan secession referendum nears, Christian leaders urge prayer

Last police officer in Mexican border town missing

Apple again rejects Manhattan Declaration app

Key healthcare provisions take effect as GOP moves into House

    The Hill: “The massive overhaul of healthcare approved by Congress earlier this year will begin to take effect in 2011, though some of the biggest changes prompted by the law — including the mandate that everyone buy insurance, the state insurance exchanges and subsidies to help most Americans buy insurance — don’t kick in until 2014.”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Man prosecuted for reading wife’s e-mail without her authorization

EU hopes Philippine Congress will approve RH bill

Michael J. New: Teen birthrates and the media

Nebraska: Telemedicine in abortion foes’ sights

SCOTUSblog: Feb., March arguments. day by day

Abortion issues splits Oregon charities

Ireland: Abortion an issue for all-party committee, says Fine Gael leader

Kansas: Brownback picks Stegall as his general counsel

    Kansas City Star: “A northeast Kansas county prosecutor who has represented missionaries detained in Haiti and former state Attorney General Phill Kline will be Gov.-elect Sam Brownback’s top staff lawyer. Jefferson County Attorney Caleb Stegall will become the general counsel for the governor’s office when Brownback is sworn in Jan. 10.”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.kansascity.com

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VA: “Gay miner sues Massey subsidiary”

Turkey’s religious directorate expert demands religious education authority

AZ: Lawmakers seek return to electing judges after redistricting dustup

    Verde Independent: “The dust-up over the process of nominating candidates for the Independent Redistricting Commission is giving new ammunition to those who want to scrap Arizona’s merit selection process for judges. Several key state lawmakers say they would welcome the chance to revisit the 1974 constitutional amendment, which took away the right of voters to directly elect judges to the Arizona Supreme Court, the state Court of Appeals and the superior courts in Maricopa and Pima counties.”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Source: verdenews.com

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German Christians attack embryo screening

End-of-life decisions and the bureaucracy

    Wesley J. Smith writing at The Corner: “The new regulation is not alarming in and of itself. In fact, we should all have these discussions with our doctors and loved ones, and we should all prepare advance medical directives . . . The original policy became controversial out of the reasonable fear that in the drive to cut costs, the ‘counseling’ could become ‘pressure’ to refuse care.”

    James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal: “But there is also a substantive reason why the administration and its allies wanted to keep this quiet: It reminds people that ObamaCare’s promise to deliver ‘universal health care’ while saving money can be kept if the government assumes the power to deny medical treatment in the name of controlling costs. Death panels are intrinsic to the ObamaCare scheme.”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Germans seek ban on Islamic radicals

IL: FFRF objects to Tower Square displays in Marion

Heritage Foundation: Why does religious freedom matter?

    Jennifer Marshall writing at The Heritage Foundation: “The key to America’s religious liberty success story is its constitutional order. The Founders argued that virtue derived from religion is indispensable to limited government. The Constitution therefore guaranteed religious free exercise while prohibiting the establishment of a national religion. This Constitutional order produced a constructive relationship between religion and state that balances citizens’ dual allegiances to God and earthly authorities without forcing believers to abandon (or moderate) their primary loyalty to God.”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.heritage.org

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Indonesian gov’t urged to deal with Bogor church intimidation

Obama regulations put death panels back in health care

Coburn predicts “apocalyptic pain” if spending isn’t reined in

Charter school bills headed to Kentucky legislature

Home prices falling faster in biggest US cities

Doing nothing about Saudi promotion of Islamic extremism

China rebuffs Vatican on religious freedom

WSJ: Obama’s detainee mess

UK: Coalition ministers consider same-sex “marriage” plans

Chris Matthews: Why doesn’t Obama just release the birth certificate?

Bishop: British legal system protecting rights of minorities over Christians

Alaska governor wants court to reconsider teen abortion law

OH Supreme Court OKs state’s satellite TV tax

Biggest conservative names bidding goodbye to CPAC

Media Matters to fund new “Equality Matters” initiative

Phyllis Schlafly: Re-evaluating “free trade” with China

NC Council of Churches to be led by open homosexual

WA: “Conscience protection” lawsuit may move forward

Pew Research Ctr: Women, men and the new economics of marriage

Gates: DADT still in effect

    National Journal: “A day after President Obama signed legislation repealing the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ ban on openly gay troops, Defense Secretary Robert Gates had a different message for senior Pentagon officials: The restrictions remain in effect, and service members who violate the 17-year-old law could still face ‘adverse consequences.’”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nationaljournal.com

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Phoenix bishop explains decision; Catholic Health Association backs hospital in abortion case

Will states consider new tests for “Roe”?

Only 1 percent of “bad” schools turn around

San Francisco archbishop to consult with Catholic Healthcare West on ethical policies

    Catholic San Francisco: “San Francisco Archbiship George Niederauer ‘intends to initiate a dialogue’ with the leadership of Catholic Healthcare West regarding questions raised by Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted over CHW affiliate St. Joseph’s Hospital’s compliance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services used by the U.S. bishops to govern moral choices in Catholic health care.”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.catholic-sf.org

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GOP chairman candidate Maria Cino criticized for avoiding pro-abortion connections

National Catholic Register: What the military must learn from the Church

College censors, get ready to open your wallets

UK: Scrap compulsory acts of worship in schools, say teachers and campaigners

Judges must increase confidence of public

    Shira Goodman and Lynn A. Marks writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Even if the public’s concern about judicial bias is over-blown, judges know that the true power of the courts is rooted in the public’s perception and public confidence in fair and impartial justice. When that confidence is undermined – whether for good reason or not – the foundation of our justice system is shaken.”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.philly.com

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Weaver reflects on Michigan’s top court

    Traverse City Record-Eagle: “Weaver, a Republican who stepped down in July after 36 years as a judge, including 16 on the high court, said she enjoys a certain satisfaction when clearing her drive and walkways . . . She negotiated a deal with Gov. Jennifer Granholm to step down six months before her term ended in exchange for the appointment of a northern Michigan judge. Granholm picked Alton Davis, Weaver’s choice and a well-respected appeals court judge from Grayling.”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: record-eagle.com

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Obama trails Bush on judicial confirmations

Rasmussen: Just 21% want FCC to regulate Internet

AK Supreme Court rules that state may certify Murkowski as election winner

5th Circuit: En banc rehearing granted in suit over student distribution of religious themed materials

Pat Buchanan: Who owns the future?

    Pat Buchanan writing at Townhall: “What American schools are failing at, despite the trillions poured into schools since the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, is closing the racial divide. We do not know how to close the gap in reading, science and math between Anglo and Asian students and black and Hispanic students.”


  • Posted: 12/28/2010
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  • Source: townhall.com

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