Broken system? NJ Supreme Court to review “constitutionality” of education budget cuts

FL: Atheists plan to sue over donations of prisons’ basketball goals to churches

Jill Stanek: “Study: Contraception use up, abortions double; researchers can’t figure out why”

Welfare rules discourage marriage, Brownback says

Republican Congressman: Ban funding of Obamacare in every appropriations bill this year

    CNSNews: “Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) says that House Republicans should include language that prohibits any funding for implementation of Obamacare in literally every appropriations bill that passes the House of Representatives this year, thus forcing a showdown on the issue with the Democratic majority Senate and President Barack Obama.”


  • Posted: 01/03/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.cnsnews.com

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Nebraska: Abortion debate ahead for unicameral

Is the U.S. government promoting homosexuality overseas?

House Republicans schedule health care repeal vote

With Muslims, Europe sees no problem, and that’s the problem

Minn. educators want more Muslim books for public school

Denmark to host seminar on Iraqi religious dialogue

Syria’s debate over face veil ban

French police probe threats on Coptic Christians

Montreal community to challenge daycare religion ban

Complaint throws Yakima’s council prayers into question

“Democrats to push bill protecting gays in Virginia”

Website aims to be Facebook for “gays” in military

Law school not worthwhile for many: American Bar Association

“Hopes for gay-rights gains shift to courts”

NH: Same-sex “marriage” threatened

2011 R.I. Assembly: Expect battles on taxes, slots, “gay marriage”

US approves new trial of embryonic stem cells

Researchers treating religious, moral obsessions

Canada: Catholic school board found guilty of religious discrimination against UFO cult

“Gay and lesbian characters are popping up on shows for young people”

New fight brews over judge selection process in Tennessee

    Tennessean: “Currently, appeals court judges are appointed by the governor and run for re-election every eight years. The races are uncontested, but residents are asked to vote yes or no on whether the judges should be kept on the bench . . . The Tennessee Plan will expire in 2012. Emboldened by new Republican majorities after November’s elections, however, opponents may press the issue sooner. Opponents say that in addition to being unconstitutional, the Tennessee Plan makes judges unaccountable to voters.”


  • Posted: 01/03/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.tennessean.com

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Former Idaho charter school poised for Bible fight

Italy: Minister Frattini to bring the case of persecuted Christians before the next Council of EU Foreign Ministers

Ireland: Call to bring same-sex law in line with North

“Historic lesbian marriage in Boston Cathedral unites top clergy of Episcopal church”

Thomas Farrell: “The questionable ethical teachings of the Catholic bishops regarding abortion in the first trimester should be debated”

Iowa State Bar President: “Call to impeach judges is just wrong”

GA: Charter schools find homes on church campuses

Robert Knight: Tyranny by decree

Texas fiercely resists EPA air, water standards

Australia: Autistic boy, 16, allowed to become a woman but judge orders he freeze his sperm in case he wants to be a dad

TN: Antioch mosque project has drawn little attention

NYT Magazine lauds multiple simultaneous IVF for “twiblings”

Harvard stem cell advisory board chair bemoans Democratic funding chaos

Medicare to swell with Baby Boomer onslaught

Sifting options on corporate tax rates

California Lawyer interviews Justice Scalia: The Originalist

    California Lawyer: “In its most important aspects, the Constitution tells the current society that it cannot do [whatever] it wants to do. It is a decision that the society has made that in order to take certain actions, you need the extraordinary effort that it takes to amend the Constitution. Now if you give to those many provisions of the Constitution that are necessarily broad . . . an evolving meaning so that they have whatever meaning the current society thinks they ought to have, they are no limitation on the current society at all.”


  • Posted: 01/03/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.callawyer.com

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Mums and dads are optional extras in the evolution of families

“In isolated Utah city, new clubs for gay students”

On eve of new Congress, GOP struggles with rift over social issues

Egypt on high alert ahead of Coptic Christmas

No way out of marriage in Malta

Marriage, remarriage, and feminism

Iowa officials should forget about ousting justices; pass constitutional amend. instead

CA: “Lambda Legal urges Governor-Elect Brown to appoint unbiased, diverse judges”

May American courts appoint only Muslim arbitrators, pursuant to an arbitration agreement?

Next step after DADT repeal: “Equal rights for gay service members”

DC Examiner: America needs a new national debate on the Constitution

    Washington Examiner: “Comparing the words of the Constitution to the actions of our leaders in recent years will surely make clear the enduring wisdom of James Madison’s warning that ‘there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.’ Talking seriously about this condition is the first step to remedying it, just as Madison and the rest of the Founders intended.”


  • Posted: 01/03/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Ciudad Juarez residents flee Mexico’s “dying city”

Democrat regrets language in memo on “death panels” that reignited debate

Vermont, Montana lead battles over assisted suicide in 2011

Nevada Supreme Court dismisses Personhood Amendment appeal as moot

Cambridge University Press: Marketing Intelligent Design

    Marketing Intelligent Design
    Law and the Creationist Agenda
    Frank S. Ravitch, Michigan State University

    “Recently a new battle has emerged between science and religion. The battle has focused on intelligent design (ID) and the numerous legal, philosophical, and educational concerns surrounding it. Resolution of these concerns centers on two questions: Is ID science? And is ID religion? Despite the fact that ID does not meet the standards of scientific rigor, ID proponents have been able to create a remarkably well-designed marketing plan aimed at imposing a theistic naturalism in schools and scientific discourse. Both the ID movement and some of its most vociferous opponents have a vested interest in suggesting that science, especially evolutionary biology, and religion are incompatible. This book presents a philosophical and legal counterpoint by demonstrating the compatibility between religion and evolutionary biology and the incompatibility between ID and mainstream science.”


  • Posted: 01/03/2011
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.cambridge.org

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Mike Adams: Does Fort Worth ever cross your mind?

    Mike Adams writing at Townhall: “Those of us who are conservative Christians are apt to blame the problems of the world on others. When we aren’t blaming Obama specifically, we are blaming socialism and socialists generally. But none of these things are really problems. They are symptoms of a larger problem; namely, that others are assuming the responsibilities that Christians have been neglecting for years.”


  • Posted: 01/03/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: townhall.com

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ObamaCare repeal vote, bill to de-fund abortion, coming soon

Violence shows Christian, Muslim split in Nigeria

Bombing opens vein of Christian anger in Egypt

2011 RNC Chairman’s Debate today at 1:00 PM EST

Roots of British student unrest unresolved

Marriage: No avoiding the central question

No bailouts for government unions

    Heritage Foundation: “The problem with government unions is that, unlike the private sector, governments have no competitors. If a union ends up extracting a contract from a private firm that eats up too much profits, that firm will lose out to the competition. But when a union extracts a generous contract from government, there is no check on that spending. Instead of being disciplined by more efficient competitors, the government just pays for higher spending with higher taxes or borrowing.”


  • Posted: 01/03/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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Justice Roberts: End partisan feuds over judgeships

    SCOTUSblog: “Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., with a not-so-subtle suggestion that the Senate should stop playing politics with nominations of judges to the federal courts, on Friday called for a ‘long-term solution to this recurring problem.’ In another notable feature of his annual year-end report on the federal judiciary, the Chief Justice notified Congress that the Court itself, through belt-tightening, will be asking for less money in its new budget than it did last year. The text of the report can be read here.”


  • Posted: 01/03/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Power players to watch in the incoming Congress

    The Hill: “Democrats will control the Senate in the 112th Congress but lawmakers and aides expect a different power dynamic with Republicans in control of 47 seats. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will take a bigger role in crafting the floor strategy and freshman Republicans are poised to take over the role Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has played in challenging the Senate GOP leadership.”


  • Posted: 01/03/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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Ross Douthat: The unborn paradox

Sweden: Psych studies ordered for jailed homeschooling dad

Casey Mattox: Bowl picks part III (New Years Eve & New Years Day Games)

Fighting for “right” in education

Following hearing, Prop. 8 verdict a mystery

Christians, police clash after Egypt church bomb

Law Review: An Abortion Exception to the First Amendment?