Pro-Life Protesters Arrested Outside Boehner’s Office

Debate begins on expanding charter schools in Mo.

Wisconsin Teachers Earned Average $75,587 in Total Compensation in 2010

WI: Lawsuit threatened over Christian display in Cheboygan Co.

The Executive Power Grab in the Decision Not to Defend DOMA

    Orin Kerr writes at the Volokh Conspiracy: “By taking that position, the Obama Administration has moved the goalposts of the usual role of the Executive branch in defending statutes. Instead of requiring DOJ to defend the constitutionality of all federal statutes if it has a reasonable basis to do so, the new approach invests within DOJ a power to conduct an independent constitutional review of the issues, to decide the main issues in the case — in this case, the degree of scrutiny for gay rights issues — and then, upon deciding the main issue, to decide if there is a reasonable basis for arguing the other side. If you take that view, the Executive Branch essentially has the power to decide what legislation it will defend based on whatever views of the Constitution are popular or associated with that Administration. It changes the role of the Executive branch in defending litigation from the traditional dutiful servant of Congress to major institutional player with a great deal of discretion.”

  • Posted: 02/23/2011
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RI: Cranston school board votes to keep ‘prayer’

New Iowa Supreme Court Nominees a Slap in the Face of Voters

Virginia Senate puts off major abortion vote to Thursday

Iowa: Prohibit Supreme Court from ruling on marriage, Republicans say

Liberty Counsel: Obama Betrays America By Refusing to Defend the Defense of Marriage Act

    Liberty Counsel: “Today President Barack Obama instructed the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, and the Department of Justice to cease defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). “This is outrageous and unthinkable that the President would abandon the defense of marriage,” said Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “President Obama has betrayed the American people by his refusal to defend the federal law that affirms what many courts upheld as constitutional, namely, that marriage is between one man and one woman,” said Staver.”

  • Posted: 02/23/2011
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Obama Administration declares part of Federal DOMA unconstitutional, won’t defend

ADF statement in response to DOJ letter on Defense of Marriage Act

Montana Senate votes to repeal sodomy law

Canada’s Carleton University sued for blocking pro-life expression, arresting students

Australia: “Government urged to rule out gay marriage”

Public Sector Unions and Basic Morality

    Manon McKinnon write at the The American Spectator: “The spectacle in Wisconsin has many of us rethinking the underlying grounds for public sector unions. Many Americans are thinking in terms of the obvious financial implications. But surely others are looking deeper to question the moral underpinnings of these unions and their place in public service.”

  • Posted: 02/23/2011
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Hawaii: Bill on civil unions to be signed today

Australia: Couples say just in case before ‘I do’

Albert Mohler, Jr.: Boys Wrestling Girls – A Clash of Worlds and Worldviews

India: Yet Another Delay in Dalit Christian Affirmative Action Case

Mo. proposed 20-week cut-off for abortions meets praise, criticism

Abusing the Voting Rights Act

NOW: “U.S. Catholic Bishops Major Force Behind War on Women Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill”

Report Exonerating Kline Abortion Probe Concealed for Months

Pro-Life Billboard on Black Abortions Causes Outrage in NYC

Same sex “marriage” proponents ask 9th Circuit to lift stay on marriage licenses

Catholics defend Cathedral of Lima against “gay provocation” with prayer

NC Senate Bill calls for statewide referendum on marriage amendment

Wyoming House marriage bill differs from the Senate

Iowa: District Judge Gives Lecture About Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Bill to redefine marriage advances in Maryland Senate on 25-22 vote

Rebecca Hagelin: Culture Challenge of the Week: Stifling the Voice of Conscience

Justices Weigh 10th Amendment

Virginia Dems see president as best chance to coax Kaine into Senate bid

Heroes lead effort to reinstate DADT

    Rees Lloyd writes at World Net Daily: “A joint statement of two of America’s greatest living military heroes – Adm.l Jeremiah A. Denton (USN, ret.), a POW for seven years, seven months in Vietnam, and Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady (USA, ret.), Medal of Honor recipient – calling for the 112th Congress to reinstate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which was repealed in a rush by the lame-duck session of the Pelosi-Reid-Obama 111th Congress, has sparked a strong and growing response. That response has ranged from an almost immediate action by American Legionnaires in California to pass a formal resolution calling on the 112th Congress to reinstate DADT, to endorsement and re-publication of the joint statement of Adm. Denton and Gen. Brady by such national organizations as the Thomas More Law Center and the Alliance Defense Fund . . . ”

  • Posted: 02/23/2011
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David French: Exhausting the Enemy

    David French writes at National Review Phi Beta Cons: “Fick and Nagl are correct that we can’t just kill our way to victory, but many casual observers of the war don’t comprehend the psychology of warfare. Fick and Nagl do. They understand the profound impact of continual losses on the human psyche and the emotional devastation of death without victory. If there’s one thing that I learned while in Iraq, it’s that our enemy is every bit as human as we are, and even their religious fanaticism does not make them immune to exhaustion or despair.”

  • Posted: 02/23/2011
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On Matters of Conscience

The Federal Reserve Is Causing Turmoil Abroad – Rising Food Prices

Do Graduates of Elite Universities Earn More?

DC District Court Upholds Health Care Reform– No Commerce Clause or Free Exercise Problems

ACLU and CAIR accuse FBI of violating Muslims’ rights at Cal. mosque

Heritage Foundation: Government Unions vs American Taxpayers

Coptic Christian priest killed in southern Egypt

Wis. Democrats filibuster to delay anti-union bill

RI: Providence plans to pink slip all teachers