WASHINGTON — President Obama heads to Israel this week with quiet hopes, but little real expectation, that by smoothing rough relations he can help restart the Middle East peace effort that went nowhere in his first term.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo President Obama today strongly suggested that his interpretation of the Constitution does support a fundamental right to same-sex marriage, even if he didn’t put that argument in writing before the Supreme Court in...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is quietly considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage, a step that would mark a political victory for advocates of same-sex unions and a deepening commitment by...
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This article talks about Obama's plan on legalizing gay marriage! They have until Februaury 28th to make the case "Friend of the Court" brief. I am very excited about this!
Chicago is a dangerous town, but gun control hasn’t made it better. The city forbids the law-abiding from having guns, leaving the bad guys to rule the streets. The result is one of the highest murder rates in the country.
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Since we had our assault weapons ban discussion, I felt I should scoop about it. This article is basically an opinion of a writer from Chicago. She states how she disagrees with the gun control.
Analysis: In this commentary, a former Los Angeles policeman, William Ferguson (35 years old) was sentenced to an incredible 102 years in jail (home invasion robberies, at least 40, 1999-2001, convicted of 4 firearmes charges that lead up to 82 years in prison (this was the eason why the peoples' constitutional rights were in danger)). The people (District Judge Gary Allen Feess and Ferguson's attorney (Philip Deitch) were practicing their 8th amendment constitutional rights, by stating that Will would be 137 years old by the time he gets out, which meant he would be dead. Also, Ferguson's brother, Joseph (33 years old), was charged of owning drugs and breaking the laws of civil rights. As a consequence, he was sentenced for 8 years in prison. Personally, I think what congress did was totally unfair and absurdly irrational. The oldest living person on record was close to 120 years, but not quite. Plus, it would be difficult for Ferguson to survive in prison conditions for a long period of time. Finally, 102 years could definitely be described as an entire life for a human, so why not say sentenced for life? In conclusion, what congress decided to do was beyond unconstitutional, but what Judge Feess and attorey Philip Deitch said would be constitutional.
A former Los Angeles police officer who participated in home invasion robberies staged to look like police raids was sentenced Monday to 102 years in prison.
A former Los Angeles policeman was sentenced to 102 years in jail. He was convicted of at least 40 home invasion robberies from 1999-2001. He also had 4 fire arm convictions. This incident caught eye because some say that it is not right to convict him of over 100 years, why not just convict him for life?
The governor said every political party would be free to participate in electioneering process and therefore it was also in the fitness of the things that the people of FATA should also get them fully up-dated about the reforms introduced in this respect up till now. “To get yourselves fully educated about your rights as well as the responsibilities, there is also dire need to be fully aware about the new developments.”
A Republican Senator wants to legalize gay marriage! He is also from Minnesota! This article basically talks about the bill that is going to be passed... or not passed. It also talks about the marriage amendment that happened in Minnesota this last year.
Analysis: In the tale, a 12 year old boy named Christopher Pittman slaughtered his grandparents and commited arson as well. He was practicing his constitutional rights by demanding that the consequence he was given was excessive (30 years in prison, that was how his right was being threatened). In addition, he was taking Zoloft, an antidepressant, which was described as a side-effect. Notwithstanding, the creator of Zoloft argued that it does not manipulate killings. For my part, I believe that what Pittman did was constitutional. I agree, because you are considered as an adult at the age of 18, not 12. Instead, as an alternative, if Christopher needs to be punished, why not community sevice or a detention center? Lastly, if Zoloft really did influence murders, maybe the creator should change the ingredients to prevent this from ocurring.
Attorneys have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of a teen sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his grandparents when he was 12, arguing that the sentence is cruel.
This article talks about a 12 year old boy who killed his grandparents. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. It also states that he was taking Zoloft, an antidepressant. His attorney's stated that it is against his 8th Amendment rights since he was so young. He also blamed Zoloft for his actions.
Victories for same-sex marriage in elections on Tuesday are evidence of a remarkable shift in public opinion and it is close to certain that the Supreme Court will agree to hear at least one case on the subject, with a decision expected by June.
The horrific Newtown school massacre has again raised the question of why effective gun control is beyond the capacity of American politicians. The question is necessary, natural and appropriate. But it also misreads the constitutional character of American politics which, for both good and ill, remain far more ideological than those of all other liberal democracies.
Abby Bisgard's insight:
The Newtown school shooting has raised politicians to think about gun control laws. In this article, they compare gun control laws to abortion rights, and how it could go against the constitution.
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