On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of two wrongful death lawsuits filed by the families of two former inmates of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility in Cuba.

Pro-gun lawmakers in Pennsylvania are taking action and pushing an anti-gun-control bill through the General Assembly that is sure to send a strong message to anti-gun advocates. The measure, HB 1523, if passed and signed into law, would penalize lawmakers who pass gun control laws.

A day after a U.S district court ruled that scores of churches could temporarily continue meeting in New York City schools, an appeals court ruled that the restraining order against the city applied only to the Bronx Household of Faith, the primary church named in the lawsuit.

On Thursday, the presiding judge in the military tribunal of Guantánamo Bay detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri (left) denied the request made by al-Nashiri’s counsel to issue a subpoena to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The defendant argues that Saleh is a material witness in the case against him and should be compelled to testify.

Army Colonel James Pohl is the judge in the case, and in his order denying al-Nashiri’s motion he declined to offer the reasons behind his decision, stating merely that he would “explain his decision later.”

The sovereign states are courageously asserting their constitutionally protected right to self-determination by standing up to the federal government and refusing to execute the most noxious provisions of the recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).