A federal judge in Alaska has struck down the state’s first-in-the-nation ban on same-sex marriages after five gay couples brought a lawsuit asking the state to overturn the constitutional amendment that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.

According to both Nate Silver and computer model Leo,” the Republicans have a better than 50-percent chance of winning majority control of the Senate this November. But would Republican control make a big difference in how the Senate votes?

The NSA and the National Director of Intelligence have consistently denied they listen to the content of Americans' telephone calls, but the history of the intelligence agency's claims about the scope of its spying on Americans is one of lies and more lies. So the question must be asked: Are they lying again with respect to recording the content of Americans' phone calls?

 

America now has her second Ebola victim, a nurse who contracted the disease from Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan despite having protective gear. What does this say about the government's ability to protect Americans? And what does the fact that Washington won't ban travelers from Ebola-affected nations say about its will to do so?

Benjamin Franklin and James Madison well understood the threat posed to liberty by perpetual war.