On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 8 to 1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to freedom of speech. The Kansas Church attracted nationwide notoriety through its displays of angry, anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. military members. In so doing, the High Court recognized that even offensive behavior is subject to constitutional protections.
The U.S. Navy will name an American warship after deceased U.S. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), despite protests from the public, which complained about the honor because of about Murtha's defamation of U.S. Marines.
Frank W. Buckles, the last remaining U.S. veteran of the First World War, died last Sunday at the age of 110. There are now only two people alive in the world who served in the military during the conflict which was long known simply as “the Great War.” Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki observed:
In December, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a new set of regulations to establish its jurisdiction over the Internet in favor of “net neutrality” rules, despite the rejection of similar measures by Congress and the courts. According to members of the House of Representatives, however, those regulations may be short-lived, though action on them in the House has been delayed been Democratic leaders.
The United States Senate just voted 91 to 9 in favor of the House-passed temporary spending bill. Like in the United States House of Representatives, where 100 Democrats broke with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Senate vote proved to be bipartisan. The approved continuing resolution will keep the government running for two more weeks, until March 18, providing Congress more time to reach an agreement on the budget for the fiscal year, ending on September 30.