For the third year in a row, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin declined an invitation to serve as the keynote speaker at the high-profile Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, set to take place next week. This year's excuse is that the conference conflicts with her schedule.

An Ohio judge’s attempt to display the Ten Commandments in his courtroom violates the Constitution, a federal appeals court has ruled. On February 2, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a lower federal court’s ruling that Judge James DeWeese, who presides over the Richland County Common Pleas Court (Motto: "With God, all things are possible.") had violated the First Amendment’s supposed church-state separation clause by displaying a poster containing the Ten Commandments in his courtroom. The ruling marks the second time DeWeese has been thwarted in his attempts to display the biblical mandates in his courtroom.

With the 2012 presidential election already on presidential aspirants' front doorstep, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is hiking the campaign trail, stomping the path of ethanol subsidies.

Craig Becker is a longtime lawyer for big labor. Among his clients have been the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). When President Obama appointed him to the National Labor Relations Board, the independent federal regulatory agency that deals with union and employer compliance with federal labor laws, among other things, that nomination was rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate.  President Obama seemed very eager to have him on the NLRB. The President then gave the labor lawyer a recess appointment which allows him to serve through the current year.  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when Speaker, severely criticized this appointment. 

Four San Diego firefighters forced by their supervisor to take part in a "gay pride" parade in 2007 have won their case against the city after the California Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court's decision in their favor.