A federal district judge has blocked Alabama’s tough new immigration law from going into effect and says she will decide whether it is constitutional.

Cherokee Nation flagJust a week ago this Monday, the Cherokee Nation’s Supreme Court ruled that the tribe may revoke the citizenship rights of black members. The case stemmed from a 2007 vote in which the Nation amended its constitution to allow the expulsion of the descendants of Cherokee-held slaves; this inspired a lawsuit by the “Freedmen,” as the black Cherokee are known. A district court found in favor of the Freedmen, but the Supreme Court overturned that ruling, arguing that the Cherokee alone have a right to determine who is and is not a fellow tribesman. The result is that these erstwhile Cherokees, approximately 3,000 strong, will now be denied benefits that inclusion in the tribe affords, such as free healthcare and education, and voting and housing rights.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell (left) took sharp issue Sunday with what he called "cheap shots" at him and other officials in the Bush administration by Dick Cheney in the former Vice President's memoir, In My Time, scheduled to be released this week. In an interview on CBS's Face the Nation.

Though Hurricane Irene � later downgraded to a tropical storm � did not cause anywhere the level of devastation initially predicted, it still made a major impact on the East Coast. At least 24 are known dead, thousands are without power, and some areas along the east coast are still under water. Estimates of the damages are in the billions of dollars.

 

The implications in the New York Times� article about Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) were clear even in the title: �A Businessman in Congress Helps His District and Himself� � Issa was using his position as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee to enrich himself.

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