The Illinois legislature has passed a bill legalizing civil unions in the state, including homosexual partnerships. When Democratic Governor Pat Quinn signs the bill, which he indicated he would do early next year, the law will make Illinois one of the few states granting rights to same-sex partners, and will push the state closer to legalizing homosexual �marriage.� Quinn called the measure a �landmark law� that will become �the law of the land of Lincoln in the coming year.� The statute is set to go into effect in June 2011.
A July 20 article posted on DailyCaller.com, a neoconservative political commentary website, has put a spotlight on one of the worst-kept secrets in mainstream journalism: liberal media bias.
A mid-July survey from the Gallup polling agency found that the nation’s flagging economy, rising unemployment, and intrusive government top the list of issues on the minds of Americans this summer.
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative and auditing arm of the U.S. Congress, has revealed that between 2002 and 2009 over $1 billion in federal funds were given to organizations that promote and perform abortions.
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The official report from a blue-ribbon panel warns that terrorists with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are likely to attack somewhere in the world in the next three years, and the United States could be a prime target.
With the claim that such measures “do not change hearts,” on June 11 Florida Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a bill that would have required a woman to have an ultrasound before going ahead with an abortion.
In what appears to be a race to incorporate policies now that might not pass muster after November elections deplete Democratic majorities, on May 27 both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House voted to repeal the 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the U.S. military.
What exactly is the status of the U.S. military’s official policy on the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, which allows homosexuals to serve in the armed forces — as long as they don’t tell anybody they’re “gay”? Not even Army Secretary John McHugh seems clear, as demonstrated by a comment he made to reporters in late March. When pressed on the status of the policy, which President Obama is pressuring Congress to overturn, McHugh said he believed Defense Secretary Robert Gates had placed a moratorium on dismissals of homosexuals from the military pending a Pentagon survey of troops on their views of the issue.
As the Obama administration prepares to present a budget to Congress that includes $487 billion in military cuts over the next 10 years, some experts are warning that the downsized defense that is planned could severely jeopardize the nation’s security posture. As reported by the Associated Press, the projected military cuts announced by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (left) January 26 would include slashing combat brigades from 45 to as low as 32, and shrinking Army ground forces by at least 80,000 soldiers and the Marines by about 20,000 over the next five years.