The most important rule in constitutional law, the late Justice William Brennan liked to tell his law clerks, is "the rule of five." Five votes out of nine on the high court are all it takes to make constitutional law and change the course of history.
The Arizona legislature is currently considering the Candidate Certification Bill, a so-called "birther" measure which directly calls into question Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as President. If successful, the legislation would determine if the President's name may be placed on the Grand Canyon State's ballot in November.
A bill proposed by a Missouri state legislator would criminalize distracting actions or words that disturb worship services. The measure specifically targets protestors congregating outside churches, cathedrals, synangogues, and other places of worship who disrupt the services within with profanity, yelling, or other disruptive behavior.
In a 51-47 vote, the U.S. Senate nixed a Democratic proposal to confiscate billions of dollars in tax breaks from some of the largest oil companies. Sixty votes were needed to push through Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) bill, which would have stripped billions in tax deductions from the "big five" oil companies, which includes BP, Exxon, Shell, Chevron, and ConocoPhilips.
On Wednesday, Republican presidential contender Dr. Ron Paul delivered a rousing speech in defense of liberty to a standing-room-only crowd at the University of Maryland-College Park Campus.
The crowd roared with support as Paul promoted his “hands-off” foreign policy, and chants of “End the Fed” drowned out the Texas Congressman as he decried the boom-bust cycle perpetrated by the Federal Reserve.
Spike Lee, the black leftist director, has settled with an elderly couple whose lives he endangered when he tweeted their address to his Twitter followers, hoping someone would wreak vengeance upon George Zimmerman, who shot and killed black teenager Trayvon Martin in a gated neighborhood in Sanford, Florida on February 26.
The budget plan of Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan (left) passed the House on Thursday 228 to 191, mostly along party lines. In fact, not a single Democrat voted for it, signaling that it won’t see the light of day in the Democrat-controlled Senate as predicted here. The previous day, the House overwhelmingly rejected 382-38 the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction proposal, which incudes tax increases as well as spending cuts. Last week, the administration-supported budget bill was also voted down, 414-0, which leaves the legislative branch of the U.S. government in limbo.
Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday what has long been known but seldom spoken. During the third and final day of Supreme Court hearings on whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is unconstitutional, Roberts said states have been compromising their sovereignty for decades through increased reliance on the federal government for money and accompanying directions on the governance of state affairs.
The fatal shooting of an African-American teen has spurred a national controversy, as racial tensions ignite and media outlets exploit and capitalize on the story of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s death. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer whom the New York Times labels a "white" Hispanic, shot and killed the teen after Martin allegedly attacked Zimmerman and banged his head against the sidewalk.
Once again, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, son of GOP presidential contender Ron Paul, is leading the minority opposition in the Senate, this time against increased economic sanctions on Iran. Rand Paul is reportedly “single-handedly” blocking a bipartisan bill in the Senate to place increased sanctions on Iran. Paul wants an amendment to the legislation to prevent the White House from using the legislation as an authorization to go to war with Iran, and he wants to allow debate on the bill before a vote.