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Published: 04/24/11

Syria Targets Activists in Pinpoint Raids

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Syria Targets Activists in Pinpoint Raids

BEIRUT - Syrian security forces detained dozens of opposition activists and fired from rooftops in a seaside town Sunday as authorities turned to pinpoint raids after days of bloodshed brought international condemnation and defections from President Bashar Assad's regime. The strategy, described by a rights activist, appeared aimed at rattling the opposition's leadership and showing that the state's ability to conduct arrest sweeps has not changed despite abolishing nearly 50-year-old emergency laws last week. The rising level of violence - more than 120 people dead since Friday -...

Published: 04/15/11

Arizona Legislature OKs Presidential 'Birther' Bill

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Arizona Legislature OKs Presidential 'Birther' Bill

PHOENIX - The Arizona Legislature gave final approval late Thursday night to a proposal that would require President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens before their names can appear on the state's ballot. Arizona would become the first state to require such proof if Gov. Jan Brewer signs the measure into law. Republican Rep. Carl Seel of Phoenix, the author of the bill, said the bill wasn't about opposition to Obama. "This bill is about the integrity of our elections," Seel said. Thirteen other states have considered similar proposals this year....

Published: 03/23/11

Yemen's Embattled Leader Takes Emergency Powers

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Yemen's Embattled Leader Takes Emergency Powers

SANAA, Yemen -- Struggling to hold power after many of his allies abandoned him, Yemen's longtime leader on Wednesday escalated his confrontation with a rapidly expanding uprising and took on emergency powers that give him a freer hand to quell protests. A legislature full of his supporters granted President Ali Abdullah Saleh's request for a 30-day state of emergency, which suspends the constitution, bars protests and gives security forces far-reaching powers of arrest. The opposition called the vote illegal and vowed to press on with its campaign to topple Saleh's regime. The move...

Published: 02/26/11

Egypt Proposes Competitive Presidential Elections

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Egypt Proposes Competitive Presidential Elections

CAIRO -- A constitutional reform panel on Saturday recommended opening Egypt's presidential elections to competition and imposing a two-term limit on future presidents - a dramatic shift from a system that allowed the ousted Hosni Mubarak to rule for three decades. The changes are among 10 proposed constitutional amendments that are to be put to a popular referendum later this year. The proposals appeared to address many of the demands of the reform movement that help lead the 18-day popular uprising that forced Mubarak to step down on Feb. 11. But some Egyptians worry that the proposed...

Published: 02/24/11

Opinion: Will Egypt's Revolution Be in Vain?

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Opinion: Will Egypt's Revolution Be in Vain?

In my native Egypt, my eyes were covered, my clothes ripped off. I was anchored in a dark room reciting Koranic verses to myself with a tone of desperation. That was when I had consciousness, because for a lot of the time I was there, but not there. I'm talking about my time in prison. I was questioned by interrogators, deprived of sleep and food, beaten. The Mubarak regime had decided that I was a threat to the state because I had spoken out for gay rights and human rights. They decided that I had to be broken. Perhaps they succeeded, because, when they released me from prison and sent me...

Published: 02/23/11

Obama Won't Defend DOMA: Instant Reactions

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Obama Won't Defend DOMA: Instant Reactions

President Barack Obama has decided that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and has ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to stop defending it in federal court. Until now, the Department of Justice has defended Section 3 of DOMA in court challenges. This section states that "the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word 'spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife." Two DOMA challenges are currently pending in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In a letter to Congress...

Published: 01/14/11

Opinion: Elected Officials Flunk Constitution Quiz

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Opinion: Elected Officials Flunk Constitution Quiz

When the Republican House leadership decided to start the 112th Congress with a reading of the U.S. Constitution, the decision raised complaints in some quarters that it was little more than a political stunt. The New York Times even called it a "presumptuous and self-righteous act." That might be true, if you could be sure that elected officials actually know something about the Constitution. But it turns out that many don't. In fact, elected officials tend to know even less about key provisions of the Constitution than the general public. For five years now, the Intercollegiate Studies...

Published: 01/13/11

Opinion: Should We Ban 'Violent' Speech?

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Opinion: Should We Ban 'Violent' Speech?

In the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords last weekend, some legislators are considering new bans on speech that supposedly uses violent metaphors or imagery. "The rhetoric is just ramped up so negatively, so high, that we have got to shut this down," is how Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., put it, though there's no evidence that the killer was at all influenced by any such speech. There's no specific text yet, so it's not clear exactly what language or images the bills would try to criminalize. What is clear, however, is that any such proposal either would be repetitive of existing...

Published: 01/6/11

Constitution Is Read Line By Almost Every Line on House Floor

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Constitution Is Read Line By Almost Every Line on House Floor

WASHINGTON -- As political theater, the unprecedented reading of the Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives today was mostly lacking in drama. Yes, there was the birther who screamed, "Except Obama ... help us Jesus," as Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., read the section stipulating only "a natural born citizen" may be president. U.S. Capitol Police dragged her from the gallery. And there was the symbolism of civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., intoning the words of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, evoking applause and a standing ovation in the morning's most...

Published: 01/5/11

Foes of Birthright Citizenship Take Fight to State Legislatures

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Foes of Birthright Citizenship Take Fight to State Legislatures

WASHINGTON -- The battle over immigration moved to a fresh front today as conservative state lawmakers offered up a new strategy to strip U.S. citizenship from babies born to those in the country illegally. Calling themselves State Legislators for Legal Immigration, officials from five states offered up "model legislation to correct the monumental misapplication of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution." Speaking at a packed news conference at the National Press Club that was disrupted several times by protesters, Republican legislators from Pennsylvania, Georgia, Oklahoma, South...

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