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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...
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WASHINGTON (Dec. 15) -- The Justice Department on Wednesday sued BP Exploration and Production Inc. and eight other companies in the Gulf oil spill disaster in an effort to recover billions of dollars from the largest offshore spill in U.S. history.
The Obama administration's lawsuit asks that the companies be held liable without limitation under the Oil Pollution Act for all removal costs and damages caused by the oil spill, including damages to natural resources. The lawsuit also seeks civil penalties under the Clean Water Act.
An explosion that killed 11 workers at BP's Macondo well last...
Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
The Justice Department's terse announcement Tuesday that it would not prosecute any CIA officials for destroying evidence -- including videotapes of interrogation sessions with high-profile terror detainees -- marks a sorry milestone in the annals of terror law following the attacks of September 11, 2001. The long-awaited decision -- by a special prosecutor appointed in 2008 by Bush-era Attorney General Michael Mukasey -- means two successive executive branch administrations will have successfully rebuffed both the judiciary and the Congress in an effort to protect overzealous intelligence...
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WASHINGTON (Oct. 18) -- The Supreme Court will consider an appeal by former Attorney General John Ashcroft to throw out a lawsuit seeking to hold him personally responsible for improperly arresting a Muslim U.S. citizen after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The justices on Monday stepped into a dispute that, at its roots, concerns the Bush administration's aggressive moves against Muslims and Arabs in the United States following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Abdullah al-Kidd was one of at least 70 people detained under a law aimed at insuring that witnesses would be available to appear in court...
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(Oct. 12) -- Another day, another YouTube-generated headache for Carl Paladino.
In footage obtained by Jeremy Jacobs of National Journal's Hotline OnCall, the following video, taken at a town hall meeting on March 26 in Tappan, N.Y., appears to portray the tea-party-backed New York gubernatorial candidate uttering the phrase "F--- him" in response to a question regarding U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the suggestion to hold trials for terrorists in Manhattan.
"If you were the chief executive of New York, what would your response be to the attorney general of the United States deciding...
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(July 11) -- Although Arizona's new immigration law raised concerns that it might result in racial profiling, Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday that the Justice Department lawsuit seeking to overturn it focused tightly on the federal government's prerogative to set immigration policy because that provided the strongest legal basis for the case....
Paul Wachter - Politics Daily
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has a Twitter account to keep citizens informed on state matters. Over the past 24 hours, that has included updates on the execution of convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner by firing squad.
I just gave the go ahead to Corrections Director to proceed with Gardner's execution. May God grant him the mercy he denied his victims.Fri Jun 18 06:02:49 via TwitBird iPhoneMark Shurtleff
On Thursday, Shurtleff tweeted: "A solemn day....
David Sessions - Politics Daily
Indiana will join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform bill Congress passed in March, The Hill reports. The state's Republican attorney general, Greg Zoeller, said Sunday on Fox News that Indiana would become the 15th state involved in the legal action.
Zoeller emphasized that the constitutional challenge had little to do with the content of the law. "It's really part of our job description to bring these challenges," he said. "It's not something that says whether we are for or against the measure; it's really to check to see whether the federal government...
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(March 17) -- CIA Director Leon Panetta believes the current U.S. strategy against the al-Qaida terrorist network is showing major signs of success.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Panetta characterized his department's efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan as "the most aggressive operation that the CIA has been involved in in our history."
As a result of the effort, Panetta said, the U.S. campaign is succeeding in impeding the group led by Osama bin Laden.
Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images CIA Director Leon Panetta said the U.S. strategy against al-Qaida has been successful in...
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(Nov. 18) -- Rep. John Shadegg isn't backing off his charge that holding 9/11 trials in New York would put the city at greater risk, but he says he's sorry he dragged the mayor's daughter into the argument.
In remarks on the House floor Monday night, the Arizona Republican blasted Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to move admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four of his cohorts from Guantanamo Bay to New York, where they will be tried in civilian court. He scoffed at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's assurances that the city can handle any possible security problem.