Google is challenging the federal government over gag orders on data requests, asserting that it has a constitutional right to speak about information it has been compelled to hand over to the government. On Tuesday, Google issued a legal filing wherein it invoked the First Amendment’s free speech protection against the longstanding gag orders over the data requests in an effort to revamp its reputation in the aftermath of news about the National Security Agency’s Internet surveillance.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship for voters is illegal. According to the court’s decision, states cannot require voters to prove they are American citizens because it violates a 1993 federal law that allows people to register to vote through a single form accepted by all states in which voter’s “swear” they are citizens of the United States.
A bird? A plane? Nope. A Superman remake. And a darn good one. Man of Steel is an exciting superhero flick with some very strong Christian elements. In fact, it is easily the most spiritual of all of the Superman films.
In November 2010, a significant number of members of Congress were ousted from their posts because of their votes for the passage of ObamaCare earlier that year. This year, a number of lawmakers may also be leaving their jobs as a result of the healthcare legislation — except this time it’s voluntary: in fear of the rising costs of their health insurance premiums.
An internal memo from the State Department’s inspector general has surfaced that calls into question the State Department’s ability to investigate wrongdoing by its staff. The memo outlines eight examples of wrongdoing by agency staff and contractors, including hiring prostitutes and committing sexual assault, and seems to imply that the agency attempted to halt investigation into these matters.
A number of states are exploring new fees for hybrid and electric car owners in order to compensate for the loss of revenue in gas taxes on fuel-efficient vehicles. The proposal is opposed by those who view the new fees as antithetical to one of the touted benefits of owning a hybrid: savings.
Lawmakers in Iowa City, Iowa have unanimously passed an ordinance that restricts the use of traffic enforcement cameras, drones, and automatic license plate recognitions systems on Tuesday. A second and third vote on the ordinance is set to take place on June 18. It is the first municipal bill in the country to simultaneously ban all three law enforcement tools.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has proposed adding an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would invalidate the ObamaCare health insurance mandate. But is a constitutional amendment the best approach to killing the mandate?
Last November, voters in Colorado and Washington approved a constitutional amendment permitting adults over the age of 21 the right to use marijuana for recreational purposes. On Tuesday, Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper signed a set of bills into law that will govern the use of marijuana, calling them the state’s best efforts to navigate through uncharted territory.
As President Obama faces off against Senate Republicans in a showdown over his abuse of recess appointments, a conflict that has gone to the Supreme Court, Obama has launched a new attack on the opposition party — using Senator Harry Reid as his proxy — in an effort to target what he views as Republican “obstructionism.”