A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled May 31 that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which for federal purposes defines marriage as only between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional because it denies the federal benefits of marriage to homosexual partners in states that have legalized same-sex marriage.
On Wednesday the Marquette Law School poll showed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with a comfortable lead over his rival, former Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, in next week’s recall election, 52 percent to 45 percent. This was an improvement from their poll taken two weeks earlier when Walker held a six-point lead over Barrett. It was also confirmed by a poll taken May 23 by We Ask America that showed Walker leading Barrett 54 percent to 42 percent. More telling perhaps was the Intrade site that measures voter sentiment which showed Walker on Thursday with a 94.5 percent chance of winning the recall election.
For most of the stories covering the recent NATO summit in Chicago, the lede was that the war in Afghanistan will wrap up in 2014. After 11 years spending blood and money to run the Taliban out of office only to then invite them back to the bargaining table, America and NATO will pull out and leave the future in the hands of Afghans — mostly.
Reason magazine senior editor Brian Doherty has penned a powerful chronicle of the rise of Ron Paul and the revolution he has inspired. Doherty’s important contribution to the growing Ron Paul catalog isn’t so much a year-by-year account of the enigmatic lawmaker’s political career as it is an attempt to identify a handful of factors that have fueled his rise to national prominence.
On Wednesday, Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) introduced his bill, “Studying Towards Adjusted Status Act” or the STARS Act, in an effort to break the logjam over immigration reform and provide a path to US citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.The STARS Act is a limited version of the hotly contested DREAM Act.
The United Nations will be pushing for an expansion of its already powerful global environmental agency at this year's Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, June 20-22. The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) will be renamed the UN Environmental Organization (UNEO) and promoted to the level of a “specialized agency,” giving it more authority and allowing it to receive more funding.