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The District of Columbia City Council has voted to legalize gay marriage, making the nation’s capital the sixth jurisdiction to allow such unions, and the first below the Mason-Dixon Line.
Legislators in Iran have rejected top Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) request to visit the country, the media have reported. According to TheHill.com, Iranian media have said that Kerry, who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had submitted an official request to visit Tehran as an emissary.
Rounding off a busy year in 2009 campaigning for Americans’ constitutional rights, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) has condemned leading politicians in Washington state and Chicago for what they see as an attack on civil liberties.
With many questions still lingering about the attempted bombing of a flight arriving in Detroit on Christmas Day, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has appealed to airline crews and security personnel to avoid ethnic and religious profiling.
Senate Republicans have sent the nomination of U.S. Magistrate Edward Chen for the position of federal judge in San Francisco back to the White House for a review. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Chen, 52, in a vote along party lines 12-7 in October, but the GOP has attacked him for his previous work as an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
In a TV appearance last Monday night, former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge stated that the alleged terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab may not be eligible for certain protections afforded by the U.S. constitution to its citizens.
Fiscal conservatives across the country have blasted the $871 billion healthcare bill passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve for its potential to increase medical costs, as well as for the earmarks won by several lawmakers in exchange for their support.
Eastfield College, a public college in the Dallas area, came under criticism last month after it tried to prevent one of its students from making crosses during ceramics classes and imposed a full ban on the practice this fall.
As millions of people continue to hit the unemployment lines every month, food stamp use in the United States has reached a record high. Food stamps, which were renamed "nutritional aid" by the Bush administration to erase the initiative’s stigma, now help feed one in eight Americans and one in four children, The New York Times reports.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledged on Monday that the nation’s aviation security system failed after allowing a Nigerian man armed with explosives to board a flight bound for Detroit. The statement came not long after Napolitano made a widely criticized assertion on CNN that the "system has worked."