Archive for June, 2013

June 26, 2013

Texas abortion bill dies as confusion marks end of session

CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) — The Texas legislature’s special session ended in chaos and confusion early Wednesday, when a marathon filibuster failed — but so did a Republican effort to pass a bill that would have greatly restricted abortions in the state.

The Republican-dominated Senate needed to vote ‘aye’ on the bill by midnight to send it to the governor to sign into law.

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June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act

The Constitution Now Works for EVERYONE!

CBS Boston

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WASHINGTON D.C. (CBS) — The Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

The court ruled Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional,  in a 5-4 decision.

Propostion 8 has also been dismissed.

DOMA, passed by Congress in 1996 and signed by President Clinton, had prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people.

With the ruling, over a thousand federal laws now apply to same-sex couples.

According to CBS News’ Jan Crawford, during the oral arguments, a majority of the justices sounded skeptical of the law.

The justices each gave different rationales for their conclusion — Justice Anthony Kennedy focused on the concept of federalism. The liberal judges focused on the concept of equal protection under the law.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that with DOMA in place, states that recognize…

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June 23, 2013

“The Eric Cantor Story”: Waste, Fraud, And Abuse

The farm bill was defeated in part because they got fewer yea votes out of Democrats than they were hoping for. This happened, according to moderate Democrat Collin Peterson of Minnesota, because of a last-second amendment from Eric Cantor that sought to impose sterner work requirements on recipients of food stamps. Democratic whip Steny Hoyer says it took a bipartisan bill and turned it into a partisan bill.

This was just a cat-piss mean amendment that you have to think was almost designed to push Democrats away. Fraud in the food-stamp program (known by the acronym SNAP) is a frightening 1 percent, according to Think Progress. And existing work requirements are pretty stringent already. If you live in Cantor’s Virginia and want food stamps, here’s what you have to do, according to the state’s web site:

If you are age 18 to 50 and able to work, you may…

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