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House Republicans move toward lawsuit against Obama's immigration orders

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 30 January 2015 11:46

House Republicans are moving toward authorizing a potential lawsuit against President Barack Obama on immigration.

House Speaker John Boehner announced the plans this week in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, telling them GOP leaders are finalizing a legal plan with the best chance of blocking Obama's moves, according to a person in the room.

Obama promotes religious, gender equity in India speech

Written by From AP reports Wednesday, 28 January 2015 10:08

President Barack Obama gently nudged India to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi.

Obama said that while he has had extraordinary opportunities, "there were moments in my life where I've been treated differently because of the color of my skin." As he touted the importance of religious tolerance, he noted the persistent false rumors that he is a Muslim, not a Christian.

Judge strikes down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 23 January 2015 19:42

Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand and the son they had together.

Deep in the Bible Belt, same-sex couples can begin marrying on Monday following a U.S. district court judge's decision today striking down Alabama's same-sex marriage bans.

Baker faces complaint for refusing cake with anti-gay message

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 22 January 2015 07:14

A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements?

A baker in suburban Denver who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding is fighting a legal order requiring him to serve gay couples even though he argued that would violate his religious beliefs.

At 82, Joel Grey publicly comes out as gay

Written by The AP Friday, 30 January 2015 11:07

Joel Grey has publicly announced at age 82 that he is gay.

The Oscar- and Tony-winning actor tells People magazine, "I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."

Political machine backed by Koch bros. to spend $1 billion ahead of 2016 elections

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 27 January 2015 05:54

Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies that spending across its conservative network would approach $1 billion ahead of 2016's elections.

The stunning sum from Freedom Partners would dwarf expected spending from official GOP committees and many of the hopefuls expected to seek the party's presidential nomination in 2016. The $889 million budget is almost twice what 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney spent from his campaign accounts.

With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House on Jan. 22 after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into a retreat on an earlier version.

By a near party-line 242-179 vote, the House voted to permanently forbid federal funds for most abortion coverage. The bill would also block tax credits for many people and employers who buy abortion coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Abortion opponents push new bills in state legislatures

Written by David Crary,
AP National Writer
Thursday, 22 January 2015 07:02

Buoyed by conservative gains in the November 2014 election, foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in several state legislatures that would further curtail women's access to the procedure.

On both sides of the debate, activists are highlighting their hopes and concerns in conjunction with today's 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that established a nationwide right to abortion. Since then, there have been more than 50 million abortions in the U.S.

Science of love: Getting to the heart of the heart

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:21

Federal judge stays marriage equality ruling in Alabama

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:51

A federal judge has put a temporary hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but indicated she will soon answer a key question: Must state probate judges issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay is lifted?

U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade on Jan. 25 refused the Alabama attorney general's request to put her ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue of gay marriage later this year. However, Granade did issue a 14-day stay to give the state time to ask the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a lengthier delay.

President calls for reforming criminal justice system

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 23 January 2015 07:16

President Barack Obama is calling for reform to America's criminal justice system after racially-charged controversy over police shootings in Missouri, New York, Milwaukee, Cleveland and elsewhere.

The president says Americans may have different takes on the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. Both were unarmed black men who died after confrontations with white police officers.

Baldwin sponsors Women's Health Protection Act

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 21 January 2015 14:32

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Reps. Judy Chu, Lois Frankel and Marcia Fudge are reintroducing the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation to safeguard a woman's right to decide for herself whether to continue or end a pregnancy, regardless of where she lives.

The legislation was introduced on Jan. 21, on the eve of the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision recognizing a woman’s constitutional right to abortion.