JUNE 2006 POLITICAL ITEMS
[The Christian Science Monitor]
U.S. Supreme Court approves gerrymandering of voting districts.
29 Jun 2006 9:26 am MST
With John Roberts forced to recuse himself on the vote, the Supreme Court has ruled that Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees, saying that the proposed trials were illegal under U.S. law and Geneva conventions.
29 Jun 2006 8:19 am MST
U.S. Senate defeats a proposed constitutional amendment to allow Congress to ban the "desecration" of the flag by ONE vote.
28 Jun 2006 10:04 am MST
In a move that could have huge implications for the US patent system, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in the case of KSR v. Teleflex. The case centers on the question of obviousness: when is a patent so... patently obvious that it should not be granted?
27 Jun 2006 4:25 pm MST
Did you think it was just phone records? Secret CIA-Treasury program to track financial
records of millions of Americans has now been exposed.
23 Jun 2006 4:56 pm MST
Unable to meet its recruiting goals amid the ongoing wars, the U.S. Army has again raised its maximum enlistment age, by two years. People can now volunteer to serve in the active-duty Army or the part-time Army Reserve and National Guard up to their 42nd birthday. This is the second time this year the Army has boosted the maximum age for new volunteers, raising the ceiling from age 35 to 40 in January.
22 Jun 2006 7:56 am MST
Without much fanfare, the House of Representatives last week voted to give members of Congress yet another pay raise, as it has done almost every year for nearly a decade.
21 Jun 2006 6:50 pm MST
[New York Times]
Dozens of members of the Bush administration's domestic security team, assembled after the 2001 terrorist attacks, are now collecting bigger paychecks in different roles: working on behalf of companies that sell domestic security products, many directly to the federal agencies the officials once helped run. At least 90 officials at the Department of Homeland Security or the White House Office of Homeland Security— including the department's former secretary, Tom Ridge; the former deputy secretary, Adm. James M. Loy; and the former under secretary, Asa Hutchinson—are executives, consultants or lobbyists for companies that collectively do billions of dollars' worth of domestic security business.
18 Jun 2006 6:39 am MST
[Christian Science Monitor]
In US history, there have been about 700 failed proposals in Congress to change the electoral college system. Now some states are are exploring the idea of a binding compact among states that would oblige each of them to throw its electoral votes behind the national popular vote winner, known as the National Popular Vote proposal.
17 Jun 2006 6:52 am MST
Jamison Foser examines anti-progressive media bias: The defining issue of our time is not the Iraq war. It is not the "global war on terror." It is not our inability (or unwillingness) to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable health care. Nor is it immigration, outsourcing, or growing income inequity. It is not education, it is not global warming, and it is not Social Security. The defining issue of our time is the media.
The dominant political force of our time is not Karl Rove or the Christian Right or Bill Clinton. It is not the ruthlessness or the tactical and strategic superiority of the Republicans, and it is not your favorite theory about what is wrong with the Democrats. The dominant political force of our time is the media. Part I
, Part II
, Part III
16 Jun 2006 7:53 am MST
In an 11-7 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approves flag-burning amendment to the Constitution. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, has said the measure will get a Senate vote this month to be considered during the patriotic season between this week's Flag Day and the Fourth of July.
16 Jun 2006 7:40 am MST
The Supreme Court made it easier Thursday for police to barge into homes and seize evidence without knocking or waiting. It weakens, perhaps destroys, much of the practical value of the Constitution's knock-and-announce protection,
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in a dissenting opinion. The knock-and-announce rule is dead in the United States,
said David Moran, a Wayne State University professor who represented the defendent in the case. There are going to be a lot more doors knocked down. There are going to be a lot more people terrified and humiliated.
16 Jun 2006 7:22 am MST
A new survey shows that the world increasingly fears
Iran's suspected pursuit of a nuclear bomb but believes the U.S. military in Iraq remains a greater danger to Middle East stability. Among Washington's traditional allies, Germany is the only country where more people say Iran is a bigger danger than the United States in Iraq. Meanwhile, Bush himself received the lowest marks for international leadership compared with his counterparts in Britain, Germany, France and Russia, and confidence in him has slipped in most countries—to as low as three percent in Turkey.
13 Jun 2006 7:28 am MST
The decision not to charge Karl Rove shows there often are no consequences for misleading the public.
13 Jun 2006 7:25 pm MST
The Senate took $1.9 billion out of the 2006 emergency war supplemental funding to fund U.S. border security last month. Out of the $1.9 billion, $1.6 billion was meant to replace equipment that has been destroyed or worn out after four years of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
9 Jun 2006 10:33 am MST
The Pentagon's National Security Agency, which specializes in eavesdropping and code-breaking, is funding research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about themselves on social networks like MySpace and Friendster. You should always assume anything you write online is stapled to your resumé.
And your government file, apparently.
9 Jun 2006 8:43 am MST
From the October 1, 1946 judgment delivered by the Nuremberg Tribunal: To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole. ...Crimes against international law are committed by men, not by abstract entities, and only by punishing individuals who commit such crimes can the provisions of international law be enforced.
8 Jun 2006 10:40 pm MST
The U.S. House of Representatives definitively rejected the concept of Net neutrality in a 269-152 vote that fell largely along party lines. This vote will change the Internet for the rest of eternity,
said Rep. Ed Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat behind the Net neutrality amendment.
8 Jun 2006 9:41 pm MST
[The American Conservative]
Who, besides al-Qaeda and recruiters of suicide bombers, can conceivably benefit from persecuting the Palestinian people like this? Does Bush or Condi Rice think the Palestinians will respect an America that did this to their children, after we urged this election, called for Hamas to participate, and preached our devotion to democracy?
7 Jun 2006 8:43 am MST
The board of governors of the American Bar Association voted unanimously yesterday to investigate whether Bush has exceeded his constitutional authority in reserving the right to ignore more than 750 laws that have been enacted since he took office.
5 Jun 2006 7:38 am MST
Bush has been named the worst president in the last 61 years by American voters in a new independent poll—with nearly twice the negative rating of Richard Nixon.
2 Jun 2006 9:24 am MST
Federal judge Kenneth Ryskamp has ruled that it is unconstitutional to require a student to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance and that a student does not have to get a parent's permission to be excused from reciting the pledge.
2 Jun 2006 9:15 am MST
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: After carefully examining the evidence, I've become convinced that the president's party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004. Across the country, Republican election officials and party stalwarts employed a wide range of illegal and unethical tactics to fix the election.
1 Jun 2006 5:17 pm MST