Virginia Is for Gay Lovers

On Monday, a federal court ruled the state’s same-sex-marriage ban unconstitutional—the latest to be overturned. What makes the decision in the Old Dominion different?

The Atlantic, By Emma Green, July 29

“[T]he freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free [...]

US military asked to help fight wildfires in the West

Reuters, July 26

Wildfire managers have turned to the U.S. Department of Defense for immediate access to two military C-130 aircraft retrofitted to carry retardant, boosting their forces to face the largest blaze in Washington state history.

The U.S. Forest Service has its own fleet of more than 20 air tankers, but has in the [...]

Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report

New York Times, By Mark Mazzetti, July 25

Washington — Just after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted in April to declassify hundreds of pages of a withering report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation program, C.I.A. Director John O. Brennan convened a meeting of the men who had played a role overseeing the [...]

Report: All But Four Of The High-Profile Domestic Terrorism Plots In The Last Decade Were Crafted From The Ground Up By The FBI

TechDirt, By Tim Cushing, July 23

Human Rights Watch has just published a report containing the facts needed to back up everyone’s suspicions that the FBI counterterrorism efforts are almost solely composed of breaking up “plots” of its own design. And the bigger and more high-profile the “bust” was, the better the chance that FBI [...]

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

The Intercept, By Jeremy Scahill & Ryan Devereaux, July 23

The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

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Court Strikes Down Federal Obamacare Subsidies

NBC, By Maggie Fox, July 22

In a potentially lethal blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court has ruled that the federal government may not subsidize health insurance plans bought by people in states that decided not to set up their own marketplaces under Obamacare.

The law clearly says that states are to set up [...]

Texas governor to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to border

Reuters, By Jon Herskovitz, July 21

Austin, TX – Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during an influx of illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama.

Perry, seen as a possible [...]

CA Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

ProPublica, By Abrahm Lustgarten, July 18

California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.

The [...]

Feds approve oil exploration off US Eastern Coast

Associated Press, By Jason Dearen, July 19

St. Augustine Beach, FL – The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.

The regulatory decision is the first real step toward what could be an economic [...]

Wasting Water in California Will Now Cost You $500

Vice.com, By Kayla Ruble, July 16

California, where a sizable percentage of the food Americans eat is grown, is in the middle of a historic three-year drought. And yesterday, the state issued its first mandatory water restrictions just in time for the height of the state’s wildfire season and hot-weather energy demands.

The State Water [...]

If You Had Told Me This Appeared on The Federalist Website….

…I would have laughed in your face. But it did:

Why abandon K-Street, and acknowledge, then reject, the Big Business perception of the GOP? They’ve had the Republican Party’s back for some time, right? In the past, the largest companies favored one party over the other because they understood a pro-capitalist, low-regulation government benefits [...]

FCC Web woes extend net neutrality deadline

Politico, By Brooks Boliek & Katy Bachman, July 15

The Federal Communications Commission could have used an Internet “fast lane” on Tuesday as a flood of net neutrality comments caused its website to sputter and forced the agency to extend its deadline for accepting public input on its controversial plan.

FCC officials hope the additional [...]

Utah to appeal same-sex marriage ruling to US supreme court

The Guardian, By Jessica Glenza, July 9

New York – A definitive ruling on the constitutionality of gay marriage in the United States could come within a year, after the state of Utah decided to petition the supreme court over a lower court ruling that permitted same-sex marriage in the state.

The attorney general of [...]

Meet the Next Florida

New York City

A new report released by research and news organization Climate Central predicts that by the year 2100 our usual 82 degree average summer weather will reach an average of around 91 degrees—the equivalent [...]

Senate committee passes CISA cybersecurity bill that could broaden NSA powers

RT, July 8

New cybersecurity legislation cleared the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday during a closed session. Critics fear it may broaden the NSA’s already formidable access to Americans’ data.

Written by Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), CISA – or Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act – is widely seen as [...]

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