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  • Federal Court Strikes Down DOMA, Tradition, Apple Pie

    Bad news for America's increasingly small, elderly and (presumably) angry-at-every-sitcom-on-TV group of same-sex marriage opponents

    A divided federal appeals court in Manhattan struck down the Defense of Marriage Act Thursday as unconstitutional, joining an appeals court in Boston in rejecting the law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

    Yeah, I know, it's Manhattan. Home of the Stonewall riots — a place where you can't register to vote without identifying as bi-curious or higher. But just listen to what the judge wrote in his majority opinion…

    "Even if preserving tradition were in itself an important goal, DOMA is not a means to achieve it."

    Even if preserving tradition were important? Of course it is. Just don't ask any women voters, black students, Asian immigrants, Industrial Revolution-era child laborers, interracial couples or basketball players who shoot from the three-point line.

    Some people just don't respect our heritage.

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Judiciary, Marriage Equality, New York
  • "Lazy" Voters Win Pennsylvania ID Case

    This morning, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson blocked the Pennsylvania's Republican-sponsored voter ID law from going into effect during this election. It's a victory for the Obama campaign, voting rights groups, and according to the sponsor of the strict photo ID law Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a victory for the shiftless horde

    Rather than making a ruling based on the constitution and the law, this judicial activist decision is skewed in favor of the lazy who refuse to exercise the necessary work ethic to meet the commonsense requirements to obtain an acceptable photo ID.

    I guess people dealing with "long lines and ill-informed clerks at driver's license centers and identification requirements that made it hard for some registered voters to get a state-issued photo ID" are lazy.

    But are they as lazy as people who want to win an election based on depressing minority participation rather than convincing a majority of people to vote for them?

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Judiciary, Pennsylvania, Voter Suppression
  • Could the Presidential Election Be Decided in the Courts?

    Okay so, the election is coming up in less than two months now, and I know what you're all thinking: Already?! I know! It's hard to imagine what we're all going to do with our lives once we no longer have a constant barrage of partisan bickering, kicking and scratching to contend with from the moments we wake up in the morning until we pass out with blistering stress-induced headaches at night.

    Don't worry. I have some very good news. There's a distinct possibility that the magic of the 2012 election season will live on for weeks, or possibly months, after Election Day. In the U.S. legal system!

    The November presidential election, widely expected to rest on a final blitz of advertising and furious campaigning, may also hinge nearly as much on last-minute legal battles over when and how ballots should be cast and counted, particularly if the race remains tight in battleground states…

    In the last few weeks, nearly a dozen decisions in federal and state courts on early voting, provisional ballots and voter identification requirements have driven the rules in conflicting directions, some favoring Republicans demanding that voters show more identification to guard against fraud and others backing Democrats who want to make voting as easy as possible…

    "In any of these states there is the potential for disaster," said Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. "You have close elections and the real possibility that people will say their votes were not counted when they should have been. That’s the nightmare scenario for the day after the election."

    Oh, thank God! I was wondering how the fragile social constructs of our society were going to end up crashing down, sending us into a violent and bloody civil war in which we were literally tearing each other to pieces in the streets. It's such a relief to finally know! I mean, I knew it was coming (I do read Drudge), I just didn't know how. And, as civilization-ending disasters go, a prolonged legal battle resulting in our nation's implosion seems pretty okay.

    I just didn't want it to be aliens. Because I have a weird thing about slimy things.

    Photo by Chris Ryan/OJO Images/Getty Images


    Tags: Judiciary
  • Sexual Harassment Suit Filed Against Department of Homeland Security

    Four years ago, we were warned of the dystopian future upon the horizon, a nightmare landscape in which up is down, black is white, chocolate is vanilla and cats are dogs.

    Welcome, my friends, to the Bizarro World known as Obama's America, in which women are accused of sexually harassing men! Whhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa????

    A blistering federal discrimination suit accuses agency honcho Janet Napolitano of turning the department into a female-run "frat house" where male staffers were banished to the bathrooms and routinely humiliated…

    First of all, that one phrase — "female-run frat house" — might confuse you. Such a thing would more commonly be described as a "female-run male-operated sorority" or possibly even as a "female-run male-operated female-run frat house."

    Does that clear things up at all? Good, let's continue with this strange Twilight Zone-esque story…

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    Tags: Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, Judiciary, Men and Women, Scandalgate
  • From the Pork Barrel: Legislation Vacation

    Capitol Dome

    * Today marks the beginning of the U.S. Congress' five-week paid vacation. As they're co-employer, I kinda wish they'd asked my permission, but I do begrudgingly have to admit that they've totally earned it.

    * House Republicans are now planning to file a civil suit against Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal. If this doesn't work, they'll be left with no recourse but to bring the matter to Judge Judy. And everyone is hoping to avoid anything so draconian, I'm sure.

    * You'll be happy to know that the Democrats are doing their damnedest to close the offending-Hispanic-voters-before-November gap.

    * Download our free iPhone and iPad app Indecision Election Companion and jump up into the the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — to watch and respond with us as Sen. Lindsey Graham appears on CNN's State of the Union this Sunday morning at 9/8c. We're pretty sure this is exactly how Candy Crowley got her start.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: CNN, Democrats, Eric Holder, House of Representatives, Judiciary, Lindsey Graham, Pork Barrel, Republicans, Senate