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Sen. Joe Lieberman to bring Don’t Ask Don’t Tell measure

December 15, 2010 by Dr. Steve Frank


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Long Legal Fight Ahead for Health Law December 14, 2010

A federal judge in Virginia this week ruled that the heart of the new health care reform is unconstitutional. The ruling was the first successful court challenge to the law, following two earlier rulings in its favor. A number of other lawsuits, including a challenge by more than 20 state attorneys general, continue to work their way through the courts. The issue of whether the so-called “individual mandate” requiring citizens to purchase a health insurance policy or pay penalty is constitutional seems destined to be decided in the end by the U.S. Supreme Court. [In the Constitution]

Senate Delays Action on Young Immigrants Bill December 10, 2010

Late last week the Senate postponed consideration of a politically charged bill creating a path to citizenship for foreign-born children brought to this country illegally. Facing Republican objections, Democrats vowed to try again to advance the legislation, which has been approved by the House. Will the lame-duck session move the legislation before it adjourns? [In the Constitution]

Foes of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Say Fight Not Over December 10, 2010

Will legislation repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that prevents gays from serving openly in the military be approved by the Senate before the lame-duck session ends? The measure, which failed to win the 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate, would have lifted the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, has vowed to bring the measure up again before the holiday break. [In the Constitution]

Attorney General Holder Criticizes Proposed Gitmo Transfers Ban December 9, 2010

A congressional proposal to prohibit the transfer of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to the United States to stand trial was criticized late last week by Attorney General Eric Holder. He maintained that the executive branch required the authority to transfer the terror suspects in order to assure that they are “brought to justice.” Will the administration propose a new mechanism for conducting such trials? [In the Constitution]


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