Social Issues

U.S. Senate Votes Down Compromised Proposal to Expand Gun Background Checks

April 17, 2013

“The bipartisan compromise was championed by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and backed by President Barack Obama in his push for a package of gun laws in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.”

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Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Pledges to Join Republican Filibuster of Sen. Harry Reid’s Gun Control Bill

April 8, 2013

“”While nobody knows yet what Sen. Reid’s plan is for the gun bill, if he chooses to file cloture on the motion to proceed to the Reid bill, Sen. McConnell will oppose cloture on proceeding to that bill.””

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United Nations General Assembly Approves Global Arms Trade Treaty

April 3, 2013

“Iran, Syria and North Korea cast the sole votes against the treaty. The same three states last week prevented a treaty-drafting conference at U.N. headquarters from reaching the required consensus to adopt the pact.”

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Supreme Court Arguments Express Skepticism About the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

March 27, 2013

“Kennedy, viewed as a key swing vote, appeared critical of the federal government’s declining to recognize marriages that states have made legal. Kennedy voiced sympathy Tuesday for children of gay couples who want their parents’ unions to be recognized.”

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Government Waste: House Republicans Spend $3 Million Defending DOMA

March 27, 2013

“All told, the House legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act cost six times as much as the House GOP leadership originally anticipated.”

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U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) Declares Support for Same-Sex Marriage

March 27, 2013

“North Carolina voters last year overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment declaring marriage as being between a man and a woman.”

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Fox News Commentator Bill O’Reilly Criticizes Anti-Gay Marriage “Bible Thumpers”

March 27, 2013

“”The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals,” O’Reilly said Tuesday on Fox. “‘We’re Americans. We just want to be treated like everybody else.’ That’s a compelling argument, and to deny that, you have got to have a very strong argument on the other side. The argument on the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.””

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U.S. Supreme Court Hints Against Sweeping Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage During Oral Arguments

March 26, 2013

“Following the oral argument, Pete Williams of NBC News reported that it seemed “quite obvious that the U.S. Supreme Court is not prepared to issue any kind of sweeping ruling” declaring that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.”

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on California’s Proposition 8 and DOMA This Week

March 25, 2013

“The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in two cases that have the potential to transform American society and the status of gays and lesbians in it.”

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Residents in Newtown, Connecticut, Receive National Rifle Association (NRA) Robocalls

March 25, 2013

“Some residents in Newtown, Conn., say they’re outraged at receiving robocalls from the National Rifle Association only three months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.”

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National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre Endorses Increasing Penalties on Straw Gun Purchases

March 24, 2013

“National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre said Sunday that he’d support gun reform legislation that would “beef up the penalties” on straw purchases of firearms and illegal gun trafficking, as well as getting records of mentally ill into the national background checks system.”

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Analysis: Evolving Republican Reversal on Gay Marriage Brings Big Money Opportunity

March 24, 2013

“Several lawmakers told POLITICO the issue has come up in meetings with potential big donors, who take a different view than the party base.”

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Reaffirms Support For Marijuana Decriminalization: “I don’t want to put them in jail and ruin their lives”

March 24, 2013

“”Look, the last two presidents could conceivably have been put in jail for their drug use, and I really think, you know, look what would have happened, it would have ruined their lives,” Paul added. “They got lucky, but a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky.””

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New York State Senate Budget Indefinitely Suspends Governor Cuomo’s 7 Bullet Magazine Limit

March 24, 2013

“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s seven-round limit on magazines sold in New York will be suspended “indefinitely” by a measure in his $136.5 billion budget set to be passed this week, Dean Skelos, a Senate majority leader said.”

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Testimony: NYPD Admits Racial Profiling and Quota System in “Stop-and-Frisk” Trial

March 23, 2013

“Lawyers for the four men who sued say officers unfairly target minorities under the controversial tactic known as stop and frisk, sometimes because of pressure to make illegal quotas.”

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