Social Issues

Analysis: Assault Weapons Ban Inclusion Complicates Passage of Gun Reform

February 6, 2013

“Senate leaders — including Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — would prefer to see the assault weapons ban offered as an amendment to gun control legislation on the floor.”

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Pentagon Decides to Extend Some Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

February 5, 2013

“Officials at the Pentagon would not say which new benefits the department has determined it can extend to same-sex couples without violating the Defense of Marriage Act.”

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Bipartisan Representatives Introduce Bill to Create Stricter Penalties for Gun Trafficking

February 5, 2013

“The bill, strongly backed by law enforcement groups, would strengthen penalties on “straw purchasers,” who buy guns for those who are barred by law from buying their own weapons.”

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Illinois Cook County Commissioners Approve Stricter Gun Control Measures

February 5, 2013

“[The measure calls] for firearms owners to report the make, model and serial number of lost, stolen, sold, transferred or destroyed firearms to the sheriff within 48 hours and empower the sheriff to share that information with his local law enforcement counterparts.”

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British House of Commons Passes Bill to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

February 5, 2013

“After a six-hour debate, the Commons vote was 400 to 175 for the bill. It will have to pass in the House of Lords, where delaying tactics by opponents are possible, but Mr. Cameron has said that he plans to have the bill enacted into law sometime this summer.”

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Report: U.S. Senate Legislation May Not Include Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban

February 4, 2013

“Senate legislation appeared to narrow to expanded background checks and limited ammunition magazines, rather than a ban on semi-automatic rifles that mimic assault weapons.”

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Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) Supports Legalization of Hemp

February 1, 2013

“”The utilization of hemp to produce everything from clothing to paper is real and if there is a capacity to center a new domestic industry in Kentucky that will create jobs in these difficult economic times that sounds like a good thing to me.”"

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DOMA Defense Lawyer to Supreme Court: Marriage Between a Man and Woman Because They Can “Produce Unplanned And Unintended Offspring”

January 31, 2013

“By contrast, when same-sex couples decide to have children, “substantial advance planning is required,” said Paul D. Clement, a lawyer for House Republicans.”

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National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO: Background Checks Will Never Be Universal Because of Criminals

January 31, 2013

““Let’s be honest,” he said. “Background checks will never be ‘universal,’ because criminals will never submit to them.””

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MSNBC Peddles False Story “Emotional Father of Sandy Hook Victim Heckled at Gun Hearing”

January 31, 2013

““We’re reviewing the video in question,” says an MSNBC source.”

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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee Advocating Gun Control Reform

January 30, 2013

“”Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous, Americans are counting on you. Thank you,” Giffords said.”

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to Hold Her Own Hearing on Her Proposed Assault Weapons Ban

January 30, 2013

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), unhappy with the witnesses slated to testify at Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing on guns, will hold her own hearing on her proposed ban on assault weapons.”

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One of the India Gang Rape Suspects to be Tried as a Juvenile

January 28, 2013

“The suspect did not possess a birth certificate — a common occurrence in India where many babies are born at home and not in a hospital. In such cases, school records are often used as proof of age or identity.”

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U.S. Defense Department Approves Massive Expansion of Cybersecurity Force

January 27, 2013

“The move, requested by the head of the Defense Department’s Cyber Command, is part of an effort to turn an organization that has focused largely on defensive measures into the equivalent of an Internet-era fighting force.”

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White House and U.S. Industries Resisting European Push for Internet Consumer Data Privacy

January 25, 2013

“Privacy advocates have embraced a bill before the European Parliament as their best chance to win a range of protections that have failed to gain political traction in Washington.”

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