AEM Agrees with Obama: Time for Congress to Fix the Highway Trust ... - BusinessWeek AEM Agrees with Obama: Time for Congress to Fix the Highway Trust ... - Minyanville 07/1/2014 - 4:01 am | View Link
Christie signs New Jersey budget after some vetoes - Miami Herald Massachusetts lawmakers OK final state budget - Boston Herald 06/30/2014 - 7:27 am | View Link
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Casey fears government shutdown on road and bridge projects - Citizens Voice Bob Casey warned Thursday about “the transportation equivalent of a government shutdown.” The Highway Trust Fund is on track to be empty... 06/27/2014 - 4:35 am | View Link
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Government Shutdown Harder on Black Workers WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although the shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel ... 07/28/2014 - 7:57 pm | View Link
Americans frustrated by government shutdown For the first time in nearly two decades, it isn't business as usual in Washington. Amid a government shutdown, workers wonder when their next paycheck will come while the next economic showdown looms just weeks away. An air of disbelief blew through the ... 07/27/2014 - 5:46 pm | View Link
US diplomacy hobbled by government shutdown US-EU free trade talks and President Obama's trip to Asia have become the latest casualties of the government shutdown in Washington. The White House has warned that sanctions against Iran could also be undermined. The White House announced on Friday that ... 07/27/2014 - 5:46 pm | View Link
Economic impact of local national military park hurt by 2013 government shutdown Visitor spending at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park brought in millions to the surrounding communities last year. But the economic impact was less than in recent years, in part because of the government shutdown in October 2013. 07/25/2014 - 9:00 pm | View Link
Adams national park still recovering from government shutdown House bill would create Adams memorial in D.C. The Adams family may eventually get their own tourist attraction in the nation’s capital. House bill would create Adams memorial in D.C. The Adams family may eventually get their own tourist attraction in ... 07/25/2014 - 8:12 pm | View Link
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Government Shutdown 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding... 07/23/2014 - 10:32 am | View Link
United States federal government shutdowns of 1995 and ... The United States federal government shutdowns of 1995 and 1995–96 were the result of conflicts between Democratic President Bill Clinton and the Republican ... 07/22/2014 - 7:02 pm | View Link
United States federal government shutdown of 2013 ... From October 1 through 16, 2013, the United States federal government entered a shutdown and curtailed most routine operations after Congress failed to enact ... 07/22/2014 - 2:56 am | View Link
Obama signs bill to end partial shutdown, avert debt ... President Barack Obama signed a bill that ends the 16-day partial government shutdown and raises the debt ceiling, the White House said early Thursday morning. 10/16/2013 - 10:02 pm | View Link
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK BORDER-FUNDING BILL: Last night Senate Republicans blocked a bill to provide $2.7 billion in funding to address the crisis of minors from Central America illegally entering the U. S. With 50 yeas and 44 nays, the Senate did
In her wide-ranging interview, Bader discussed the ruling in which the all-male majority opinion granted Hobby Lobby the “religious freedom” to exclude certain forms of birth control from their employees’ health insurance coverage.
“Contraception protection is something that every woman must have access to, to control her own destiny," Ginsburg said.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that the U. S. economy created 198,000 seasonally adjusted new private non-farm jobs in July and 11,000 public-sector jobs for a total of 209,000. Officially, the unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent. The consensus of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg in advance of the announcement was for 233,000 new jobs.
Uganda’s constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament.
The law is “null and void,” the presiding judge told the court, saying the process had contravened the constitution, as it has been passed in parliament in December without the necessary quorum of lawmakers.
“Justice prevailed, we won,” said lawyer Nicholas Opiyo, who led the challenge in the constitutional court.
The law’s supporters said they would appeal the ruling at the Supreme Court.
“The retrogressive anti-homosexuality act of Uganda has been struck down by the constitutional court — it’s now dead as a door nail,” said Andrew Mwenda, one of 10 petitioners.
The law, signed by Uganda’s veteran President Yoweri Museveni in February, said that homosexuals should be jailed for life, outlawed the promotion of homosexuality and obliged Ugandans to denounce gays to the authorities.
US Secretary of State John Kerry likened the law to anti-Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany.
But homosexuality in Uganda remains illegal and punishable by jail sentences under previous legislation, which is expected to be returned after the court’s decision.
- ‘No longer criminal’ -
Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said the law — as it is on paper — remains valid, saying it had been struck down on a matter of procedure and not over its content.
“The ruling has not nullified the anti-homosexuality law, it only ruled on the validity of the procedure in parliament,” he said.
But gay rights activists were celebrating.
“I am no longer criminal, today we have made history for generations to come,” said Kasha Jacqueline, another petitioner and a prominent gay rights activist.
“I am officially legal,” said Frank Mugisha, another petitioner, but admitting despite his “celebration mood” the ruling was only the “beginning of a very long battle.”
- ‘Law is intact’ -
“The law has been struck on technicalities, so the big picture is still there,” he said.
Lawmakers could seek to reintroduce a bill back into parliament, a potentially lengthy process, with the last such bill taking four years from introduction to the final vote.
David Bahati, the MP who introduced the bill — which initially proposed the death penalty as punishment — said he still backed the law.
“It is a setback but not a major one, because the law is intact,” he told AFP.
“The law is good for Uganda, no matter what court decides.”
Outspoken anti-gay preacher Pastor Martin Ssempa led prayers before the hearing inside the tightly packed courtroom calling for the judges to uphold the law.
Ssempa had already warned he feared the “judicial abortion of our bill” due to international pressure.
“We are determined to appeal this case at the Supreme Court,” he said.
Ssempa said the petition was being pushed to polish Uganda’s international reputation before Museveni travels to Washington next week to meet President Barack Obama at a landmark US-Africa summit.
Critics have said Museveni signed the law to win domestic support ahead of a presidential election scheduled for 2016, which will be his 30th year in power.
But Western nations made a raft of aid cuts to Uganda’s government in protest since the law was passed.
Washington froze some aid programmes, as well as cancelling military air exercises and barring entry to the US for specific Ugandan officials involved in “human rights abuses”, including against the gay community.
Rights groups, who said the law triggered a sharp increase in arrests and assaults of members of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, welcomed the decision.
“We are pleased that this law cannot be enforced and entrench further abuses and discrimination,” said Maria Burnett from Human Rights Watch.
Homophobia is widespread in Uganda, where American-style evangelical Christianity is on the rise.
Gay men and women face frequent harassment and threats of violence.
The 10 petitioners — including two Ugandan rights organisations — had also claimed that the law violated the constitutional right to privacy and dignity, as well as the right to be free from discrimination, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
But the judges stuck down the law based on only the first section, the issue of quorum, before any of those issues were discussed.