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July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With a vote scheduled for Tuesday on embattled judicial nominee James Leon Holmes, conservatives are turning up the pressure on a handful of Republican senators who they fear might vote against the Arkansas attorney.Holmes has waited more than 17 months since he was first nominated by President Bush to fill a federal district court seat in Arkansas. Even though he has the support of Arkansas' two senators, both Democrats, conservatives are concerned about some wavering Republicans.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A police chief in western Massachusetts acknowledges it won't be easy convincing legislators to adopt his judicial accountability plan, but he says the result would be well worth it.Chief Anthony R. Scott, who heads the Holyoke Police Department, has made it his mission to reform the Massachusetts judicial system. He claims judges appointed to lifetime terms aren't accountable to anyone. Under a constitutional amendment before the Senate, that would change.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Republican member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says conservatives shouldn't get their hopes up when the Supreme Court hands down a decision in two affirmative action cases, which could come as soon as Monday.Commissioner Abigail Thernstrom, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, wouldn't predict the outcome other than to say it was likely in the hands of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has long been perceived as the swing vote in the case.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When Andrew Simon returned to Bates College this fall, he was surprised the college was planning only a moment of silence to commemorate the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. So he decided to take it upon himself to make sure that fateful day wouldn't be forgotten.The Lewiston, Maine, campus is one of at least 150 colleges and universities across America planning memorial events Thursday, thanks in part to the efforts of conservative students who are leading the way to remember the lives lost two years ago.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Justice Department turned its investigation of an alleged White House leak of a CIA operative's name over to a special counsel Tuesday as Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the probe.The U.S. attorney in Chicago, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, will head the investigation, while Ashcroft's deputy, James Comey, will oversee operations regarding the case at the Justice Department.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Some of John Kerry's former swift boat crewmates will have a high-profile role at the Democratic National Convention later this month, as they attempt to portray Kerry as a decorated Vietnam War hero. But an even larger number of veterans say that's not the case.As news spread Tuesday of the convention's framework, members of a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth dismissed the Democrats' plans. On the last night of the convention, an undisclosed number of Vietnam veterans plan to endorse Kerry.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The fighting in Iraq has drawn to a close, but for the nation's schoolchildren, emotions about the war are running high and many questions remain unanswered, a panel of educators, psychiatrists and students said.The group gathered in Washington, D.C., Tuesday for an informal discussion on the consequences of teaching students about war and the best way to address their fears in the age of terrorism.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court blew its chance to end discriminatory practices in college admissions, according to disappointed conservatives reacting to Monday's ruling that upholds the use of racial preferences.In two split decisions Monday, the court ruled 5-4 that the University of Michigan could keep the affirmative action policy used at its law school, but a 6-3 majority said it must revamp the "point system" for undergraduate admissions.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After spending much of the past year defending the Ten Commandments display in an Alabama courthouse, several activists are hoping to move the debate to the national stage in the coming weeks.A five-state "Save the Commandments Caravan" is slated to commence on Sept. 28 in Montgomery, Ala., home to the 2.5-ton Ten Commandments monument that Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore displayed in the rotunda of the state judicial building.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Security officials in the United States and around the globe are keeping a close eye on suspicious behavior this New Year's Eve amid fears that terrorists could strike during large celebrations aimed at welcoming 2004.The heightened security is being put into place 10 days after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security raised the national threat level from an "elevated" to "high" risk of a terrorist attack.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a speech at the NAACP convention Thursday, Sen. John Kerry offered a glowing portrayal of the group's chairman, Julian Bond, who only one month ago compared Republicans to terrorists."Julian Bond sent electricity through this country when he burst on the scene when he was a young man," Kerry said. "I remember watching him set an example for our country, and he's still setting an example for our country. He is eloquent. He is powerful."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - A House subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday on the pros and cons of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to pass a law banning desecration of the American flag.There's little doubt that the Flag Protection Amendment will again pass in the House of Representatives, where it has been overwhelmingly approved in each of the past four years. But its outlook in the Senate remains uncertain. Backers of the measure think it has 64 votes - three short of the two-thirds needed.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Twenty-five years after allowing universities to consider race in admissions, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that position Monday, granting colleges the leeway to create a racially diverse student environment.The court's decision in two cases involving the University of Michigan represents a monumental victory for supporters of affirmative action, even though the justices struck down one of the admissions policies used by the university.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - California Polytechnic State University student Steve Hinkle, who sparked a free speech debate when trying to advertise a campus lecture, is now suing the university over its refusal to clear his record.The dispute dates back to November 2002, when Hinkle was confronted by students in the university's multicultural center about a flier he was posting to promote a speech by conservative black author Mason Weaver.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The nation's leading teachers' union and its largest state affiliate are planning an aggressive campaign to unionize charter school teachers, who represent a growing faction of workers outside of the unions' realm.The National Education Association is committing upwards of $1.75 million over the next three years for the effort. It will begin in California, where the state affiliate is devising a strategy to convince charter school teachers to join the California Teachers Association.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The two liberal leaders of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights accused their four Republican-appointed colleagues of misusing their offices and disrespecting the panel in a 36-page document sent Friday to President Bush and members of Congress.Commission Chairwoman Mary Frances Berry and Vice Chairman Cruz Reynoso drafted the letter, including seven corresponding exhibits, after growing frustrated with what they termed a "dereliction of duty" by the Republican appointees.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Nearly 50 years after the Supreme Court outlawed segregation, several of the civil rights pioneers who were at the forefront of the movement came together Wednesday to recognize the country's achievements and highlight the struggles that remain.For the first time ever, the plaintiffs and families involved in the five cases that culminated in the Brown v. Board of Education decision met in Washington, D.C. Their gathering signified the kickoff to a yearlong commemoration of the ruling's 50th anniversary.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - A little-known provision adopted by Congress more than two centuries ago is causing havoc for American companies doing business in other countries, according to free-market advocates who gathered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.The Alien Tort Claims Act was rarely used before a 1980 federal appeals court decision sparked interest in the statute. At least two dozen cases are now pending across the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Gun control advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday hoping to derail Missouri's concealed carry law just days before it is set to take effect.The legal challenge is the latest effort to scale back the law. Earlier this week, Democrat Gov. Bob Holden announced he would draft emergency rules banning concealed firearms in all state-owned or operated buildings.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Journalists covering wars or other conflicts for the New York Times are no longer allowed to carry a firearm while on assignment, according to a policy adopted by the company this week.