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July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Government agencies received some guidance about their environmental justice policies Friday when the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights endorsed a report that conservatives said would create economic hardships for low-income and minority communities.By endorsing the report, the commission signaled that federal agencies weren't fully implementing former President Bill Clinton's 1994 executive order mandating that they incorporate environment justice principles into their work.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly.) (CNSNews.com) - Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney said Thursday he wants to bypass his Democrat attorney general and take the case against same-sex marriage directly to the state's highest court.Without the intervention of the Supreme Judicial Court before May 17, Massachusetts will become the first state to sanction same-sex marriages.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
Boston (CNSNews.com) - A day after Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign accused NASA of releasing an embarrassing "bunny suit" photo, Republicans seized on the opportunity to comment on the story - and photo - in the wake of Tuesday's allegation.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republicans have spent much of the last three years courting the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, but now the National Right to Work Foundation claims the union has turned its back on the GOP.The conservative group claims the union's political action committee, which aggressively lobbied alongside Republicans for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, will raise about three times more than it had on hand during the 2002 midterm elections with a goal of defeating "all GOP candidates" in 2004.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a congressional committee Tuesday he would support a total ban on all tobacco products, insisting that they have no benefit to society whatsoever.Carmona made the statement during testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which was examining whether smokeless products like snuff and chewing tobacco were as harmful as cigarettes.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservative college students are used to having their ideas critiqued and criticized on their campuses, but two Florida students said they were amazed at the resistance they faced when they proposed putting a flag in every classroom.A debate is brewing at the University of Central Florida, where Heather Smith, a senior and chairwoman of Rebuilding a Conservative Kornerstone, is trying to get the student government to pay $3,000 for 200 flags.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Hoping to counter what they view as liberal-dominated college campuses, conservative lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are making the case for universities to adopt an "Academic Bill of Rights" that emphasizes intellectual diversity.Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) introduced the House resolution this week with more than a dozen co-sponsors. It follows a similar effort in Colorado that has been brewing for several months.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Elaine R. Jones, one of the key figures in the Senate Judiciary Committee's "Memogate" controversy, refused to discuss her involvement in that controversy on Wednesday, just two days before she steps down as president of NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
Boston (CNSNews.com) - Hours after Sen. John Kerry sailed into this city with his Vietnam swift boat crewmates Wednesday, about a hundred other veterans gathered near the Democratic National Convention site to protest the anti-war positions of Kerry's past.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Tobacco companies are facing a barrage of criticism this week for allegedly marketing cigarettes to homosexuals, who smoke nearly twice as much as heterosexuals, according to some estimates.National LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Health Awareness Week kicked off Sunday with a focus on several problems facing homosexuals, from human papillomavirus and HIV to abuse and nutrition.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The rights of California gun owners came under attack last week when the state Assembly and Los Angeles City Council adopted measures imposing new restrictions on the .50-caliber rifle.Gun enthusiasts immediately warned that the actions threatened their Second Amendment rights and would accomplish nothing in the way of reducing crime or saving lives.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After months on the back burner, a comprehensive energy plan that has been in the works since 2001 is expected to come up for debate in the Senate. Lawmakers will begin voting on a host of amendments this week.Democrats got the debate rolling Friday, offering amendments that boost fuel economy standards for automobiles. Senators are also planning to address climate policy, renewable energy, electricity and Indian energy for most of the week.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Three Republican senators Wednesday joined a growing contingent of lawmakers who are concerned that America's college campuses lack the intellectual diversity necessary to provide students with a balanced education.It's the second time in a week that members of Congress have confronted the issue. In both cases, conservatives have complained that liberals dominate college campuses, shutting out other viewpoints while also abandoning traditional areas of study.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The anti-gun Mother's Day rally being organized by the Million Mom March expects to draw about 5,000 people to the nation's capital, according to a permit from the National Park Service.The crowd estimate is significantly lower than the organization's first rally in 2000, when about 150,000 people were expected to attend. The actual number who came to Washington was between 500,000 and 750,000 people, according to press reports at the time.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
Boston (CNSNews.com) - Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani made a splash Thursday morning when he told a roomful of cheering Republicans that Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" film would carry no weight with him."I haven't seen it. I don't really need Michael Moore to tell me about Sept. 11," Giuliani said in response to a reporter's question about the impact the film might have on the presidential race.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Bush's war has got to go."Chants from anti-war protesters rang throughout the nation's capital Saturday as demonstrators gathered outside the White House to express their displeasure with the war on Iraq.Secret Service agents and U.S. Park Police closely watched the noontime protest in Lafayette Square, a site of frequent anti-war gatherings. No violence erupted and the crowd eventually dispersed after about an hour.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Federal legislation introduced Tuesday would subject firearms to heightened scrutiny, similar to consumer safety standards for products like teddy bears, nightlights and pancake makers.Gun control advocates hailed the announcement, vowing to strike back at pro-gun lawmakers who supported legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in April granting firearms manufacturers' immunity from nuisance lawsuits.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll - considered a barometer for gauging public opinion on educational issues - reports an 8-point drop in support for vouchers this year, prompting school choice advocates to question the poll's validity.Vouchers are one of the many educational subjects addressed in the survey, which is now in its 35th year. At issue is the wording of a Gallup Poll question that critics say portrays vouchers in a negative light.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, serving a suspension for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument, promised to continue his crusade despite the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday not to hear his case."The fight's not over. We're going to educate the people of this country as to the meaning of the First Amendment," Moore said on Fox News. "We're going to educate the people and we're going state to state to do it. And if I have to do it on the weekends, that's what I'll do."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(Correction: Commissioner Russell G. Redenbaugh serves as a political independent, not a Republican. He was a Republican appointee and often votes with the commission's three Republicans.) Washington (CNSNews.com) - Mary Frances Berry, chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, thwarted a planned discussion of the Senate's "Memogate" affair on Monday when she adjourned the panel's monthly meeting after four Republican members didn't arrive on time.