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Jul 8, 2011

Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe asserted in a recent New York Times op-ed that President Barack Obama cannot invoke a Constitutional clause to borrow money if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling.

Tribe, who once taught Obama, wrote that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and others have proposed that if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling, it will violate section 4 of the 14th amendment, which states the "validity" of the country's debt "shall not be questioned." President Obama might therefore be able to borrow money in the interest of maintain

Jul 8, 2011

Two Republican senators in Wisconsin are being out-earned by the Democrats challenging them in upcoming recall elections, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported.

According to the local news source, finance reports filed on July 5 showed Republican Sen. Rob Cowles has collected $100,522 this year, compared to $177,300 raised by his Democratic challenger in the 2nd District recall election, Nancy Nusbaum. Another Republican facing recall, Sen. Luther Olsen of the 14th District, raised $107,111, compared to $226,501 brought in by his rival, Democratic Rep.

Jul 8, 2011

The case of Humberto Leal Garcia Jr, on death row in Texas for the 1994 rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl, has substantial implications for the prosecution of international law.

Texas law enforcement officers never told Leal that as a Mexican citizen, the Vienna Conventions guaranteed him the right to consult with Mexican authorities and seek their aid in obtaining legal representation.


Jul 7, 2011

Republicans hope a floor vote can be held next week on recently proposed legislation to repeal a 2007 light bulb efficiency law, according to The Hill newspaper.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, was introduced on July 6. It would eliminate a 2007 measure requiring incandescent light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient by next year.

Jun 29, 2011

Although many people will agree that violent video games should not be in the hands of the American youth, there is a disagreement about the legality of a ban on this material.