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Photo Credit: Wikipedia. A page from the military manual about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Judge Rules Military Must Halt “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell” Policy
October 13, 2010

A federal judge in California has ordered the Pentagon to halt all enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gays in the military, ruling that the policy, passed by Congress in 1993, violates the constitutional rights of service members. She acted on a lawsuit brought by a gay GOP group, the Log Cabin Republicans. [In the Constitution]

Number of Education Civil Rights Complaints Is on the Rise
October 12, 2010

Complaints to the Department of Education that minority and disabled students are being denied an equal opportunity to learn in schools across the country are climbing. Why the spike? [In the Constitution]

Money Pours into Congressional Campaigns, But Its Effect Isn’t Clear
October 12, 2010

A flood of money triggered by the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in January that corporate campaign contributions are entitled to First Amendment protection has filled congressional campaign coffers. But what impact will all that cash have on Election Day? [In the Constitution]

Law Punishing Fake Heroes May Go to the Supreme Court
October 11, 2010
Should lying about being a war hero be a federal crime? Two federal courts say the law making it one is an unconstitutional abridgement of free speech. The case may be carried all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. [In the Constitution]

Right to Hunt, Fish on Ballot in Tennessee
October 9, 2010
A proposed amendment to Tennessee’s state constitution guaranteeing the right to hunt and fish faces virtually no opposition. But will an arcane rule for approving constitutional amendments keep it from being approved? [In the Constitution]

Federal Judge Upholds Provision in Health Care Bill as Constitutional
October 8, 2010

A federal judge in Michigan has upheld the authority of the federal government to require everyone to have health insurance under the new health care law. The issue is likely to make its way to the Supreme Court. Have lawmakers exceeded their power under the Constitution’s commerce clause? Time will tell. [In the Constitution]