Newswire: Republicans win solid House majority

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Republicans Win Solid House Majority
November 3, 2010

Republicans seized control of the House of Representatives in midterm elections Tuesday, piling up victories of historic proportions. Not since 1938, has the GOP gained so many seats. Will divided government and our system of checks and balances lead to gridlock or bipartisan progress? [In the Constitution]

Appeals Court Hints at Tossing Part of Arizona Immigration Law
November 2, 2010

A provision of Arizona’s controversial immigration law making it a crime not to carry immigration papers showing lawful residency in the United States is under tough scrutiny by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Does the supremacy clause of the Constitution make immigration enforcement the exclusive domain of the federal government? [In the Constitution]

Justice Breyer Seeks a Multidimensional Approach to Dissecting Constitutional Questions
November 1, 2010

How should Supreme Court justices go about applying the Constitution’s fundamental values to new and changing circumstances? Justice Stephen Breyer explains his “pragmatic” philosophy of judicial review. [In the Constitution]

Appeals Court Extends Life of Gay Military Policy
November 1, 2010

A federal appeals court has extended indefinitely its freeze on a judge’s order halting enforcement of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy because it denies equal protection of the laws to gay soldiers. Will the Obama Administration persuade the Senate to repeal the law before a new Congress is sworn in? [In the Constitution]

Military Jury at Guantanamo Bay Sentence “Teen Terrorist” to 40-year Prison Term
October 31, 2010

A military jury has handed a 40-year prison term to a young al-Qaida insurgent for killing a U.S. soldier in a firefight in Afghanistan when he was 15. Under a plea deal arranged by Pentagon prosecutors and his defense attorney, he could serve one more year at Guantanamo and then be returned to Canada to serve out the balance of an eight-year sentence. Is his jihad over? [In the Constitution]

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