Alaska and Oregon approved referendums on Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana, but it could be a similar measure passed in the District of Columbia that triggers a public fight with Congress.
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When the Republican Party moves to take over control of the United States Senate in January, life will be different in Washington in some significant ways as a Congress controlled fully by the GOP will need to deal with a lame-duck President.
As the Republicans gain control of the United States Senate in early 2015, the new majority party will face two interesting tests of their newly regained powers. Specifically, the GOP leadership will face a decision on how to handle filibuster rules imposed last year by Democrats, and the upcoming nomination hearings for a new Attorney General.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, examines the Supreme Court’s limited but important history in deciding on how churches can handle internal property disputes.
As America heads to the polls on Tuesday, races in eight key states could swing control of the United States Senate back to the Republicans. However, there are some scenarios that get the Democrats to a tie in the final Senate total – which is as good as a win.