Once again today, America’s highest court failed to announce any plan to take up one or more cases involving the legalization of same-sex marriage. Now it’s expected to do so on Friday. Will the justices be paying attention to last month’s elections in 4 states? We’ll look at the high court’s options—and at the political ramifications, especially for the Republican Party. On Reporters Notebook later on, could deadly violence result from brain damage in professional football? Also in the news, Britain, France, Sweden, Denmark and Spain have summoned Israeli ambassadors to Israel to signal strong objection to Israel’s plans for expanding settlements in East Jerusalem.
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Britain, France, Sweden, Denmark and Spain have summoned Israeli ambassadors to Israel to signal strong objection to Israel’s Plans for expanding settlements in East Jerusalem. Palestinian leaders have said they could mean the end of the so-called “2-state solution.”
US Supreme Court watchers are playing a waiting game in regard to same-sex marriage. As the justices work out their differences behind closed doors, we’ll look at the options—and the potential consequences for the law and for politics.
Polls show the trend in favor of same-sex marriage is growing fast. For the first time in US history, it was approved by voters in three of last month’s elections, rather than in legislative chambers. It’s now legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. Friday—and again today—it was expected the US Supreme Court would take up the matter. Both sides are waiting anxiously for action on Friday. That provides more time to consider the options, legal, political and moral.
Douglas NeJaime, UCLA Law School (@WilliamsPolicy)
Rick Jacobs, Courage Campaign (@rickjacobs)
John Eastman, National Organization for Marriage (@Chapman_Law)
Casey Pick, Programs Director for the Log Cabin Republicans
This weekend’s case of murder and suicide raises familiar questions about brain damage and professional football. Jovan Belcher was an all-star linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, described by teammates, coaches, family and friends as “generous and caring.” This weekend he murdered his girlfriend, mother of his 3-month-old daughter, and then shot himself while talking with coaches at the team stadium. The incident is raising again some troubling questions. Almost 4,000 former players are suing the NFL over what the claim is a link between football and long-term brain damage. At Boston University, researchers are investigating possible connections.
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Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
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