FROM Jordan Lorence
Has Same-Sex Marriage Lost Its Political Power? In 1996, Congress passed the " Defense of Marriage Act ," which limited marriage to a man and a woman. In 2004, state ballot measures on same-sex marriage helped turn out Republican voters. In the first few months of his administration, President Obama's Justice Department supported DOMA. But last month, Attorney General Eric Holder called the law indefensible on constitutional grounds. So, where are the Republicans now? Members of Congress and potential presidential candidates have focused almost entirely on enforcing the law, but not on same-sex marriage itself. Have they decided that "it's the Economy, stupid," after all? We look at the law---and the politics.
A Federal Court Rules that California’s Prop 8 is Unconstitutional First, Proposition 8 was passed by California voters in 2008 after the State Supreme Court had legalized same-sex marriage. That same court then upheld , Prop 8, which says that marriage can occur only between a man and a woman. Opponents then filed suit in federal court in San Francisco, claiming Prop 8 violates the federal constitution. Today Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the plaintiffs are right.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?