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Ginsburg: Watch 6th Circuit on Gay Marriage.

(NYT) People seeking clues about how soon the Supreme Court might weigh in on states' gay marriage bans should pay close attention to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience Tuesday.

Ginsburg said cases pending before the circuit covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee would probably play a role in the high court's timing. She said "there will be some urgency" if that appeals court allows same-sex marriage bans to stand. Such a decision would run contrary to a legal trend favoring gay marriage and force the Supreme Court to step in sooner, she predicted.

She said if the appeals panel falls in line with other rulings there is "no need for us to rush."

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Fast Food Franchise Owners Ask Congress For Help To Stop Worker Campaign For Wages, Union

(Think Progress) The fast food industry is hoping that a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill can blunt the momentum that fast food workers have gained through nearly two years of strikes and multiple lawsuits.

The International Franchise Association (IFA) is flying fast food store owners and other franchisees into Washington on Tuesday to drum up congressional opposition to a recent legal decision that could make corporations liable for how franchise employees are treated. The trade group expects more than 350 business owners from both the franchisee and franchisor sides of the business model to show up at its event this week, according to The Hill. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and former Republican Governors Association head and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour are scheduled to speak to the group, and the paper reports that top Senate Republicans will introduce legislation targeting federal labor regulators in general later this week.


New Eyewitness To Palin Brawl: Bristol Was ‘Quite Violent’---"It was just so shocking"

(TPM) "It was just so shocking," Roberta Thompson told TPM.

She mostly confirmed what her husband told multiple news outlets last week, saying that the two of them were right next to each other during the incident. But she provided her own take on how the events unfolded, including a portion that she said involved the eldest Palin daughter, Bristol Palin, and the owner of the house, Korey Klingenmeyer.

"What I saw was two girls run past and run towards Korey," Roberta Thompson said. "And then I just saw Bristol Palin start punching him in the face."


The Strange Case Of A Father Who Sued The Obama Administration To Keep His Daughters From Getting...

(Think Progress) Providing two college-age women with health insurance that covers birth control, according to an attorney for Missouri state Rep. Paul Joseph Wieland (R) and his wife Teresa, is the equivalent of giving your children free access to a “stocked unlocked liquor cabinet.” In case the judges hearing his client’s case did not find that analogy particularly compelling, he also compared birth control to pornography.

If the Wielands’ lawsuit succeeds, they will win the right to deny their three daughters — two of whom are adults — a health insurance policy that covers contraception. Wieland and his wife claim that they “cannot provide, fund or in any way be a participant in the provision of health care coverage for contraception, sterilization, abortions or abortifacient drugs and devices, such as Plan B, ella, and copper IUDs, or related education and counseling, without violating their sincerely-held religious beliefs.”


Florida Republican: Black People are ‘Animals’ With a ‘Backwards Culture’

(AATTP) Lakeland, Florida utility board member Steve Wade seems to have forgotten that describing African-Americans as “animals” and suggesting that African-American teen girls do nothing but get knocked up constantly isn’t exactly the best career move — but while he says he used the “wrong word,” he stands by his claims.

In a September 4 budget meeting, Wade said that Northwest Lakeland has a bit of a black problem. “Here in Lakeland we’re seeing everything,” Wade said. “Our black community in the northwest section — not just the gangs, but just a culture that has really gone backwards, almost like animals.”


Bill Clinton to McConnell: "What about 9/11?"

(Courier-Journal) Campaigning Sunday for Democratic candidates in Iowa, Clinton declared: "You will not have to worry that if you elect them, 30 years from now they will actually stand up with a straight face before a bunch of rich, out-of-state donors and say, 'The saddest day of my life was when I couldn't take it all from you and keep it a secret.'"

The former president was referring to a secretly-taped June speech McConnell gave before a gathering hosted by the billionaires Charles and David Koch, at which the Kentuckian said the signing of a landmark campaign finance reform law was "the worst day of my political life." The tape was obtained by The Nation.

Among worse days McConnell ignored, Clinton noted, were the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks on the United States and the financial crisis of 2008.


Republicans Sweating As Democrats Hold Leads In Georgia’s Senate And Governor Races

(Politicus USA) All the talk of a Republican takeover of the US Senate after this year’s midterms may have been a bit premature as a new poll in Georgia shows that Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn holds a three-point lead over Republican nominee David Perdue for Georgia’s open Senate seat. The seat is currently held by retiring Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss. The poll, conducted by Landmark Communications, has Nunn up on Perdue, 46% to 43%. The poll’s margin of error is 2.9%, so Nunn’s lead is razor-thin. However, considering that Georgia is a deep-red state, it has to be extremely disheartening for Republicans to see themselves down in a race where they’d normally be holding a comfortable lead.


School Districts Are Receiving Free Military Gear From The Pentagon

(TPM) More than 20 school districts in the United States have been equipped with military-grade equipment through the federal program that provides such gear to local and state authorities free of charge, according to civil rights groups.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Texas Appleseed, a legal advocacy group, sent a letter on behalf of a coalition of civil rights groups to the federal agency that administers the program on Monday. The letter requested reforms be made to the 1033 program, which has come under significant scrutiny after the heavily armed police response to protests in Ferguson, Mo., last month.


Arizona GOP official resigns after saying poor women should be sterilized

(Raw Story) Russell Pearce, the first vice-chair of the state’s Republican Party and recalled Arizona senate president, made the comments Sept. 6 on his weekly, self-titled talk radio program, reported the Phoenix New Times.

“You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations,” Pearce said on his KKNT-AM program. “Then we’ll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.”

In addition to forced sterilization, Pearce suggested recipients of public assistance be tested for drugs and alcohol, have their homes subjected to random searches, and severely cutting the amount of food aid and dictating what items recipients could buy.


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