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New ban on military funeral protests sparks First Amendment debate

Angelica Malik
Contributor
FILE - In this June 6, 2009 file photo, protesters from Rev. Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate during funeral services for Dr. George Tiller at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kan. In an 8-1 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the group's protests were protected by the First Amendment. The father of a Marine killed in Iraq sued after they picketed his son's 2006 funeral service.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

President Obama signed a bill into law last week that places new restrictions on protests at military funerals, sparking a new debate on First Amendment rights.

TSA accused of racial profiling

9:06 PM 08/13/2012

Just days after a new Gallup poll found that 54 percent of Americans believe the Transportation Security Administration is doing a good or excellent job, TSA agents at Boston’s Logan airport were accused of racial profiling.

Teenager not allowed to sell hot dogs now homeless

1:57 PM 08/10/2012

Nathan Duszynski, a 13-year-old whose hot dog cart was shut down by city officials in Holland, Mich., is now homeless, along with his disabled parents.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac report profitable quarters, still owe taxpayers $146.5 billion

5:22 PM 08/08/2012

Fannie Mae is reporting a $2.2 billion profit for last quarter. This is only the second quarterly gain for the mortgage giant since being taken over by government conservatorship in 2008.

Pension reforms are coming, one state at a time

3:44 PM 08/06/2012

Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn amped up pressure on state Republicans to go along with his public pension reforms on Sunday by threatening massive budget cuts for school districts. At the crux of the reforms is a plan to make downstate and suburban school systems pay the pension costs for their work forces.

Millions flee California because of progressive tax system

11:18 PM 07/27/2012

California has lost billions of dollars in revenue in recent years as businesses and residents flee the state, in part because other states have a more favorable business climate.

LA City Council tells 762 marijuana dispensaries to close immediately

4:14 PM 07/25/2012

Police officers were called into chambers of the Los Angeles City Council to calm the angry medical marijuana activists crying out after the council voted to close 762 marijuana dispensaries in the county, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Proposed USDA regulation of online pet stores may harm animals

2:20 PM 07/25/2012

Thanks to the Department of Agriculture, many animal breeders and pet salespeople may soon have a new leash on life -- and they aren’t happy about it.

Taxpayers may bear burden of eminent domain scheme

11:06 AM 07/19/2012

County officials in San Bernardino, Calif., may soon use eminent domain to confiscate homeowners’ properties to relieve them of their underwater mortgages in a convoluted and costly plan that may cause more than a few legal headaches.

Natural gas boom opens new roads for drug cartels in Texas

5:42 PM 07/16/2012

New heavy duty access roads along Texas’ border with Mexico are making it easier for energy companies to drill for natural gas. The roads, however, are also making it easier for drugs smugglers to avoid Border Patrol highway checkpoints, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Is European austerity a facade?

10:26 AM 07/09/2012

Many Europeans blame their economic hardships on "austerity," but research shows that most countries have actually done little to reduce social welfare and other spending.

Senate highway bill contains ‘smoothing’ pension gimmick

12:04 PM 07/02/2012

The massive $109 billion highway bill snaking through Congress now includes a measure to disguise pension funding shortfalls.

House analysis says Obama green jobs campaign not very green, hasn’t created many jobs

9:21 AM 06/28/2012

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce released an analysis on Friday that harshly criticized President Barack Obama’s “green jobs” initiative as wholly unsuccessful in achieving its goal of spurring job creation and economic growth.

Supreme Court rules 7-2 against SEIU

12:31 PM 06/25/2012

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that unions can no longer force workers to pay for political speech and activism they do not agree with.

Pushed out and shut up: 78-year-old business fights back against eminent domain, censorship

11:28 AM 06/22/2012

One business’s eminent domain nightmare has also turned into a case about protection under the First Amendment. Central Radio Company, a small business in Norfolk, Va., may soon become a victim of eminent domain, but in the meantime it has also been ordered to remove a giant banner protesting the impending seizure.