Daily Archives: March 1, 2012

Originally posted on As Ohio Goes, So Goes the Nation:

Student T.J. Lane has been charged on six counts related to Monday’s shooting at Chardon High School, according to court documents.

The charges against the seventeen-year-old sophomore, filed in juvenile court, were three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault.

 

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Senate Kills Health Care Opt-Out Plan

The Senate today killed a controversial Republican plan to let employers opt out of health care coverage if they oppose it on moral grounds.

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On This Day…

In 1932, the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, New Jersey.

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Maryland Becomes 8th State with Marriage Equality

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With Governor Martin O’Malley’s signature, marriage equality will become law in Maryland. Maryland will be the eighth state to enact such a law.

In just three weeks, following a major court victory against Proposition 8, marriage equality bills have passed in Washington, New Jersey, and now Maryland.

Despite New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s heartbreaking veto, the legislature’s pro-equality vote marked a powerful moment in this years-long battle.

These victories are exhilarating, but they are not accidents. All of these gains are the result of years of working together to elect fair-minded candidates and placing organizers on the ground to build support for these bills.

Join thousands around the country in congratulating Maryland on this remarkable moment.

Congratulations, Maryland!

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Blunt Amendment Faces Vote Today

The Blunt amendment vote is today in the Senate.

 

The amendment would reverse the Obama administration’s policies that gave women access to no-cost birth control, but it is so broadly written, it could allow any employer to deny health care coverage, for any reason. It could cost 20 million women care.

 

If this amendment passes (Republicans are trying to tack it to a transportation bill), your employer can deny any aspect of your health care coverage by claiming they are morally opposed. Your boss will, essentially, decide what kind of coverage you receive.

 

Join One Million Strong for Women to demand that this backward amendment fails.
 

 

 

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Taylor Verdict to be Announced April 26

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The verdict in the war crimes trial of Liberia’s ex-President Charles Taylor will be delivered on April 26.

Mr. Taylor is accused of fueling Sierra Leone’s civil war in the 1990s by arming rebels. He denies eleven charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

It is the first international trial of an African former head of state, and Mr. Taylor could face a life sentence if found guilty.

His trial, at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, relates to his role in the civil war in Liberia’s neighbor, where he is accused of backing rebels responsible for atrocities.

The trial in The Hague included a testimony by Naomi Campbell about diamonds she received, as the prosecution accused Mr. Taylor of trading in “blood diamonds.”

Mr. Taylor denies all wrongdoing, describing the allegations against him as politically motivated.

If convicted, Mr Taylor would serve a prison sentence in the UK.

Via the BBC.

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