Friday News Roundup

November 26, 2004

Congress, through language inserted into the budget bill, will seek sanctions against any government that is a party to the world criminal court, but which has not entered an agreement to bar legal proceedings against any U.S. personnel. TalkLeft has more on the Bush Administration's policy in this area.
The New York Times reports on a new Oregon law which undercuts environmental and land-use regulations while giving greater rights to property owners. "Boy did they open a can of worms," said Georgetown Law Center Professor Richard Lazarus.
A Bronx Criminal Court judge has been at the forefront of the debate over the extent that 911 calls can be used as evidence, even when the caller doesn't testify.
Envoys from throughout Europe arrived in Ukraine to meet with the nation's leaders as protests raged on following last week's contested election results. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian high court is reviewing the results.
Privacy advocates are worried that proposed new passports which carry information about the traveler in a computer chip could be vulnerable to electronic snooping.
President Bush will push for more federal funding for school sexual education programs that teach only abstinence, and do not instruct on safe sex. Noted James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a group that promotes education about birth control and condom use, "the only 100 percent way to avoid a car collision is not to drive, but the federal government sure does a lot of advocacy for safety belts,"
Citing a "poisonous atmosphere," some gay Americans are looking to leave.
Two Republican Congressmen put language in the budget bill seeking to stop the removal of a cross which sits on city-owned land atop San Diego's Mt. Soledad. The cross has been the subject of fifteen years on litigation.
USA Today reports on the ongoing medical marijuana fight.