Wednesday News Roundup

June 29, 2005

David Savage at the LA Times discusses the Supreme Court's decision to revisit, "for the third time, a long-running dispute between aggressive antiabortion protesters and the National Organization for Women. At issue is whether the protesters can be sued under the federal antiracketeering law with conspiring to shut down abortion clinics."
Following the Supreme Court's decision in Kelo, a California resident has proposed "taking over Justice David Souter's New Hampshire farmhouse and turning it into a hotel," according to the Christian Science Monitor. Dave Hoffman at PrawfsBlawg suggests that such a "threat" might be unlawful. souter.jpg
The Senate Finance Committee approved a Central American trade deal. The legislation or CAFTA will end tariffs on most goods traded between the US and Central America. A full Senate vote could occur this week.
President Bush will be creating a new national security service that will specialize in intelligence. The new service will be under the control of the FBI. The President adopted 70 of the 74 recommendations from a White House commission on intelligence. Chuck Robb, former Democratic Senator from Virginia and member of the commission said Bush's move was, "truly extraordinary. By embracing 70 of the 74 recommendations, the commission's batting average is now almost .950. Even Ted Williams would have envied that."
The Senate, after years of bickering, passed a compromise energy bill that provides billions of dollars to encourage renewable energy sources, conservation, and nuclear power. The bill also provides incentives to promote domestic oil and natural gas production.
Mexico's President Vicente Fox will sign into law next week legislation that will give over 10 million Mexican citizens residing in the US the right to vote by mail. The legislation includes dual citizens, visa holders, and undocumented workers.
U2's Bono has sued a former hair stylist for stealing items from the band during the Joshua Tree tour (for those of you to young to remember, that was 1987...).
How Appealing is reporting that the "[w]oman who sued basketball legend Michael Jordan for allegedly having sex with her and then welshing on promise to pay $5 million to keep it 'their secret' cannot prevail in defamation suit against Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper...According to early reviews, Roeper has given today's ruling two thumbs-up."
New York unveiled the revised plans for the Freedom Tower to be built at the site of the World Trade Center. _41247453_newplan_getty203b.jpg