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Verizon’s Net Neutrality Challenge Claims It Violates Their Licenses

“Not happy with the FCC’s new net neutrality regulations passed last month, Verizon Communications filed an appeal against them in the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Thursday. The FCC’s rules aim to prevent Internet service providers from blocking certain websites or applications.

Verizon’s appeal claims that the FCC has overstepped its authority and that the rules violate the company’s constitutional rights. “

Justice Thomas Omitted His Tea Partying Wife’s Income From Financial Disclosure Forms

“Federal judges and justices are required by law to disclose their spouse’s income — thus preventing persons who wish to influence the judge or justice from funneling money to them through their husband or wife. Yet, as the Los Angeles Times reports, Justice Clarence Thomas has not complied with this requirement for years:

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report his wife’s income from a conservative think tank on financial disclosure forms for at least five years, the watchdog group Common Cause said Friday.”

Seattle Bus System Rejects Bus Ad Protesting US Aid To Israel Out Of The Fear It Would Incite Violence

“Recently, a Seattle-based grassroots group called the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign purchased ads on the side of a dozen public buses in the King County, Seattle bus system. The ads featured the image of a destroyed Palestinian home along with the words “Israeli war crimes — Your tax dollars at work.””

Giffords’ GOP Challenger: So, Can I Run Again Already?

“Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was successfully moved to a rehabilitation center in Houston today after a miraculous recovery since being shot in the head two weeks ago. While most politicians from both parties have hoped for a speedy recovery, some have questioned whether Giffords should be allowed to continue to hold her seat or be forced to vacate it since she is incapacitated — a question the Republican who challenged Giffords last year also appears to be asking. According to Arizona Capitol Reports (subscription-only newsletter), Jesse Kelly is so antsy to challenge her again, that he requested a legal inquiry as to whether he could run again if Giffords lost her seat:

Attorney Lee Miller, who serves as legal counsel for the Arizona Republican Party, told our reporter Kelly’s campaign contacted him earlier this week to find out how the seat would be filled if Giffords couldn’t serve.”

Read More: Giffords Begins A New, Arduous Phase Of Recovery

Can Congress Mandate Health Insurance?

“This week, House Republicans passed a bill to repeal the new health care law. The bill is expected to fall flat in the Senate. Behind all the rhetoric over the health care law lies a constitutional debate over whether Congress has the authority to force Americans to buy insurance.”

Tucson Mayor Urges Fellow Mayors To Be Civil

“Just as there’s hard work ahead in Congresswoman Giffords’ recovery, there’s much to be done to heal the nation’s political wounds. This week, Mayor Bob Walkup of Tucson had a proposal. At the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Walkup urged his counterparts to sign a “civility accord.” Host Scott Simon talks to Walkup about his efforts to encourage political civility.”

Olbermann Leaves MSNBC; What He Leaves Behind

“MSNBC’s highest-rated host, Keith Olbermann, announced on air Friday night that he is leaving the show that bears his name, Countdown with Keith Olbermann. NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik has reported on Olbermann’s career and talks with host Scott Simon about his influence on MSNBC and his sometimes controversial tenure.”

Democrats Huddle For A New Strategy

“House Democrats gathered for their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md., and got a pep talk Friday night from President Obama in a closed session. Democrats have a lot of soul-searching to do after a wave of rejection from voters and a new role — as the House minority.”

Karzai gives in on battle with new parliament

“Afghan President Hamid Karzai, often accused of dictatorial ambitions, surrendered Saturday over when to inaugurate the country's new parliament after an angry tussle with lawmakers that had cast doubt over the country's fragile democracy.”

News Analysis: In Mideast Activism, a New Tilt Away From Ideology

“Analysts say the forces that are exciting passions across the Middle East are more fundamental: concrete demands to end government corruption, institute the rule of law and ease economic suffering.”

High Price for India’s Information Law

“Activists have been harassed, beaten and killed when they have used a right-to-know law to make inquiries.”

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