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nevada is about to be the first state in more than three decades to ratify the e


gloria steinem of the national organization for women attends an equal right amendment rally outside the white house saturday,july 4, 1981 in washington. (ap photo/scott applewhite)nevada is about to do something no state has done in three-and-a-half decades: ratify the equal rights amendment.dusting off a decades-old debate about whether to enshrine women's rights in the constitution is of questionable value to the amendment's prospects, say analysts. but that doesn't mean it's a meaningless gesture, and its revival certainly says a lot about the women's rights movement in 2017.even if nevada becomes the 36th state to ratify the amendment, its entry into the constitution is a loooong shot. the deadline to ratify the amendment ended long ago — in 1982 to be exact. and even if cong...






nevada is about to be the first state in more than three decades to ratify the e


gloria steinem of the national organization for women attends an equal right amendment rally outside the white house saturday,july 4, 1981 in washington. (ap photo/scott applewhite)nevada is about to do something no state has done in three-and-a-half decades: ratify the equal rights amendment.dusting off a decades-old debate about whether to enshrine women's rights in the constitution is of questionable value to the amendment's prospects, say analysts. but that doesn't mean it's a meaningless gesture, and its revival certainly says a lot about the women's rights movement in 2017.even if nevada becomes the 36th state to ratify the amendment, its entry into the constitution is a loooong shot. the deadline to ratify the amendment ended long ago — in 1982 to be exact. and even if cong...






nevada backs equal rights amendment decades after deadline


by: ap | carson city | published:march 23, 2017 11:49 am sen. pat spearman, a democrat who sponsored the measure, said it’s about ensuring equal rights and that many of the arguments opposing it are misogynistic. (representational image)nevada on wednesday became the first state to approve the equal rights amendment decades after the deadline to enshrine in the u.s. constitution that women and men are equal under the law.lawmakers who backed the amendment say it is a profound and overdue gesture for women who continue to experience discrimination 45 years after congress first submitted it to the states. though the move is only symbolic, supporters say it would be pivotal if congress ever extends the 1982 deadline.it brought the nation two states shy of ratifying the amendment. four ...






united states - could the second amendment be, well, amended?


yes, the constitution can be amended. in fact the second amendment is just that: an amendment. you can continue to add new amendments, even on existing amendments. this has actually already happened. the 18th amendment established prohibition. after a short time the 18th amendment was repealed by the 21st amendment. so it is entirely possible to create a new amendment that saysthe second amendment is hereby repealed and replaced with .....the process for this is defined by article v of the constitution.the congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to






congressman suggests second amendment as means of opposing trump


a democratic congressman from long island implied that americans should grab weapons and oppose president trump by force, if the commander-in-chief doesn’t follow the constitution.rep. tom suozzi made the remark to constituents at a town hall last week, saying that folks opposed to trump might resort to the “second amendment.”“it’s really a matter of putting public pressure on the president,” suozzi said in a newly released video of the march 12 talk in huntington. “this is where the second amendment comes in quite frankly, because you know, what if the president was to ignore the courts? what would you do? what would we do?”a listener then blurts out, “what’s the second amendment?”the left-leaning democrat says “the second amendment is the right to bear arms.”the...






if you limit my 2nd amendment rights, i'll limit your 1st amendment, indian


what the lawmaker fails to realize: the first amendment is not absolute already.         






trump opponents have rediscovered the 25th amendment. here is what you should kn


(jabin botsford/the washington post)donald trump’s presidency has prompted early and widespread speculation of its end through resignation, removal or a finding of presidential inability. whatever the plausibility or merits of such scenarios, each would involve the 25th amendment to the constitution, which makes it clear that the vice president will take over in any of those events and, following a resignation or removal, would also nominate his successor.here are five things you should know about this often overlooked amendment.illness and assassination prompted the amendment’s consideration in the 1960sthe 25th amendment was conceived and created during the cold war, prompted by president dwight d. eisenhower’s three serious illnesses, president john f. kennedy’s assassination ...






keith ellison’s comments on the second amendment: for the record


(reuters/joshua roberts)cnn’s dana bash: “congressman. gun control. in 2014, you told bill maher that you wished the democratic party would come out against the second amendment. how do you reach out to americans who support gun rights when you don’t support the second amendment?”rep. keith ellison (d-minn.): “first of all, let me tell you i remember that show very well, and that is not what i said at all. what i talked about is my grandfather’s shotgun, the fact that i am a turkey hunter, and i didn’t say that. that was not an accurate statement.” […]bash: “congressman, i just want to read you — since you said that that wasn’t what you said, i’ll read you exactly what happened. bill maher: ‘then why doesn’t your party come out against the second amendment? it...






trump at nra convention: 'eight-year assault' on gun rights is over


on the eve of his 100th day in office, president trump rallied a convention of the national rifle association by vowing to "never, ever infringe" on second amendment rights and declaring his predecessor's alleged "assault" on those freedoms is over. “i am here to deliver you good news: the eight-year assault on your second amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” trump told the cheering crowd. trump is the first sitting president to address an nra convention in more than three decades. the last president to do so was ronald reagan in 1983. trump started his address with a freewheeling recollection of his november election victory, crediting the gun rights group for helping him win. "you came through for me and i am going to come through for you," he said. the nra endor...






poland aims to sign global climate deal amendment this year


by: reuters | warsaw | published:november 16, 2017 7:45 pm picture used for representational purpose coal-reliant poland will this year aim to ratify an amendment to the kyoto protocol on carbon emissions, making it possible for the european union to back the pact unanimously, the country’s environment ministry said on thursday. eu environment ministers participating in a un climate meeting in bonn will on thursday discuss options for ratifying the 2012 doha amendment.the amendment forms a legal framework for co2 reduction efforts until 2020, when the paris climate agreement that more than 200 nations signed in late 2015 kicks in. “our aim is to ratify the amendment this year,” the environment ministry’s spokesman told reuters, adding that the ratification still needs to go t...






how the nra came to demonize the media


in an address to the annual gathering of the national rifle association in april 2007, two days before a gunman would kill 32 people at virginia tech, wayne lapierre told an audience of gun owners that “the second amendment's first duty is to preserve the first amendment, the third amendment, the fourth amendment and all the other freedoms guaranteed in our bill of rights.”then lapierre, the nra's chief executive and most visible figure, gestured toward a firearm-filled exhibition hall and said, “what's safely contained in that hall is every printing press, microphone and every camera. every news blog and every email you send.”such a message from the nra — that a free press is valuable and worth protecting  — is hard to imagine today, after spokeswoman dana loesch, in an...






how the nra came to demonize the media


in an address to the annual gathering of the national rifle association in april 2007, two days before a gunman would kill 32 people at virginia tech, wayne lapierre told an audience of gun owners that “the second amendment's first duty is to preserve the first amendment, the third amendment, the fourth amendment and all the other freedoms guaranteed in our bill of rights.”then lapierre, the nra's chief executive and most visible figure, gestured toward a firearm-filled exhibition hall and said, “what's safely contained in that hall is every printing press, microphone and every camera. every news blog and every email you send.”such a message from the nra — that a free press is valuable and worth protecting  — is hard to imagine today, after spokeswoman dana loesch, in an...






the tenth amendment: out of the shadows and into the spotlight


the supreme court, april 2017  ((ap)) this term, supreme court watchers are paying close attention to “masterpiece cakeshop”—the gay wedding cake case--which could be a landmark in first amendment jurisprudence.but there’s another case, though getting less attention,  that may be just as consequential. that case, technically about sports gambling, is “christie v. ncaa.”  the case will be renamed now that phil murphy has succeeded chris christie as governor of new jersey.at heart, the case is a dispute over the tenth amendment, a part of the bill of rights not as well known to average americans as the first amendment. that may be because, for most of the country’s legal history, it has not played a large role. but “christie v. ncaa” could be a s...






letter: can you support the second amendment without being a nut?


letter to the editor: there was a time when people supported the second amendment without taking it to the other extreme.         






united states - when was the second amendment last used to fight against the us


to address your broader question, i think you, like many, many others, mistake the scope and intent of the second amendment. the amendment is not limited to enabling resistance of internal government tyranny and i think too many mistakenly focus solely on that aspect.a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.the amendment is about securing the free state against all threats, foreign as well as domestic, via a militarily capable citizenry. per the supreme court's ruling in us v. miller:the constitution, as originally adopted, granted to the congress power --to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions; to pr...






how do you get rid of trump? an election, not the 25th amendment.


president trump sits for an interview in the white house complex’s eisenhower executive office building on oct. 17. (jabin botsford/the washington post)it appears that just as impeachment fever had started to break around the country, a 25th amendment bug started going around. a few weeks ago, the university of chicago’s eric posner argued that the “conventional understanding” of the amendment should be “enlarged” to include instances where both parties “lose confidence in the president’s ability to govern.” a los angeles times reader asked, in a letter to the editor, “why have a 25th amendment to the u.s. constitution if we refuse to use it” when “president trump wrecks everything in his path?” the chatter is loud enough that, reportedly, trump-whisperer steve b...






how do you get rid of trump? an election, not the 25th amendment.


president trump sits for an interview in the white house complex’s eisenhower executive office building on oct. 17. (jabin botsford/the washington post)it appears that just as impeachment fever had started to break around the country, a 25th amendment bug started going around. a few weeks ago, the university of chicago’s eric posner argued that the “conventional understanding” of the amendment should be “enlarged” to include instances where both parties “lose confidence in the president’s ability to govern.” a los angeles times reader asked, in a letter to the editor, “why have a 25th amendment to the u.s. constitution if we refuse to use it” when “president trump wrecks everything in his path?” the chatter is loud enough that, reportedly, trump-whisperer steve b...






rajya sabha passes maternity benefit (amendment) bill 2016


by: ians | new delhi | published:march 20, 2017 4:16 pm the maternity benefit (amendment) bill, 2016, also provides for leave up to 12 weeks for a woman who adopts a child below the age of three months, and for commissioning mothers.the rajya sabha on monday approved the maternity benefit (amendment) bill 2016. the bill that seeks to increase maternity leave to 26 weeks from the present 12 weeks was earlier passed by the rajya sabha on august 11, last year.deputy chairman p.j. kurien observed that the measure was already passed by both the houses and there was only a “technical amendment” with which it was to be taken up once again.the bill was then passed with voice vote.the maternity benefit (amendment) bill, 2016, also provides for leave up to 12 weeks for a woman who adopts a ...






maternity benefit (amendment) bill 2016: rajya sabha passes maternity benefit (a


new delhi: the rajya sabha on monday approved the maternity benefit (amendment) bill 2016. the bill that seeks to increase maternity leave to 26 weeks from the present 12 weeks was earlier passed by the rajya sabha on august 11, last year. deputy chairman pj kurien observed that the measure was already passed by both the houses and there was only a "technical amendment" with which it was to be taken up once again. the bill was then passed with voice vote. the maternity benefit (amendment) bill, 2016, also provides for leave up to 12 weeks for a woman who adopts a child below the age of three months, and for commissioning mothers. the period of maternity leave will be calculated from the date the child is handed over to the adoptive or commissioning mother. in surrogacy, the surrogate mot..






chhattisgarh tweaks 38-year rule for tribal sterilisation, but govt nod still re


written by dipankar ghose | raipur | published:june 5, 2017 1:56 am officials said the justification for the order at the time was that the tribes were called “primitive” because of extremely low health indicators, and a negative rate of growth which meant that they were in the danger of dying out.top newsthe chhattisgarh government has passed an amendment to a 1979 order of the then undivided madhya pradesh government that says that primarily vulnerable tribal groups can be allowed the right to sterilisation if they apply for permission and get a clearance letter from their subdivisional magistrate.while government officials said the amendment passed on may 26 was a “step forward”, activists denounced the amendment. they said the amendment continued the inhuman practice o...






amendment to withdraw cash from iras needs restrictions


yes, senator inhofe, allowing americans to dip into their retirement accounts at a reduced tax rate would help the economy and give the treasury a windfall.but, no, that idea didn’t originate from the radio show host who you are crediting.i got a heads-up from an incensed reader who saw that james inhofe (r-okla.) had written an amendment to the tax reform bill that his party is now reconciling. the amendment would permit people to remove 25 percent of the assets from their retirement accounts and pay a tax rate of just 10 percent — instead of their normal income tax rate plus a 10 percent penalty.inhofe named the amendment after the radio guy — which pissed off the reader. i’m not mad that the radio host had the same idea i have been writing about for years — i’m just happy th...






michael flynn refuses senate subpoena, invokes fifth amendment


former national security adviser michael flynn will invoke his fifth amendment protection         






new amendment from rep. adam schiff would block secret service from paying trump


the amendment would prohibit the use of secret service funds as payment to entities owned or operated by the president or his immediate family.         






second amendment case peruta vs. california may be heading to supreme court


the second amendment is only 27 words, but americans have used millions of words arguing over what it means. it guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” but which people, what arms, and under what circumstances?two milestone cases involving the second amendment that reached the supreme court aredistrict of columbia v. heller (2008), declaring an individual has a right to own a firearm, and mcdonald v. city of chicago (2010), affirming the second amendment applies to state law. why justice gorsuch will have an immediate (and big) impact on the supreme courtnow, if the supreme court decides to hear it, there may be a third major case in a decade: peruta v. california.at issue is the right to keep and bear arms outside the home. the heller case specifically applies to...






pakistan lawmakers reject bill to enhance marriage age for girls


by: pti | islamabad | published:may 5, 2017 2:03 pmpakistani lawmakers have unanimously rejected a bill aimed at increasing the minimum age for marriage of a girl from 16 to 18 years, terming the proposed amendment as “un-islamic”. the national assembly’s standing committee on religious affairs met yesterday and discussed the ‘the child marriage restraint (amendment) bill, 2016’ moved by lawmakers kishwer zehra. the proposed amendment to increase the age was not only opposed by the muslim lawmakers but also hindu and christian parliamentarians, ‘the express tribune’ reported.the committee called the proposed amendment “un-islamic”. the committee members also discussed ‘the national commission for minority rights act, 2015’ at the request of lawmaker lal chand mal...






congress: congress unlikely to push for gst amendments in rajya sabha today


new delhi: the concerted plan of the opposition to amend the gst legislation in the rajya sabha appeared to lose its way with the main opposition party, congress, on wednesday contemplating against pressing for its amendments in the rajya sabha at the time of vote on thursday. former union minister jairam ramesh, in fact, has moved an amendment towards asserting parliament's supremacy over the gst council. however, the congress suggested that the party will not persist with a voting on the amendment. "that amendment (moved by jairam ramesh) will not be pressed," congress spokesman rajeev gowda revealed on wednesday. congress' decision to avoid forcing an amendment will take the sting out of other opposition parties, much like tmc's attempts to force an a mendment with...






republican leaders in virginia legislature refuse hearing on federal equal right


with a record number of women lawmakers in richmond and the #metoo movement roiling the nation, advocates of a federal equal rights amendment have been pushing for virginia to become one of the last two states needed to ratify the measure. but while a senate panel will hear arguments for the era on friday, republican leaders in the house of delegates are refusing to hold a hearing on any of three nearly identical bills, which have bipartisan support, dimming their chances this session. [women hit a record in richmond - can they break the boys’ club?]gop leaders in the house say they will not consider the legislation because the congressional deadline to ratify the amendment expired 36 years ago. “i don’t believe the era is even a viable amendment at this point,” said house majority...






russia amends law to block calls from ‘telephone terrorists’


by: ians | moscow | updated: december 6, 2017 8:32 am vladimir putin signs amendment to russia’s law of communications to allow blocking of calls from suspected ‘telephone terrorists’. (picture source: reuters)top newsrussian president vladimir putin has signed an amendment to the law on communications, allowing the block of calls from suspected “telephone terrorists”.the amendment was published on the official portal of legal information on tuesday, xinhua news agency reported.the amendment requires communications operators to stop service for suspected telephone hoaxers at the request of law enforcement agencies “to prevent and suppress crimes using communications networks”.since september, russia has been hit by a wave of hoax calls about planted bombs, which led to t...






joe scarborough isn’t running ‘for a while,’ but here’s his gun-control stump sp


joe scarborough says he isn't running for president or any other office.“well, not for a while,” he told tvnewser in july.that's not a very definitive statement. and if the former republican congressman were to get back on the campaign trail, his stump speech about gun control would probably sound a lot like what he said tuesday on his msnbc show, “morning joe.”“i’m a second amendment guy. i believe that heller was passed properly,” scarborough said, referring to a landmark supreme court decision that deemed a ban on handgun ownership unconstitutional. “there are quite a few people in this audience that’ll disagree with me. i think the second amendment means what the second amendment means: it means that americans have a right to keep and bear arms, to have weapons in ...






beer in the bay: pennywiser, augustfest, and drake's turns 28


photo: courtesy 21st amendment image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1courtesy 21st amendmentcourtesy 21st amendment photo: courtesy 21st amendment beer in the bay: pennywiser, augustfest, and drake's turns 281 / 1back to galleryevery friday morning, sfgate finds the biggest headlines in local (and sometimes national) beer. check back here weekly for news, events, and information about special releases from your favorite local breweries.21st amendment is throwing the very fun-sounding augustfest this weekend. beginning at noon, the brewhouse will bust out some rare beers for guests to sip (along with their dependable standbys), fashion and open up a cigar lounge, and stage music from a few live bands, including the ever-rambunctious stone foxes. the event is free, and be...






beer in the bay: pennywiser, augustfest, and drake's turns 28


photo: courtesy 21st amendment image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1courtesy 21st amendmentcourtesy 21st amendment photo: courtesy 21st amendment beer in the bay: pennywiser, augustfest, and drake's turns 281 / 1back to galleryevery friday morning, sfgate finds the biggest headlines in local (and sometimes national) beer. check back here weekly for news, events, and information about special releases from your favorite local breweries.21st amendment is throwing the very fun-sounding augustfest this weekend. beginning at noon, the brewhouse will bust out some rare beers for guests to sip (along with their dependable standbys), fashion and open up a cigar lounge, and stage music from a few live bands, including the ever-rambunctious stone foxes. the event is free, and be...






beer in the bay: pennywiser, augustfest, and drake's turns 28


photo: courtesy 21st amendment image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1courtesy 21st amendmentcourtesy 21st amendment photo: courtesy 21st amendment beer in the bay: pennywiser, augustfest, and drake's turns 281 / 1back to galleryevery friday morning, sfgate finds the biggest headlines in local (and sometimes national) beer. check back here weekly for news, events, and information about special releases from your favorite local breweries.21st amendment is throwing the very fun-sounding augustfest this weekend. beginning at noon, the brewhouse will bust out some rare beers for guests to sip (along with their dependable standbys), fashion and open up a cigar lounge, and stage music from a few live bands, including the ever-rambunctious stone foxes. the event is free, and be...






beer in the bay: pennywiser, augustfest, and drake's turns 28


photo: courtesy 21st amendment image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1courtesy 21st amendmentcourtesy 21st amendment photo: courtesy 21st amendment beer in the bay: pennywiser, augustfest, and drake's turns 281 / 1back to galleryevery friday morning, sfgate finds the biggest headlines in local (and sometimes national) beer. check back here weekly for news, events, and information about special releases from your favorite local breweries.21st amendment is throwing the very fun-sounding augustfest this weekend. beginning at noon, the brewhouse will bust out some rare beers for guests to sip (along with their dependable standbys), fashion and open up a cigar lounge, and stage music from a few live bands, including the ever-rambunctious stone foxes. the event is free, and be...






beer in the bay: pennywiser, augustfest, and drake's turns 28


photo: courtesy 21st amendment image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1courtesy 21st amendmentcourtesy 21st amendment photo: courtesy 21st amendment beer in the bay: pennywiser, augustfest, and drake's turns 281 / 1back to galleryevery friday morning, sfgate finds the biggest headlines in local (and sometimes national) beer. check back here weekly for news, events, and information about special releases from your favorite local breweries.21st amendment is throwing the very fun-sounding augustfest this weekend. beginning at noon, the brewhouse will bust out some rare beers for guests to sip (along with their dependable standbys), fashion and open up a cigar lounge, and stage music from a few live bands, including the ever-rambunctious stone foxes. the event is free, and be...






beer in the bay: pennywiser, augustfest, and drake's turns 28


photo: courtesy 21st amendment image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1courtesy 21st amendmentcourtesy 21st amendment photo: courtesy 21st amendment beer in the bay: pennywiser, augustfest, and drake's turns 281 / 1back to galleryevery friday morning, sfgate finds the biggest headlines in local (and sometimes national) beer. check back here weekly for news, events, and information about special releases from your favorite local breweries.21st amendment is throwing the very fun-sounding augustfest this weekend. beginning at noon, the brewhouse will bust out some rare beers for guests to sip (along with their dependable standbys), fashion and open up a cigar lounge, and stage music from a few live bands, including the ever-rambunctious stone foxes. the event is free, and be...






mexico's growth slows in 4th quarter as oil output falls


image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1pedestrians walk at mexico city's central plaza. (bloomberg p o)pedestrians walk at mexico city's central plaza. (bloomberg p o)mexico's growth slows in 4th quarter as oil output falls1 / 1back to gallerymexico's growth slowed in the fourth quarter, dragged down by falling oil production, even before the full impact of president donald trump's potential to hurt the economy was fully felt.gross domestic product rose 0.6 percent from the previous three months, according to preliminary figures released by the national statistics institute tuesday, matching the median forecast of 16 economists surveyed by bloomberg. that's a slowdown from the third quarter, when the economy grew at the fastest pace in three years. from the previous year, gdp expanded 2.2 perc