WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge in Virginia on
Monday declared unconstitutional a key part of President Barack
Obama’s landmark healthcare law in the first major setback on
an issue that will likely end up at the Supreme Court.
U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, appointed to the bench by
President George W. Bush in 2002, backed arguments by the state
of Virginia that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring
that individuals buy health insurance by 2014 or face a fine.
LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Internet activists defied efforts to end their online assaults against institutions seen as enemies of WikiLeaks on Thursday, promising more cyber attacks on targets starting with PayPal.
The campaign to avenge WikiLeaks against those who have obstructed its operations, calling itself Operation Payback, has already temporarily brought down the websites of credit-card giants Visa and MasterCard, and of the Swedish government.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday wrote to Senate leaders urging that they do not prevent the Obama administration from moving terrorism suspects held at the Guantanamo prison to U.S. soil.
Such a move would “unwisely restrict the ability of the Executive branch to prosecute alleged terrorists in federal courts or military commissions in the United States as well as its ability to incarcerate those convicted in such tribunals,” Holder said in the letter.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation to prohibit moving terrorism suspects from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay to U.S. soil, a blow to President Barack Obama’s efforts to prosecute them in criminal courts.
The proposed legislation prevents moving such prisoners to the United States under any circumstances by prohibiting the administration from spending any money to do so.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal spending bill the House of Representatives is expected to pass on Wednesday would bar the transfer of terrorism suspects from the Guantanamo Bay prison to U.S. soil, a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to prosecute the detainees.
The proposed legislation prohibits moving them to the United States under any circumstances, whereas past limits allowed the administration to bring detainees, including the self-professed mastermind of the September 11 attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to U.S. ground to face trial.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Baltimore man was arrested on Wednesday on charges he plotted to detonate a vehicle bomb at a U.S. Armed Forces recruitment center in Maryland, a plot that was a sting operation, the Justice Department said.
Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain, was charged with attempted murder of federal officers and employees and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, according to the criminal complaint filed in a federal court in Baltimore.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge on Wednesday delayed the trial of Roger Clemens for three months until July 6 on charges the former pitching star lied and obstructed a congressional investigation into whether he used performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens’ lawyer Rusty Hardin said the defense team needed more time to go through the tens of thousands of pages of documents turned over by prosecutors and that they needed to retain an expert witness to testify on the pitcher’s behalf.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to halt the Obama administration’s program to capture or kill Americans who joined militant groups abroad.
The lawsuit was filed by civil liberties groups on behalf of the father of Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who joined al Qaeda in Yemen and has been tied to plots against the United States.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has stopped hosting WikiLeaks’ website after an inquiry by the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee amid anger about the release of classified U.S. government documents on the site.
WikiLeaks turned to Amazon to keep its site available after hackers tried to flood it and thus prevent users from accessing the classified information posted. WikiLeaks said Wednesday it was now being hosted by servers in Europe.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge in Virginia on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the landmark healthcare law championed by President Barack Obama, upholding key provisions that require health insurance coverage.
The challenge, one of several attempting to strike down the law, was brought by the conservative Christian Liberty University and individuals who said the law would violate several parts of the U.S. Constitution.