Saturday, December 7 2013 1:54 AM EST2013-12-07 06:54:36 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) – The unemployment rate has fallen to 7 percent on Friday, the lowest level in five years. But while the strengthening economy is good news politically for President Barack Obama,More >>
Many working American are still feeling the pinch despite a strengthening economy.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 3:29 PM EST2013-12-04 20:29:58 GMT
(CNN) - A revamped federal healthcare website has helped enroll 29,000 Americans in insurance plans over the past several days, a source familiar with the numbers said on Wednesday. The number is higherMore >>
The updated Obamacare website has garnered a few more users, according to sources familiar with the numbers.More >>
Sunday, November 10 2013 7:00 AM EST2013-11-10 12:00:14 GMT
(RNN) - Forced budget cuts, or sequestration, will take food from mouths as well as money from the pockets of the working poor as U.S. poverty are projected to increase to levels unseen since 1960. ExpertsMore >>
The number of families in poverty may increase as constantly changing political issues and talking points don't include and focus on America's impoverished population.More >>
Tuesday, November 5 2013 6:06 PM EST2013-11-05 23:06:29 GMT
(CNN) – The Obama administration wanted to have 800,000 people enrolled under the new healthcare law by the end of this month. Obamacare official Marilyn Tavenner revealed that information to a SenateMore >>
The Obama administration wanted 800,000 people enrolled in the health care plan by the end of November, says on official. More >>
Sunday, October 27 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-10-27 13:00:13 GMT
(RNN) – The gaffes of the Affordable Care Act website, Healthcare.gov, have left many frightened. But are you afraid of Uncle Sam stealing your Halloween candy? A creepy Uncle Sam? Thanks to the latestMore >>
In the latest video from the "free-thinking, liberty-loving" group Generation Opportunity, the reality of signing up for Obamacare is as scary as any horror movie.More >>
Sunday, October 20 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-10-20 12:00:12 GMT
(RNN) - While politicians in Washington, DC, the last couple of weeks have been fighting about the country's financial status, the city's most recognizable sports franchise is engaged in a social war withMore >>
Though many sports teams with Native American-themed mascots have opted to alter or abandon those images, the Washington Redskins are at the center of an argument that will not end any time soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Friday, October 11 2013 4:22 PM EDT2013-10-11 20:22:10 GMT
(RNN) – With the federal government shutdown because Congress cannot agree on a spending bill, some are surprised about what services, museums and other agencies are open for business and which aren't.More >>
Want to go to a national park or museum, such as the Smithsonian or even a presidential library? Sorry. Many of those agencies fall under the Department of the Interior, affected by the shutdown. More >>
(RNN) – The highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 are expected to be released Wednesday.
Thousands began assembling outside the Supreme Court Building in the morning to voice their opposition or support for the current laws.
United States v. Windsor takes to task the term "marriage" in DOMA. Hearings on the arguments for the two cases took place March 26 and 27.
Signed in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, DOMA says "the word ‘marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife," and the term "'spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex."
A thin majority opposed the legislation at that time – 81 out of 535 members of Congress – but as a decision looms, even the man that signed it is asking for its repeal.
"As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution," Clinton said earlier this year.
Prop 8 enforces the same principle on the state level - banning marriage for same-sex couples. The decision was made in the voting booth but has been vocally challenged since its inception.
The state of California - along with Colorado, Illinois, Hawaii and New Jersey - allow legal civil unions. These states are some of the earliest in the U.S. to have such arrangements for same-sex couples.
The case of United Statesv. Windsor argues for equal protection of rights for couples legally married in states that recognize same-sex marriages. The case seeks to protect those couples if after marriage they reside in a state that "deprives same-sex couples who are lawfully married under the laws of their states (such as New York) of the equal protection of law, as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment."
There are 12 states where gay marriage is or will soon become legal: New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Iowa, Washington state and Minnesota, as well as Washington, DC.
The rest of the United States' laws on gay marriage vary from either a county-to-county basis to statewide bans, with many states having longstanding bans and referendums on the books since the early to mid-1990s.
The nine Supreme Court justices have two major decisions to make in each case: they can either decide to rule or not to rule. Each step has specific implications for each case.
In Hollingsworth v. Perry, the court can make one of several decisions: dismiss the petition of Prop. 8 supporters for lack of appellate standing, uphold the proposition or three variations of striking the ruling down.
One decision could decide it all – the court could decide to declare that same-sex marriage is legal or illegal nationwide. Another decision the court could make is not making a decision at all, choosing to leave it up to the states as their issue to handle.
The justices, who have been described as "cautious and conservative," are unlikely to make a sweeping ruling that will have a lasting impact on women's and civil rights, said one expert.
"I think it's going to be an incremental move, whatever it is," Houston attorney Gary Poland told USA Today. "This court doesn't want to be in the position of making political decisions for the country."
The last public session of the nation's highest court is scheduled on June 24, the final day a decision could be made on these cases.
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Sunday, December 8 2013 7:41 PM EST2013-12-09 00:41:31 GMT
The weather forced officials in Memphis to cancel a St. Jude Marathon this week, but that didn't stop hundreds of runners from braving the cold. Even though the official race was canceled, people cameMore >>
The weather forced officials in Memphis to cancel a St. Jude Marathon this week, but that didn't stop hundreds of runners from braving the cold.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 7:41 PM EST2013-12-09 00:41:31 GMT
We just spoke with Dickson Electric Systems, they say that there is still approximately 7,000 homes without power. Officials say it might be several days until power is restored to most residents andMore >>
Dickson Electric Systems said that there is still approximately 7,000 homes without power.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 3:25 PM EST2013-12-08 20:25:57 GMT
Middle Tennessee (8-4) will play in the Armed Services Bowl against Navy on December 30th in Ft. Worth, TX. The game will kick off at 10:45 a.m. CT and be televised on ESPN. Copyright 2013 WSMV (MeredithMore >>
The game against Navy (7-4) will kick off at 10:45 a.m. (CT) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 11:21 AM EST2013-12-08 16:21:39 GMT
One person has been killed in a crash that happened around 3 AM Sunday. The driver crashed while crossing an icy bridge on 3rd Avenue North in the Metro Center area. The driver died at the scene. CopyrightMore >>
One person has been killed in a crash that happened around 3 AM Sunday.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 10:43 PM EST2013-12-08 03:43:45 GMT
A fire broke out at 426 N. 2nd street in East Nashville this evening. Officials say there is some minor damage and that the apartment was empty when the fire started. Early reports are that someone mayMore >>
A fire broke out at 426 N. 2nd street in East Nashville this evening.More >>
Despite some wintry weather that hit Middle Tennessee on Friday, some Christmas parades are still scheduled to go on as scheduled for Saturday. The Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at theMore >>
Despite some wintry weather that hit Middle Tennessee on Friday, some Christmas parades are still scheduled to go on as planned for Saturday.More >>
One person is recovering after a shooting in south Nashville Friday night. Police say the victim showed up at the Executive Inn on Harding Place with a gunshot wound to the back. The person was quicklyMore >>
One person is recovering after a shooting in south Nashville Friday night. Police say the victim showed up at the Executive Inn on Harding Place with a gunshot wound to the back.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 7:45 AM EST2013-12-07 12:45:40 GMT
A semi overturned during a crash on I-24 W near the Haywood Lane exit Saturday morning. According to fire officials, a van cut the trucker off around 2 a.m. Officials say the trucker didn't have enoughMore >>
A semi overturned during a crash on I-24 W near the Haywood Lane exit Saturday morning. According to fire officials, a van cut the trucker off around 2 a.m.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 10:46 PM EST2013-12-07 03:46:20 GMT
A portion of the roadway is shut down on West End Avenue after two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle.Two pedestrians are said to have been injured near the intersection of West End and 21st Avenue.BothMore >>
A construction worker is in critical condition after he and a co-worker were struck by a vehicle Friday morning on West End Avenue while trying to cross the street.More >>