Constitutions - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Constitutions Venezuelan leader to Trump: 'Get your pig hands out of here" CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivered his most scathing critique of U.S. President Donald Trump yet Friday, telling him to stop intervening and "get your pig hands out of here." Speaking before a crowd of supporters, a fired-up Maduro accused Trump of promoting an interventionist policy that infringes on his socialist gov... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:07:00 GMT 2017-05-19T23:07:00Z 'Deadliest Catch' star arrested after alleged assault SEATTLE (AP) — Celebrity crab-boat captain Sig Hansen was arrested after he allegedly spat on an Uber driver in Seattle and kicked and dented the driver's car upon learning he couldn't pay cash for his ride home. The Seattle Times reports ( ) the 51-year-old had been in the Ballard neighborhood celebrating Norway's Constitution Day wi... Fri, 19 May 2017 01:23:00 GMT 2017-05-19T01:23:00Z 2 dead as Venezuela protests turn violent outside capital CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A day that began with largely peaceful protests against Venezuela's socialist government took a violent turn Monday as fierce clashes between state security and demonstrators killed at least two people. Thousands hauled folding chairs, beach umbrellas and protest signs onto main roads for a 12-hour "sit-in against the dictatorshi... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:43:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:43:00Z Dozens hurt, 1 dead in violent day of protests in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of people were injured and a 27-year-old man killed Wednesday during another day of violent clashes in Venezuela's capital during demonstrations demanding elections. National guardsmen launched tear gas and a group of armed pro-government militiamen harassed protesters as they tried to march to the Supreme Court. One masked militia member fir... Thu, 11 May 2017 04:09:00 GMT 2017-05-11T04:09:00Z Country star Alan Jackson selling home for $6.4 million CLARKESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Country music star Alan Jackson is selling his northern Georgia home for $6.4 million. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ( ) citing an online real estate listing, says Jackson's lakefront home in Clarkesville, Georgia, comes with five bedrooms along with six full and three half bathrooms. The estate is gated with a family roo... Tue, 09 May 2017 14:57:00 GMT 2017-05-09T14:57:00Z 3 former South African leaders join to criticize Zuma JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Three former South African heads of state teamed up for the first time Friday to criticize President Jacob Zuma, who faces growing calls to step down after a series of corruption scandals. Thabo Mbeki, F.W. de Klerk and Kgalema Motlanthe spoke in Johannesburg, representing both the country's last leader under white minority rule and th... Fri, 05 May 2017 12:11:00 GMT 2017-05-05T12:11:00Z AP Explains: Venezuela's 'anti-capitalist' constitution CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With hundreds of thousands of protesters taking to the streets daily and international pressure mounting, embattled President Nicolas Maduro is doing something that once seemed unthinkable: Tearing up the constitution written by his beloved political godfather, the late President Hugo Chavez. Chavez pushed through what he called ... Thu, 04 May 2017 17:42:00 GMT 2017-05-04T17:42:00Z Clashes in Venezuela as Maduro starts constitutional rewrite CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Thousands of protesters were met with plumes of tear gas in Venezuela's capital Wednesday, just a short distance from where President Nicolas Maduro delivered a decree kicking off a process to rewrite the polarized nation's constitution. Surrounded by top-ranking socialist officials, a riled-up Maduro told supporters dressed in r... Wed, 03 May 2017 23:58:00 GMT 2017-05-03T23:58:00Z Texas divided on jailing delegates to 'convention of states' AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas legislators who support a convention of states to rewrite the U.S. Constitution are at odds over whether to jail delegates who "go rogue" and impose unwanted changes at the longshot gathering. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott wants to bypass Congress and limit Washington's power via a federal balanced budget amendment and term limits... Wed, 03 May 2017 20:16:00 GMT 2017-05-03T20:16:00Z More unrest in Venezuela as president seeks new constitution CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — People blocked streets in Caracas with broken concrete, twisted metal and flaming piles of trash Tuesday to protest the socialist president's bid to rewrite the constitution amid a rapidly escalating political crisis. The barricades came a day after President Nicolas Maduro signed a decree to begin the process of rewriting the ch... Wed, 03 May 2017 00:24:00 GMT 2017-05-03T00:24:00Z Puerto Rico hit with lawsuits after litigation freeze ends SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Bondholders sued Puerto Rico on Tuesday in the first legal challenges to hit the U.S. territory after the expiration of a freeze on litigation that protected it from lawsuits amid a deep economic crisis. A group representing those who bought a portion of the $16 billion worth of bonds backed by Puerto Rico's sales tax said in ... Tue, 02 May 2017 20:55:00 GMT 2017-05-02T20:55:00Z Maduro decrees Venezuelans will write new constitution CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's embattled president issued a decree Monday for writing a new constitution, ratcheting up a political crisis that has drawn hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters into the streets. President Nicolas Maduro gave no details on how members would be chosen for a planned citizen assembly to produce a new charte... Tue, 02 May 2017 02:23:00 GMT 2017-05-02T02:23:00Z Court again finds intentional voter discrimination in Texas AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Republican-drawn map setting the boundaries of Texas' statehouse districts violates the U.S. Constitution by intentionally discriminating against minority voters, a federal court found Thursday — the third such ruling against the state's voting laws in roughly a month. The latest ruling means Texas' strict voter ID law, congressiona... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:16:00 GMT 2017-04-20T23:16:00Z The Latest: US official expresses concern over Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on opposition and pro-government marches in Venezuela (all times local): 5 p.m. The U.S. secretary of state says the Trump administration is concerned about the political turmoil in Venezuela and feels socialist President Nicolas Maduro is trying to squash the voice of his opponents. ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:02:00 GMT 2017-04-19T21:02:00Z Playground case touches on separation of church and state WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court signaled Wednesday that it will decide an important case on the separation of church and state in favor of a Missouri church that wants state money to put a soft surface on its preschool playground. The case is being closely watched by proponents of school vouchers, who hope a broad ruling would remove obstacles to vouc... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:13:00 GMT 2017-04-19T17:13:00Z Calexit backers drop 1 California secession bid, try again SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Supporters of one long-shot bid to make California an independent nation ended their effort on Monday, while another group said it will launch a new campaign for a statewide vote next year. The drive to make the nation's most populous state its own country, with what would be the world's sixth-largest economy, has drawn extra int... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:59:00 GMT 2017-04-18T00:59:00Z Supreme Court , including Gorsuch, to hear church-state case WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Neil Gorsuch's first week on the Supreme Court bench features an important case about the separation of church and state that has its roots on a Midwestern church playground. The outcome could make it easier to use state money to pay for private, religious schooling in many states. The justices on Wednesday will hear a Missouri c... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:48:00 GMT 2017-04-17T07:48:00Z Supreme Court, with Gorsuch, set to hear church-state case WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Neil Gorsuch's first week on the Supreme Court bench features an important case about the separation of church and state that has its roots on a Midwestern church playground. The outcome could make it easier to use state money to pay for private, religious schooling in many states. The justices on Wednesday will hear a Missouri c... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 15:30:00 GMT 2017-04-16T15:30:00Z Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, restores conservative tilt WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Neil Gorsuch took his place in history Monday as the newest addition on the bench of the Supreme Court, restoring a narrow conservative majority and marking a much-needed political victory for President Donald Trump. Gorsuch was sworn in during a sun-soaked ceremony in the Rose Garden, nearly 14 months after the seat was left vac... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 01:34:00 GMT 2017-04-11T01:34:00Z The Latest: With Gorsuch, high court takes conservative tilt WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the swearing-in of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Justice Neil Gorsuch is taking his place in history as the newest addition on the bench of the Supreme Court. With the swearing-in of Gorsuch, the court returns to a narrow conservative majority and Presid... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:29:00 GMT 2017-04-10T19:29:00Z Trump's military action unnerves GOP libertarians, Dems WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's military strike against Syria drew strong pushback from an odd mix of libertarian Republicans, Democrats and the far-right conservatives who have long insisted on Congress' constitutional authority for acts of war. Trump burnished an "America first" foreign policy during his 2016 campaign, warning that rival Hill... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:13:00 GMT 2017-04-08T00:13:00Z The Latest: Pelosi says Congress should debate Syria action WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the congressional reaction to U.S. airstrikes in Syria: 10:05 a.m. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling on Congress to immediately return to debate whether to authorize President Donald Trump to take military action against Syria. Pelosi supports Trump's missile strike on a S... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:13:00 GMT 2017-04-07T14:13:00Z Navy showcasing repairs to historic warship 'Old Ironsides' BOSTON (AP) — "Old Ironsides" is finishing up a two-year stint in dry dock. Navy officials on Wednesday are slated to offer a closer look at the restoration work on the USS Constitution as it nears completion at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. The world's oldest commissioned warship afloat returns to the waters in late July. It ent... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:53:00 GMT 2017-04-05T13:53:00Z Could you pass the US citizenship test? Here, try it out More states are requiring high school graduates to know at least as much about U.S. founding documents as immigrants passing the citizenship test. Can you ace it? An applicant must correctly answer six of 10 questions, selected from 100 possible questions, to pass the civics portion. A sample test, with the answers at the bottom: ... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-04-03T20:46:00Z Interior minister, police chief fired after Paraguay clashes ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — President Horacio Cartes fired Paraguay's interior minister and top police official on Saturday following the killing of a young opposition party leader and violent overnight clashes sparked by a secret Senate vote for a constitutional amendment to allow presidential re-election. Dozens of people, including a police officer, were... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 00:41:00 GMT 2017-04-02T00:41:00Z Tom Hanks mixes laughs, gravity for ACLU online fundraiser Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and other stars joined in an online fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union, urging the public to help protect bedrock rights they warned are in jeopardy. Hanks said actions such as President Donald Trump's attempted travel ban represent a "brand of tragedy" and not the America the actor learned about as a youngster. ... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 03:25:00 GMT 2017-04-01T03:25:00Z Venezuela's top prosecutor rebukes Supreme Court power grab CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chief prosecutor broke with the government Friday and rebuked a Supreme Court decision stripping congress of its last vestiges of power, showing a crack in the embattled administration of socialist President Nicolas Maduro amid a torrent of international condemnation over what many decried as a major step toward dictatorship. ... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 02:32:00 GMT 2017-04-01T02:32:00Z Seattle announces lawsuit over Trump sanctuary cities threat SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle filed a lawsuit Wednesday over President Donald Trump's executive order that threatens to withhold federal funds from communities that refuse to cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally. Mayor Ed Murray said the order issued in January punishing "sanctuary cities" is unconstitutional and creates ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:49:00 GMT 2017-03-30T00:49:00Z Nevada backs Equal Rights Amendment decades after deadline CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — 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 ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:39:00 GMT 2017-03-23T01:39:00Z Pakistan's assembly approves revival of military courts ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's National Assembly has passed a constitutional amendment that would continue the practice of trying terrorism suspects in military courts. The measure was approved by the lower house on Tuesday, but has yet to be voted upon by the senate. It would essentially extend the system which has already been in place for two years. A previous 2015 amendment... 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