The House and Senate approved budgets Thursday night drawn to President Barack Obama’s specifications and pointing the way toward major legislation later this year on health care, energy and education. Republicans in both houses accused Democrats of drafting plans that would hurt the recession-ravaged economy in the long run, rather than help it, and saddle future generations with too much debt. Some say the administration’s budget taxes too much, spends too much and borrows too much at a moment when our country can least afford it. ABC News
The University of Maryland student union has caved in to pressure from a local lawmaker and decided not to show “Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge,” the most expensive pornographic movie ever made that has been screened at colleges across the country. Maryland state Sen. Andy Harris, who threatened to pull state funding from the school’s budget, said, “I am pleased to know that the university did the right thing and canceled this movie. Students can’t light up a cigarette in the student union but can watch a hardcore XXX porn film. Occasional viewing of porn is more dangerous than occasionally lighting up a cigarette. If the movie is being shown for educational reasons, someone should be presenting the dangers too. Porn breaks up lives.” The university’s decision to cancel the screening spotlights a debate — held on several campuses where the film has been screened — over whether colleges should be used to advertise pornography, the role of porn in the exploitation of women and the First Amendment.
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A judge has rejected Madonna’s request to adopt a second child from Malawi because of a requirement that prospective parents live in the southern African nation for at least 18 months. The residency rule was waived in 2006, when Madonna was allowed to take her adopted son, David, to London before his adoption was finalized in 2008. It was not clear why Judge Esme Chombo ruled differently Friday. Another judge had handled Madonna’s previous adoption case.
The 50-year-old pop superstar can appeal the ruling to Malawi’s Supreme Court. FOX News
The Vermont House has advanced a bill that would allow gay couples to marry.
The bill has already cleared the state Senate. It passed on Thursday in a 95-52 House vote — enough for approval but not enough to override a promised veto by Republican Gov. Jim Douglas. It goes up Friday for final approval, a largely procedural step before being sent to the governor. MSNBC