Justiceline: January 6, 2012

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  • Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) warns that Senate Republicans will be even more obstructionist in retaliation against President Obama’s decision to make four recess appointments necessary to allow key consumer and worker protection agencies to function. The rest of the nation pauses to consider how a more obstructionist GOP is even possible.
  • The Washington Supreme Court holds that education funding in that state is unconstitutionally low.
  • Virginia’s GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling are urging the state Republican Party to drop an embarrassing loyalty oath that primary voters are required to sign.
  • The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week on whether “fleeting” use of a dirty word on TV or the radio can be banned by the FCC.
  • The ACLU sues to block an unconstitutional law prohibiting benefits for the same-sex partners of public employees.