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Congress’ Move to Pull $$ Plug on ACORN Is Challenged in Court as Unconstitutional

Congress voted in September to withhold all federal funding for the community advocacy group ACORN in the wake of a scandal in which two conservative activists posing as a pimp and underage prostitute secretly videotaped ACORN employees in its Baltimore office that one of the activists admitted was for political reasons.

ACORN promptly sued the activists and the conservative Web site that posted their videotapes for violating a Maryland state law that requires two-party consent for electronic surveillance.

Now ACORN is striking back at Congress with a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of its move to defund the organization, on the grounds that by singling out ACORN, the lawmakers violated a constitutional ban on "Bills of Attainder."

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I'm a native of New York City who's called the Green Mountain State of Vermont home since the summer of 1994.

A former print journalist and newspaper editor, I turned to blogging in 2005 to take advantage of the growing power and influence of the Internet and report news and information without the limitations imposed by editors and by economic constraints -- and to offer insights on current events that have often been ignored by the mainstream news media.

Politically, I acknowledge being an independent left-of-center moderate -- socially liberal and economically conservative -- who's not afraid to sharply criticize hard-liners of both the Left and the Right when necessary.

I'm also a radio DJ. I host northern New England's only Smooth Jazz radio show, "The Quiet Storm," which you can listen to LIVE online every Thursday at 12:00 noon EDT/9:00 a.m. PDT/16:00 GMT on WGDR-FM in Plainfield, Vermont.