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September 2009 Current Events: U.S. News

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Here are the key events in United States news for the month of September 2009.

  • Federal Ruling: New York Discriminated Against Mentally Ill (Sept. 8): New York violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by using more than two dozen adult homes to shelter 4,300 mentally ill patients instead of smaller apartments and buildings. The ruling, by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, called the homes "segregated settings" that kept patients from interacting with other people in the community.
  • Pres. Obama Tells Students to Work Hard, Stay in School (Sept. 8): In a back-to-school address to millions of American students, broadcast online, President Obama tells children to work hard, stay in school, and take personal responsibility. The speech followed days of controversy over the President's supposed political agenda in making the speech. Schools were given the choice as to whether or not they wanted to show students the speech.
  • U.S. Giving More Rights to Detainees in Afghanistan (Sept. 12): The Obama administration is issuing new guidelines for detainees' rights in the Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Detainees will have the ability to challenge their custody; the military will assign officials to each detainee, who is allowed to acquire witnesses and evidence to build a defense.
  • U.S. Military Chief Suggests More Troops Needed in Afghanistan (Sept. 15): U.S. military chief, Adm. Mike Mullen, suggests that the U.S. will need to send more troops into Afghanistan, despite disagreement from Democrats in Congress. Mullen did not officially request more troops, however.
  • Congress Votes to Rebuke Rep. Joe Wilson (Sept. 15): The House of Representatives votes 240–179 to officially rebuke outspoken Republican Representative Joe Wilson (South Carolina) for yelling, "You lie!" at President Obama during his speech on health care.
  • Kennedy's Temporary Senate Replacement Named (Sept. 24): Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick names Paul Kirk, former Democratic National Committee chairman and friend of the late Ted Kennedy, as Kennedy's temporary replacement in the Senate. Voters in Massachusetts will elect a permanent replacement in January.

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