On May 27, President Obama became the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first place where nuclear weapons were used in warfare against a civilian population, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city on August 6, 1945.
A Memorial Day display of 79 crosses erected on May 20 alongside a state highway in Hiram, Georgia, to honor the 79 Paulding County residents who died in America’s wars was temporarily removed following a complaint from a caller — but replaced after a city council vote.
The State Department set a new record for approving the admission of Syrian refugees on May 23, with 225 applications. This was followed by 80 such approvals the next day.
The number of apprehensions of aliens crossing the border illegally continued during the first six months of fiscal 2016 as the U.S. Border Patrol set a new record in April.
In a recent op-ed piece for the woman’s fashion magazine Elle Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, asserted that “reproductive health” — a euphemism for both contraception and abortion — “isn’t a theoretical issue, a social issue, or a distraction — it’s a fundamental issue of economic security and opportunity.”
On May 17, two Chinese J-11 fighter jets flew within 50 feet of a U.S. EP-3 surveillance plane as it was engaged in a routine surveillance mission in international airspace over the South China Sea. After the incident, a Chinese spokesman demanded that the United States immediately cease such reconnaissance activities.
Former Senator Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who has been trying since 2003 to get 28 classified pages of the famous 9/11 Commission Report released, has gone on national news programs frequently in recent weeks to make his point.
On May 17, the White House issued a press release explaining that today the Department of Labor will finalize a rule expanding the conditions under which employers will be required to pay overtime to their employees.
The Supreme Court issued an opinion on May 16 announcing that it would not rule in the case of Zubik v. Burwell, a highly publicized legal challenge presented to the High Court challenging the ObamaCare contraception mandate.
Speaking at Hillsdale College’s 164th Commencement on May 14, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas evoked the important lessons about life that he learned working on a farm as a boy in Georgia, including the relatoinship between responsibility and freedom.