The most recent Department of Defense Law of War Manual, released on June 15, has come under fire from journalists for its guidelines that allow military commanders to treat journalists covering military operations as “unprivileged belligerents.” Members of the press and experts in military law say that this vague wording could be interpreted to expel members of the press from military bases — or even worse — detain journalists.
The latest figures made available by the Texas Department of State Health Services indicate that 63,849 abortions were performed in the Lone Star State during 2013. These figures represent a decrease of 4,449 since the 2012 report, which showed that 68,298 abortions were performed in Texas that year.
As the concept of birthright citizenship becomes a much-talked-about issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, media pundits have discussed several aspects of the practice, including its economic costs, which are impacted by the higher-than-average birthrates of the women involved.
Presidentail candidate Jeb Bush, with an eye towards not alienating Hispanic voters, said his use of the term “anchor baby” was meant to apply mostly to Asians who abuse the “noble concept.”
Tens of thousands of pro-life supporters engaged in prayerful protests at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics across the country on Saturday. During the nationwide prayer events, which took place from 9 to 11 a.m. local time, an estimated 50,000 to 75,000 people gathered in front of more than 350 Planned Parenthood facilities located in 47 states.
A report released by the non-profit Pew Charitable Trust on August 18 indicated that as of this summer, 10 states and the District of Columbia issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens, and nearly 37 percent of these illegals live in a jurisdiction where they may obtain a license. The states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has supplied only limited information in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed in January by the Immigration Reform Law Institute, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) to determine the cost of resettling and educating the tens of thousands of illegal unaccompanied minors who came across the U.S. border last year. ICE has partially answered just two of the five requests.
Dr. Ben Carson, a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, rode aboard a helicopter with Pinal County, Arizona, Sheriff Paul Babeu on August 19, touring mountainside caves used by Mexican drug cartel scouts in the Arizona desert. Afterwards, he suggested using drone strikes against the cartel scouts.
Speaking at an Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security forum at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on August 18, former Florida Governor and GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush was critical of the very modest restrictions on the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records that were enacted into law in June. He advocated reversing those restrictions to increase the NSA’s snooping powers.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on August 16, presidential candidate Donald Trump said that if he were elected president, he would reverse President Obama’s executive orders on immigration and deport all illegal aliens from the United States.