Thomas R. Eddlem
President Obama privately told congressional leaders he didn't need permission from them to send approximately 300 additional soldier/advisors to help the Iraqi government battle ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) rebels before announcing the decision in a June 19 press conference.
A proposed constitutional amendment by Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to give Congress the unlimited power to criminalize political speech has political roots that date back to the 1798 Sedition Act, as senators promoting the amendment are using virtually identical rhetoric as congressmen who advocated passage of the Sedition Act.
The May 28 release of a scathing Veterans Administration Office of Inspector General report on dishonest scheduling practices at the VA clinics in the Phoenix, Arizona, area has produced calls for — and reports of — investigations for criminal prosecution of the rogue officials who wrote the fraudulent reports.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act in gutted form May 22, forcing most of its original sponsors to vote against the legislation. The House passed the bill by a 303-121 vote, with a majority in both parties favoring passage.
Proponents of utilizing Article V of the U.S. Constitution to convene a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution claim that a well-worded resolution by state legislatures would not go awry because such a runaway convention is “unprecedented.” They've got their history wrong.
The emerging cover-up of long waiting periods for care at Veterans Administration hospitals has burgeoned into national news in recent weeks, with “secret waiting lists” being exposed in half a dozen or more locations and President Obama calling for an inspector-general inquiry into the matter.
Michigan Congressman Justin Amash has introduced two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 that would ban bulk NSA surveillance of Americans.
The release of 1,400 pages of e-mails and memos to Judicial Watch has confirmed that the Obama administration's IRS in Washington singled out Tea Party and “patriot” organizations for delays and extra scrutiny in their applications for non-profit status. Judicial Watch had filed multiple Freedom of Information Act requests to get the information.
Massachusetts announced May 5 that it was abandoning its Health Connector website — the centerpiece of Romneycare that has been a model for ObamaCare nationally — after eight years of the landmark legislation in the Bay State.
A private study by military and security professionals has concluded that the Americans killed at the Benghazi consulate annex on September 11, 2012 were killed by rebels who had been supplied with weapons by the U.S. government.