After a long and arduous battle in Oklahoma, lawmakers late this week ultimately voted to quash various measures that would have put the state on record calling for a Constitutional Convention (Con Con) under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. The victory for anti-Con-Con forces in Oklahoma was especially noteworthy because U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican who has a positive and conservative reputation among most Oklahomans, was strongly in favor of calling a convention. However, in the end, lawmakers and activists told The New American that the risks to the existing Constitution of calling a convention in the current political climate were simply too great.
Senator Tom Cotton is set to fight Rand Paul in a battle to extend parts of the Patriot Act that will soon expire.
David Petraeus, the former CIA director and retired four-star general who once commanded military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, was sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 by a federal judge in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 23 after pleading guilty to mishandling classified materials.