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.
Federal Judge Mark W. Bennett (of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa) issued an order on May 21 that halts enforcement of the Obama administration’s HHS mandate against two Christian colleges — Dordt College in Iowa and Cornerstone University in Michigan.
As passed by the House, the National Defense Authorization Act retains the power to detain indefinitely suspected terrorists, without habeas corpus or trial.