Constitution

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is issuing a new edition of its manual, the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, the New York Times reports. The 2011 edition, the paper says, gives “significant new powers” to FBI agents, allowing them “to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.”

Earlier in the month a headline on the Rasmussen Report website reported that “21% say states have right to secede.”

That figure was derived from the results of a survey of 1,000 adults conducted on May 30-31, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error was +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

Does purchasing nail polish remover or hydrogen peroxide at the local pharmacy put you on a federal terrorist watch list? Apparently, the answer to that question is "yes" under a broad-based "interpretation" of the Patriot Act used by the Bush and Obama administrations.

The United Nations seemingly has it out for Americans’ Second Amendment-guaranteed rights as it continues to promote its “Small Arms Treaty.” The pact has already riled many gun owners as well as lawmakers such as Kentucky’s Republican Senator Rand Paul. The most recent attack against the treaty was launched by Larry Bell of Forbes magazine, who published an editorial about it yesterday.

According to Bell, the treaty, if ratified by the U.S. Senate, would force the United States to do the following:

Graduation season this year has witnessed a number of spiritual battles as prayer and religious symbols at commencement ceremonies have been under attack by the Left. The latest effort against school prayer has been levied by Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery (left), who ordered that students in the Medina Valley Independent School District of Texas may not use religious words such as “prayer” or “amen” at their graduation ceremony.

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