The White House is currently facing criticism after a federal jury convicted former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani of just one out of 285 charges. Critics assert that the single conviction is an example of why suspected terrorists should be tried in military court instead of civilian court. Others, however, cite the conviction as evidence that civilian courts effectively deliver justice.
John Mica, a Republican congressman from Florida, has written a letter to 100 of the busiest airports in the country. Congressman Mica has asked those airports to stop using the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for airport security and to use, instead, private firms. Federal law allows airports to make their own arrangements for security, and one major airport, San Francisco International Airport, already does that.
Democrats and Republicans still have not come to an agreement on extending the Bush tax cuts. Moreover, the Democrats have yet to formulate a unified stance on the issue. While some have expressed a willingness to temporarily extend the tax cuts for all Americans, others have proposed raising the threshold for those who will receive a tax cut. Still, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refuses to budge.
First Amendment rights continue to be under scrutiny by elitist congressmen and liberal leaders. During a mini-lecture on communications and journalism before a Senate hearing on retransmission consent, Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia asserted that cable news is nothing more than �endless barking.�
On November 16, the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that a committee seeking to recall Senator Robert Menendez in advance of the end of his term may not proceed.
In a 4-2 decision, the state's highest court ruled that a constitutional amendment passed in 1993 (along with state laws promulgated subsequently) violates the separation of powers as set forth in the both the state and national constitutions.