For Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata …
It was 11 days until Christmas and Detroit-born Brian Terry was looking forward to leaving the U.S.-Mexico border at the end of the week for a holiday visit with his family in his home state of Michigan. He had joined the Border Patrol three and one-half years before and had quickly excelled, becoming a member of the elite BORTAC (Border Tactical) Unit detailed out of the Naco, Arizona, station. A rugged, muscular, 6-foot-4 athlete, prior to the Border Patrol he had served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps — including a combat tour in Iraq during Desert Storm — had gone on to college, and then served nine years as a police officer in Lincoln Park, Michigan, a downriver suburb south of Detroit.
Most Americans undoubtedly agree that the federal government cannot continue on its current spending and borrowing binge without wreaking economic havoc. But how must the binge be brought under control? One idea that has just gotten traction in the state of North Dakota is for the states to call for a constitutional convention for the purpose of proposing a National Debt Relief Amendment (NDRA) to the U.S. Constitution. On April 7, the North Dakota House of Representatives passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 4007 by a vote of 68 to 24, completing legislative action on the resolution and making their state the first in the nation to call for a constitutional convention to propose the NDRA.
President Obama’s recent comments about Middle East peace talks, and his call for returning Israel and Palestine to 1967 boundaries, have whipped up a veritable storm among Republicans and pro-Israel activists. Israeli citizens are overwhelmingly opposed to the 1967 boundary lines, as an independent poll showed a mere 27 percent agreed with Obama’s Thursday proposal.
Tuesday’s hearing of the House Oversight Committee gave Chairman Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) a chance to vent, and witness Elizabeth Warren, President Obama’s Special Advisor for the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP), a chance to defend, and for the entire hearing to accomplish nothing. The BCFP was the brainchild of Warren, and the centerpiece of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which was signed into law last July. Its Orwellian title hides the fact that the new agency will do little to reform Wall Street and nothing at all to protect the consumer.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has essentially told his fellow senators he won't allow amendments to the Patriot Act he disagrees with on the Senate floor. The May 25 statement on the Senate floor has resulted in a heated floor exchange and may require the Patriot Act to lapse for a few days before a final Senate vote is possible.
Senator Rand Paul may have temporarily set back efforts by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pass the Patriot Act renewal long enough to allow the law to expire for a day or two before the Senate can take a final vote on the bill.
A Texas bill that would have made Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents liable for sexual assault when groping passengers without probable cause was pulled from the Senate floor after the Department of Justice sent a letter threatening to create what critics called a “no-fly zone” over the state by preventing flights to or from Texas airports. However, as will be demonstrated in a follow-up report by a colleague, there may well be "life after death" for this bill.
As if the White House did not already have the mainstream media in its back pocket, the Obama administration decided to create a position that ultimately counters any news story regarding the Obama administration that has anything less than a positive spin, adding yet another government job to the payroll.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie still sounded combative Tuesday when talking about an order from the state's highest court for the expenditure of another $500 million for the state's poorest school districts, but he backed away from his suggestion last month that defying the court would be "an option."
The field of Republican potential candidates for Barack Obama's job changes almost daily, as one possibility or another announces he will not run and another makes it official he will. Over the past weekend, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels took himself out of the presidential picture and on Monday former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlwenty made his long-anticipated announcement that he is, indeed, in the running.