Through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the federal government provides grants — currently about $5 billion of taxpayers’ money a year — to states to assist low-income households with their heating and cooling costs.
The New Black Panther Party has been a controversial subject for a number of reasons. On Election Day 2008, Black Panther member King Samir Shabazz and national chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz were caught on video bearing billyclubs outside of a Philadelphia polling center. An investigation was launched and charges of voter intimidation were made, but the Department of Justice, under the leadership of Eric Holder, elected to dismiss the case.
On July 6, the federal government announced it was suing the State of Arizona over its Senate Bill 1070, due to go into effect July 29. This bill is part of Arizona’s efforts to defend itself against the illegal immigration pouring over its southern border shared with Mexico, and the multitude of problems and dangers this has ensued both locally and nationally.
In what might be considered a bitter irony for conservatives, a U.S. District Court judge in Massachusetts used a state's rights argument in one of two cases yesterday in which he ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.