States cannot grant their citizens wider freedoms from search and seizure than federal courts do, and police may manipulate events that allow them to avoid getting Fourth Amendment search warrants from judges for home searches, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled May 13 in the case of Kentucky v. King. The 8-1 decision included a stinging dissent from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, one of the most liberal justices on the bench.
The economic free-fall of the beleaguered state of California is continuing apace. In January, when Governor Jerry Brown took office, the state's deficit was a mind-numbing $26.9 billion. Its fiscal woes could not have come as a surprise to the Brown family — Jerry, Pat, and Kathleen — all of whom have spent years in state political offices and have actually been involved in the creation of this deficit.
Just one year ago this week the Senate Special Committee on Aging, headed up by wealthy and aging Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), announced that massive shortfalls in funding for Social Security could be papered over with just a few modest "tweaks":
Modest changes can be made over time that will keep the program in surplus. They are not draconian, as the report points out, and they can be done and [they] will be done.
Putting aside the fact that Social Security is not "in surplus" and has not ever been actuarially sound since it began in 1935 (the same year Kohl was born), the "modest changes" he and his committee recommended at the time were, in fact, "draconian":
During April, the Obama Administration approved 208 waivers for its socialist health-care mandates. Funny thing is, The Daily Caller reports, the administration gave 38 of them, or 20 percent, to businesses or other entities in the district of leftist Democrat Nancy Pelosi (left). As Speaker of the House, Pelosi was the loudest cheerleader of all for health-care mandates that her own constituents now flee — apparently with her approval.
In a move that surprised most establishment conservatives, Republican Presidential Primary Candidate Newt Gingrich announced on Sunday his support for the individual healthcare mandate, which is a central aspect of federal universal healthcare legislation (ObamaCare).
It looks like the Indians upset about the military's using the code-word Geronimo during the operation to kill Osama bin Laden can settle down and smoke the peace pipe.
According to Fox News, the name of the famous Chiracahua Apache was not the code name for Osama. The news emerges in a long, dramatic story that details the raid. The mission to kill the world's most wanted man, Fox reports, nearly failed.
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to consider the appeal of five former terrorism suspects who claim they were kidnapped and taken on "torture flights" by the United States to other countries and subjected to brutal interrogations by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The decision leaves standing a federal appeals court ruling upholding the "state secrets'" privilege claimed by both the Bush and Obama administrations to prevent to testimony in matters regarding national security.
Few were surprised, and many were relieved, at Donald Trumps announcement on Monday that he was ending his campaign for the Presidency:
After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.
It may seem hard to believe now, but it was just 11 years ago when Texas Governor George W. Bush, then campaigning for President, was telling America that he wanted our nation to play a "more humble" role in the world and that he was opposed to "nation building" in other lands.
The French head of the International Monetary Fund, a man known in his home country as “the great seducer,” was arrested Saturday on charges that he sexually assaulted a maid at a hotel in New York City.
The push to establish same-sex marriage in the state of New York is being backed, financially and otherwise, the New York Times reported Friday, by "an unexpected source: a group of conservative financiers and wealthy donors to the Republican Party, most of whom are known for bankrolling right-leaning candidates and causes." Their donations totaling about $1 million, delivered in recent weeks to a coalition of "gay rights" organizations "could alter the political calculus of Albany lawmakers," theTimes noted, "especially Republican state senators in whose hands the fate of gay marriage rests."