Responding to widespread public concerns over a giant U.S. Special Forces exercise dubbed “Jade Helm 15,” which identifies Texas, Utah, and part of California as “hostile,” popular Lone Star State Governor Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor the federal military drills. The Obama White House tried to downplay growing suspicions about the two-month drill following Gov. Abbott’s order, and various leftist journalists attacked the governor for responding to the concerns of his constituents. Still, while the Texas governor received broad public support for his response in Texas, more than a few citizens and analysts remain unsettled by the mysterious Jade Helm program.
During Tuesday’s Supreme Court arguments over same-sex "marriage," Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. made a point that may have revealed exactly which way he intends to vote in the case.
The governor of Montana signed a law preventing police from accepting money and material from the federal government.
Senator Chuck Grassley is asking the Obama administration why so many veterans and their families are being denied their right to own firearms.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed into law a bill that invalidated an older law prohibiting gun owners with permits from carrying concealed in parks across the state.
After a long and arduous battle in Oklahoma, lawmakers late this week ultimately voted to quash various measures that would have put the state on record calling for a Constitutional Convention (Con Con) under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. The victory for anti-Con-Con forces in Oklahoma was especially noteworthy because U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican who has a positive and conservative reputation among most Oklahomans, was strongly in favor of calling a convention. However, in the end, lawmakers and activists told The New American that the risks to the existing Constitution of calling a convention in the current political climate were simply too great.
A bill in Tennessee would nullify all federal attempts to curtail the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.
A municipal judge in Ohio prohibited a defendant from mentioning the U.S. Constitution during a trial.
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the federal government in an effort to force religious organizations to provide abortions and contraception to illegal immigrants. Fox News reports that the lawsuit seeks to obtain government records regarding the reproductive healthcare policies for illegal immigrant children that are currently in the care of federally funded Catholic groups. Depending on the content of those documents, the ACLU said it could take further legal action.
The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that police cannot prolong a traffic stop to search for drugs without a warrant, while allowing police to search for drugs without a warrant during the time of a normal traffic stop.