A Philadelphia abortion doctor, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, has been arrested and charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors. Dr. Gosnell delivered abortions to minorities and poor women in what has been dubbed a “house of horrors” clinic.
On Friday, January 14 President Obama announced that he plans on easing trade and travel relations with Communist Cuba, including making it easier for U.S. citizens to travel directly to the island from American airports. The President added that he had instructed the relevant government departments to allow religious groups and students to travel to the communist-run island.
This past week, the red-carpet arrival of Hu Jintao, President of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), marked the beginning of the first full all-out Sino-U.S. summit in 13 years. President Hu was welcomed to the United States by Vice President Joe Biden, before the two left for the White House to meet with President Barack Obama.
An astronomy professor who was passed over for a position at the University of Kentucky over concerns that he might be an evangelical Christian has won a discrimination lawsuit he brought against the university.
During a televised town hall meeting on Saturday, James Fuller — one of those wounded in the January 8 shooting in Tucson — threatened a Tea Party leader. Fuller, who was shot in the knee and back by Loughner, is now undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
The war over executive branch wiretapping is continuing, though there's one front where the executive branch appears to be losing: wiretapping congressmen. The Washington Post reported January 18 that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the executive branch appeal in a congressional bribery case.
Today, President Obama is expected to announce a deal with China that involves nuclear security. Additionally, Boeing will announce contracts on the sale of jets to China as part of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit, an agreement that would reportedly stimulate American jobs.
An Arizona-style immigration bill passed the Mississippi State Senate on Tuesday and could have law enforcement officers checking the immigration status of persons during any lawful stop. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported on Jan. 19, that in the Democrat-controlled House, Judiciary A Committee Chairman Ed Blackmon (D-Canton) said he’s not sure which committee will get Senate Bill 2179, so its fate remains unclear.