Documents released as a result of a Freedom of Information Request lawsuit indicate that domestic drones may in fact be intended to spy on the American people. The Electronic Frontier Foundation submitted a Freedom of Information request in April of 2011 but received no response, prompting the organization to file a lawsuit against the Department of Transportation in January. The lawsuit resulted in the release of thousands of documents related to the use of domestic drones, which have raised further privacy concerns.
Former Marine Brandon Raub has been detained and committed to a psychiatric hospital because of Facebook posts mainly questioning the federal government.
Even as Mitt Romney and a host of other Republicans leaders were urging Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race, the national party's platform committee approved a pro-life plank August 21 that more closely resembled Akin's position than Romney's on the controversial issue of abortion.
Thanks to the Heritage Foundation's report on Taxmageddon, taxpayers became aware of the $500 billion of new taxes the government is expected to extract from the economy starting the first of the year. What they didn’t learn is how devious and pernicious some of those taxes are because they are buried so deeply in the ObamaCare monstrosity, otherwise known perversely as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Orwellian title is exactly the opposite: Patients won’t be protected and medical care will become less affordable.
An inmate of New Hampshire State Prison, serving a sentence of life without parole for the murder of two Dartmouth College professors 11 years ago, may be seeking a reduced sentence based on a recent Supreme Court ruling that a mandatory life-without-parole sentence is unconstitutional when imposed on someone who was a juvenile at the time he committed the crime.
Conflicting rulings came down from the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals in cases involving immigration laws in the states of Alabama and Georgia. According to the federal appeals court on the Georgia law, law enforcement may verify the immigration status of criminal suspects who do not show proper identification. But that same court determined that it would be unconstitutional for the state of Alabama to check the immigration status of schoolchildren when they enroll, or to require illegal immigrants to carry identification.
A video presentation produced by our partner Liberty News Network takes a hard look at the foreign-policy positions of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. In a nutshell, both major-party candidates would continue waging undeclared wars with various Middle Eastern nations, though Romney is a bit more belligerent with Iran.
Few are predicting the Grand Old Party, which now has 47 Senate seats, will achieve the 60 needed to shut down the filibuster that Senate Democrats would surely wage against an effort to repeal ObamaCare. In short, Romney may have about as much chance of repealing ObamaCare as the Red Sox have of winning the American League pennant.
There has been ongoing speculation on the possibility of an Israeli-U.S. strike on Iran for quite some time. Publicly, the Obama administration has indicated that while military action was not off the table, it was also not the first choice of the administration. President Obama had hoped Israel would delay an attack on Iran until after the presidential election in November, but the Israeli government is apparently serious about attacking earlier.
Todd Akin, the Missouri congressman who caused a furor Sunday with a comment about "legitimate rape" and abortion, was facing calls from fellow Republicans to drop out of the Senate race against incumbent Clair McCaskill on Monday.