California’s Assembly passed a bill on April 25 that would permit non-U.S. citizens to serve on juries. If the bill, AB1401, passes the Senate and is signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, California would become the first state to allow this practice. Brown has not taken a public position on the bill.
On Tuesday, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would allow the Plan B One-Step contraceptive to be sold without prescription to females as young as 15. The announcement amends a December 2011 decision that prohibited the sale of emergency contraceptives to all females of reproductive age without restriction, which had been overturned by a U.S. District judge on April 5. According to the FDA, its latest announcement was not prompted by the judge’s ruling, but is based on a study released by the company that makes the Plan B drug.
According to Fox News, four officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency who are preparing to provide sensitive information to Congress about the attacks last September on two U.S. diplomatic compounds in Benghazi, Libya, have now retained lawyers as they are being threatened by members of the Obama administration.
“The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city. This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself,” warns Ron Paul, the former Congressman from Texas and presidential candidate.
After the Boston Marathon bombing, various “experts” began calling for more cooperation between U.S. and Russian intelligence agencies.
Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) is right: The only way to fix the "Obama phone" subsidy is to end it altogether. Then the other problems associated with the subsidy — corruption, crony capitalism, waste, and so on — become irrelevant.
Responding to a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted from April 24-28, only 24 percent of those polled said that the United States has a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria between government forces and anti-government groups. An overwhelming majority — 62 percent — said that the United States has no such responsibility.
The CIA has been sending bags of cash to the office of Afghan president Hamid Karzai every month for over 10 years, fueling corruption but buying precious little influence.
The old food stamp program now called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is growing so quickly and costing so much that nibbling around the edges of it with bills such as those presented by Senator John Thune and Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) will have negligible effect.