On February 15, the sentencing hearing was held in Michigan in the case of Umar Abdulmutallab (left), the young Nigerian man convicted of attempting to detonate a bomb on an airplane over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009. At that hearing, a most compelling statement was read by Kurt Haskell, a passenger onboard Northwest Flight 253, the same flight chosen by Abdulmutallab to carry out his potentially catastrophic mission. Abdulmutallab was sentenced to life in prison for his crimes.

Early yesterday this reporter was privileged to participate in a press conference of representatives of several organizations and several individuals fighting the battle against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the national, state, and local levels.

With the Pentagon’s announcement in early February that it plans to ease restrictions on women serving in combat roles, the bulk of Republican presidential candidates appear to have no problem putting women military personnel deeper in harm’s way. As reported by the Associated Press, while the proposed new rules “are expected to continue the long-held prohibition that prevents women from serving as infantry, armor and special operations forces … they will formally allow women to serve in other jobs at the battalion level, which until now had been considered too close to combat.”

Gun owners in Illinois are bracing for a fight against the latest round of legislation aimed at inhibiting their right to keep and bear arms. With efforts to essentially ban the ownership of firearms having been struck down by the Supreme Court, and Illinois now standing as the only state that makes no provision for legal concealed carry of firearms, leftist politicians in Chicago and throughout the state are far from conceding defeat.

For a Senator who lost by 18 percentage points when he last ran for reelection, Rick Santorum must have awesome powers of persuasion. According to a rival GOP presidential candidate, Santorum is responsible for the passage of the Obama health care plan because as the junior Senator from Pennsylvania, he persuaded the voters of his state to back senior Senator Arlen Specter over conservative challenger Pat Toomey in a hotly contested Republican primary race in 2004. And Santorum claimed his endorsement of his colleague, who was in line to become chairman of the Judiciary Committee, came after he sought and received from his Senate colleague a pledge that Specter would support President George W. Bush's nominees to the Supreme Court, 

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