Month: February 2019

Alabama is taking important steps to bring greater transparency to civil forfeiture, the much-criticized practice that allows property to be seized even without evidence of a crime. On Thursday, lawmakers and law enforcement leaders in Alabama gathered in the State Capitol to announce a voluntary new reporting initiative, the Alabama Forfeiture Accountability System. Starting Friday,
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Two major issues will dominate the congressional budget debate over the coming months—the debt limit and the future of the Budget Control Act discretionary spending caps.  If past is prologue, Congress may be tempted to deal with the two issues simultaneously as part of one broader debt and spending agreement.  That strategy makes it easier for lawmakers to pass
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Oregon just took a big step this week toward becoming the first state in the nation to impose statewide rent controls—a step in the wrong direction. Senate Bill 608—which has now passed both houses of the Legislative Assembly—limits annual rent increases to the inflation rate plus 7 percent and imposes stringent restrictions on the ability
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Liberal House Democrats just unveiled the “Medicare for All Act of 2019”, a comprehensive bill to abolish virtually all private health plans–including employer-sponsored coverage–and impose total federal government control over Americans’ health care.  Despite its sweeping and detailed government control, as well as the imposition of huge but unknown costs, the 120-page bill has nonetheless initially attracted 106
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Nicholas Sandmann is one of the Covington High School students caught in a media firestorm while attending the March for Life last month in Washington, D.C. Now, he is pushing back. This week, his lawyers filed a defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post for $250 million dollars – the amount that Jeff Bezos spent to buy the newspaper. Does Sandmann have any chance
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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and other Republicans have introduced legislation aimed at stopping gang members from coming into the United States and also blocking them from applying for asylum, The Washington Free Beacon is reporting. The bill is named Singh’s Law, in honor of slain California police officer Ronil Singh. An illegal immigrant allegedly gunned
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President Donald Trump’s newest pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency was confirmed Wednesday even after Sen. Susan Collins announced her opposition to the former coal lobbyist. EPA acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler was confirmed ____, ending several months of speculation about who will lead the agency following Scott Pruitt’s resignation. Trump’s first agency head
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President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban of mostly Muslim-majority countries led to over 37,000 visa applications getting denied in 2018. The “2017 Executive Order on Immigration” was cited as the reason for the denial of 15,384 immigrant visa applications and another 21,645 non-immigrant visa applications in 2018. The State Department confirmed that the 2017 Executive
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One Alabama homeowner had just about enough. Her family’s truck already had been broken into, WALA-TV reported, and that prompted the purchase of surveillance cameras outside the residence in Semmes. Turns out the cameras came in handy Friday around 12:45 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up near the front door as the homeowner slept on
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Sen. Chris Coons said Thursday he’s grateful that President Donald Trump walked away rather than making a “weak deal” with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, but he does think it’s time to move toward “real and serious diplomacy” rather than “reality TV summits.” “I’m grateful the president didn’t take a dangerous step of giving
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The Hanoi Summit was the latest gambit in President Trump’s unprecedented diplomatic effort to negotiate away North Korea’s nuclear weapons. It concluded without a signing ceremony. That’s neither a loss nor a win for the president. There were four possible outcomes for the huddle in Hanoi. First, the incredibly remote “grand slam” possibility: an inked deal in which North Korean dictator Kim Jong
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The House and Senate Judiciary Committees have broad jurisdiction, with both playing a powerful and critical role in Congress. In the Senate, the committee is responsible for providing oversight over key activities of the executive branch, including the Department of Justice, and is responsible for the confirmation process of judicial and many executive branch nominations.
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Donald Trump doesn’t believe in regime change or nation-building. He is skeptical of international organizations and institutions. He frets over allies that aren’t pulling their weight. But Trump is no isolationist, and he’s shown no interest in “leading from behind.” So what does Trump believe in? His catchphrase, “America First,” suggests that the president views
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Let’s go over blue slips one more time. On February 26, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Eric Miller to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After nearly a decade in the Justice Department during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, Miller had become a partner in the law firm
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Many families have difficulty finding affordable, quality child care. So it’s understandable that a new proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren guaranteeing “high-quality child care and early education for every child in America from birth to school age” sounds appealing. Plus, it would be “free to millions of American families.” What’s not to like? Plenty. For
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The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Charleston (LCS 18), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, March 2, at Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston, South Carolina. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Charlotte Riley, wife of former Charleston Mayor Joe
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said that the impeachment of President Donald Trump is “inevitable,” but also called the possibility “terrifying.” Omar made the comments in a Rolling Stone interview that was published Wednesday. “I believe that impeachment is inevitable,” she said. “It also is a terrifying notion,” she continued. “[Vice President] Pence is an ideologue,
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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was not being truthful when she told an Iowa audience that she did not support a San Francisco policy from 2008 under which juvenile illegal immigrants got reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement when they were arrested, CNN reported. Harris made the false statement Sunday on the Political Party Live podcast
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) angrily denounced Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the rest of the Republicans for forcing Democrats to vote on the “Green New Deal” proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Schumer called the plan to force Democrats to vote on the climate change resolution a “sham” and a “diversion.” “I
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Posted by: Jessica Kramer in Trending Commentary, US News February 27, 2019 A federal court ruled that it was unconstitutional for only men to have to register for the draft. So The Daily Caller News Foundation asked if women should have to register for the draft too. (Article Continues Below Advertisement) Women “should be
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