CHICAGO — A federal appeals court won´t reconsider an earlier ruling that Illinois´ concealed carry ban is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois´ ban in December and gave lawmakers until June 8 to legalize the concealed carry of firearms. Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked for all 10 judges to review the decision, saying it conflicted with decisions by other federal appellate courts and goes beyond what the U.S. Supreme Court has held. Illinois is the only state in the nation that still has a ban in place.
American government agencies – state, local, and federal -- made a record 13,753 requests to read emails or gather other information sent through Google’s Gmail and other services in 2012, more than half without warrants, according to statistics released by Google. The total number of users about whom government agencies wanted information also set a record at 31,072, up from 23,300 in 2011, the first year Google began reporting the data. The discrepancy comes because government agencies request information on multiple users or accounts at the same time. American government agencies – state, local,
The simple story — cops yawn when burly white vigilante stalks and kills unarmed African-American child for the "crime" of walking while black — shocked the conscience of much of the nation a year ago and touched off an explosion of indignant demagoguery. Trayvon Martin, 17, was walking through a Sanford, Fla., subdivision early on the evening of Feb. 26, 2012, headed from a convenience store to the home where he was staying with his father. Off-duty neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, was driving to the grocery store when he saw Martin and called police to report that
With the federal government poised to face billions of dollars in cuts, a key senator is calling on the White House to halt an administration effort to highlight more government spending. Sen. Tom Coburn, in a letter to the White House budget office, told officials to cancel a planned 100-city tour designed to showcase places where federal taxpayers’ money can be spent by localities. “If Washington is truly cutting spending on missions many consider vital, how can we at the same time promise and promote more financial assistance,
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D., Fla.) said should sequestration go into effect, the entire legislative agenda including gun control would be delayed Friday on MSNBC: CHRIS JANSING: And I guess the other question is, if the sequester, you know, battle continues to go on, what it means for other things that need to get done. For example, today the president’s grass roots group is planning a national day of action with a protest outside of NRA offices, and I guess about a hundred other smaller events and rallies. I mean, for example, would work on gun legislation be
Last week, Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s prosecutorial style of questioning Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for Defense Secretary, came so close to innuendo that it raised eyebrows in Congress, even among his Republican colleagues. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, called Cruz’s inquiry into Hagel’s past associations “out of bounds, quite frankly.” The Times reported that Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, rebuked Cruz for insinuating, without evidence, that Hagel may have collected speaking fees from North Korea. Some Democrats went so far as to liken Cruz,
NEW YORK- With its violent crimes, high unemployment, dwindling population and financial crisis, Detroit was named on Thursday as the most miserable city in the United States. It toppled Miami, which held the title last year, and surpassed Flint, Mich., Rockford and Chicago in Illinois, and Modesto, Calif., which rounded out the five most unhappy urban areas on the list. Rockford was ranked third due to its 11.2 percent unemployment rate, Forbes said. Forbes cited violent crime, high foreclosure rates and declining home prices as the reason it pushed Chicago into the fourth spot, along with
The number of double-digit hikes to health insurance premiums has fallen dramatically because of President Obama´s healthcare law, the Health and Human Services Department said Friday. The average increase in health insurance premiums has fallen significantly since the healthcare law — and its provisions allowing the health department to review certain rates — took effect in 2010. The agency said rate review has contributed to those declines. The average premium increase in 2012 was 30 percent lower than in 2010, according to a report
When people talk about Rupert Murdoch´s ambitions in the U.S. newspaper market, they´re usually talking about the Tribune Co´s Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. But with the Boston Globe up for sale, there´s speculation Murdoch might make a play there, too. Columnist Michael Wolff, a Murdoch biographer, talks to the Boston Herald: Rupert would be terrifically interested in the Boston Globe... Rupert is now in the process of shopping for American newspapers but doing that in the context of that this is the bottom of the market... He is — first, last and always — a newspaper publisher.
President Obama´s "longest lasting legacy" will be helping to create a new group of Republican leaders, says Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Cruz, speaking at the Cuyahoga County GOP Lincoln Day dinner in Ohio on Thursday, made the comments while assessing why Republicans lost the 2012 presidential race. Cruz said Democrats controlled the perception of their party and the Republican Party. "You want to know what happened last election cycle? We didn´t win the argument for the American people," Cruz said Thursday night according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
President Obama said people won’t lose the right to vote if the Supreme Court strikes down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Speaking Thursday to “The Black Eagle” radio show on SiriusXM, Obama said listeners shouldn’t worry too much that discrimination against minority voters will increase. The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments about Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act next week. “I know in the past some folks have worried that if the Supreme Court strikes down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, they´re going
Would that our bureaucrats had this kind of attitude. CNN: Sen. Rand Paul cut another six-figure check to the United States Treasury Wednesday, taking the money he said he didn´t need from his office´s budget to make a tiny dent in the nation´s massive federal debt. "We watch every purchase," Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, said at an event next to an oversized check for $600,000. "We watch what computers we buy, what paper we buy, the ink cartridges. We treat the money like it´s our money, or your money, and we look at every expenditure."
Thursday morning, Glenn Kessler, so-called “fact checker” for the Washington Post, gave three Pinocchios to Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for his claim in a chart that “Total Welfare Spending Equates To $168 Per Day For Every Household In Poverty.” What was wrong with the chart? As it turns out, nothing. But that didn’t stop hack Kessler from assigning Sessions to the liar category on the chart. Sessions based his chart on the fact that there are 80 welfare programs under the federal budget. He assigns to that list means-tested programs like Medicaid. “Medicaid is a federal program that is
On Thursday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott decision to expand Medicaid and establish state exchanges as called for by Obamacare can be perceived as an “honorable” endeavor. Scott, a fierce critic of Obamacare, helped lead the charge agains the health care law in the courts. “[I] think as a Republican conservative, who opposed Obamacare, taking it as a governor — I think you can act honorably either way,” Krauthammer said. “You can oppose it and have opposed it all the way
BRUSSELS— Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his NATO counterparts are considering leaving 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but it was unclear how much of that force would be American, U.S. officials said Friday. A dispute flared, but was quickly dissipated at the NATO defense ministers gathering here to discuss the endgame of the 11-year-old war in Afghanistan. German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters that a post-2014 force of 8,000 to 10,000 American troops would remain in Afghanistan. Panetta denied that, saying the force of 8,000 to 12,000 would be international and
Earlier today, liberal Democrat Lanny Davis affirmed that the substance of Sen. Ted Cruz´ (R-TX) inquiry into Chuck Hagel´s undisclosed source of income derived from various speeches was "absolutely correct." He just quarreled with the way in which Cruz conducted his line of inquiry. So, in keeping with Lanny Davis´ assertion, I would like to give Sen. Cruz a lesson in the acceptable way for a Senator to behave. If you are Sen. Hillary Clinton, it is OK for you to tell a Four-Star General that he is a liar: "I think that the
President Obama is displaying a more emotional side of his personality as he works to sell his second-term agenda to the public. The Spock-like Obama criticized for being aloof has been ditched in favor of a president who tells personal anecdotes about his life, shares locked-away thoughts from his past and on several occasions has wiped away a tear or two in public. While Obama has more flexibility to be himself now because he doesn’t face reelection, the personal touches are also in tune with a White House effort to enact an agenda that includes gun control, immigration reform
The crowd was roaring. The lone man, ramrod straight, in his impeccable brown uniform would step forward toward the lectern, then pause and let his eyes wander over the thousands of up turned faces—all staring at him, waiting for him to speak. And they waited—and they waited. (Snip) A full sixty seconds would expire before that man would take the one remaining step to the lectern, and begin speaking. (snip) Those of you reading this now, if you are near my age, know exactly of whom I speak
PRETORIA, South Africa — After four days of combative hearings, a South African magistrate on Friday granted bail for Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend, in a case that has horrified and fascinated the nation and much of the world. (Snip) Magistrate Nair said bail was not a matter of guilt and innocence, but about determining whether justice would be served by holding a defendant in custody. But he took issue with the testimony and actions of the prosecution’s lead investigator, Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha, who has since been removed from the case
Christopher Dorner is the ex-LAPD officer who went on a revenge rampage, killing several people before shooting himself in a cabin in Big Bear, California. Nationwide news. NBC News"...detailed the extent of the arsenal that Dorner had with him in his final days...Among the items recovered from the cabin where Dorner died and other locations and vehicles were numerous assault weapons; semi-automatic hand guns; a .308 caliber, bolt action sniper-rifle; high capacity ammunition magazines..." Sniper rifle? (snip)As new words are incorporated into their vocabularies, each category of firearms receives a promotion in implied lethality.
The driver of a Maserati who was killed in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas strip on Thursday bragged about stashing a gun in his $120,000 Italian sports car. Kenneth Cherry, aka Kenny Clutch, was killed when men inside a black Range Rover opened fire on his car while he was sitting at a red light. He accelerated into the intersection and crashed into a taxi. Cab driver Michael Boldon and his passenger died when the taxi burst into flames. Family members said Boldon had recently moved to Las Vegas to take care of his ailing mother.
A furor over slavery has erupted at a Midtown elementary school, after a teacher handed out math homework that include questions asking kids to tally the killing and beating of slaves. The shocking questions were given to at least one class of 9-year-olds at PS 59 in Manhattan — which included the kids of United Nations personnel. The inflammatory queries were only uncovered after a student teacher was asked to hand them out to a second class. “What a shock! It seems so over the top,” said NYU professor Charlton McIlwain, who instructed the student teacher,
Imagine if Republicans in Utah or Alabama, responding to a horrifying sex crime, introduced a bill allowing warrantless searches of homosexuals’ homes to make sure they weren’t holding little boys as sex slaves. The national media would be discussing this gross violation of the Fourth Amendment incessantly, using it as an example of how fundamentally fascist the Republican Party is — everywhere. Cut to Washington State: in this case, liberal Democrats in the legislature have introduced an assault weapon ban that includes annual