Washington - The Supreme Court says states cannot require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier. The justices voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona´s voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a registration form produced under the federal "Motor Voter" voter registration law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which doesn´t require such documentation, trumps Arizona´s Proposition 200 passed in 2004.
Hmmmm. 1993. That was when the Democrats could pass anything they wanted without a single Republican vote right? Oh, and the Republicans had more than 40 senators but this was before filibusters were "normal". (They became "normal" in 2001.)
Despite all the arguments against it, and despite recent Bill of Rights abuses by the IRS and NSA, it is needed if our democratic republic is to survive. ID fraud undermines integrity of the vote. If the vote cannot be trusted, elections are just for "show". What Stalin said on the subject applies here: it´s who counts the votes.
Society and the government it enables requires verification that persons are who they say they are. Large groups "gaming" the system and a government that tolerates them corrupt the democratic process and constitute tyranny in and of themselves.
This is the result of that disgusting Motor Voter law passed in 1993. This was one of the first things the Dems did when they had total control. Biggest disappointment was when GOP,got total control they did not fix this stupid and dangerous law!!
Almost every day I read another discouraging word. What is the point in having the concept of citizenship if you´re not required to prove it when doing the one thing that citizenship is required for in this country.
I´m afraid the SCOTUS had any other option. Motor Voter is the problem. It trumps state law and that is the corner the SCOTUS was back into. We need to eliminate a really bad law (motor voter), not blame the court on this one.
Apologies for posting again, but I want to inject another (even more cynical) perspective:
SCOTUS must uphold supremacy of federal law over states rights to preserve its position as sole ultimate arbiter of what is or is not Constitutional. Nevermind where that "position" came from (Marbury v Madison, not the Constitution) and nevermind what the Constitution says about state control of elections.
Good News - now there will be no need to pass the immigration reform law, the aliens can vote already so why give them legal status, more benefits, more pay as a unionized work force leading to the need for another 13 million to take the low paid unskilled work and keep the overtaxed corporations afloat. Sheer Genius/s
Look back to when the federal "motor voter" law was passed and blame the all the wimpy Republicans who facilitated that liberal Democrat created law. Do you think the Democrats would have allowed that "easing of voter requirements" law to be passed if they ever thought it would benefit Republicans in winning future elections?
Now go on to the present, currently a liberal Democrat designed amnesty and path to citizenship law is being debated in the US Senate. There is no question that when fully implemented, that law will greatly expand the Democrat voter base by eventually converting the current 11 to 20 million illegal alien population, plus about 20 million additional aliens who that bill would allow to enter the USA, into new mostly socialist oriented Democrat voters in the years ahead. Yet there are a bunch of Republicans who are facilitating that bill. Do you think that the Democrats would be in favor of granting tens of millions of foreign born mostly poor and generally uneducated people US voting rights if they ever thought such an action would help Republicans win future elections?
Now you know why they have called the Republicans the stupid party for so long!
I no longer have respect for the government nor the laws they seek to impose on me. I have stopped paying taxes and pay my employees cash. I´ve also amassed a collection of history and civics books which were written before the liberals took over the education system and am teaching my grandchildren the truth rather than the politically correct propaganda that now passes for education. The second civil war is coming... and it won´t be civil.
All the great nation kill themselves. The Republic of the U.S.A. has hung itself. A very ugly discovery for many. Nobody would listen to Thomas Jefferson and he was assuredly and absolutely correct. Revolution every twenty years just to clean the crap out of government.
Betrayed: Who really cares if ILLEGAL votes trump the votes of American citizens and thus ILLEGALLY decide this sovereign nation´s elections? ´What difference does it make,´ to this Congress, this President and this crop of Supremes?! mmm mmm mmm
Our Founding Fathers must have spun completely out of their graves. As little as ten years ago I never would have thought this was possible in our country. Mark Levin is right. We have no rule of law in this country. It is really, really depressing to read this. Here is more information:
Scalia says only Congress can change immigration law because that`s how it`s written in the Constitution. It will be interesting to see if the SC affirms gay marriage, since there is nothing in the Constitution regarding marriage.
Having a stroke, or even a transient ischemic attack (a TIA, often called a "mini-stroke") can be a costly watershed in a person´s life. Statistically, it deducts years from patients´ lives. But it claims another toll too: in quality of life after the stroke has happened. (Snip) If a treatment for stroke -- the costly administration of the clot buster called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, for instance -- saves people from dying when properly used (as it does), that's a plus. But if it also reduces disability and allows more stroke patients to return to fuller function than they would have without it, that's even better.
New York - John Legere has been shaking up the cellphone industry since taking over as CEO of T-Mobile a little more than a year ago. In March, T-Mobile did away with restrictive wireless contracts as part of the company´s Simple Choice plan, less than a month before adding the one big missing handset in the company´s lineup -- the iPhone. In July, T-Mobile unleashed the early upgrade JUMP (Just Upgrade My Phone) program that let customers who pay an additional $10 a month upgrade their handsets up to two times a year following a six-month waiting period.
The United States said on Wednesday it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles as well as $260 million in cash aid from Egypt´s military-backed government pending progress on democracy and human rights. The decision, described by US officials, demonstrates US unhappiness with Egypt´s path since its army on July 3 ousted Mohamed Morsi, following mass protests against him. But the State Department said it would not cut off all aid and would continue military support for counterterrorism, counter-proliferation and security in the Sinai Peninsula,
Tokyo - Radiation levels in seawater just outside one of the damaged Fukushima reactors spiked this week to the highest level in two years, the operator of the crippled Japanese nuclear plant said on Thursday. Radiation levels on Wednesday, the day six workers were exposed to highly radioactive water, jumped 13 times the previous day's reading, (Snip) Regulatory limits for Cesium, which emits a strong gamma radiation and is harmful to the human body, is 90 bq/litre for Cesium-137 and 60 bq/litre for Cesium-134. A Tepco spokesman said the sudden spike in radiation was caused by construction
Tripoli - Libya´s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been taken by force by gunmen from a hotel where he was staying in the capital Tripoli, security guards at the hotel said on Thursday. The circumstances were unclear, but guards at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli said gunmen had taken the Libyan leader from the hotel. One guard described it as an "arrest", but another told Reuters the men were militants. Government officials could not immediately be reached to confirm Zeidan´s whereabouts. Al-Arabiya television channel quoted Libya´s justice minister as saying that Zeidan had been "kidnapped"
Washington - Instead of sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay or secret CIA "black" sites for interrogation, the Obama administration is questioning terrorists for as long as it takes aboard U.S. naval vessels. And it´s doing it in a way that preserves the government´s ability to ultimately prosecute the suspects in civilian courts. (Snip) Questioning suspected terrorists aboard U.S. warships in international waters is President Barack Obama´s answer to the Bush administration detention policies that candidate Obama promised to end. The strategy also makes good on Obama´s pledge to prosecute
Bluffdale, Utah - A huge new data-storage facility for U.S. spying is plagued by chronic electrical surges that have prevented the center´s opening, documents and officials say. (Snip) But it hasn´t been able to because of 10 explosive meltdowns in the past 14 months that have destroyed close to $1 million in machinery, project documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal indicate. The meltdowns were described by a project official as "a flash of lightning inside a 2-foot box," the Journal said. Their causes are disputed, if not a mystery, some officials say and project documents indicate.
Washington - In the four months since former defense contractor Edward Snowden revealed the National Security Agency’s electronic data collection programs, the question of intelligence restructuring has been persistent in Congress. (Snip) Twenty-two standalone bills have surfaced on Capitol Hill since Snowden’s leaks in June, ranging from minor changes to massive policy overhauls for the NSA and its metadata collection programs. The sheer number signals a collective agreement from lawmakers that some kind of legislative response is needed to curb growing public concern over the nation’s
Sacramento, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty. (Snip) The bill had passed the Legislature on a largely party-line vote, with Democrats supporting the idea to expand the pool of prospective jurors. Republicans said the lack of available jurors in California courts is due to a shortage of funding, not due to an insufficient pool of jurors. The bill´s sponsor, Democratic Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski of Fremont, said in a statement that lawful immigrants
Law enforcement authorities on Monday night were looking for additional suspects or witnesses after a 35-year-old man was charged with attempting to kidnap two Compton teenagers. Ashley Price is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at the Compton courthouse, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff´s Department. He is accused of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old girl on Oct. 1 as she walked to school near Compton Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue, authorities said. He allegedly tried to drag the girl into his car but a woman described by sheriff´s officials as a "good Samaritan" pulled the
For all the acrimony in Washington over Obamacare, there´s an intriguing consensus around one issue: the ratchet effect. Neither side uses the term, but both the right and left treat it as an article of faith. The term was coined by the libertarian economist Robert Higgs. In his book "Crisis and Leviathan," Higgs described how the state takes on massive new powers during a crisis, usually wars. When the crisis subsides, the state relinquishes some of those powers, but it never gives them all back. This is how the state grows over time. But the concept has broadened in recent
Sen. John Cornyn gives the Republican Party´s Weekly Remarks: Hi, I’m Texas Senator John Cornyn. Every day, Capitol Hill police officers protect Members of Congress, and our visiting guests, with courage, dignity, and professionalism. Their tireless efforts often go unnoticed; but whenever they’re called upon to act in a moment of crisis, we’re reminded of their tremendous commitment and bravery. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Capitol Hill police for all that they do to protect our collective safety and security. Like most Americans, I was disappointed when certain parts of the federal
Families of fallen military service members usually receive a "death gratuity" of $100,000 for interment and expenses within days, but not during government shutdown. They paid the ultimate price serving their country — but their government can’t spare a cent to cover their funerals. The stooges on Capitol Hill added insult to tragedy Tuesday when it was revealed that the families of four soldiers and a Marine who were killed in Afghanistan have not received a $100,000 “death gratuity” because of the government shutdown....
Over the first four days the new online health insurance exchanges were open last week, more than 8 million people visited them, according to the Obama administration. At the very least, this casts doubt on the Republican claim that Americans hate Obamacare and want it repealed. It seems millions of people desperately want the coverage the law will allow them to get, regardless of their medical histories. Alas, the administration managed to turn the experience for most of those visitors into a nightmare. Websites crashed, refused to load, or offered bizarre and incomprehensible choices. Even though the system was shut down
From its earliest days, the Obama Administration has operated from a “community organizer” worldview, characterized by an “us” against “them” perspective. The President has repeatedly and in a variety of circumstances said, “Elections have consequences, and I won” as an excuse for yet another executive order, non-Constitutional decision, or “in-your-face” arrogant action. The President goes through the motions of listening to others: he claims to be bipartisan; he hosts White House confabs and talks about the need for compromise, but he always ends up saying, “I won,” and ends any pretense of discussion or negotiation. He explains that, as President,
WASHINGTON — Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot — permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043. And eventually the whole world in 2047. A new study on global warming pinpoints the probable dates for when cities and ecosystems around the world will regularly experience hotter environments the likes of which they have never seen before. And for dozens of cities, mostly in the tropics, those dates are a generation or less away. "This paper is both innovative and sobering," said
I was at a dinner recently where I happened to be seated at a table with new acquaintances of the liberal political persuasion. We went around the table introducing ourselves. As I said that I work for a "conservative website," a man at the far end of the table made his displeasure known by booing. He wasn´t kidding. These were professional, accomplished, senior members of the community. They had never met a conservative before. Their first reaction was hostile. No one chided the man who booed, or apologized on his behalf for his rudeness, or laughed to break the tension.
I’m tempted to call it a clown show but that would be insulting to clowns:(Snip for graphic) It ran for one hour and six minutes, with 12 different reporters being called on — although, notably, not Ed Henry of Fox News — and between them they couldn’t muster one question about the catastrophe that is Healthcare.gov or the spectacle of National Park Rangers locking senior-citizen tourists out of war memorials and/or inside their hotels. I admit that, near the end of it, when Twitter was already starting to buzz about the oh-fer on this week’s two unhappy topics, I started
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney intends to buy a $9million Park City, Utah ski chalet to complement his family homes in California, Boston, and New Hampshire. The 8,730 foot vacation mansion is in the ski destination´s Deer Valley resort and, while it doesn´t have a $55,000 car elevator like Romney´s La Jolla home, the chalet does rest right on the slope and may be skied into and out of. The six bedroom home´s most noticeable features is its prevalence of wood. The lodge-like home features wooden floors, walls, and furniture that brokers call Utah rustic. The home was once featured
Top political strategist turned CNN anchor, Stephanie Cutter is pregnant with her first child at the age of 44. The Washington Post notes that there is no early word on who the father is and the blonde is thought to be single. A source told the publication that Ms Cutter, due in March, is ´very excited´ about the prospect of motherhood and otherwise, ´not dishing about the details of the pregnancy at all.´ Ms Cutter apparently announced the news of her pregnancy to her CNN colleagues on Monday. She will take maternity leave and return to Crossfire next spring.
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While the U.S. has always been a beacon of medical advancement for the world, American women today are expected to live shorter lives than their mothers. Two recent studies found that life expectancy for women have decreased the last two decades. ´Health care is far from the whole story,´ David Kindig, co-author of one of the studies, told the Atlantic. ´More and more people are beginning to realize that the non-health-care factors are at least as important.´ [Snip] Kindig said he was so shocked by it´s outcome, that he and his research partner went back and did the numbers again
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I am just wondering if Miriam Carey, the mentally ill mother who drove her black Infiniti down Pennsylvania Avenue after she rammed a White House barricade, was read her Miranda rights before she was shot dead in a fusillade of gunfire by a gang of well-armed police who surrounded her car at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. The information has not been released, though as I write almost a week has passed since the lethal event. Why could not those crack shots have aimed at her car’s tires. Then they could have waited for her next move. It looks