House Republicans voted Wednesday evening to authorize an unprecedented lawsuit against President Obama, escalating a separation of powers battle between Congress and the White House that is heavily tinged with election-year politics.
The 225-201 vote broke almost entirely along party lines, underscoring just how strained tensions have become between the GOP, who said Mr. Obama is en route to becoming a tyrant, and Democrats, who accused Republicans of sinking to new lows in their efforts to repeal Obamacare and stop the president’s agenda.
Christians facing death threats from Islamic extremists flee their homes in Mosul, Iraq. The death toll continues to rise as Israel and Hamas bombard each other with mortar fire. In China, police officers remove landmark crosses from the Christian churches.
Democrats thought they were on to something good when they awarded their presidential nomination to an obscure freshman senator from Illinois, whose only experience was a stint as a “community organizer.” He was a blank slate, and Barack Obama’s radical roots were hidden elsewhere. And so it came to pass. The push is on now to repeat the strategy with another little-known senator with radical aspirations.
The Left assembled Friday at the “Netroots Nation” in Detroit and the semi-multitude went weak in the knees listening to Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts deliver a stemwinder. Her presentation of an 11-point plan for liberals sounded more like the speech of a top-tier presidential candidate than the work of a law professor from Harvard.
The District’s ban on carrying handguns in public was struck down by a federal judge who called the restrictions “unconstitutional.”
Obama pressed on Sudanese mother’s case, facing death sentence over Christian faith キリスト教徒スーダン人女性の死刑判決でオバマ氏に圧力
The Obama administration should be step up efforts to free a Sudanese mother facing a death sentence for refusing to recant her Christian faith, lawmakers said at a House hearing Wednesday.
The meeting of the human rights subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee focused on the case of Meriam Ibrahim, with members saying failing to support her struggle for religious freedom could lead to greater intolerance both domestically and internationally.
The Islamic State group’s demand that Christians in the city of Mosul convert to Islam or face death could be part of an attempt to win support among local Muslims via a harsh interpretation of the Koran to justify the violent threats against the religious minority, religion and human rights experts said.
Some Democrats just can’t take a joke. They’ve summoned a torrent of outrage over a float in a Fourth of July parade in Norfolk, Neb., because it featured an outhouse labeled “Obama Presidential Library.” The “head librarian” was portrayed by a zombie doll. Everyone else had a good laugh about it.
But not the Department of Justice. The department dispatched investigators to the town of 24,000 to meet with the mayor and the local chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which hosted the parade.
DENVER – Wherever Dr. Ben Carson goes, so does the grassroots army that’s trying to recruit him to run for president.
Dr. Carson was a featured speaker Friday at the Western Conservative Summit, which prompted a platoon of local volunteers from the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee to shift into mobilization mode.
A prominent law professor and avowed supporter of the Obama White House will tell the House on Wednesday that the president has created one of the biggest constitutional crises in the country’s history and will endorse House Republicans’ effort to sue to rein him in.
Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University, will say President Obama is trampling the founders’ vision for the country in his push to circumvent Congress, and he will demand Republicans and Democrats alike forget their party labels to unify against this White House’s power grab.
Four out of five illegal immigrants seeking driver’s licenses under a new D.C. law have failed a written knowledge test – a rocky start to a program that in its first two months has issued 268 licenses, according to city officials.
The failure rate of 80 percent compares with a 58 percent failure rate for people seeking traditional driver’s licenses, the Department of Motor Vehicles told a D.C. Council committee. In addition, a check of the DMV website this week shows a massive backlog in appointments required to apply for the District’s “limited-purpose license.” The first available date for an illegal immigrant to get an appointment is in March, and more than 6,000 appointments are pending.
It’s something like Vietnam, all over again. As the rebels of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – usually shortened to ISIS – close in on the Iraqi capital, the parallels to the fall of Saigon are hard to miss.
Forty-one years ago, the last U.S. combat troops had withdrawn from South Vietnam, and within a month, the North Vietnamese Army, complete with heavy armor, began its final offensive. The last chapter of the war that took 58,000 American lives was the humiliating scene of U.S. Marine helicopters plucking American diplomats from the roof of the U.S. Embassy on April 30, 1975. Thousands of Vietnamese looked on in horror and disbelief, betrayed to the mercy of the communist north. This was not a defeat of American arms, as the gleeful left was quick to portray it, but it was the defeat of American will – and of the politicians who scuttled away in terror, not of the communists, but of the American voter.
The U.S. held him captive for a time in 2004 before an unconditional release put him back into Iraq’s growing Sunni insurgency.
Senior Obama administration officials this week trumpeted bilateral climate change talks with the Chinese in Beijing – one of the world’s most polluted cities.
However, one little-noticed initiative is creating security concerns that China may gain access to strategic data on U.S. electrical grids that could be used in a future cyberattack against the U.S. infrastructure.
The ink has barely dried on the U.S. Supreme Court’s final rulings this term, but already advocates on both sides of the church-state divide are looking at the religious freedom cases lining up to be heard later this year. Contraception coverage for nonprofits, church signage, gay marriage and even facial hair are expected to appear on the docket later this year, according to First Amendment watchdogs.
“It’s very likely that the cases involving nonprofit religious organizations that are challenging health care regulations will reach the court,” said Alex Luchenitser, associate legal director at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “It also seems same-sex marriage cases are very likely to come before the court next year, which also brings in religious liberty issues because most of these bans on same-sex marriages were enacted primarily based on religious motives.”
Hundreds of anguished pet owners gathered last week at the headquarters of the Salt Lake Police Department to demand justice for a dog. They were upset by the shooting of a 2-year-old Weimaraner named Geist. Weimaraners are typically tall, elegantly gray, and usually gentle enough.
A few days ago, Officer Brett Olsen, searching for a missing child, hopped a fence at a suburban home and leaped into the backyard. The dog approached, jealous of his turf, and instead of retreating, the officer shot and killed the animal.
Facing a crisis of illegal immigration on the Mexican border, President Obama welcomed 25 new U.S. citizens at the White House Friday and pledged to take steps “to make our immigration system smarter and more efficient.”
“If we want to keep attracting the best and the brightest from beyond our shores, we’re going to have fix our immigration system, which is broken, and pass common-sense immigration reform,” Mr. Obama said at an Independence Day naturalization ceremony for members of the U.S. armed forces and their spouses.
The rise of Islamist guerrillas in Iraq is forcing 2016 GOP presidential contenders to pick sides in the ongoing debate over whether the invasion of Iraq was worth it and whether the U.S. should re-engage in the Arab nation’s mounting problems.
It’s the latest round in what’s been an ongoing internal fight over foreign policy and military force that kicked into gear in the wake of the Bush administration’s 2003 invasion of Iraq, and which is shaping up as a key part of the battle for the GOP’s presidential race.