Obama ‘Strongly Objects’ to Religious Liberty Amendment
The Obama Administration “strongly objects” to a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have protected the religious rights of soldiers – including evangelical Christian service members who are facing growing hostility towards their religion. The amendment was authored by Rep. John Fleming, R-La. It would have “required the Armed Forces to accommodate ‘actions and speech’ reflecting the conscience, moral, principles or | Read More »
Immigration Battle Heats Up in the Senate
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Dan Holler to discuss the Gang of 8 immigration bill working its way through the Senate, what the prospects for legislation look like in the House and how you can help Heritage in this immigration debate.
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The Status Quo is Eminently Better Than Bad Legislation
Earlier today, Speaker Boehner announced that he will bring the farm bill to the floor and personally vote for it. This is a sharp departure from his previous statements railing against the Soviet-style subsidies and productions quotas for sugar and dairy farming. Hence, he is caving on one of the few issues for which he has always shown intrepid conviction. There’s a new platitude that | Read More »
Wisconsin Democrats looking at “Anybody But ME!” for Governor race?
Democrats in Wisconsin want you to know: they’re going to be on the stick for 2014! Wisconsin Democrats repeatedly made the argument at their state convention over the weekend that Governor Scott Walker needs to be defeated in 2014. Hear that! They’re tanned! Rested! And ready to go! However, there continue to be few hints about exactly who will take on that challenge in the | Read More »
American Sugar Policy
Believe it or not, American sugar policy is up for debate. Often, American sugar prices are higher than world prices in what amounts to a pretty protected market. Today at the Newseum in Washington, I’m going to moderate a debate on American sugar policy. You can watch it live here from RedState. It’s the first in a new series of RedState Thought Leader discussions. This | Read More »
Wherein The NYT Acts Like Anthony Weiner’s Cup
“For Women in Weiner Scandal, Indignity Lingers” sounds like an episode of a soap opera. In a way, it was; it was the name of a New York Times article that was published but then removed, because it was prematurely released. The New York Times “inadvertently” posted an article on the women involved in Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal — and then deleted it. “For Women in | Read More »
Colorado Senator Claims Democracy Is Racist
Colorado state Senator Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) says that democracy in our republic is racist. Colorado citizens, angry over her votes to further restrict their Second Amendment civil liberties, have gathered thousands of signatures to force a recall election. The group working to recall state Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, delivered more than 13,000 signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office in Denver on Monday. Pueblo Freedom and | Read More »
Rep @PeteOlson & @RepJoeBarton want to expand government with the #RFSMandate
Where to begin with the monstrosity that is the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS Mandate)? It is rare that one gets the opportunity to highlight a government initiative so awful, that I can say without an ounce of hyperbole, that it is starving children. STARVING. CHILDREN. How? And what does that have to do with Olson and Barton? Well let’s start at the beginning of this | Read More »
The end-user license of liberty
One of my favorite Dilbert cartoons showed the hero’s laconic office mate, Wally, discovers to his horror that agreeing to the Microsoft End User License Agreement meant he would have to spend several months of indentured servitude as a towel boy at Bill Gates’ pool. I thought of it when hearing the sarcastic suggestion today that we might all have unknowingly agreed to the NSA’s | Read More »
The Chuck Schumer Republicans Roll Amnesty Train Down the Cliff
The Senate just voted 82-15 to proceed with debate on the amnesty/immigration deform bill. Every Democrat voted yes, laying waste to the notion that there are still moderate red state Democrats. 15 Republicans voted to stand with We the People against the La Raza foreign lobby/K Street juke box: Barrasso, Boozman, Crapo, Cruz, Enzi, Grassley, Inhofe, Kirk, Lee, Risch, Roberts, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Vitter McCain, | Read More »
Huelskamp Moves to Protect Conservative Christian Soldier
A Midwestern lawmaker is calling on his colleagues in Congress to offer cover to an Army soldier under fire for his conservative political views and religious faith, and accusing the Obama administration of “creating a tyrannical culture of political correctness in the military.” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., is introducing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would prevent the Army from conducting a | Read More »
Instead of Taking Care Of Business, They’re Getting Into Ours
You know what the problem with America is? We haven’t had to try our hardest in a long, long time and it’s showing. It’s been over 70 years since we had to pull out all the stops and put the totality of our civilian know-how and full power of our military forces to the maximum test and since then, only feeling it necessary to half-ass | Read More »
New Poll: Americans are Okay with NSA Phone Spying
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the latest in the NSA spying scandal, a shocking new poll and how complaints about spying change with the political winds.
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IRS lectures pro-life group on acceptable speech, practice of religion.
By the way, and for the record: IRS Agent Sherry Wan is full of… is incorrect in her understanding of the First Amendment to the Constitution, and should be made aware of this at the earliest opportunity. The transcript is here: it relates a conversation between Pro-Life Revolution’s Ania Joseph and IRS Agent Wan. The agent’s thought processes are perfectly summed up by this part:
Over Criminalization and the NSA
One of the sites I routinely read, Kottke.org, linked to a new book out I have not read. It is called Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent. This is an issue I care deeply about from my days as an indigent criminal defense attorney to my present study and review of prosecutorial overreach in the United States.The issue of over criminalization | Read More »