A grand jury began hearing evidence in the case of Michael Brown, the Ferguson teenager shot dead by police, this week. The grand jury will operate in a far different environment from a typical criminal jury.
In Missouri, 12 grand jurors meet in secret to hear evidence presented by a prosecuting attorney. The jury must determine if a crime has been committed and if there is probable cause to indict the accused.Read More
On Sunday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle released a statement thanking Muslim Americans for their many “achievements and contributions… to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.”
The comments were made to mark the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, a time of spiritual renewal for Muslims which comes at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. The Obamas said in their statement that Eid “celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity” and “welcomed their commitment to giving back to their communities.” The International Business Times reports that during Eid, Muslims join in Islamic prayer, while saying “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great,” and feasting.Read More
The Founding Fathers penned the Constitution after more than a decade of investing their lives and blood to establish a free, independent country with a strong yet limited government. This blueprint has served as our country’s foundation for more than 200 years because it is the most brilliant constitution ever written and because we as a nation dedicated ourselves to fighting for it and improving it. For it to endure as the supreme law of the land, we must commit to defending it.
The Constitution, which members of Congress and the president have sworn to uphold, provides separate powers for each branch of the federal government. Article I places the power to write the law in the hands of Congress. Article II charges the president to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” This difference is important. The founders knew that giving one branch the power to both write and execute the law would threaten the liberties of the American people.Read More
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a favorite of tea party activists, met with more than a dozen House Republicans for breakfast Wednesday morning and urged them to ratchet up their pressure on Democrats on measures to stem the current influx of migrant children at the southern border.
According to several attendees, Cruz told the group to hold firm and not buckle to demands from the White House or Senate Democrats, should they ask House Republicans to compromise on the scope and cost of legislation.Read More
Sophisticated, international “coyotes” — often working in concert with drug cartels as they smuggle illegal immigrants into the U.S. — are the main traffickers behind the wave of 57,000 unaccompanied Central American children flooding the southern border, according to a Mexican-based human rights expert.
And the coyotes are raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars sneaking the kids past the Texas and Arizona borders, according to Victor Clark-Alfaro, a San Diego State University professor and director of the Binational Center for Human Rights in Tijuana, Mexico.Read More
Judge Jeanine Pirro said in her opening statement on her Sunday show that Obama has known about this surge of immigrants from Central America for at least two years and has been covering it up from Congress and the American people.
The Judge said that “The White House was involved two years ago in efforts to care for these kids when they negotiated the temporary shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. So why, you say, would the Obama administration not prepare and plan and warn us two years ago? Why?”Read More