Leaders talk at Normandy

Putin, Poroshenko and Obama talk cease-fire at the 70th anniversary commemoration of D-Day. This is the first meeting between Obama and Putin since Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, and they agree to further peace talks between Poroshenko and a Putin emissary. The agreement is not without demands from the Russian leader; Putin tells reporters […]

Honors Remsburg again

From a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, Obama points to Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, the Army Ranger recognized at the 2014 State of the Union address, and assures the remnant of America’s ‘Greatest Generation’ their legacy is in good hands. In recognition of today’s diverse military, he tells the crowd gathered in Normandy, France to […]

Asks Obama to stop illegals flights

Brewer sends Barack Obama angry letter demanding that the influx of illegal’s from Texas be stopped immediately. Homeland Security flies immigrants to Arizona from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, including more than 48,000 children, because the Border Patrol in South Texas is overwhelmed. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement say the immigrants are mostly families fleeing extreme poverty […]

Backs College Debt Refinancing Bill

Obama supports bill allowing graduates with heavy education debt to refinance. He notes that elimination of tax loopholes for millionaires will pay for the program and says the choice facing lawmakers is whether to protect young people from crushing debt or protect tax breaks for millionaires. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky disagrees with […]

Files suit to stop NSA

Sen. Paul and FreedomWorks ask a federal court to halt the National Security Agency’s collection of telephone data and to purge what has been stored since 2006. They believe the government is overstepping and say the class-action lawsuit could involve 300 to 400 million Americans. Paul tells reporters in front of the federal courthouse: On […]

Announces Central African sanctions

The President orders sanctions against five people for threatening stability and stoking sectarian violence in the Central African Republic. He signs an executive order that opens the door for the U.S. to sanction additional individuals in the future. He also declares the situation in the country a national emergency. White House spokesman Jay Carney says: […]

Admits plagiarism

Buzzfeed uncovers a new passage in Paul’s book Government Bullies that is nearly identical to an article in Forbes magazine. The senator, who is buffeted by a steady stream of plagiarism allegations, which he has denied in the past, admits mistakes crediting sources and tells reporters: Ultimately, I’m the boss, and things go out under […]

‘Friend of Israel’

Paul steps up Jewish outreach efforts. He meets with Young Jewish Conservatives in his Senate office and proposes funding to the Palestinian Authority be eliminated unless it recognizes the Jewish state. At the Jewish Heritage Month event on the Capitol, the senator recalls his conference call with 72 rabbis: I had a call today with […]

Criticizes Hillary Clinton

Paul denounces the former Secretary of State in remarks to members of the Republican National Committee, criticizes her handling of Benghazi and argues the event should disqualify her to serve as U.S. president. He charges that under Clinton the agency spent money frivolously instead of strengthening security in Libya: My opinion is that Hillary Clinton […]

Criticizes Obama over NSA

Paul criticizes President Obama and other government leaders over recent surveillance disclosures in a speech at the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks for 30 minutes on what he perceives to be abuses of government spy programs and a lack of oversight of the National Security Agency. I find it ironic that the first African-American […]

CPAC speech

Paul speaks to the first standing-room-only crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference; he calls the crowd the next generation of liberty-lovers and asks them to stand and be heard. He focuses largely on the Fourth Amendment and rights he alleges are being usurped by the Obama administration He also discusses what he perceives as […]

Threatens to block Fed nominations

Paul threatens to delay President Obama’s Federal Reserve Board nominations. He says he’ll slow work on all three Fed nominees unless Democrats allow a vote on his bill giving Congress more oversight over the central bank’s actions. Paul’s bill eliminates curbs on Fed audits by the Government Accountability Office and allows greater lawmaker supervision of […]

Courts Romney’s team

Paul crafts new alliances with the Republican Party establishment during his tour of the Northeast. He headlines a luncheon hosted by top lieutenants of former presidential nominee Mitt Romney and offers a unique blend of what he calls “libertarian-ish” politics in the address to Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. He declares: The Republican Party will […]

Reviews Jerusalem birthplace law

Court agrees to weigh the constitutionality of a law that allows American citizens born in Jerusalem to have “Israel” listed on their passports as their country of birth. The case examines whether the president is the sole authority able to declare US foreign policy or whether Congress can pass laws overriding that policy. The administration […]

Affordable Care Act upheld

The Court hands the President a major victory; upholds the “individual mandate”, which requires Americans to have health insurance or face a financial penalty in a 5-4 decision. Chief Justice John Roberts, siding with the court’s more liberal justices, writes in the majority opinion: Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not [the […]

Court declines NSA case

Justices decline lawsuit that challenges the U.S. National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone records. A conservative activist filed the case after a lower court stayed a ruling that the program is unconstitutional. The court denies request by activist and former federal prosecutor Larry Klayman, along with Charles and Mary Strange, to immediately hear their […]

Decision favors EPA effort to reduce cross-state pollution

Court endorses the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to decrease air pollution blowing across state; an important victory for the administration and downwind states. The six to two decision unblocks the 2011 rule that requires 28 eastern states to reduce power-plant emissions that blows across state lines, hurting air quality in downwind. Justice Ginsburg writes in the […]

No patent on DNA

Court rules unanimously that a genetics company cannot patent a sequence of naturally occurring human genes, which it discovered and uses to assess patients’ cancer risk. The decision says Myriad Genetics, Inc. can patent cDNA a synthetic composite created by laboratory technicians. Justice Thomas writes: A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature […]

Court ‘techno-fogeys’

The justices, whose average age is 68, are apparently less than tech savvy. Justice Sotomayor is familiar with Roku Inc’s streaming video device and Apple Inc’s iCloud, but also refers to Netflix as “Netflick”. Parker Higgins, a 26-year-old digital rights advocate, says: Sometimes it’s just amusing and sometimes it’s really troubling. The justices are just […]

911 traffic stops okay

Court rules police can stop vehicles based solely on 911 tips. The decision is based on a 2008 California traffic stop that resulted in the driver’s arrest for a large amount of marijuana in the truck. The court says officers have the right to stop vehicles based on reasonable suspension and officers say the ruling […]

TOP COPS honored

The President and Vice President welcome America’s “TOP COPS” to the White House to honor their remarkable service and sacrifice. Fellow officers nominate peers for notable service during the previous year and the National Association of Police Organizations choose the TOP COP annually. The President explains all of the honorees – officers, detectives, patrolmen, special […]

Warns time running out on immigration reform

Obama tells police chiefs and top law enforcement officers that bitter party politics ahead of November’s polls threaten hopes of moving a reform bill, currently stalled in the US House of Representatives. We have got this narrow window — the closer to the mid-term elections, the harder it is. Obama gives Republican House Speaker John […]

Campaign still in debt

The senator elect emails supporters a request to get her out of the red. She says the $42 million raised during the campaign falls short and cites unforeseen costs related to the surge of last minute volunteers and voters who needed rides to the polls. But one of the results of our embarrassment of riches […]

Seeks to end employer credit checks

Warren introduces legislation to prevent employers from considering an applicant’s credit history in the hiring process. She believes credit screening establishes unnecessary roadblocks for poor people seeking lucrative employment. This is about basic fairness — let people compete on the merits, not on whether they already have enough money to pay all their bills. Many […]

Wins union endorsement

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) endorses Warren for U.S. Senate. SEIU, which is one of the largest labor organizations in Massachusetts, represents more than 75,000 healthcare and social workers, security officers, janitors and other workers. Veronica Turner, the Executive Vice-President of SEIU Local 1199, says: It is time to reclaim the people’s seat. SEIU members, […]

Move to restore Glass-Steagall

Warren, with co-sponsors John McCain (R-AZ) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), introduces bill, which reduces the risk of another financial crisis and decreases risk to the American taxpayer. Despite the progress we’ve made since 2008, the biggest banks continue to threaten the economy. The four biggest banks are now 30% larger than they were just five […]

Warren appointed ‘Consumer Czar

Obama names Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren to oversee the creation of a new consumer financial protection bureau. She is one of the country’s fiercest advocates for the middle class. She will oversee all aspects of the bureau’s creation and play a pivotal role in picking her successor. The decision to name Warren to this […]

Calls for Obama to endorse marriage equality

Warren promises to support pro-LGBT initiatives and calls on President Obama to endorse marriage equality. I want to see the president evolve because I believe that is right; marriage equality is morally right. She supports issuance of an executive order requiring companies that do business with the U.S. government to have LGBT-inclusive employment policies.

First debate: Rand attacks heritage claim

Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren spar on tax policy, Iran’s nuclear ambitions and Warren’s heritage. Brown begins: She checked the box claiming she is Native American, and clearly she is not. Warren counters that her parent told her she is partly Cherokee and Delaware and that she has no […]

Calls for banks’ contribution records

Warren writes Wall Street CEOs calling for the disclosure of any contributions their companies are making to think tanks. The senator, who the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way accuses of economic populism, tell J.P Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley: If the information provided by think tanks […]

Fundraiser for Elizabeth Warren

Affleck hosts his first political fundraiser for senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and tops $250,000 in donations. Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire,Writers Guild president Chris Keyser, Steven Spielberg and Sally Field are among the attendees at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production studio in Santa Monica. The event called “A Massachusetts Evening”, co-hosted by Matt Damon and […]

Department of Education settles with VMI

The Virginia Military Institute and the Obama administration reach agreement to resolve sexual harassment and assault complaints. The Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights says the state school also failed to provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints of sexual harassment and assault. The school has reservations, but concludes it is time to put its […]

Activists Call for Corey’s suspension

Color of Change, the activist organization that exists to strengthen Black America’s political voice, asks Florida Gov. Rick Scott to suspend the state attorney and stop the prosecution of Alexander. The group’s director, Rashad Robinson, calls Corey’s tactics reminiscent of Jim Crow when black people could not depend on government officials for justice. I think Angela […]

Guilty as charged

The jury finds Alexander guilty on three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in just 12 minutes. The Florida mother, who shot at her estranged husband during a domestic dispute, is expected to be sentenced to 60 years, 20 years for each count, as required by Florida’s mandatory sentencing laws. Jacksonville congresswoman Corrine […]

Dunn takes the stand

The defendant takes the stand and describes his demeanor in the moments after he shot Jordan Davis: I’m shaking, I mean I’m quivering like a leaf. He says the teens began shouting racial epithets when he asked them to turn the music down and that he was flabbergasted when the verbal exchange escalated to death […]

Trial starts

The fourth floor courtroom is mostly full as Chief Assistant State Attorney John Guy makes opening statements. He begins with a dramatic account of the night 17-year-old Jordan Davis was killed. He stand close to the jury and quietly tells them that Dunn callously killed Davis, went home, ordered pizza and poured a drink. Defense […]

Compares self to rape victim

In recordings of nine calls made from jail, Dunn compares himself to a rape victim. He tells fiancée Rhonda Rouer: I was the one that was being preyed upon and I fought back. It’s not quite the same but it made me think of like the old TV shows and movies where like how the police […]

Declares innocence

Police arrest Willis in Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s ongoing corruption investigation. Willis faces charges that include grand larceny and falsifying business records. The Councilman says he will not resign: I’m telling you and my district that I’m innocent. This is America, people. You are presumed innocent until you are proved guilty.

Under investigation

The federal Department of Education investigates the way Hunter College and five other New York schools deal with sexual harassment and violence complaints. Hunter officials say they are reviewing their procedures, and assert that the investigation stems from a 15 month-old complaint, which has been withdrawn. The school community is pleased by the investigation; one […]

Praise for Skyline High, SVVSD

Duncan visits Longmont, Colorado to praise Skyline High’s STEM programs. Superintendent Don Haddad tells Duncan about the 50 plus businesses that partner with the district to provide students real-world problem solving experience. School board president John Creighton calls the visit an honor; he says: It’s more of an affirmation that what’s going on is the […]

New guidelines for undocumented students

The Obama administration issues updates to its education policy to ensure public schools enroll children regardless of citizenship. They’re based on the 1982 Supreme Court ruling that forbids public schools from discrimination based on immigration status. Attorney General Eric Holder tells reporters: The Justice Department will do everything it can to make sure schools meet […]

Contractors seek military immunity

KBR asks court to hear suits that claim the government contractor and its parent company Halliburton operated U.S military burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan negligently, which exposed soldiers to toxic fumes and pollutants. The contractors argue they are entitled to immunity from war-zone injury litigation just like the military. KBR counsel Mark Lowes says: […]

Satanist tests ruling

Chaz Stevens, a longtime activist that city officials call an annoyance, asks the City of Deerfield Beach, Florida to allow him to open a meeting with Satanic prayer. Stevens says he converted to Satanism because: Satan is a cool dude. Think of all the people he’s in charge of. Do you want to be stuck […]

NML Capital files Argentinian debt argument

Investors, led by billionaire Paul Singer’s NML Capital Ltd., ask the Supreme Court to find Argentina liable for $1.3 billion in debt at 92 percent interest and force the South American country to pay. Argentina claims an adverse ruling would provoke catastrophic default and President Cristina Fernandez vows not to honor the decision if it […]

Legislative prayer allowed

Court rules 5 to 4 that prayer prior to town council meeting in Upstate New York does not violate the constitutional probation against government-established religion. The decision cites both tradition and history and writing for the majority, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy says: Ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this Nation was founded and […]

Court gets poor performance rating

A new survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps finds that 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the court’s performance. Dissatisfaction with the court’s lackluster job performance spans party lines; Democrats rate the court better than do either Independents or Republicans. The summary says: This leads to a broad, cross-partisan consensus in support […]

Prosecutors seek 60 year sentence

The state attorney promises that if Alexander is reconvicted, she will face three times her current 20-year sentence if re-convicted because they will insist her sentences are served consecutively. Assistant state attorney Richard Mantei says the state is simply following sentencing laws in seeking 60 years: Absent a plea agreement, if convicted as charged, the law of the […]

Benton overturns sentence

The appellate court finds Judge Daniels gave improper jury instructions and overturns Alexander conviction. Judge Robert T. Benton II makes no mention of the Stand Your Ground law in his 12-page order, but of the trial court’s error he says: That is not proper. The judge should’ve instructed the jury that when Alexander makes a […]

New motions sought on SYG, sentencing, and Gray’s abuse

Attorneys seek another Stand Your Ground hearing for Alexander. Alexander sought SYG immunity ahead of her initial trial, but was denied. The motion now filed argues that neither the initial denial or the appeals court decision not to “reweigh” the case prevent Alexander from seeking this immunity again. Alexander’s lawyer, Bruce Zimet says the ruling in […]

Receives 20 year sentence

Circuit Judge James Daniels sentences Alexander to 20 years under the state’s “10-20-life” law. The law says that anyone who shows a gun in the commission of certain felonies receives an automatic 10 years prison sentence. Fire the gun, and it’s an automatic 20 years. Shoot and wound someone, and it’s 25 years to life. Alexander’s […]