I am a Democrat. I will vote Democratic in the general election. But I refuse to allow my party to be silent in the face of serious accusations of conflict of interest. There are two reasons for this. I expect that the GOP candidate will use this in 2016 to make explicit that Bill Clinton's $500,000 went into his personal account, the one he shares with Hillary Clinton. Silence now doesn't change the structure of the argument.
Second, I care deeply about my party, but I believe the health of a party depends upon the openness of internal debate. I do not believe accusations of outside influence are fatal, but I believe refusing to talk about them might be.
Two gunmen opened fire Sunday evening outside an anti-Islam event at a Dallas-area school district's event center. The men pulled up in a vehicle and shot a Garland school district officer, then were fatally shot by Garland police. The center was hosting the American Freedom Defense Initiative's Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, which offered a $10,000 prize for the best cartoon depicting the prophet and was an intentional effort to antagonize Muslims. The group is led by Pamela Gellar, an anti-Islam blogger in New York who has been banned from entry to the U.K.
In a 6-3 decision issued today in the case of Rodriguez v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Nebraska police violated the Fourth Amendment by extending an otherwise lawful traffic stop in order to let a drug-sniffing dog investigate the outside of the vehicle.
A Brownsville-based federal judge on Tuesday denied the Obama administration's request to let a controversial immigration program proceed while the issue plays out in the courts.
United States District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that his initial decision to halt the president's November executive action -- which seeks to grant deportation relief and a work permit to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants, including a portion of the 1.6 million currently living in Texas -- was the right one. read more
In Texas, a conservative lawmaker filed a bill to completely deregulate marijuana in the Lone Star State Monday, proposing to strike any mention of the psychoactive plant from state law. "Everything that God made is good, even marijuana," said state Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, who filed the bill. "The conservative thought is that government doesn't need to fix something that God made good." read more