Congressman Adam Smith's amendments regarding indefinite detention and closing GTMO both failed in nearly party-line roll call votes...
The final vote had 18 Republicans and 90 Democrats voting against the bill, and 103 Democrats and 212 Republicans voting for it.
How will this version fare in the Senate?
A federal judge's ruling that the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office engaged in racial profiling against Latinos could bring significant changes to the agency's controversial approach to immigration enforcement. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow's ruling found numerous constitutional violations in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's (R) immigration-enforcement efforts imposed on Latinos. "When you've got an agency that is so deeply infected from the top with both a culture and a policy that results in this type of unconstitutional conduct, you need to have concrete provisions to ensure we uproot the problem," said Cecillia Wang, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants' Rights Project.
Fifty-four Colorado county sheriffs have joined a lawsuit against the state of Colorado arguing that the state's new gun control laws violate the Second and Fourteenth Amendments. The lawsuit takes aim at two laws Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed in March -- House Bill 1224, which banned high-capacity magazines limiting them to 15 rounds, and House Bill 1229, which requires background checks for all gun sales and transfers in the state. The Colorado Association of Police Chiefs have been supportive of the laws. read more
A few dozen words rushed into law days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have been used to justify U.S. counterterrorism efforts from the war in Afghanistan to warrantless wiretapping and drone strikes with little congressional oversight. Some Democrats and Republicans have begun writing legislation to update the 12-year-old resolution. "If you look back at the 60-word authorization that was put in place on September 18, 2001, and look at where we are today, there's a very, very thin thread, if any, between that authorization and what is occurring today," said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a leader of the effort to examine the 2001 resolution. read more
A former West, Texas, EMS volunteer has been charged with possession of a destructive device, but multiple sources say there is no indication he is connected to the deadly April 17 explosion at West Fertilizer plant. Bryce Ashley Reed, 31, was booked into the McLennan County Jail on the federal charge then later released into the custody of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, according to jail records. Bryce Ashley Reed, 31, is accused of having the components to make a pipe bomb, according to court documents.