Donald Trump has soared to an all time high among Republicans, scoring 56-percent support in a national poll released Tuesday. read more
A vocal anti-women-in-combat Republican proposed legislation that requires women to register for the Selective Service draft as a conversation starter. But Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Marine Corps veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, found that many liked his Draft America's Daughters Act. "This is about a big war, meaning when you have tens of thousands of people dying ... that is when you have a draft," said Hunter, who announced the legislation in February. "[I]t's legislation that I might very well vote against should it be considered during the annual defense authorization process." Hunter did vote against it, but it was approved as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act Thursday and heads for a vote on the House floor. read more
Local police chiefs and sheriffs typically swear to enforce the laws of their state. But a group called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association is intent on strictly enforcing their view of the U.S. Constitution and, according to a long new piece by the Center for Public Integrity, "its ambition is to encourage law enforcement officers to defy laws they decide themselves are illegal." In essence, they are troubled by the overreach of the federal government in matters concerning guns, taxes and land management, and founder Richard Mack has described the federals as "the greatest threat we face today," and his association as "the army to set our nation free." read more
Los Angeles union members are requesting the City Council exempt them from the $15-an-hour minimum-wage bill they fought years to enact. read more
Mississippi's governor signed a law Tuesday allowing religious groups and private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people -- echoing attempts made in other states with varying levels of success following last year's Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide. Saying he was protecting religious freedom, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill just hours after it cleared its final legislative obstacle Monday, before opponents could try to talk him out of it. In addition to opposition from gay-rights activists, two leading state business associations and a number of large corporations in recent days had come out against the bill, which allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people based on religious beliefs.