Today, The New York Times ran an opinion piece written by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.). In it, the Senators urged President Barack Obama to step up the pace of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. The Senators claimed the country is currently too unstable and corrupt to foster hopes of founding a Democracy, and continued “nation-building” will be fruitless.
A special session in the Texas Legislature came to an end without a vote on a bill that would have banned certain parts of the Transportation Safety Administration’s pat-down procedure.
On June 27, the Vitamin D Council, a nonprofit educational corporation, announced that it intends to file a complaint with the Attorney General against the Food and Drug Administration “regarding policies that disparately afflict African Americans.”
Now that Wisconsin has allowed for residents to carry a concealed weapon in public, Illinois stands alone as the final state to object to legalizing concealed handguns, The Associated Press reports.
A recent addition to the smoking ban laws that have rippled through major cities was enacted in White Plains, N.Y., this week, taking away a smoker’s right to light up in parks, plazas, playgrounds and trails, the Lower Hudson Valley News reports.
Citizens in Tuscaloosa, Ala., worry that the recently passed Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act may hinder tornado reconstruction efforts, as Hispanic illegal aliens flee the State, fearing prosecution. The new law, touted as “the strongest immigration bill in the country” by Governor Robert Bentley, in part requires employers to use the Federal E-Verify system to make sure their workers are in the country legally.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center recently announced that it has obtained documents from the Transportation Security Administration, which raise new questions about the safety of the TSA’s full-body scanners.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently voted to approve a resolution backing President Barack Obama’s use of United States forces in Libya.
On June 27, the City Council of Eugene, Ore., caused controversy when it voted down a proposal to say the Pledge of Allegiance before its meetings. Instead, the Council approved a measure to allow the Pledge to be recited four times a year, around the major patriotic holidays: Independence Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day.
Legislators have introduced 18 pieces of legislation during this Congress to try to cut or freeze their pay for 2013.