With the nation’s prison population increasing 800 percent since 1990 and 25 percent of the Department of Justice’s budget committed to federal prison costs, it’s clearly time to try something new.
I love the Corps and everything it stands for. It makes me furious to know that at this very moment there are individuals walking around wearing our uniform, perpetrating unspeakable crimes against our Marines - and getting away with it.
Since the contempt resolutions passed the House with the support of 17 Democrats, Mr. Holder has continued to disregard the Constitution by failing to enforce federal laws.
As Congress begins debate on the 2014 defense authorization bill this week, both the president and the legislature have an opportunity to make meaningful progress toward closing Guantánamo and ending the human rights tragedy there. President Obama has promised to shutter the off-shore prison, which was designed to be outside the law and reserved exclusively for Muslims, but has until now failed to use the power that he has under current law to do it. Congress, meanwhile, has placed unnecessary restrictions on releasing detainees.
There are signs that Washington has awakened to the realities of the prison crisis we face.
The development and birth of a baby is a challenging, yet privileged experience. It is a biological reality that women get pregnant and subsequently give birth to a child whom they are entrusted to raise. Yet this privilege is apparently offensive to President Obama’s nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Cornelia T. Pillard.
The D.C. Circuit is the nation’s top regulatory court, responsible for scrutinizing many of the federal government’s most expensive and far-reaching actions. No wonder, then, that President Barack Obama is now trying to push three new judges onto the court and tilt it decisively in his favor. A great deal is at stake here for the U.S. economy, and it is high time for the Senate to have its say.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to review whether its past decisions to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate auto and truck emissions of various gases under the Clean Air Act (CAA) also justified granting EPA the ability, without legislative authority, to perform the identical regulation of stationary energy producing facilities.