[VIDEO] Does Free Speech Offend You? 

Should offensive speech be banned? Where should we, as a society, draw the line where permitted speech is on one side, and forbidden speech is on the other? Should we even have that line? And should free speech be limited by things like trigger warnings and punishments for microaggressions? Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, answers these questions and more.


By The Numbers: 276 ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Released 8,145 Illegal Offenders in Just 8 Months, for a Grand Total of 17,000

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The report, titled ‘Ignoring Detainers, Endangering Communities State/local agencies release criminals rather than obey law,’ provided to Secrets, is expected to fuel U.S. anger over sanctuary cities and the murder of Kathryn Steinle.

Paul Bedard reports: Some 276 “sanctuary cities,” nearly 50 percent more than previously revealed, released over 8,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records or facing charges free despite federal requests that they be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation, according to an explosive new report.

“The Obama administration has given sanctuaries free rein to ignore detainers by ending the successful Secure Communities program and replacing it with the Priority Enforcement Program. This new program explicitly allows local agencies to disregard ICE notifications of deportable aliens in their custody by replacing detainers with ‘requests for notification.’

— Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies

The Center for Immigration Studies, revealing new numbers it received under the Freedom of Information Act, said that those releases from cities that ignored federal demands came over just eight months and are just part of an even larger release of 17,000 illegals with criminal records..

Francisco Sanchez, right, is lead into the courtroom for his arraignment in the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)

Francisco Sanchez, right, is lead into the courtroom for his arraignment in the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)

“The only truly effective and lasting solution is for Congress to spell out in federal law that local law enforcement agencies must cooperate with ICE by complying with all detainers or face sanctions in the form of disqualification from certain kinds of federal funding.”

— Jessica M. Vaughan

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Kathryn Steinle (left), 32, was shot to death, apparently at random, by alleged shooter Francisco Sanchez (right) while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront in broad daylight

Author Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy Studies for the center, also reported that many of those illegals have been rearrested after their release and charged with nearly 7,500 new charges, including child sex abuse.

[Read the full text here, at the Washington Examiner]

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[More – Map: Over 200 ‘sanctuary cities’ in 32 states and D.C.]

The report, titled “Ignoring Detainers, Endangering Communities State/local agencies release criminals rather than obey law,” provided to Secrets, is expected to fuel U.S. anger over sanctuary cities and the murder by one freed illegal of a San Francisco woman earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry »


Congress Acts To Reign In ‘Agents Gone Wild’

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Grassley is calling for a zero-tolerance policy on soliciting prostitutes.

Congress is finally using protection after several embarrassing stories about very sexually active federal law enforcement agencies.

“The majority of federal law enforcement agents serve our nation honorably and bravely. However, in recent years there have been some episodes of agents gone wild, which raise serious concerns about the culture at federal law enforcement agencies, most notably at the Secret Service and Drug Enforcement Administration.”

— House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte

The Department of Justice issued a memo Friday to all justice department employees telling them not to solicit prostitutes even if they are in a country where it is legal, but Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is saying it isn’t enough.

Grassley is calling for a zero-tolerance policy on soliciting prostitutes.

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“There is no place in the federal government for employees who purchase sex,” Grassley said in a statement Monday. “This memo itself says that such activity ‘creates a greater demand for human trafficking,’ but fails to impose a sufficiently serious policy that would deter employees from engaging in this practice.  The memo is a good first step, but more needs to be done.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte will hold a hearing Wednesday entitled “Analyzing Misconduct in Federal Law Enforcement” to get to the bottom of all the problems surrounding the Justice Department, particularly it’s employees high libido. Read the rest of this entry »


PUSHBACK: Republican Proposes Abolishing the ATF Amid Bullet Ban Controversy

Cristina Marcos reports: Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has reintroduced legislation to do away with the 117_2013_b3-halbrook-gun-str8201_s640x1292Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

“The ATF is a scandal-ridden, largely duplicative agency that lacks a clear mission. Its ‘Framework’ is an affront to the Second Amendment and yet another reason why Congress should pass the ATF Elimination Act.”

— Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, House Judiciary Committee

Sensenbrenner, a senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said the policies under ATF’s jurisdiction could be easily incorporated into other agencies. Moreover, he argued, the ATF has become embroiled in too many controversies in recent years, like the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking operation.

“The ATF is a scandal-ridden, largely duplicative agency that lacks a clear mission. Its ‘Framework’ is an affront to the Second Amendment and yet another reason why Congress should pass the ATF Elimination Act,” Sensenbrenner said in a statement.

The ATF has drawn the ire of Republican lawmakers for its proposed ban on an armor-piercing bullet used in AR-15 rifles. Republicans say that hunters frequently use the bullets. The bureau says it initiated the regulation to help protect law enforcement officers from bullets that can pierce armored vests. Read the rest of this entry »


Immigration: Obama’s Lack of Enforcement Has ‘Come Home to Roost’ Says Key Chairman

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For The Weekly StandardFred Barnes writes:

Immigration reform is deader than ever in 2014 and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says President Obama is to blame.

Obama-shh-shhBy refusing to halt the current “surge” of illegal immigration, Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said Thursday, Obama has made it “extremely difficult” to pass any reform of the immigration laws.  Enforcement at the border must be “the leading component” of reform legislation, he said, but it isn’t happening.

Instead, the president has created a broad new exception to immigration law to permit tens of thousands of young immigrants to cross the U.S. border with Mexico and stay in this country.  But he lacks the constitutional authority to make this change in the law unilaterally, Goodlatte said. Read the rest of this entry »


Priorities: Responding to Overwhelming Public Demand (3%) Obama Makes a ‘Plea’ for Immigration Reform

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POLL: ONLY 3% OF AMERICANS RANK IMMIGRATION REFORM AS TOP PRIORITY

Nothing like going into battle facing the wrong way.

New polling data from Gallup shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans do not think handling immigration reform is even close to a top priority for 2014.

Immigration places well behind other issues like healthcare, jobs, the economy, dissatisfaction with Washington politicians, the debt and deficit, lack of money, ethics and moral issues, poverty, the gap between the rich and the poor, education, foreign aid and others. In fact, only three percent of Americans think the issue is a priority that must be dealt with this year.

“Americans start the new year with a variety of national concerns on their minds,” Gallup’s Lydia Saad wrote on Wednesday. “Although none is dominant, the government, at 21%, leads the list of what Americans consider the most important problem facing the country. The economy closely follows at 18%, and then unemployment/jobs and healthcare, each at 16%. No other issue is mentioned by as much as 10% of the public; however, the federal budget deficit or debt comes close, at 8%.”

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Good News: Congress’ inability to multi-task and time manage will kill immigration

McImmigCainWhen it comes to immigration reform Senator John McCain has been a ray of sunshine.  Even during the toughest parts of the Gang of Eight’s negotiations he was upbeat and positive.  So when McCain recently said he was concerned  about  immigration reform, then I knew we are really in trouble.

The issue of immigration has yet again been pushed to the back burner.  In fact, some would claim that it’s not even on the stove but out of the kitchen.  Comprehensive immigration reform was supposed to be passed by now, or at the very least voted on.  But, this summer’s Marathon Bomber and now a potential strike on Syria in tandem with an upcoming debt ceiling battle have left immigration little oxygen. Read the rest of this entry »


“Dog ate my homework” Holder misses deadline to clear up testimony on reporter surveillance

Attorney General Eric Holder has missed the deadline set by Republicans to personally explain questionable testimony he gave on reporter surveillance, as lawmakers threaten to subpoena Holder if necessary.

The deadline set by House Judiciary Committee Republicans was close-of-business on Wednesday. An aide told FoxNews.com they have “not received a response.”

The Justice Department earlier this week penned a response to the Republican leaders of the committee. But it was authored by a lower-level official, and committee leaders complained it did not address their concerns.

“A letter from a subordinate that fails to answer many of our questions does not suffice,” Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., wrote in a letter sent Tuesday.

The committee wants Holder to explain his May 15 testimony.

At the time, the attorney general said under oath he knew nothing of the “potential prosecution” of the press. Days later, it emerged that Holder was involved in his department’s successful effort to obtain Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal emails — the DOJ sought access to the documents by arguing Rosen was a likely criminal “co-conspirator” in a leak case.

The Justice Department explained Monday in a letter to GOP committee leaders that the investigation never escalated into any prosecution of the reporter.

“The Attorney General’s testimony before the Committee on May 15, 2013, with respect to the Department’s prosecutions of the unauthorized disclosure of classified information was accurate and consistent with these facts,” the letter said.

Yet the letter also acknowledged that Holder “was consulted and approved the application for the search warrant.” And, while Republican leaders of the House Judiciary Committee demanded an explanation from Holder himself, the letter was signed not by him but by a “principal deputy assistant attorney general.”

The Justice Department, though, was not expected to provide any other paperwork to the committee on Wednesday — which puts the question to GOP leaders whether they will aggressively pursue the issue.

Earlier in the week, Sensenbrenner said his committee is prepared to compel Holder to explain if he doesn’t make the Wednesday deadline.

“I think we ought to subpoena the attorney general to come back and answer those questions specifically,” he told Fox News on Sunday, when asked what happens if Holder misses the deadline.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., agreed.

He told Fox News on Monday that Holder “absolutely” should return to the committee to explain his May

Via Fox News