• Trump and Congress Earn a Conservative Victory With First Step Act

    Trump and Congress Earn a Conservative Victory With First Step Act

    President Donald Trump and conservatives in Congress earned a historic victory this week by enacting the First Step Act. The landmark bill provides modest yet much-needed prison and sentencing reform modeled on successful reforms already passed in red states.

    On Tuesday night, senators passed the First Step Act with support from law enforcement professionals, the faith community, business groups, and the White House, by a vote of 87-12.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., deserves credit for bringing the bill up for a vote.

    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a former federal prosecutor and leading advocate of the legislation, said, “American families will be stronger and our communities will be safer.

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  • Hatch-Kavanaugh Exchange Highlights Need for ‘Mens Rea’ Reform

    Hatch-Kavanaugh Exchange Highlights Need for ‘Mens Rea’ Reform

    An important issue was raised during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday that ought to receive more serious and thorough debate beyond the hearing itself.

    During his questioning of the nominee, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, discussed the need to correct errors that Congress has introduced into the substantive criminal law; namely, errors that Kavanaugh has seen firsthand as a judge and handled with his trademark care, fairness, and independence.

    As Congress “has been chasing an elusive deal on criminal justice reform for quite some time now,” said Hatch, “one particular focus of mine in this area has been ‘mens rea’ reform.”

    Although it smacks of legalese, that ancient Latin phrase—which means “guilty mind” and refers to the blameworthy intent behind a criminal act—represents a vital protection against arbitrary government power.

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  • Trump Hits Another Home Run With Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh

    Trump Hits Another Home Run With Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh

    President Donald Trump announced on Monday night his nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, who was included in The Heritage Foundation’s original list of potential Supreme Court nominees, is a very promising choice.

    The battle lines were already drawn before Trump made his announcement, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., declaring he would not vote for any of the individuals on Trump’s short list.

    Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised the confirmation vote would happen this fall. Now, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin the process of reviewing Kavanaugh’s judicial record and background, with a hearing coming later this summer.

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  • 3 Common Traits of School Shooters

    3 Common Traits of School Shooters

    It’s time to get serious about school safety. 

    Nearly 20 years separate the horrible tragedies at Columbine High School in Colorado and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In that time, too little has been done to make our schools safer.

    That’s why our grieving nation is again searching for a solution. If America is ready to get serious about school safety, we need to focus on a range of pressing issues—including mental health, family breakdown, culture, media, and more. 

    Our children and grandchildren deserve to be safe at school. We can’t allow another tragedy to occur. It’s time to set aside political agendas and get serious about school safety. 

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  • Here's What Congress Is Doing to Tackle School Safety

    Here’s What Congress Is Doing to Tackle School Safety

    In the wake of the recent horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a number of proposals involving federal grant programs have been offered in Congress to try to address the critical issue of school safety.

    Empowering states and localities to implement evidence-based programs that meet their needs represents a sensible approach.

    Among the proposals under consideration is the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, which has been introduced in the House by Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., a former sheriff, and in the Senate by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Both House and Senate versions have several co-sponsors and appear to enjoy broad bipartisan support.

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  • Grassley-Graham Letter Sheds New Light on Steele Dossier, Nunes Memo

    Grassley-Graham Letter Sheds New Light on Steele Dossier, Nunes Memo

    While politicians, pundits, and the people continue to react to (and spin) the contents of the Nunes memo that was released last Friday, and await the release of the Democratic rebuttal, a new document has been released that contains tidbits of illuminating information.

    On Jan. 4, Republican Sens.s Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, submitted a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Chris Wray requesting that they consider investigating Christopher Steele for lying to the FBI, which is a federal crime.

    Christopher Steele is the former British spy who was hired and paid $160,000 by Fusion GPS, a research company working on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to do opposition research on Donald Trump.

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  • CFPB Deputy Director Is Challenging the President’s Authority. Here’s Why Her Arguments Are Flawed.

    CFPB Deputy Director Is Challenging the President’s Authority. Here’s Why Her Arguments Are Flawed.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been a political hot potato since the day it was created as part of the legislative response to the 2008 financial crisis.

    A brainchild of then-Harvard law professor (now U.S. senator) Elizabeth Warren, the bureau was established in 2010 as an independent agency through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. It was intended to serve as a consumer watchdog, investigating consumer complaints and regulating banks and other financial institutions, among other things.

    In January 2012, President Barack Obama installed Richard Cordray via a recess appointment to serve as the bureau’s first director.

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  • Meet These 5 Stellar Conservatives Trump Just Added to His Supreme Court List

    Meet These 5 Stellar Conservatives Trump Just Added to His Supreme Court List

    On Friday, President Donald Trump announced the addition of five individuals to his outstanding list of potential candidates for a future Supreme Court vacancy.

    As was the case with the lists Trump put out during his presidential campaign, these new additions to the list are conservative men and women who are committed to interpreting the Constitution according to its original public meaning.

    While there are currently no vacancies on the Supreme Court, rumors abound that Justice Anthony Kennedy may retire in the near future. Here’s a look at the new names.

    Amy Barrett

    Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
    Age: Approximately 45

    Barrett, a former University of Notre Dame law professor, was recently confirmed to the 7th Circuit.

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