Would reduce harsh mandatory minimums for non-violent offenders.
Dear Senator Paul:
It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: “Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?” The answer to that question is no.
Eric H. Holder, Jr.
For our nation’s Department of Justice, the fair and vigorous enforcement of this and other vital protections — and their defense against all Constitutional challenges — constitutes a top priority. Let me be clear: although our nation has indeed changed, although the South is far different now, and although progress has indeed been made, we are not yet at the point where the most vital part of the Voting Rights Act can be deemed unnecessary. The struggle for voting rights for all Americans must continue — and it will.
A long-awaited report on the U.S. government’s controversial gun-trafficking operation known as “Fast and Furious” released Wednesday found no evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder knew of the botched effort to trace the flow of guns to Mexico’s drug cartels prior to its public unraveling in January 2011.
Mourners gather to remember victims killed at Wisconsin Sikh temple
JSOnline: About 3,000 people filled the Oak Creek High School gymnasium in Wisconsin today to attend the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of Sunday’s Sikh temple shootings.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was among those who spoke. “In the recent past, too many Sikhs have been targeted and victimized simply because of who they are, how they look, and what they believe,” he said. “This is wrong. It is unacceptable. And it will not be tolerated.”
Photo: Friends and family members bring caskets into Oak Creek High School. (Chris Wilson / Journal Sentinel)
Big ups for Eric Holder’s strong words.
Stories to Watch: 9/20/11
The zucchini pancakes were great, but I had to make a whole passel to use one zucchini up. So now I have a literal pile of leftover pancakes in my fridge. This is what’s known as “a problem you want to have.” Now here’s the news…
Today in pot-calls-kettle-black news: Rick Santorum — who once argued that same sex marriage would lead inevitably to man-on-dog sex — claims Rick Perry “ignores reality for ideology.” Bonus fun: the argument’s about a border fence and Perry’s right. Rick’s also really pissed at Google, because he’s a clown and doesn’t know how the internet works.
Speaking of Rick Perry, Public Policy Polling reports he has “an under water approval rating in Texas and he’s leading Barack Obama by a smaller margin than John McCain won the state by in 2008.” It’s probably because they’re angry at all his sponging off the state.
The Georgia Parole Board denies clemency to Troy Davis, despite the fact that many witnesses to the crime he’s accused of committing have recanted, saying they were coerced by police into giving false statements, and nine people have signed affidavits identifying someone else as the shooter by name. The ACLU called the clemency hearing “a sham.”
Screw the Blue Dogs.
Eric Holder says the Obama administration is still going to try to close Gitmo before election day.
Texas Rep. Wayne Christian both spills the beans and demonstrates just how poorly Republicans understand simple English. In talking about the GOP’s attempts to shut down Planned Parenthood, Christian says, “Well of course this is a war on birth control and abortions and everything, that’s what family planning is supposed to be about.” That’s right, Christian’s idea of “family planning” is “Surprise, you’re pregnant!”
Occupy Wall Street has some pretty disturbing video of cops roughing up protesters.
Finally, Michele Bachmann visits a traffic-signal plant in Iowa — one that “thrives on government-funded road projects like those Obama has promoted" — to bitch about how much government spending has hurt the plant. Because she’s smart like that.