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Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has recently come under fire for using a personal email account for official state business while in office, and in spite of the controversy that this has raised, she may not have broken any laws.
Despite the security concerns that use of personal email raises, Clinton may not have violated any federal laws or regulations stated Reuters in a recent article. During the time that Clinton was at the State Department, there was not a requirement for senior government employees to preserve their emails. That particular law did not come into affect until 2014, a year after Clinton left the office.
Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill defended the former Secretary of State’s actions.
“Like secretaries of State before her, she used her own email account when engaging with any department officials,” Merrill said. “For government business, she emailed them on their department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained.”
But Nebraska state officials appealed the ruling to the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals before the ink dried on the injunction. In Highland Village, Governor Pete Ricketts also had something to say about the decision, and it wasn’t in the judge’s favor. Ricketts said “The definition of marriage is an issue for the people of Nebraska, and an activist judge should not substitute his personal political preferences for the will of the people,”
State officials wanted the judge to wait while the Supreme Court decides if states can ban gay marriage, but Bataillon said there was no need to wait. Banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional according to judge, and just about anyone else that knows something about human rights agrees with him.
At a press conference held this Monday in her hometown of Baltimore, the Democratic Senator officially announced her retirement from the Senate. She stated that she wasn’t interested in being re-elected but rather wanted to focus on her constituents said Haidar Barbouti. Mikulski said that “I want to give 120% of my time focused on my constituents. It’s never been about me, it’s always been about them.”
Mikulski first ran for and became part of the Baltimore City Council in 1971, then running for the United States Senate in 1974, when she won the Democratic nomination but failed to win a Senate seat. Two years later, she ran for a seat in the House of Representatives and succeeded, and was re-elected four times. It wasn’t until 1986 that she won her first nomination to the U.S. Senate and has been re-elected to the position every time ever since.
Mikulski, who is now 78, has now been the longest serving woman in the Senate in United States history. In addition to her long career, she has been a part of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and was the very first woman ever to hold that position.
Bruce Levenson became the principal owner of the Atlanta Hawks when the ownership group he belonged to essentially broke down in a court battle. He was seen as the one person who could lead the franchise out of such a terrible ordeal, and he quickly began sitting on the NBA Board of Governors. When this happened, he was able to put his own stamp on the franchise that has lasted to this day. The changes he made created a more viable franchise, a more fun experience for the fans and a product that is excellent on and off the court.
When he was able to bring in the people he wanted, Bruce immediately wanted to copy the template that was used by the San Antonio Spurs in their championship dynasty. He brought over Danny Ferry and Mike Budenholzer who both worked for the Spurs, and some people started calling the Hawks SpursSouth.
The tradition of excellence is starting to take shape as the Hawks are favorites in the eastern conference, and many people are pegging them to win a title this season. The creation of this new culture is one that happened all with Bruce’s help. He wanted to create a business that people would be proud of, and he has done that in his time with the Hawks.
When he sells the team, he will be able to say that he was the one who ushered in the era of excellence that is currently happening. Atlanta fans have Bruce to thank for the help that he gave them in reviving their NBA team. This team is one that has never been past the second round of the playoffs, but many people believe that they are going to go much farther than that right now and long into the future.
At a time when a poll of Americans showed the majority feel battling climate change should be a major part of the work of the US Congress, Senator Jim Inhofe took to the Senate floor with a snowball to prove his claim that climate change is a hoax. The Senator for Oklahoma held the snowball aloft and stated climate change was not affecting Washington DC because snow had fallen in the Winter, going on to relate a story about his children building igloo’s in the snow, CBS News reports.
It has long been a tradition to keep guns off of college campus’. However, that may be changing if one Nevada lawmaker gets her way. The lawmaker says that she would like to see college campuses that have an armed student body. It is her belief that allowing students, like Marc Sparks, to arm themselves would bring about a safer college experience.
It should be noted that university presidents have largely stood in opposition to this bill and believe that it will make things less safe on their campus’. This exact bill have been introduced in the past, twice as a matter of fact. Both times the bill was defeated, but now the Republicans control both chambers of the legislature and the Governor’s mansion as well. They have a lot of hope that they are going to get it passed this time around. What will happen with it and what the results of such a law change will be is yet to be seen.
Attorney General Eric Holder has called for a moratorium of the death penalty while the Supreme Court reviews Oklahoma’s procedures. Several states have already halted executions. Alabama, Florida, Ohio and Tennessee have stopped executions over concerns that the drugs used may not result in a humane death, after the botched executions in Oklahoma.
In Oregon, Rick Tosto says activists are putting pressure on the governor to also discontinue executions. Additionally, they have asked Governor John Kitzhaber to commute the sentences of 34 inmates that are currently on death row awaiting execution before his resignation is becomes effective February 18 at 10pm PT.
On February 13, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a state wide moratorium on death penalty cases until after the Supreme court has completed its review and he has had time to review their findings.
Last month Oklahoma was ordered by the Supreme Court to stop all executions until the court reviews the state’s lethal injection procedure. At issue is the sedative, which has failed to act effectively during execution.
Holder was quoted as saying:
“Fundamental questions about the death penalty need to be asked. And Among them, the Supreme Court’s determination as to whether or not lethal injection is consistent with our Constitution is one that ought to occur. From my perspective, I think a moratorium until the Supreme Court made that determination would be appropriate.”
Despite the class envy often pushed by the political left about the rich not paying their fair share of taxes, the top 2% of income earners pay over 50% of the taxes. Fully one in three people do not pay taxes at all. While they do have taxes withheld from their paychecks, end of year tax credits more than offset the taxes they have paid over the course of the year. For this reason, Ray Lane points out that 50% of people pay less than 15% of the tax revenue. For some GOP governors, they are looking for other ways of increasing tax revenue apart from income taxes.
One example of this is Ohio Governor John Kasich, a 2016 presidential hopeful. The governor has proposed a big tax cut in the state income tax. The governor has also increased taxes on consumption items such as cigarettes. The political left correctly argues that increases on consumptions taxes are effectively tax increases on the poor. The left believes this is inherently unfair of the GOP. That said, the practice does have precedence. President Roosevelt increased income taxes and capital gains taxes on the rich during his first term in office. However, those tax increases backfired with tax collections from the rich fall by 50% over the period 1933 to 1937. President Roosevelt increased consumption taxes on lipstick, popcorn, movie tickets, and an array of items many of which were used by the poor. Those taxes successfully made up for tax revenue lost from the wealthy so that total tax collections increased by 7% over the same period. In short, the poor paid for a substantial part of the New Deal.
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber resurfaced after dropping out of public sight in recent days to announce his resignation effective Wednesday, February 18. Kitzhaber has only recently begun his historic fourth term as the longest serving governor in state history. Sadly, his resignation only brings to an end the turmoil that has crippled the state government in recent weeks. It does not mark an end to the ethics review the state government is conducting nor the more serious investigation on criminal corruption charges. Both Kitzhaber and his fiancée Cylvia Hayes are the subject of the criminal investigation.
At the same time, the GOP has come out against those same aspects of the bill. Arizona Senator John McCain said the president’s language limiting the use of ground forces was unconstitutional and frustrated supporters like Haidar Barbouti. The powerful senator made an excellent point. The constitution does not grant congress the authority to arbitrate the tactics used by president during times of war. They have the enumerated authority to authorize war and fund it. It is the president’s constitutional authority to wage the war. The final AUMF will likely be a center-right bill given the GOP’s dominance in both chambers. That said, the debates over the bill will likely be contentious.