Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Commencement ceremony for Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., the school's news service announced Wednesday.
The Republican governor will make his address on May 10 at 10 a.m. on the campus's Williams Stadium. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, said in a statement posted by the Liberty University News Service that Jindal is a "rising star on the national political scene."
"Governor Bobby Jindal has lived the American dream, rising from humble beginnings to become one of the rising stars on the national political scene – and his rise has not yet waned. Many believe he could hold the highest office in the land someday. I believe he will be an inspiration to our graduates, not only because of his life's story, but because he shares many of the conservative and Christian values that Liberty University graduates hold dear." more >>
Nevada's Republican Party decided to exclude language regarding hot-button social issues, such as same-sex marriage and abortion, from their official political platform at their national meeting in Las Vegas this past weekend.
Members of the Republican platform committee said at the convention that they chose to eliminate gay marriage and abortion from their party's statement to agree with recent court rulings, both at the Supreme Court level and lower court levels, that found same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruled in June to eliminate a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and judges in several states, including Utah and Oklahoma, have ruled statewide same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional.
Nevada's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was upheld by a federal judge in 2012, and the ban is currently being challenged in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. more >>
Louisiana is a step closer to making the Holy Bible its official state book after the House Committee approved the legislation this week, now sending the bill to a full vote in the House of Representatives.
The House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs voted 8 to 5 to pass the legislation, entitled House Bill 503. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Thomas Carmody (R-Shreveport), argues that the purpose of the bill is not to establish an official religion in the state, but rather to reflect America's history and founding principles as outlined by the country's Founding Fathers.
Nancy Pelosi suggested that the reason substantive immigration reform hasn't been passed in Congress is because Republican members are racist. The GOP claims that they are committed to immigration reform, but have cited the President's record on enforcing current laws as the reason change hasn't been enacted.
Nancy Pelosi's comment came during her weekly press conference Thursday. One reporter asked her about Attorney General Eric Holder, who had said that he and President Barack Obama are treated differently than those who came before them because of their African-American heritage.
"I think race has something to do with the fact that they're not bringing up an immigration bill," the House Democratic Leader responded. "I've heard them say to the Irish, 'If it was just you, this would be easy.'" more >>
A well-known conservative blogger and journalist has described U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister as the "sleaziest politician in Louisiana" after a security video, released Monday, showed the married congressman locking lips with one of his former female staffers, who is also married.
In a post titled "Vance McAllister, Homewrecker," conservative writer Rod Dreher states, "This guy, my Congressman, for whom I voted, blaming the liberals for everything, exploiting his wife and children to get himself elected, then running off and having an affair with his friend's wife. Thanks, Dad, you're a prince. Vance McAllister has got to be the sleaziest politician in Louisiana, and brother, that's saying something."
Dreher, former conservative editorial writer and columnist for The Dallas Morning News, elaborated to The Christian Post that his reaction was strong given that McAllister (R-La.) had touted himself as a family man. more >>
The crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate with reports of pro-Russian separatists taking a government building in the city of Luhansk and declaring independence in Donetsk. The latest event sparks fears that other Ukrainian territories might break away, much like the annexation of Crimea last month.
"A resolution to this crisis will be found within the next 48 hours," said Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov in the capital Kiev, Reuters reported.
"For those who want dialogue, we propose talks and a political solution. For the minority who want conflict they will get a forceful answer from the Ukrainian authorities." more >>