Potential Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson reassured potential conservative supporters last week that he opposes any kind of ban on assault weapons and that he would firmly defend the full extent of the Second Amendment if he were to be elected to a political office.
Troubled by the criticism he's received from conservative skeptics over a gun control comment made in a 2013 interview with Fox News' "Glenn Beck," Carson hosted a conference call last week to clarify his stance on gun control before setting off to speak at a fundraising event in Iowa over the weekend.
The 63-year-old conservative's mission in hosting the conference call was to elaborate on a comment he issued while speaking with Beck in February 2013, where he said that he would "rather not have" semi-automatic weapons in the inner cities. more >>
Rudy Giuliani is on the receiving end of a social media backlash for suggesting that a majority of black people are killed by other black people, not white police officers, for which Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson called the former mayor a "white supremacist."
"We've tried to make the police force of New York City as proportionate as we possibly can. We go out of our way to do that," Giuliani said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, when asked to respond to an analysis in The Washington Post that shows which police departments in the U.S. are not as diverse as the communities they serve — New York City not being among them.
"I think we do a pretty good job, not a perfect job. I find it very disappointing that you're not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks." more >>
Tens of thousands of pro-life supporters marched in Madrid on Saturday, threatening to throw the Spanish government out of office in the elections next year unless it moves forward with legislation restricting the controversial practice.
The demonstrators waved white flags with the slogan "Every life counts" as they marched through the capital, and started chants such as "Killers! Abortionists!" and "Yes to life, no to abortion," AFP reported.
The protests are aimed at the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who had promised to tighten Spain's abortion laws when he was elected in 2011, but has so far failed to implement such a policy. A proposed plan to ban elective abrtions was shot down in September following opposition and dissent within Rajoy's Popular Party. more >>
Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results, they say in the finance industry. In politics, you can almost always drop the "not." The past tells us what Republicans are prone to do when in January, a new crop of GOP legislators come to Washington and take the gavel of both houses of Congress.
The last times Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress were 2003-2005 and 2005-2007. The signature legislation of those eras were the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit in the 108th Congress and then the lack thereof of the pork barrel-filled "Do Nothing Congress" in the 109th.
One of the best, but little noted things that happened was the cutting of taxes for the middle class. Despite it being very good for the economy, it is rarely mentioned because of the economic collapse of 2008 that each party has tried to cast the blame on the other for. more >>
What do you see when you look at a picture? In essence, that is the question St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch asked the grand jury to determine in his case against Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.
According to an early report in TIME, McCulloch made an unusual move: He did not specify a specific charge for Wilson.
In a recent phone interview, Denise Lieberman, co-chair of the Don't Shoot Coalition and senior attorney for the Advancement Project, explained to me: "Grand jury proceedings occur in private, so we don't know exactly what's been said … However, we've been told that the prosecutor is not making a recommendation to the jury about whether to indict and what charges … That is fairly unusual, if in fact that is true." more >>
I recently had the privilege to join 100 ministers and faith leaders on Gov. Mike Huckabee and David Lane's Journey Tour, traveling to Poland, Germany, the UK, and California.
During this time I had the opportunity to speak to ministers and faith leaders about a range of issues related to religion and politics in America. After visiting Arka Pana Church in Poland and hearing Gov. Huckabee's Q &A with Priest Wladyslaw Palmowski (the underground church's leader during Soviet occupation), I wondered if American ministers could identify with Palmowski's experiences.
Huckabee asked Palmowski, "Why did he become involved in resisting Communism? Why did he resist the pressure to be silent?" more >>