Like zombies in a bad horror flick, ideas for federal power grabs never die. Regardless of how much resistance they encounter from states and citizens, the feds just keep resurrecting these unconstitutional schemes. Such was the case with nationalized healthcare, first attempted in 1943; and such is now the case with REAL ID, the nationalized identification card.
Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama for his refusal to mount a legal defense to the current suit challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Attorney General Eric Holder announced on February 23 that the Justice Department would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court.
The U.S. Army filed 22 new charges March 2 against Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, who is alleged to have been Wikileaks' source for a variety of intelligence data made public over the past year, including a charge of "aiding the enemy" that could carry the death penalty. Wikileaks is an internet whistleblower website that uses anonymous informants to publish secret information from the files of governments and large corporations, and has published hundreds of thousands of U.S. intelligence files about the Afghan and Iraq wars and U.S. diplomatic cables.
An important step was taken yesterday in Wyoming toward restoring the constitutionally protected right of Americans to keep and bear arms, as that state became the second in less than a year to enact legislation affirming the right of its citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a special government-issued license. Following adoption in the state Senate, the vote of the House in the Wyoming legislature approved the bill by a vote of 48–8 several weeks ago, and Gov. Matt Mead (photo, left) signed it into law on March 3.