Shoving aside countless hours of research, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention that before birth control was legalized women were unlikely to finish school and had life expectancies not much higher than the age of 50.

 

Critics from across the political spectrum are outraged after the Obama administration announced that it was unconstitutionally sending 200 U.S. Marines to Guatemala under the guise of fighting the drug war. According to officials, the American troops were deployed as part of “Operation Martillo,” a multi-national squad of soldiers and law-enforcement personnel supposedly aimed at countering narcotics trafficking throughout Central America. 

 

U.S. District Court Chief Mark L. Wolf, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, says taxpayers must pay for a murderer's sex-change operation because denying sex-change is cruel and unusual punishment.

 

 Did the Obama administration, in waiving work requirements for welfare recipients, violate the law? According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ investigative arm, the answer is yes.

The 2010 Citizens United decision, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that prohibited the government from regulating political expenditures by unions and corporations, is a “slippery slope” and a plague in American politics, says Tony Shalhoub, star of the television series Monk. The decision has been blasted by activist groups and Democrats in Congress, while President Obama supports a constitutional amendment to reverse the ruling.

 "Put simply, women in America cannot trust Mitt Romney," Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-choice America told the cheering delegates at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night. But if what Romney's sister said last week about her brother's stand on abortion is accurate, pro-life Republicans might not want to trust him much, either.

 Following some contentious negotiations and a vote that seemed to be anything but unanimous, the Democratic Party placed God back in its platform at the party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 5. The voice vote, which convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa had to call three times because of intense divisions between delegates, also acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that rankled the party's many pro-Arab members.

The Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) reports that “last week, the Allegan County, Michigan. Board of Commissioners passed a resolution opposing federal kidnapping powers.”

 

 Around the country, the Republican Party is mounting legal challenges to keep third-party candidates off the ballot in November. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party is being targeted, as is former U.S. Congressman Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party.

What few people — and even fewer people among self-avowed “conservatives” — ever bother to ask is whether the popular understanding of conservatism is an accurate understanding. 

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