By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that funds special agents to confiscate weapons from the mentally ill and those with criminal convictions.
A first-of-its-kind California law is going to court this week, when a panel of judges will hear testimony about whether mental health professionals have the right to talk with young clients about reducing their homosexual attractions or the state has the right to outlaw such "dangerous quackery."
The press has amplified 1 percent, 99 percent and 47 percent in recent days as a succinct measure of political culture and public opinion. Here is a fourth measurement to add to the collection: 9 percent. That is the number of Republicans who approve of Congress, this according to Gallup. Things are pretty tepid elsewhere: 15 percent of Americans overall and 17 percent of Democrats give the lawmakers a thumbs-up.
There were some distinct shortcomings in press coverage marking the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. "This was a women who changed the world. And here we get journalists who are talking about her purse, her hairstyle or whether she flirted with Ronald Reagan. This treatment really is noting more than lazy shorthand, if not a complete intellectual deficit," historian and Reagan biographer Craig Shirley tells Inside the Beltway.
As he weighs whether to allow fracking in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is under intense pressure from the oil and gas industry, Republican lawmakers and long-struggling communities eager to see the drilling technique jump-start the state's economy.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has designs on building some of the most expensive public works projects in the nation and wants to keep the state moving forward in its slow recovery from the recession.
A financial report issued by state auditors finds that the state of California is in the red by an unsustainable $127.2 billion.
Washington is gripped by sequestration fever. Or sequestration chills, depending on the point of view. The White House complains that it's suffering severe spending withdrawal, and Congress, or at least half of Congress, says it's suffering the pangs of hunger for more and deeper spending cuts.
Thousands of California's paroled child molesters, rapists and other high-risk sex offenders are removing their GPS trackers and receiving very little consequences.
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has boasted in the past that the state's financial woes are finally over, but a report Wednesday said the state is unable to find the funds to disarm more than 19,700 convicted felons and the mentally ill.
California boasts some of the world's finest golf courses, but apparently that's not enough to keep the pros happy. Phil Mickelson, winner of multiple championships, hinted at his intention to ditch the formerly Golden State because of its high-tax policies.
Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff is free on bond after his arrest Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Have you heard? California's cash troubles are over, and now it's time to find ways to start spending all of this extra money. It's safe to say the state's dark days are over. If you believe in fairy tales, that is.
Riding a wave of new tax revenue, California’s spending plan for the coming fiscal year will rise by nearly $5 billion, a powerful indication that the state that came to symbolize fiscal mismanagement during the heart of the recession is emerging into brighter days.
A first-of-its-kind California law banning therapies to change children's sexual orientation has been blocked temporarily, but lawyers are preparing for a court battle that could come soon.
"I think we're going to get billions of dollars in investment coming from China. We're also going to facilitate billions of dollars in additional exports, not overnight, but over time," Mr. Brown said while readying for the excursion.
"They've got $400 billion or $500 billion they're going to invest abroad, so California's got to get a piece of that," Brown said in an interview last week ahead of his seven-day trip to China.