From the New York Times. On Washington. By CARL HULSE. SEPT. 16, 2016 WASHINGTON — A major criminal-justice overhaul bill seemed destined to be the bipartisan success story of the year, consensus legislation that showed lawmakers could still rise above politics. Then the election, Donald J. Trump’s demand for “law and order” and a series
From The Daily Signal. Fred Lucas / @FredLucasWH / July 20, 2016 In signing a new anti-terrorism law, Russian President Vladimir Putin could have authority to crack down on non-government-aligned churches, said Archbishop Andrew (Maklakov), administrator of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church of America. The law that Putin signed on July 6 restricts religious proselytizing
From NPR. July 15, 20165:00 AM ET House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke with NPR’s Steve Inskeep. Steve Inskeep: We’re sitting down in the middle of a year in which a lot of people, particularly those involved in politics, have expressed distress, have said that they don’t know their party anymore, don’t know their country anymore.
From U.S. Justice Action Network. July 13, 2016 On Wednesday July 13 on the Senate floor, Republican and Democratic Senators renewed hope that criminal justice reform legislation will come to a vote this year. … Below are excerpts from speeches on the Senate floor: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT): “Criminal justice reform doesn’t call on conservatives to
From USCIRF. July 8, 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 7 signed into law a package of anti-terrorism measures the Russian State Duma passed in late June. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns these measures. Under the guise of confronting terrorism, they would grant authorities sweeping powers to curtail civil
Greg Mitchell moderated this policy briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives with former federal prosecutors From U.S. Justice Action Network. July 8, 2016 On July 8, the U.S. Justice Action Network joined partner organizations Right on Crime and the Faith and Freedom Coalition in hosting a policy briefing on Capitol Hill. Congressional staff listened to opening remarks [...]
From The Daily Signal. Sen. Ben Sasse / @SenSasse / June 30, 2016 There are troubling new developments in Russia. Russia’s parliament, the Federal Assembly, has just approved so-called anti-terrorism legislation that criminalizes free speech and that attacks religious liberty. … There’s a lot wrong with Russia. We are witnessing a rising authoritarianism in a declining
From the Salt Lake Tribune. By Mark Holden First Published May 19 2016 04:06PM • Last Updated May 19 2016 04:55 pm Our nation’s criminal justice system has been in dire need of reform for far too long — a realization that cuts across political and ideological lines. That’s why Utah’s U.S. Sen. Mike Lee