FRED LUCAS, THE DAILY SIGNAL Fewer than half of President Donald Trump’s executive branch and judicial nominees have been confirmed by the Senate—the lowest number of confirmations in the past four administrations at comparable points in their presidencies. The dismal numbers—a total of 223 confirmations of 519 nominees—were circulated by the...
FRED LUCAS, THE DAILY SIGNAL President Donald Trump’s new restrictions on travel from certain nations adapt to the latest threats and affect countries without Muslim majorities, but face legal challenges similar to previous ones. On Sunday, Trump issued a presidential proclamation on what he calls “extreme vetting” that builds on his...
FRED LUCAS, THE DAILY SIGNAL The business community of South Carolina is pressuring Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott to oppose President Donald Trump’s nomination of a critic of the Export-Import Bank to run the institution. Thus far, the most vocal critics of the nomination of former Rep. Scott Garrett,...
FRED LUCAS, THE DAILY SIGNAL America is approaching energy independence, but still needs to remove obstacles, Energy Secretary Rick Perry says. “The previous administration talked about energy independence, but wouldn’t drill and transport. It was all talk,” @SecretaryPerry says. “We are very close to being energy independent,” Perry told The Daily Signal...
FRED LUCAS, THE DAILY SIGNAL An odd assortment of states are taking varying positions on whether to cooperate with the Trump administration’s investigation into potential voter fraud. Some red states—whose voters solidly backed the president—are declining to collaborate and some solidly blue states are participating in the investigation. As of early Thursday,...
FRED LUCAS, THE DAILY SIGNAL A farmers market and Facebook posts have opened a new front in courtroom battles over religious freedom. It started when Steve Tennes, who owns a 120-acre farm in Charlotte, Michigan, expressed his traditional view about marriage on the farm’s Facebook page. This drew a warning from an...
FRED LUCAS, CNSNEWS.COM President Barack Obama mocked a suggestion that he wants higher gasoline prices during an election year, although as a candidate in 2008 he suggested that higher prices might be desirable if there was a “gradual adjustment.” During a news conference Tuesday, Fox News reporter Ed Henry asked Obama,...
FRED LUCAS, CNSNEWS.COM President Barack Obama lectured the nation’s governors Monday to stop cutting education and to hire more public school teachers, and he proposed spending $25 billion to prevent further layoffs. The National Governor’s Association held its winter meeting in Washington over the weekend, where the chief executives from states...
Liberty Alerts, Fred Lucas, CNSNews.com GOP presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich, campaigning in the early primary state of South Carolina, criticized the Obama administration for challenging state laws that combat illegal immigration. “After years of failure on the part of the federal government to achieve border security, it is an outrage that...
Liberty Alerts, Fred Lucas, CNSNews.com Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said his administration would clearly define allies and foes around the globe, in what he said was a contrast to the Obama administration’s “foggy foreign policy.” “I happen to have a foreign policy philosophy. It is an extension of the Reagan...
Liberty Alerts, Fred Lucas, CNSNews.com While six-year-old girls and retired school teachers with bladder cancer were subjected to intrusive pat-downs by Transportation Security Administration officials at U.S. airports after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to detonate his underwear on a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas 2009, officials from Sudan--one of just four...
Liberty Alerts, Fred Lucas, CNSNews.com Fifteen House Democrats joined 236 House Republicans to pass the Protect Life Act, 251-172, on Thursday. The legislation would amend the Democrats’ Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prohibit federal funds from being spent on any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. ...
Liberty Alerts, Fred Lucas, CNSNews.com At a White House press conference on Thursday, President Barack Obama said the legislation he has proposed to create jobs could "grow the economy as much as 2 percent." However, the White House estimates that the plan itself will cost $447 billion -- or 2.97 percent of the 2011 GDP of...
Liberty Alerts, Fred Lucas, CNSNews.com If taxes consumed less of America's wealth, as some Republicans would like, it would not be possible to have a “modern industrial economy,” President Obama said during a town hall event in Mountain View, Calif. on Monday. A member of the audience asked whether he could...
Liberty Alerts, Fred Lucas, CNSNews.com Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chair of the Democratic National Committee, says the economy “has turned the corner,” but her counterpart at the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, says Americans are still hurting. Priebus said the bumper sticker for Democrats in 2012 should be,...
Liberty Alerts, Fred Lucas, CNSNews.com President Barack Obama told Democratic donors that he doesn’t mind being accused of class warfare, even saying that he wears it as a “badge of honor.” He also said Republicans want to return to prosperity through “cheap labor and dirty air.” “Now, you’re already hearing the...