Jun 25, 2014, 2:20 pm EDT
John Boehner is planning to file a lawsuit against President Obama, claiming that the president has abused his executive powers.
The House Speaker says that Obama has ignored the laws and brags about it. John Boehner claims that the lawsuit has nothing to do with attempting to impeach the president — “it’s about him faithfully executing the laws of this country.”
“My view is the president has not faithfully executed the laws,” he said. “What we have seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the Legislative Branch.” Read
Jun 24, 2014, 11:19 am EDT
The FBI cracked down on child sex-trafficking in the U.S. during an operation that took place over the last week.
168 kids have been recovered and 281 pimps have been arrested so far during the crackdown. The operation involved close to 400 law enforcement agencies and it took place in more than 100 U.S. cities.
Over the last six years, operations to stop child sex-trafficking by the FBI and its partners have led to 1,450 convictions and seizure of more than $3 million in assets. The agency has also managed to rescue 3,600 kids over that span. Read
Jun 23, 2014, 11:54 am EDT
With New York State set to legalize medical marijuana for the first time, the movement to legalize marijuana appears to be gaining even more momentum.
Last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act,” which added the Sunshine State to the growing list of medical marijuana states. North Carolina’s legislature has also passed medical marijuana bills. Read
Jun 23, 2014, 11:34 am EDT
On Friday, New York’s Senate and State Assembly approved a bill that will make the Empire State the 23rd U.S. state to allow medical marijuana use.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the Compassionate Care Act into law. The new law could require up to 18 months to go into full effect. While it will allow physicians to prescribe medical marijuana for very sick patients, only non-smokable forms of marijuana will be legal in New York, CNN notes.
New York’s medical marijuana bill also features criminal penalties for anyone who attempts to obtain the drug under fraudulent pretenses. It can also be suspended at any time at the recommendation of New York state police and medical authorities. Read
Jun 18, 2014, 3:16 pm EDT
Dr. Oz is in hot water with a Senate panel that questions his claims on several weight-loss supplements.
The Senate panel blasted Dr. Oz for supporting supplements that he claims have scientific backing to help with weight loss when there isn’t much scientific backing. The panel said that he gives viewers of his show false hope and helps promote scams, reports The Consumerist.
Dr. Oz countered the panel’s accusations by saying that he fully believes in the supplements he supports on his show and that he doesn’t back certain products. He has admitted that he sometimes uses “flowery language” that may not help anyone but the advertisers taking advantage of his words, The Consumerist notes. Read
Jun 17, 2014, 12:30 pm EDT
An Alabama Appeals Court has struck down a state law that criminalized gay sex, regardless of whether it was consensual.
The appeals court unanimously ruled that an Alabama law that made oral and anal sex illegal was intended to prosecute homosexuals and was unconstitutional based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision, USA TODAY notes.
Under the Alabama law struck down by the court, “consent is no defense to a prosecution under this subdivision.” The appeals court made its ruling during an appeal of a 2010 sexual misconduct conviction of a man who claimed he had engaged in consensual sex acts with another man. Read