Shane Vander Hart: Media coverage of families being separated on the U.S. Southern border has been dismal and overlooks facts. Congress can act to remedy this crisis and still follow the rule of law.
The U.S. Department of Justice launched the Place to Worship Initiative that will focus on protecting the ability of houses of worship and other religious institutions to build, expand, buy, or rent facilities.
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa): “Investigations, whether by law enforcement or Congress, should be about fact-finding and uncovering the truth, not about undermining a political adversary. The American people deserve full and complete answers.”
On this episode of the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart and Brian Myers discuss the memo released by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on how the FBI and Department of Justice obtained a FISA warrant to investigate Trump campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page.
Money quote from Justice Anthony Kennedy: “…the state in its position here has neither been tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips religious beliefs.”
The Trump Administration took steps to protect religious liberty through conscience protection from the HHS contraceptives mandate and new DOJ guidance.
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) calls U.S. Marshals Service spending from the Civil Asset Forfeiture fund both wasteful and misleading.
Liberty Counsel: The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) grossly misrepresents and recklessly labels Christian, pro-family and conservative nonviolent groups as “hate groups.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Senate Intelligence Committee: “I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations.”
Shane Vander Hart: President Donald Trump is the first President to attack his own administration on Twitter and I’m not sure what he gains by it.
President Donald Trump should welcome a thorough investigation into Russia’s involvement with 2016’s presidential race, but it is clear that he doesn’t.
President Donald Trump removes FBI Director James Comey from office for mishandling the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email servers.
Faith McDonnell of the Institute on Religion and Democracy and Cal Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance join Brian Myers and Joel Kurtinitis on this week’s Caffeinated Thoughts Radio.
Adam Graham: President Obama’s unilateral act to suspend marijuana enforcement was fake federalism that usurped the power of the legislative branch.
Shane Vander Hart: The Trump Administration should be commended for rescinding the President Obama’s school bathroom directive for transgendered students.
Iowa’s U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley respond to the confirmations of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education and Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.