Category Archives: public policy

Sex registry questioned after prep school grad’s conviction

By RIK STEVENS, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A graduate of an elite prep school who was convicted of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest will be required to register as a sex offender for life, a punishment his lawyer likens to being branded and legal experts and reform advocates say exceeds the crime Continue reading

Los Angeles looks at harsher penalties for child sex buyers

By TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials in Los Angeles County are adopting a get-tough tactic to deter men from soliciting sex from girls who are forced into prostitution — charging them with crimes that could mean prison time and registration as a sex offender. Continue reading

Watch live: Trump draws big crowd at rally in Alabama

“I know how Billy Graham felt,” Donald Trump said, taking the stage at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile Friday evening as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” blaring from the speakers.  Approximately 35,000 people were expected to attend the Republican presidential candidate’s Alabama rally, forcing Trump’s team to make a last minute venue change from the Mobile Civic Center to a 43,000-seat arena typically used for high school football games. By the time Trump came on stage, wearing a red baseball cap printed with his slogan “Make America Great Again,” about half the stadium was full. “If it rains I’ll take off my hat and prove once and for all that it’s mine,” he joked before launching into what has become the key talking point of his campaign: illegal immigration. Continue reading

Why evangelicals back Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s first major rally of the 2016 campaign takes place Friday night in the heart of the Bible Belt. It’s not a natural fit for the often-crude, always-immodest New Yorker. But Trumpmania has even found its way to Mobile, Ala Continue reading

Cruz critiques Carter administration during Iowa stop

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticized former President Jimmy Carter’s administration during a stump speech in Iowa, one day after Carter announced he was suffering from brain cancer. Speaking on a political soapbox at the Iowa State Fair Friday, Cruz said there were parallels between the Obama and Carter administrations Continue reading

Study sees dying wildlife, bigger fires if drought lasts

FILE – In this Aug. 12, 2015, file photo, Mike Marty, of the California Fish and Wildlife Department, hoists a net full of splashing rainbow trout as one jumps back into the holding tank, at the San Joaquin Hatchery near Fresno, Calif Continue reading

The Heroin Epidemic, in 9 Graphs

The White House released a plan this week to pour $5 million into combating heroin use and trafficking. The plan followed months of warnings from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention about the explosion in heroin use in the U.S.  Presidential candidates have also spoken out on the issue Continue reading

Where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on climate change

The effects of human-induced climate change that scientists have predicted in the past are now observable: powerful heat waves, lost sea ice and higher sea levels. Continue reading

Trump Says Illegal Immigrant Families ‘Have to Go’

By Eric Pianin With a new Fox News national poll showing him leading in the race for the GOP presidential nomination nationwide with 25 percent of Republican voters, billionaire Donald Trump returned to a favorite theme on Sunday – promising to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and deporting illegal immigrant—including their children. Trump, who arrived with a flourish at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday in a black helicopter with his name emblazoned on the side, told NBC Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd that the millions of illegal immigrants in this country “have to go,” even if that means the government rounding up and deporting whole families. Related: Obama’s Massive Failure Has Delivered Trump’s Success The real estate tycoon roiled the political and public policy waters this spring by denouncing many of the illegal immigrants as “rapists” and criminals who were encouraged to come to this country by the Mexican government Continue reading

Donald Trump Testing Fellow Republican Candidates’ Messaging

As Donald Trump continues to overwhelm media coverage of the Republican presidential primary and threatens to defy traditional political logic by remaining atop the polls, rival GOP campaigns are beginning to diverge on how handle him. Some campaign teams are downright flabbergasted by his endurance. Continue reading