Police in Arizona will soon be tasked with cracking down on illegal immigrants. What will that look like? What is profiling and how is it different than racial profiling? How has Janet Napolitano made enforcement of the new laws much more difficult? Will police really use reasonable cause or will they just randomly target Hispanics? We ask Jim Kouri, vice president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.
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The Supreme Court made it clear that a cross on public land does not violate the establishment clause in the first amendment to the Constitution. However, the high court also left it up to lower courts to finally resolve a dispute over a Mojave Desert memorial to veterans which is in the form of a cross. So what happens now? Is this decision a precedent for future cases about religious symbols and expression on public grounds? Why is the other side really trying to remove any notion of religion from the public square? We ask Joe Infranco, senior counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund.
On Wednesday, Senate Republicans blocked Democratic financial reform legislation for the third consecutive day. A growing number of GOP senators say a good, bipartisan deal was on the verge of completion. So what happened? What common ground was the committee finding? Why is the Democratic leadership pushing the original, disputed bill? What responsibility does President Obama bear for all of this? How does it fly in the face of of public statements blaming Republicans for the partisan deadlock? And what does Obama really think of the American people? We ask South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint. We also get his thoughts on the immigration debate and why conservative upstarts are thriving in this election year while the establishment candidates are struggling.
The new health care laws will soon force virtually all Americans to purchase government-approved coverage. Compliance will be verified through your tax returns. So Louisiana Rep. John Fleming is pushing legislation to block funding for the IRS to hire more than 16,000 new agents who would be tasked with enforcing the mandate. What does his bill say? Does it have any chance of passage? How would this stop the government from mandating coverage? We ask Rep. Fleming.
Grandstanding, profanity and vague answers highlight the Senate hearings on Goldman Sachs. President Obama rules out nothing in reducing the deficit and promises major economic growth through clean energy. The immigration debate remains very volatile in Arizona and in Washington. The Democrats fail to move forward on financial reform again Tuesday. Noah’s Ark may have been found in Turkey. The last living shooter of Malcolm X has been paroled.
President Obama went to Iowa again on Tuesday to push his agenda on jobs and energy. Why does Obama keep going to Iowa to campaign for his legislative goals? How does the state that vaulted him ahead of Hillary Clinton and into the White House feel about his job as president? What is the state of the economy in Iowa? And will Iowa Republicans embrace to clash with the Tea Party movement? We ask Matt Strawn, chairman of the Iowa Republican Party.
Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the Democratic version of financial reform legislation, saying is creates a permanent bailout culture. Democrats say the vote shows Republicans are defending the status quo on Wall Street by opposing the bill. California Rep. Tom McClintock explains why he believes there is no doubt that Democrats plan to soak taxpayers again with this bailout fund. We’ll ask him how people should decide which party is telling the truth, and we’ll get his thoughts on President Obama considering a Value Added Tax to help pay down the deficit and the dismal report on the new health care laws from the president’s own Department of Health and Human Services.
The national immigration debate is raging again, following the new laws passed in Arizona. Supporters say the federal government is failing to secure this nation and stop the flood of illegals, but critics like Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum say this law won’t help Arizona. He says it will only encourage immigrants to hide from police and not report crimes committed against them. Why does he say any law passed by the state government is a bad idea? What does he want from Congress? Does he like the Bush version of immigration reform? And would a crackdown on illegals be OK if there were more specific guidelines on when people could be confronted by police.
Tornadoes cause widespread damage in Mississippi and Alabama and kill 12 people while injuring at least three dozen others. The immigration debate returns with renewed intensity following the passage of new laws in Arizona. The Senate takes up it’s first major vote on financial reform, and General Motors is leaving out a few details when it boasts of repaying all of its government loans.
Last year, Somali pirates captured an American vessel and took the captain prisoner. Navy SEALs then rescued the captain and killed the pirates. But the pirates are back and causing more havoc than ever over a wider area than ever. How have they done this? Where is their money coming from? What strategy would work best against the pirates? And where does the piracy problem rank on the list of international problems? We get insights from retired U.S. Navy Captain Chuck Nash.