Judge: Tenn. Drag Show Ban Unconstitutional

Tennessee’s first-in-the-nation law designed to place strict limits on drag shows is unconstitutional, a federal judge said, striking a blow to efforts in U.S. states to regulate LGBTQ conduct. Tennessee’s Republican governor, Bill Lee, in February had signed the bill passed by the state’s assembly that aimed to restrict drag performances, putting the state at […]

Biden Signs Debt Ceiling Bill That Pulls US Back from Brink of Unprecedented Default

With just two days to spare, President Joe Biden signed legislation on Saturday that lifts the nation’s debt ceiling, averting an unprecedented default on the federal government’s debt. It was a decidedly low-key denouement to a monthslong drama that unnerved financial markets at home and abroad and caused anxious retirees and social service organizations to […]

Prison for 2 More Convicted Oath Keepers

Two Florida men who stormed the U.S. Capitol with other members of the Oath Keepers group were sentenced Friday to three years in prison for seditious conspiracy and other charges — the latest in a historic string of sentences in the Jan. 6. 2021 attack. David Moerschel, 45, a neurophysiologist from Punta Gorda, and Joseph […]

Utah Schools Banned Bible, Target ‘Book of Mormon’ Next

Activists are continuing to target Utah’s 2022 law that permits parents to seek the removal of books containing pornographic or indecent material. They already got the Bible restricted in Davis County school district and are now putting the Book of Morman on the chopping block, The Guardian reported Saturday. The Davis school district, north of Salt Lake City, is […]

US Says Talks with China ‘essential’ to Curb Chance of Conflict

Dialogue between the United States and China is “essential” to avoid miscalculations that could lead to conflict, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Saturday, after Beijing rejected a formal meeting between him and his Chinese counterpart. Austin and Li Shangfu shook hands and spoke briefly for the first time at the opening dinner of the […]

New Mexico State Rep ‘Outraged’ at New Minors Gender Surgery Laws

New Mexico conservatives are “outraged” at new laws signed by Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham that permit minors access to sex-change care and abortions without parental knowledge or consent. “Shame on New Mexico,” state Rep. Harlan Vincent, R-Ruidoso Downs, wrote in a news release seeking to “expose the outrageous corruption happening in New Mexico by […]

Zelenskyy: Ukraine Ready to Launch Counteroffensive

Ukraine is ready to launch its long-awaited counteroffensive to recapture Russian-occupied territory, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview published on Saturday. “We strongly believe that we will succeed,” Zelenskyy told The Wall Street Journal. “I don’t know how long it will take. To be honest, it can go a variety of ways, completely different. […]

Vt. School District Settles Suit in Trans Case for $125K

A Vermont school district that disciplined a soccer coach and his daughter for speaking out against a biological male being in the girls’ locker room has reached a $125,000 settlement with the family in a federal lawsuit. The settlement also compels the Orange Southwest School District in Randolph to reinstate Travis Allen as middle school […]

Biden Commends McCarthy for Debt Limit Deal

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has taken a lot of heat from members of his party for the debt-limit deal he reached with President Joe Biden, specifically because it didn’t reduce federal spending like many had hoped. But one fan of the deal gave a lot of credit to McCarthy on Friday night: Biden, during […]

Hawaii Allows More Concealed Carry, but Bans Guns Most Places

Hawaii Gov. Josh Green on Friday signed legislation that will allow more people to carry concealed firearms but at the same time prohibit people from taking guns to a wide range of places, including beaches, hospitals, stadiums, bars that serve alcohol, and movie theaters. Private businesses allowing guns will have to post a sign to […]