Links for 7-30-2013

  • Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote an op-ed for The Washington Times that characterizes the Obama administration’s attempt to impose a preclearance requirement on Texas via Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act as a partisan attempt to turn Texas blue:

    The president’s partisan use of the Voting Rights Act actually hurts many minority voters in Texas. With the administration’s support, redistricting litigation already has unseated Texas state Reps. Jose Aliseda, Raul Torres, Aaron Pena and John Garza, as well as U.S. Rep. Quico Canseco. These representatives – all Republicans – won in 2010 in predominantly Hispanic districts. In 2011, however, the Obama administration and other partisan interest groups succeeded in getting a court to draw district lines so that only a Democrat could win these seats. As a direct result, all of these Republican Hispanic representatives lost their seats in 2012 except for Mr. Aliseda, who chose not to run for re-election. His district had been dismantled altogether at Democrats’ request… Similarly, polling consistently shows that Hispanic Texans strongly support voter-ID requirements, another target of the administration’s litigious political strategy… The administration’s absurd claim that this common-sense fraud prevention device is actually a racist plot to prevent minorities from voting would be comical if it weren’t so depressing to see an American president stoop to that level.

  • You can add former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the list of Republicans who want Congress to rewrite Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act so preclearance requirements go into effect again.

  • The Obama administration is hiring “Behavioral Insights Teams” to encourage the proles to better comply with federal government directives.

  • Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler’s baby daughter Abigail Rose may be the first known survivor of Potter Syndrome. Abigail has no working kidneys and as a consequence had very little amniotic fluid in the womb; normally this leads to underdeveloped lungs and death. Doctors at Johns Hopkins used an experimental procedure to inject saline solution into the womb and Abigail was born at 28 weeks with fully developed lungs. She still needs a kidney transplant.

  • A U.S. District Court judge issued a permanent injunction preventing Indiana from defunding Planned Parenthood.

  • A military court found Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy (treason), but convicted him on 20 counts that could put him in prison for life.

  • Michael Stokes Paulsen wrote an interesting article describing Abraham Lincoln’s Order of Retaliation and drawing modern parallels to it.

  • The Taliban staged a complex assault against a prison in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, freeing more than 200 prisoners. Meanwhile, the Obama administration freed five members of the Taliban from Club Gitmo to encourage peace talks related to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

  • The poster child for the Arab Spring, Tunisia, is sliding back toward mass protests and violence.