AG Nominee Loretta Lynch Faces Weird Questions

“You’re not Eric Holder, are you?” asked Texas senator John Cornyn to Loretta Lynch nearly two hours into her confirmation hearing to be the next attorney general.

It seemed to summarize what every Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee was likely thinking.

“No, I’m not,” Lynch assured Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, with a wry smile. “I will be myself. I will be Loretta Lynch [if confirmed.]”

Also, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked what the legal difference is between marriage of same-sex couples and that of polygamy.

“What is the legal difference between a state — a ban on same-sex marriage being unconstitutional but a ban on polygamy being constitutional?” he inquired at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “Could you try to articulate how one could be banned under the Constitution and the other not?”

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Irresponsible Government Meltdown? 17 States To Sue Obama Over Immigration Executive Order

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According to Reuters, Texas is leading a 17-state coalition that sued the Obama administration on Wednesday over its executive order to ease the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said.

“The President’s unilateral executive action tramples the U.S. Constitution’s Take Care Clause and federal law,” Abbott said in a statement.

(The Take Care Clause states that the President must exercise his law-execution power to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”)

The case filed at the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas said the executive order was unlawful.

Abbott, a Republican and the Texas governor-elect added the order requires federal agencies “to award large benefits to individuals whose conduct contradicts the priorities of Congress.”

With 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, Obama’s plan would let some 4.4 million who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to remain in the country temporarily, without the threat of deportation.

“The President is abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce laws that were duly enacted by Congress and attempting to rewrite immigration laws, which he has no authority to do,” Abbott said.

Several presidents have, of course, issued executive orders on immigration, including Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Many of the states in the coalition are Republican strongholds and include Alabama, Idaho, Mississippi and Utah.

Meanwhile, in Washington this week, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, hoping to avoid a government shutdown and pushing any budget fight over Obama’s executive order on immigration into 2015.

Breitbart Reports On The Wrong Loretta Lynch

Barack Obama will be nominating Loretta Lynch for Attorney General.

Right-wing publication Breitbart reported on the wrong woman.

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Eric Holder To Resign; Won’t Leave Until Replacement Confirmed

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According to Yahoo! News, Attorney General Eric Holder will formally announce Thursday that he plans to resign as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.  He has been Attorney General for 5 and a half years.  Holder, who will reveal his plans in an appearance at the White House, will stay on until his successor is confirmed.

Smart Guns In Massachusetts AG Race

Warren Tolman, the Massachusetts Democratic candidate for attorney general is making his push to mandate “smart guns” a key part of his run.

The candidate is facing former state prosecutor and special assistant district attorney Maura Healy in the upcoming Democratic primary.  He released an ad this week that puts Healy on the spot on the subject of smart gun technology.

Smart guns use fingerprint trigger lock technology to lock up or allow the shooter to use the weapon.   The technology behind the candidate’s proposed mandate is still in its infancy.

“I’m Warren Tolman, and as attorney general, I’ll take on the NRA and use existing state law to require fingerprint trigger locks on new guns sold,” said the hopeful candidate in a 30-second advertisement released to air on local TV throughout the Bay state.

Tolman, a former state lawmaker, plans to mandate smart gun technology on new firearms sold in the state so that no unauthorized user can fire the weapon. The method of implementing this would be through Chapter 93A, Massachusetts’s consumer protection law.

A Tolman supporter, former state Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, during his term in the 1990s used the same consumer protection authority to implement new gun safety requirements.

Besides his advocacy for smart guns, Tolman’s platform is heavy on other controversial gun control measures.

In addition to these steps, Tolman promises to, “promulgate additional regulations where there are readily available, common sense solutions.”

Tolman and Maura face off on Sept. 9 to find out who wins the Democrat nomination and go on to challenge Republican candidate John Miller.