UPDATE: Pro-Lifer Acquitted After FBI Raid Last Year

Last year, we reported on the FBI raid of Pennsylvania pro-life advocate Mark Houck's house in an apparent political move. Now, Houck has been acquitted of the federal charges brought against him relating to the incident:

A federal jury on Monday acquitted Catholic pro-life activist Mark Houck, who was charged with violating the FACE Act over a 2021 skirmish with a Planned Parenthood volunteer outside a Pennsylvania clinic.

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Republican AGs Challenge New ESG Rule

Republican state attorneys general are off to a strong start in 2023 defending their constituents against overreach from the Biden Administration. As Pensions&Investments reported, a coalition of mostly-Republican states are suing the Biden Administration for a new Labor Department rule that would allow ESG (Environmental, social, and corporate governance) considerations for investments by retirement funds: 

Republican attorneys general from the 25 states, co-led by Ken Paxton of Texas and Sean D. Reyes of Utah, filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Amarillo, Texas, arguing that the Labor Department's rule undermines key protections for retirement savers, oversteps the department's authority under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act, and is arbitrary and capricious.

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Ranked-Choice Voting Would Be Catastrophic for U.S. Elections

Proposals to adopt ranked-choice voting (RCV) in states and localities across the country could lead to a full blown catastrophe for America’s elections. Look no further than major problems caused by RCV in Alaska and Oakland, California during the 2022 election cycle to get an idea of what widespread RCV could mean for the rest of the country.

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Attack on Fox Weatherman Shows Danger of Woke Criminal Justice Policies

Fox News meteorologist Adam Klotz was violently attacked this past weekend after intervening when he encountered a man being harassed by a group of teens:

Klotz was on his way home after watching the Giants-Eagles NFL playoff game at a Manhattan bar shortly before he noticed a group of teens harassing an "older gentleman," and had set his hair on fire with a joint. 

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SCOTUS Marshal's Investigation Inconclusive on Dobbs Leaker's Identity

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that after months of looking into the source of the leaked opinion in the landmark abortion ruling, Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization, there is no identifiable suspect.

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D.C. Council Puts Nation's Capital in Danger with New Crime Bill

On Tuesday, the D.C. City Council approved a dangerous crime bill that will radically weaken criminal penalties in the nation's capital. The bill is so bad that even leftist Mayor Muriel Bowser opposes the bill:

The District of Columbia City Council voted to force through revisions of the district's criminal code that will soften penalties on violent crimes, overriding a previous veto from the mayor's office.

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Republicans Launch Investigation into Biden Classified Documents Scandal

On Friday, House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan and Congressman Mike Johnson announced an investigation by House Republicans into the bombshell discovery that President Biden mishandled documents retained from his time as Vice President.

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Republicans Provide Stark Contrast to Biden Border Visit

Two separate groups of Republican senators had eventful visits to the southern border this week, providing a stark contrast to President Biden's visit over the weekend. As we noted earlier this week, the Biden visit was short and provided a sanitized look at the issues facing border states.

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Biden Finally Visits the Border

On Sunday, President Biden finally visited the U.S.-Mexico Border after two years in office. Ironically, one highlight of President Biden's trip was a photo-op in front of the border wall erected by the Trump Administration to deter illegal border crossings from Mexico—the very same border wall that he and other Democrats pledged to cease building. In recent weeks, both Democrats and Republicans have criticized President Biden for the border crisis created by his administration. 

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ICYMI: A Ranked-Choice Voting Disaster in Oakland

A ranked-choice voting (RCV) disaster occurred in Oakland, California's recent election after the wrong winner was likely declared in a school board race. Even worse, the mistake wasn't admitted until the end of last month. The Mercury News reported:

Here’s what went wrong in Oakland: The software provided by well-known elections firm Dominion Voting Systems allows cities and counties to activate a “suspended votes” feature that does not immediately count votes where the first-choice column is left blank but subsequent columns are filled.

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