Do the rights of boys who identify as girls trump the rights of girls who are born girls?
That question is at the heart of a lawsuit filed by dozens of Illinois parents after the Obama administration’s Department of Education strong-armed their school district into allowing a transgender student the right to use all girls’ locker rooms.
“The girls are mortified,” said Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jeremy Tedesco, a religious liberty law firm representing some 50 families. “They are in a constant state of fear that their bodies are going to be exposed to a male in these settings. It’s a constant state of stress and anxiety for them.”
At least one of the plaintiffs, a female student at the high school, was harassed and bullied because she is uncomfortable changing in the same locker room with a biological boy.
“While she was in the changing stall, other girls who were in the locker room began calling her names, including ‘transphobic’ and ‘homophobic’,” the lawsuit states.
The Obama administration is scurrying to blame anyone other than themselves for the complete failure that will go down as the fourth worst economic presidency in American history.
The men who led the official investigation into the September 11 attacks are fighting back against charges their commission did not delve deep enough into Saudi Arabia’s involvement.
More than a decade after the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States filed its report, a new push has erupted in Washington to force the administration to released the so-called “28 pages.”
These pages on purported Saudi involvement were withheld by the George W. Bush administration from a report by a special joint congressional committee that pre-dated the commission.
The commission co-chairmen, former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, put out a lengthy statement on Friday. They said their investigators worked off leads in those 28-pages, but could find no evidence that the Riyadh Islamic government was involved in the al Qaeda attack by 19 hijackers, 15 of them Saudi nationals.
“We believe it important the public understand what the commission did with regard to the 28 pages,” the two said in their statement.
They portrayed the secret passages, not as confirmed, smoking-gun findings, but “raw, unvetted material that came to the FBI.”
President Obama signed executive orders (13,563 and 13,610) as part of an effort to ‘eliminate red tape.’ Federal agencies were told to ‘modify, streamline expand, or repeal’ existing regulations,” according to the report released by AAF, a center-right nonprofit led by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office.
The American Action Forum has found the reviews consist mostly of recycled regulations by federal agencies that have actually increased regulatory costs.
“The recent ‘retrospective reports’ from the administration reveal that executive agencies have added more than $16 billion in regulatory costs, up from $14.7 billion in the previous update, and 6.5 million paperwork hours,” the report said.
About a year and a half ago, Jessica Schneider was handed a flyer by one of her colleagues in the child-advocacy community. It advertised a training session, offered under the auspices of the Illinois Principals Association (I.P.A.), in how to interrogate students. Specifically, teachers and school administrators would be taught an abbreviated version of the Reid Technique, which is used across the country by police officers, private-security personnel, insurance-fraud investigators, and other people for whom getting at the truth is part of the job. Schneider, who is a staff attorney at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, was alarmed. She knew that some psychologists and jurists have characterized the technique as coercive and liable to produce false confessions—especially when used with juveniles, who are highly suggestible. When she expressed her concerns to Brian Schwartz, the I.P.A.’s general counsel, he said that the association had been offering Reid training for many years and found it both popular and benign. To prove it, he invited Schneider to attend a session in January of 2015.
The GOP’s often tumultuous relationship with Holder could extend to Lynch after the DOJ elected last month not to prosecute Lois Lerner, the former Internal Revenue Service official accused of targeting the Tea Party.
“She has a lot to answer for,” Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told The Hill.
“Everything from Lois Lerner and the IRS, to what’s happening with emails, to how they’re operating at the Department of Justice,” he said in an interview before her first scheduled hearing. “There’s such a wide swath of issues they’re involved with.”
The DOJ’s abrupt end to its two-year probe of the IRS angered many Republicans, including previous Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who accused Lynch of “white washing” the investigation.
“There are some obvious [questions],” Issa told The Hill last month. “Why they saw no violation at the IRS? Why they could close it out completely without any support for the [inspector general’s] recommendations?”
Issa said he has no intention of taking it easy on Lynch: “After she dismissed and white washed the investigation? Why?” he asked. “I think she made a grievous error.”
“She has to own that,” he added.
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He made a mistake. He owned up to that mistake. He acknowledged that it was his alone,” Earnest told reporters.
Earnest’s comments echo Carter’s statement
that he erred in using his personal email account for work during his first few months on the job.
The revelation caused a headache for the White House, which has struggled for months to respond to a scandal over Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email to conduct government business as secretary of State.