Daily Signal - How Michigan and Ohio Made It Harder to Accidentally Break the Law

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Jan. 28, 2016
Good morning from the nation's capital, where half the states want the Supreme Court to put the kibosh on the EPA's "clean power" rule. Heritage Foundation analyst Katie Tubb explains the buzz. The high court also may decide whether a pharmacy must dispense abortion-inducing drugs. Heritage's Elizabeth Slattery analyzes. And Josh Siegel reports why two states decided criminal intent should be a factor in sending someone to prison. Also on our docket: Obama's new free lunch plan, Virginia’s voter ID law, and a disputed abortion regulation.
News

How Michigan and Ohio Made It Harder to Accidentally Break the Law

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy says that 26 percent of felonies and 59 percent of misdemeanors in the state lack an "adequate" mens rea provision, meaning a judge or jury doesn't necessarily need to be convinced that the accused knew he was committing a crime.

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Commentary

25 States Have Asked Supreme Court to Halt This Costly EPA Regulation

In addition to a majority of states challenging the Clean Power Plan in court, dozens of groups across the spectrum have also filed suit against the Clean Power Plan.

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News

$12 Billion Obama Plan Would Give Lunch to Poor Children in the Summer

Rachel Sheffield, a policy analyst in welfare and education at The Heritage Foundation, said the federal government already runs roughly a dozen programs targeted toward providing food aid to low-income Americans.

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Commentary

How The Washington Post Got Virginia's Voter ID Law Wrong

Virginia provides an excellent example of how the photo ID battle has been waged in state legislatures and reported (poorly) by the media.

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Commentary

This Local Pharmacist's Religious Liberty Case Could Go to Supreme Court

The Stormans family, which owns Ralph’s Pharmacy, cites religious beliefs as its justification for refusing to stock abortifacient drugs.

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Commentary

Should Courts Be Able to Make Legislative Judgments on Abortion?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit issued an opinion blocking the enforcement of a commonsense abortion regulation in Wisconsin.

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