More young adults are living alone these days
An analysis of Census Bureau data reveals that the number of U.S. adults who are living by themselves has grown from 39% in 2007 to 42% this year, the Pew Research Center said. The increase among those living alone is most pronounced among young adults under age 35. PRC said the number of young adults who are not living with a spouse or cohabitating with a partner has grown from 56% in 2007 to 61% in 2017. The PRC analysis did not calculate the number of Millennials who are living with their parents.
Back door Electoral College reform quietly advances
An effort to abolish the Electoral College without the need to ratify a constitutional amendment is making slow but inexorable progress through the state legislatures. Called the National Popular Vote initiative, it takes the form of an interstate compact by which states agree to cast their electoral votes for the presidential candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote without regard to whether they won a state’s popular vote. So far, the Congressional Research Service said, the 10 states and the District of Columbia with a total of 165 electoral votes have signed on and the matter is “pending” in eight more states with 88 electoral votes. By its own terms, the compact doesn’t take effect until states with 270 electoral votes have signed up.
Border agents nab 16 illegal aliens near Canada
U.S. border patrol agents arrested 16 illegal aliens who snuck across the Canadian border near Derby, Vt., U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. Among those arrested was Hector Perez-Alvarado, 25, a citizen of Honduras, who drove a van over the border several times. When stopped with six passengers in the van, Perez-Alvarado gave agents the key to his motel room and asked them to recover his personal items. At the Derby Four Seasons motel, agents entered the room and found nine more illegal aliens, CBP said.
House aide pleads guilty to illegal fundraising
Jason Posey, 46, of Houston, Tex., pleaded guilty to helping former Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman divert hundreds of thousands of dollars from a charity to Stockman’s political and personal benefit, the Department of Justice said. Posey also admitted that he and Stockman violated federal election law by collecting more than $450,000 for a supposedly “independent expenditure” committee that had been formed to support Stockman’s 2014 senatorial campaign. The SuperPAC was not independent. Posey said Stockman directed the PAC’s activities. Stockman is awaiting trial on charges related to Posey’s case.
FCC levies fine for police radio interference
The Federal Communications Commission levied a $404,166 fine against Jay Peralta, of New York City, for operating a radio transmitter on frequencies that were assigned to the New York Police Department. Peralta was also accused of transmitting threatening messages to NYPD officers, including false bomb threats and false officer-in-distress calls. Peralta is being held in custody while awaiting trial on related charges.
SEC charges trio for snack food stock scam
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought charges against the owners of an enterprise who bilked $2.2 million from 35 investors by telling them the caffeinated chocolate snack product they were developing had attracted offers from Monster Energy and Coca-Cola Co. The claims by the three owners of Starship Snack Corp. were false, the SEC said.
ACLU defends anti-Israel boycott from Kansas law
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit to defend a school teacher’s right to engage in an anti-Israel boycott despite a Kansas law that prohibits her activity. The law, which took effect July 1, requires any person or company that contracts with Kansas to certify they are “not currently engaged in a boycott of Israel.” The suit was filed on behalf of a member of the Mennonite Church USA which boycotts products made in Israel or made by companies that operate in Israel. The ACLU cited a 1982 Supreme Court decision that afforded First Amendment protection to an NAACP boycott of merchants in Claiborne County, Miss.
Federal judge blocks atheist from House opening prayer
U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer, who sits in the District of Columbia, ruled that the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation may not deliver an invocation to open a U.S. House of Representatives session because he does not believe in God. The case began when Dan Barker, the FFRF’s co-president, was invited by his congressman, Rep. Mark Pocar (D-Wis.), to offer the opening prayer. Pocar is a former minister who became an atheist and has authored two books on the subject, Losing Faith in Faith: From preacher to atheist and Godless.”
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