Articles by Katie First

SCOTUS upholds Michigan’s ban on racial preference in college admissions

  A 6-2 ruling by the Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ability to enact a law that would prohibit “all sex and race-based preferences in public education, public employment and public contracting.”   The ruling overturned a federal court of appeals decision saying the law would unconstitutionally strip minorities of their rights and violate the Equal…

SCOTUS overturns political donation limit

  The Supreme Court of the United States reached a 5-4 decision on Wednesday, April 2 in McCutcheon v. FEC to end limitations on the number of candidates, political party committees and combined donations that individuals can donate during a two-year election cycle.   As another election season is about to begin, this decision will…

Bin Laden’s son-in-law convicted of terrorism

  Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son in-law of Osama bin Laden, was convicted of conspiring to kill Americans, and other terrorist charges, on Wednesday, March 26 by a federal jury in a United States civilian court. He was the first and highest-ranking terrorist to be tried in a U.S. civilian court since the Sept. 11…

Clinton leads Democrats for 2016 presidential nomination

  “I’m not even posing those questions. I am really looking forward to stepping off the fast track that I’ve been on. I’ve been out of politics as Secretary of State. I don’t see myself getting back into politics.”   This was the response from Hillary Clinton in 2013 when asked whether she would consider…

Justice Department seeks death penalty for Tsarnaev

  The Justice Department announced they would allow lawyers to seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been accused of killing and injuring spectators and participants at the Boston Marathon finish line last year.   “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev targeted the Boston Marathon, an iconic event that draws large crowds of men, women and children…

Fatal explosions hit Cairo amid Egyptian turmoil

Four deadly bombings aimed at police in high profile areas throughout Cairo, Egypt resulted in the deaths of six people, including four policemen, and injured 70 people on Friday, Jan. 24.   Following the bombings, there were fears of increased militant insurgency of retaliation by Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.   Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a young…

U.S. Senate releases Benghazi report to the public

According to a bipartisan report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the attack on the United States Embassy in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012 could have been prevented. The report, released on Jan. 15, is the first public examination of the event that killed American Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.  It confirmed…