Thomas R. Eddlem
Texas U.S. Senator and Republican Minority Whip John Cornyn will face a wild four-way primary battle, featuring constitutionalist-minded Representative Steve Stockman and two other primary opponents. “The struggle here is very clearly between big government crony capitalism from Cornyn and small government populism from Stockman,” former National Republican Liberty Caucus Chairman Dave Nalle told The New American of the March 4 primary.
President Obama has pledged to sign into law the Murray-Ryan budget deal formally known as the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.” The bill would increase discretionary spending limits over levels set by the sequester law signed two years ago, fund ObamaCare, and increase taxes — baggage “fees” for airline traffic.
The IRS has proposed new regulations that would carve out an exception to federal rules on tax-exempt organizations, regulations that would essentially ban conservative tax-exempt educational organizations from informing voters about federal candidates' voting records before elections.
House Liberty Caucus Chairman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) aptly summed up the bipartisan budget deal being pushed by House Speaker John Boehner in this quip on his Facebook page: “Republicans will agree to more spending, and in exchange, Republicans will get higher taxes.”
American high-school students scored "average" in a standardized test created by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, when compared with the rest of the developed world. American students scored below average in math (26th among 34 OECD countries), and average in reading (17th) and science (21st).
Pope Francis issued an apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) November 24 that explicitly condemned free market economics with an epithet against "trickle-down" economics, causing great gloating among establishment socialists.
High-quality science fiction/action film Catching Fire burned up the box office in its opening weekend, and — unusually for a sci-fi film — drew a majority female audience. The movie grossed an estimated $161.1 million in North America and $307.7 million globally in its first weekend.
The House-passed “Keep Your Health Plan Act” would allow millions of Americans whose healthcare plans were cancelled under ObamaCare to renew their plans for one year. But the Republican-backed bill is actually to the left of the position held by former President Bill Clinton, who has called for a permanent repeal of this part of ObamaCare.
Sen. Rand Paul has had a rough few weeks with a burgeoning “plagiarism” scandal for borrowing multiple ideas from a variety of sources without attribution.
The partial government shutdown in October will cost taxpayers more than $2 billion and a quarter percent or more in GDP growth for the U.S. economy this year, claimed a report from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released by the Obama White House November 7.