Responding to the results of the midterm elections, the moderate Blue Dog Coalition of Democrats in Congress is asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to step down from her leadership role. Utah Representative Jim Matheson, a co-chairman of the Blue Dogs, states that Pelosi should not be a candidate for Minority Leader.

In the 111th Congress Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) introduced legislation to perform a wide-ranging audit of the Federal Reserve. That bill was, in Paul’s words, “gutted” before it came to the floor for a vote. Ultimately only a few very weak provisions of Paul’s original bill became law.

The noble historian Tacitus recorded the events that occurred in Rome immediately after the destruction of the Republic and during the rise and establishment of the absolutism of the emperors who reigned in Rome after the death of Augustus.

CongressThe New American's semi-annual congressional scorecard, entitled “The Freedom Index," rates all members of Congress based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.

United States District Judge Royce Lambert ruled in August that the federal government should halt funding for embryonic stem-cell research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, yesterday’s Appeals Court ruling lifted the judge’s ban, allowing the government to continue funding until a final decision is reached on the legality of embryonic stem-cell research.