SotomayorEarlier today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 6 to confirm federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. She would be the first Hispanic to be appointed to the court.

The first day of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings made two things clear. First, her chances of being confirmed are better than 50-50. Second, she is in for a rough ride.

Capitol domeThe U.S. House of Representatives on July 9 voted almost unanimously to rebuke President Barack Obama over his June 24 signing statement openly declaring that he could ignore provisions of the law he was signing.

Freedom IndexThe current (July 20) issue of The New American includes our first congressional scorecard on the 111th Congress, which convened in January. The scorecard, entitled “The Freedom Index,” rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.

Fed BuildingIt will come as a surprise to many Americans to learn that the Federal Reserve, created by Congress in 1913, has never been audited. Even though the organization possesses complete control over the nation’s monetary system, the Fed remains an untouchable base of power.