The ranking Democrat on the House Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee began the first hearing on the Federal Reserve Bank in the new Congress with dramatic ad hominem attacks on Loyola University Maryland Economics Professor Thomas DiLorenzo. Rep. William Clay of Missouri accused DiLorenzo of having racist ties for being an adviser to the League of the South, a states'-rights organization, and then failed to address any substantive questions on economics to DiLorenzo with the dismissive remark: "I do know that I have no questions for you."
Senator James Webb the conservative Democrat from Virginia who defeated incumbent moderate Republican Senator George Allen in 2006, has announced his retirement from the Senate. Retirement may not be the right word, given that Webb served just one term. But he is leaving elective politics nonetheless.
An internal memo has been uncovered that proves that the Centers for Disease Control in fact did cover up abortion data. Surprisingly, the memo was discovered by the left-wing group Media Matters for America and publicly exposed by RedState.
With “don’t ask, don’t tell” scrapped by congressional vote late last year and open homosexuals now free to be all they can be in the armed forces, activists determined to force social change on America’s military have once again turned their efforts toward placing women into combat roles.
The White House has announced that it plans to make a change to the regularly scheduled Emergency Alert System (EAS) tests that declare, �This is a test�this is ONLY a test.� According to the Federal Communications Commission, the tests will soon include presidential announcements.
Despite the recent judicial decision that ObamaCare is fundamentally unconstitutional, the White House continues to assert that it will implement the health care law. According to the ruling of a federal judge who sided with 26 states that filed a lawsuit against Obama�s signature law, the law is unconstitutional and the decision should serve as �the functional equivalent of an injunction� against the law. Nevertheless, White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs indicates that the Obama administration will �rightly� implement the law.
When John McCain announced his choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate on August 29, 2008, the only foreign policy experience or expertise the Republican vice presidential candidate could point to was her 20 months as Governor of the only state between Canada and Russia.
Touting President Barack Obama’s “responsible, sensible and achievable plan to put the country on a fiscally sustainable path” in a New York Times op-ed, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew (pictured) performs some creative accounting to lay all of the blame for the state of the federal government’s finances on the George W. Bush administration. Pointing out that in 2001 “the country had a projected surplus of $5.6 trillion over the next decade,” Lew argues that the Bush tax cuts, combined with Bush’s expansion of Medicare, are the cause of the enormous deficits the country is now facing.
The District of Columbia, like other metropolitan areas, has been using traffic cameras to catch motorists who speed or run red lights. It has even deployed surveillance cameras in neighborhoods. Moreover, if security officials have their way, both the number of cameras and the uses to which those cameras are put in the nation's capital will be ramped up.
The question of foreign aid is one that has pitted economists against politicians, special interest groups, and foreign policy demagogues for decades. No stranger to this controversy is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who like his father, Texas Representative Ron Paul (both Republicans), has proposed ending U.S.foreign aid to all countries, including Israel, a decision that has earned the scorn of numerous groups on both the Left and the Right.