While communities across the nation have taken steps over the past year or two to mandate that their public buildings be �smoke free,� the City of New York has taken the anti-smoking crusade one step further. In early February its City Council approved a bill banning smoking in the city�s 1,700 city parks and along its 14 miles of city beaches.

If you have a product you would like to export but you don�t want to pay to advertise the product in foreign countries, don�t sweat it. Just get taxpayers to foot the bill instead. That, in a nutshell, describes the U.S. Department of Agriculture�s Market Access Program, an annual redistribution of $200 million from average citizens to fat cats such as Sunkist, Welch�s, and Blue Diamond for the purpose of promoting exports of their products.

Open exclusively to Participating Organizations, Platinum and Diamond members, with tickets going for around $250 and up, the Ronald Reagan Banquet was among this year’s prized events at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

David HorowitzThis year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has dealt with a number of controversies, ranging from the disputed presence of the homosexual Republican organization GoProud to the American Conservative Union’s naming of Donald Rumsfeld as this year’s Defender of the Constitution recipient. However, none of those controversies have been quite as prominent as the speech delivered by renowned author David Horowitz, in which he implicates a number of ACU board members for potential ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

James BovardDuring the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, Liberty PAC, Ron Paul’s possible presidential campaign PAC, sponsored an event entitled “Repeal the ‘Patriot’ Act” that included (among others) libertarian authors and speakers Ivan Eland and James Bovard (photo at left). Earlier in the week, the U.S. House of Representatives had defeated legislation to extend expiring sections of the Patriot Act. But the vote occurred under a suspension of the rules that required a two-thirds majority for passage, and the House is expected to vote on the Patriot Act renewal again on Monday, February 14, this time with a simple majority required for passage.

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