During the second day of four days of scheduled hearings held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 22, Obama administration officials and members of Congress traded opinions about the discussion draft of "The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009."*
President Barack Obama has equivocated once again about the possibilities of torture prosecutions. "For those who carried out some of these operations within the four corners of legal opinions or guidance that had been provided from the White House, I do not think it's appropriate for them to be prosecuted," Obama told the press on April 21, according to the Washington Post. "With respect to those who formulated those legal decisions, I would say that that is going to be more of a decision for the attorney general within the parameters of various laws, and I don't want to prejudge that."
President Obama signed the "Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act" on April 21 with the following words: “That is, after all, the beauty of service. Anyone can do it. You don’t need to be a community organizer, or a Senator — or a Kennedy — or even a President to bring change to people’s lives.”
Amid the hand-wringing surrounding the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado, Time magazine has now weighed in on the allegedly deplorable fact that, in 2009, guns are easier to obtain and to use in much of the United States than in 1999. “In the decade since [Columbine],” Time observed, “massacres perpetrated by deranged gunmen have continued — including the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre in which Cho Seung-Hui killed 32 people and wounded many others. But something odd has occurred. Whatever momentum the Columbine killings gave to gun control has long since petered out.”