Amidst strong criticism, the Obama administration’s “Compensation” Czar Kenneth Feinberg (left) took over BP’s $20 billion “slush” fund set up for victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The fund’s new leadership began processing claims on August 23.

When it comes to expectations of the federal dollar, Shakespeare’s famous quotation about a rose still being a rose no matter what you call it (Romeo and Juliet: "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet") has met Jonathan Swift's quip "You can’t make a silk purse of a sow’s ear" — or maybe it was Stephen Gosson's quip from 1579, if you’re a purist. Washington Times reporter Deborah Simmons revealed yesterday that charter schools in the District of Columbia are in a dither over unfunded mandates and puzzling "standards" as the beginning of a new school year approaches next Monday morning.

Chris TollesIntrusive statism has many ways of harassing citizens. The most conspicuous, and in many ways the least dangerous, is by passing statutes. These laws, at least, are public and subject to debate before enactment. Laws, in theory, apply to all citizens equally.

Twin Tower collapseWhen Alexander Zaitchik’s article, “Top 10 Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories,” was published, it went viral, with the article being available online immediately here and here, and generating numerous commentaries including those here and here.

Campaigns for the 2010 midterm elections have reflected massive transformations for several of the senatorial candidates, particularly Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former speaker of the Florida House Marco Rubio, both of whom are competing for the Florida Senate seat, and Arizona Senator John McCain, the current frontrunner in the Arizona Senate race.

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