NBC’s Nightly News last Sunday, August 29, featured an interview in New Orleans on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, between reporter Brian Williams and President Barack Obama. After bringing up Katrina, the BP Gulf oil spill, the economy, and the New York City mosque at Ground Zero, Williams finally asked the President about the lingering questions concerning his birthplace and his religion.
The absentee ballots that were cast in Alaska’s Republican Senate primary will be counted on August 31. Current estimates are that about 7,600 absentee ballots will be counted. Challenger Joe Miller currently leads incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski by 1,668 votes.
President Barack Obama’s first-ever report to the United Nations Human Rights Council asserts that the United States has committed a variety of human rights offenses, even citing the state of Arizona as a violator of human rights. According to the report, minorities continue to be victims of discrimination and progress still needs to be made. The United States joined the Human Rights Council just last year, and as such, is required to submit regular reviews of human rights records.
The Aspen Institute hosted its annual Forum On Communications And Society (FOCAS) August 15–18 in Aspen, Colorado, exploring the theme of "News Cities: The Next Generation of Healthy Informed Communities." Sponsored by the Aspen Institute and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the FOCAS gathering is the latest in a series of conferences and publishing events aimed at boosting the idea that the federal government should pump tens of billions of tax dollars into America's newspapers, broadcast news, and activist "citizen media."
Alaska’s leading GOP Senate primary contender Joe Miller, an Iraq war veteran, voiced concerns last week that his opponent, Lisa Murkowski, will “pull an Al Franken.” By that, Miller means that Murkowski may launch a lengthy legal battle to save her Senate seat.
California may be broke, and politicians in the nation’s capital may be drowning in trillion-dollar deficits, but none of that has turned off the spending spigot in every level of government: county, city, state and federal.
This year’s midterm primaries proved that no politician is safe from the wrath of the American people, as establishment Republicans and Democrats like Senators Bob Bennett and Arlen Spector can attest. While a number of incumbents have been ousted in the primaries, perhaps the greatest shock was experienced by establishment Republican and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who currently trails Tea Party favorite Joe Miller.
Reporters for the Washington Times newspaper clearly took a measured, analytical view when they learned that a U.S. State Department agency most folks never heard of, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), has for six years been providing foreign aid to Third World countries that purportedly commit to "good government and democracy" — places like Senegal, home of massive government corruption and human-rights abuses, which will be getting a $540 million grant next month.
In the latest issue of Trends Journal Gerald Celente, the founder and director of Trends Research Institute and also bestselling author of Trends 2000 and Trends Tracking, writes that the United States is walking down the same road of demise as the former Soviet Union.
On August 20, for the first time in its history, the United States submitted an official report of its record on human rights to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. This survey of our Republic’s human-rights situation is known as the Uniform Periodic Review (UPR).