The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down without comment a petition for review from Maher Arar, the Syrian-born Canadian citizen who named former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other U.S. officials as defendants in a suit over his 2002 arrest, detention, and deportation to Syria for interrogation as a terrorist suspect. The Court's denial of review lets stand a ruling against Arar by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals last November.
In what some would see as an insidious maneuver against the sovereignty of the states, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve a $50 billion stimulus package for the purpose of blunting "the devastating economic impact of budget cuts" by states and cities around the country. This money, the President asserts, would be used to safeguard the jobs of teachers, police, fire fighters, and other public sector employees whose jobs might otherwise be imperiled by the "mounting economic crisis."
The official report from a blue-ribbon panel warns that terrorists with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are likely to attack somewhere in the world in the next three years, and the United States could be a prime target.
Governor Phil Bredesen signed House Joint Resolution 30 today, thus officially rescinding all previous calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention.
According to data obtained by a New Jersey news service from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Obama administration doled out over $400 million in awards and merit pay incentives to federal employees last year. That's up about $80 million over last year.