The fire-breathing — as his reputation would have it — Chief of Staff of the Obama Administration has seemed to keep a low profile of late. Indications are that Rahm Emanuel may be opting to resign his post in the near future. The office of Chief of Staff to the President of the United States is said to be the toughest one in Washington. It is a Cabinet-level position responsible for overseeing the White House staff, managing the President’s schedule and supervising who meets with him — a position dubbed the Gatekeeper to the Oval Office. Even among Presidents who have served two terms, the longest a Chief of Staff has lasted is six years.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the military’s ban on openly homosexual military personnel is unconstitutional. Phillips declared the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy instituted by former President Bill Clinton in 1993 to be in violation of the First and Fifth Amendment rights of gays and lesbians. As a result, Judge Phillips placed an injunction prohibiting the federal government from enforcing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
James Bridle, founder of a website called BookTwo, has turned his forensic focus on the history of edits, updates, and clarifications made to the Wikipedia entry for the “Iraq War.”
The Koran isn’t the only book about to be burned. Officials at the Department of Defense, worried that a new memoir on the Afghan War might contain sensitive intelligence data, plan to buy all 10,000 copies of the book and destroy them.
Few were surprised when President Obama replaced Christina Romer, chair of his Council of Economic Advisers, with another statist economist, Austan Goolsbee. Goolsbee is the architect of Obama's failed economic policies and programs, having served as the executive director of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board from the beginning.
Billionaire entrepreneur Donald Trump offered to buy out the controlling investor of the controversial mosque proposed to be built at Ground Zero. According to AOL News, “Trump informed Hisham Elzanaty of his decision to offer him cash for his stake in the project so that it could be relocated to a part of the city that is farther from the site of the 9/11 terror attacks.” Shortly after the story went public, however, Elzanaty rejected Trump’s offer.
Nine-term incumbent Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson appears to be unwittingly sabotaging her own reelection campaign. Despite voters in the Republican primary choosing an energetic African-American pastor (Rev. Stephen Broden) from Dallas to challenge her in November, the Dallas-based ultra-left Democrat was sailing toward an easy reelection bout in her overwhelmingly Democratic “majority-minority” district just two weeks ago. No longer.
In response to the blatant attacks on the Tea Party movement by leftist groups like the NAACP and George Soros' Media Matters, Dick Armey's FreedomWorks has launched a program called Diverse Tea, “a platform and advertising campaign that will showcase diversity in the Tea Party movement.”
United States District Judge Donald Molloy's August 5 decision to restore full endangered species protection to the Canadian gray wolf in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming virtually guarantees that more people will fall victim to the proliferating and increasingly brazen predators. In addition, elk populations as well as populations of other wild ungulates (moose, deer, goats, sheep, bison) may be driven to near extinction levels in many parts of the Rocky Mountain Northwest due to wolf predation. Ranchers also have experienced a sharp increase in wolf killings of cattle and sheep, enough so that some cattlemen and sheepmen have been driven into bankruptcy.
George Washington was one of the greatest men in human history. This greatness had to do with his tenacity, his character, and his courage. But most of all, George Washington was a giant because he rejected power and set a precedent for American government that has been a crucial part of the goodness of America.