Seventy-nine years old and in the Senate for five terms, Arlen Specter has decided to take the plunge and make it official: after years of claiming Republican affiliation, he has become a full-fledged Democrat.

Feeling the heat from veterans groups, pro-life organizations, conservatives, and even Democratic members of Congress, President Barack Obama’s Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was forced to make a slight about-face regarding a controversial intelligence report issued by her department for law-enforcement agencies, including federal-state "Fusion Centers." In a string of media appearances in mid-April, Secretary Napolitano half-apologized for a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report that has drawn severe criticism for targeting conservative political opponents and associating them with dangerous terrorists.

ImagineArizona“Mexico as the ‘pier,’ Arizona as the ‘docks’ ” — meaning that Mexico serves as the initial port of entry while Arizona supplies the warehousing and transportation facilities — is the vision of John Munger, chairman of the newly formed political action committee ImagineArizona.

TortureA conservative movement led by Republican politicians whose only vision for the future includes more war and torture will never regain popular support with the electorate for the Grand Old Party. Despite this fact, it would appear that GOP conservative leaders have learned nothing from the neoconservative disasters of the George W. Bush years.

End the Fed rally“End the Fed” rallies were staged across the nation in more than two dozen cities April 25. Attendees protested in front of every one of the dozen Federal Reserve Bank branches and expressed support of Ron Paul’s H.R. 833, which would abolish the Fed, and H.R. 1207, which would provide an independent audit of the quasi-private central bank.