NewmanThe 63-year-old woman who will soon become the newest member of the U.S. Senate has a blank slate on political issues, despite a long record of administrative and leadership roles in government, business, and academia over the last 40 years. J. Bonnie Newman, the New Hampshire Republican chosen by the state’s Democratic governor to fill out the remainder of Judd Gregg’s term, has served two presidents, was chief of staff to Gregg when he was a congressman, and has supported a number of mostly Republican candidates for elective office. But she has never run for office herself and has never attached herself to causes and controversies that would define her politically.

Judd GreggBipartisanship, like budget deficits, was breaking out all over when President Barack Obama named U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) as his choice for secretary of commerce. Pending his all-but-certain confirmation by his Senate colleagues, Gregg will be the third Republican to join the Obama cabinet, following Robert Gates at Defense and for Rep. Ray LaHood of Illinois at Transportation.

Hamas militantsPresident Barack Obama's inaugural committee billed his January 20 National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral as a celebration of America's "diversity of faith." Among the official participants offering prayers at the event was Dr. Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America.

Car emmissionsThere can be no doubt that Americans are not living in the constitutionally limited republic created by our founders. Instead, they now live in a centralized executive state consisting of an imperial presidency imbued with king-like powers. A perfect example of this form of government occurred on January 26 when President Barack Obama issued executive orders for federal regulators to implement stricter fuel-emission standards for automobile manufacturers.

ObamaFederal money — taxpayers’ money — will now be available for many international groups that promote or provide abortions. The White House issued a statement on Friday at 7 p.m. EST, saying President Barack Obama quietly signed the executive order that lifted funding restrictions — the Mexico City Policy — for foreign non-governmental organizations that counsel for, promote, or provide abortion.

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