Anthony Lake, the controversial adviser on foreign policy and national security for Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, is scheduled to take over as executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on May 1, replacing Ann Veneman, who has held the post since 2005.
The Associated Press is under fire for distorting the views and comments of two Oklahoma legislators regarding the formation of a state militia in an April 12 article entitled “Okla. tea parties and lawmakers envision militia.”
Marco Rubio, the former Florida Speaker of the House and the leading candidate in the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate, is among the subjects of a preliminary federal investigation into the use of Republican Party credit cards for personal expenses, the Miami Herald and the St. Petersburg Times reported yesterday.
Reuters reported that former Vice President Dick Cheney endorsed Republican Marco Rubio in Florida's U.S. Senate race on April 22, and that he was also sharply critical of Rubio's Republican primary opponent, Governor Charlie Crist.
When President Obama speaks today at the site of Abraham Lincoln's famous "House Divided" speech, he will find New York's political establishment divided over the President's campaign to rein in the financial industry. New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to attend the President's speech at The Cooper Union College, but is not expected to be cheering when the President speaks of stricter controls over banking and investment firms.
Former Chair of the Counter-terrorism Security Group for the U.S. National Security Council Richard Clarke claims that “right-wing” groups are a terrorist threat to the United States in an April 19 interview with National Public Radio.
Former President Bill Clinton has gone on a blame tour against Obama's critics in the last couple of days, stigmatizing critics of big government for crimes of violence committed by others.
Jason Levin, the public school teacher who founded the "Crash the Tea Party" website, has been put on administrative paid leave from his job at the Beaverton (Oregon) Conestoga Middle School, where he is a media/technical instructor. Although the school district is defending Levin's right to free speech, there was so much uproar in response to his website’s unethical and deceptive call to action — infiltrating and negatively impacting Tea Party events via disguised Tea Partiers — that his school district decided to place Levin on leave and the state’s Teachers Standards and Practices Commission will also look into the affair.
According to a recent Rasmussen poll, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) and President Barack Obama would be virtually tied if the 2012 presidential election were held today. The poll result is perhaps surprising, considering that during Ron Paul's 2008 presidential bid for the Republican nomination the major media cast him as a dark horse with no chance of winning. But that was before the financial meltdown in the fall of 2008, the Obama Presidency, and the Tea Party movement of the past year.
A poll from the Pew Research Center reports that approximately 80 percent of Americans (four out of five) distrust the government. The poll reflects the lack of faith that Americans have in the government’s ability to alleviate the nation’s woes.