When the U.S. Congress passed the massive stimulus package earlier this year, California Governor Arnold Swarzenegger created a state-level inspector general to insure that the stimulus funds for California would not be used wastefully or improperly. This is a big job for any auditor, because California is receiving about $50 billion dollars in stimulus funds.

Maria del ApontePresident Barack Obama has appointed Maria del Carmen Aponte to be the next American ambassador to El Salvador. Aponte, a La Raza devotee, was nominated in 1998 by Bill Clinton to be ambassador to the Domincan Republic, but her name was withdrawn after revelations that she had intimate ties to an agent of the DGI, the Cuban intelligence agency.

money burningA new study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University found that Democratic districts received twice as many economic stimulus dollars as Republican districts. The study also found “no statistical correlation” between income or unemployment and the stimulus funds a district received.

Nearing the end of his first year in office, President Obama and his Democratic Party are taking a beating in polls by NBC News/Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post/ABC.

PawlentyAccusing Democrats in Washington of running "a Ponzi scheme on the Potomac," Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty made his first foray into New Hampshire since he campaigned for the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008, speaking Wednesday night at a fundraiser for Republican state Senate candidates in Concord.