New Hampshire state capitolIf the Republican majority in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., wants to shake up the political establishment, lawmakers there might look for inspiration to the Republican majority in the House of Representatives in Concord, New Hampshire. The rebels in New Hampshire did not fire the "shot heard 'round the world" — not yet anyway — despite Michelle Bachmann's Midwestern confusion on that subject. But they have fired a few salvos that may be worth Washington's attention.

A federal judge sentenced a group of five anti-nuclear weapons protesters — two elderly priests, an 84-year-old nun, a retired teacher, and a 61-year-old social worker — to prison after they admitted to breaking into a U.S. naval base to hang banners and pray.

Money that was allocated for increasing small business loans will instead be used to repay federal bailouts, according to an official at the Treasury Department who oversees the bailout program. The Associated Press explains:

On Monday President Obama received an award for transparency, which ironically was given to him during a closed, unannounced meeting. Bestowed upon the President from a group of transparency advocates, the ceremony took place in secret, even though � as of two weeks ago � it was supposed to be open to the press.

The most recent Gallup poll reveals surprising figures that could potentially impact the 2012 presidential election. It shows that self-described conservatives now outnumber self-desribed liberals nationally, even in traditionally liberal states.