Some top Republicans are clashing over an Amendment to the Stop Online Piracy Act. Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith proposed an amendment to SOPA that House oversight committee Chairman Darrell Issa (left) said would not fix piracy and instead would give too much broad power to Attorney General Eric Holder's Department of Justice.

While Republican voters shift their political inclinations from one presidential candidate to another, as they peruse political records, judge personal character, and appraise other qualities they find meaningful in a potential U.S. President, one distinct issue many voters seem to overlook is the degree of power and influence that crony capitalism has played in some of these candidates' professional lives.

Mitt Romney, once seen as the all-but-prohibitive favorite for the Republican presidential nomination, has personally gone on the offensive against rival candidate Newt Gingrich, who now leads Romney in some polls and has been gaining on him in others. In an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, Romney called the former Speaker of the House "zany" and accused him of attacking free enterprise.

Leon PanettaIt was a ceremony to mark the official end of the American military occupation of Iraq. But Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (left) sounded more like the United States was moving  in to stay when he spoke Wednesday in what the New York Times described as a heavily fortified courtyard at Baghdad Airport with helicopters hovering above.

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Arizona has the right to act against illegal immigration if the federal government will not.