Item: “Chinese leader Hu Jintao,” reported the Associated Press on January 16, “is being feted in Washington this week with a lavish state banquet at the White House and other pomp usually reserved for close friends and allies — all intended to improve the tone of relations between a risen, more assertive and prosperous China and the U.S. superpower in a tenuous economic recovery.”
When John McCain announced his choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate on August 29, 2008, the only foreign policy experience or expertise the Republican vice presidential candidate could point to was her 20 months as Governor of the only state between Canada and Russia.
The U.S. Senate committee investigating the massacre at Ford Hood in November 2009 has blamed the FBI for not stopping the Muslim Army major who murdered 13 Americans that day. Yet it was clear within days after the shooting that the Army had all evidence it needed to discipline Maj. Nidal Hasan before it was too late.
Touting President Barack Obama’s “responsible, sensible and achievable plan to put the country on a fiscally sustainable path” in a New York Times op-ed, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew (pictured) performs some creative accounting to lay all of the blame for the state of the federal government’s finances on the George W. Bush administration. Pointing out that in 2001 “the country had a projected surplus of $5.6 trillion over the next decade,” Lew argues that the Bush tax cuts, combined with Bush’s expansion of Medicare, are the cause of the enormous deficits the country is now facing.
The District of Columbia, like other metropolitan areas, has been using traffic cameras to catch motorists who speed or run red lights. It has even deployed surveillance cameras in neighborhoods. Moreover, if security officials have their way, both the number of cameras and the uses to which those cameras are put in the nation's capital will be ramped up.