US soldier in IraqAccording to President Barack Obama, combat in Iraq involving U.S. troops ended on August 31. Four-and-a-half months later, American soldiers are still dying in the sands of Mesopotamia. The Wall Street Journal reports that two separate January 15 attacks in Iraq left three U.S. soldiers dead.

cell doorThe recent shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six and wounded 14, including a member of Congress, has inspired some predictable calls for new gun legislation. But it has also focused attention on state laws for dealing with the mentally ill and the call from some quarters for involuntary commitment or at least treatment of people with mental disorders — whether or not they have committed a crime.

Mike RogersThe controversial USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act), signed into law in 2001, is quietly up again for renewal. The Raw Story reports that Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has introduced a bill intended to “renew controversial provisions of the Bush administration's USA Patriot Act that are due to expire this year."

Keith OlbermannIn the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy, the writers at the Media Research Center (MRC) are proving, once again, that they are better reporters than the “journalists” they monitor. According to a study by the MRC, there have been many occasions when reporters and liberal pundits have publicly aired their death wishes against conservatives, and have done so with impunity. Meanwhile, left-wing politicians and their media flacks have been deluging the airwaves with claims that conservatives are to blame for Jared Loughner’s murderous rampage at a political event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday Iraq may need U.S. military assistance beyond the scheduled withdrawal of the last of the American forces at the end of this year under the Status of Forces Agreement signed by the United States and Iraqi governments in 2008, Voice of America News reported.

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