A group of Facebook activists were caught attempting to smear GOP presidential contender Ron Paul by dressing up as members of the Ku Klux Klan and appearing at his events in South Carolina, where the next caucus is set to take place January 21. The entire effort was intended to depict Paul supporters as racists.
When New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Buffalo was going to receive $1 billion over the next five years to raise the city from its near-poverty level, local politicians were already dreaming of how to spend the money. Cuomo declared in his second annual State of the State speech, “We must address the crisis in Western New York. It’s gone on too long. It’s going to stop today. We believe in Buffalo and we’ll put our money where our mouth is.”
Two years after the Haiti earthquake on January 12, 2010 — which killed 316,000, injured 300,000 more, left one million homeless, and destroyed $8 billion in property — most of the billions of dollars pledged to help the island recover can’t be accounted for. And of that which can be, precious little found its way into the hands and mouths of the Haitians themselves.
On Sunday, the head of the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel for Guantanamo Bay military tribunals, Colonel J.P. Colwell, sent an e-mail ordering all lawyers under his command to defy rules authorizing and requiring officials at the naval facility’s detention center to open and read all correspondence between lawyers and the five detainees suspected of involvement in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Republicans in the South Caorlina Fox/Twitter Presidential debate loudly booed the Golden Rule in the context of foreign policy January 16.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum won the endorsement from a group of about 150 evangelical Christian leaders at a gathering in the Houston suburb of Brenham, Texas, Saturday, despite the former Pennsylvania Senator’s long history of supporting pro-abortion candidates for state and federal offices. Santorum, whose strong opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage helped him come within eight votes of GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses, has nonetheless been dogged by questions regarding his past support of staunch pro-abortion Republicans such as former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman.
The Stop Online Piracy Act, also known as SOPA (Senate version, the Protect Intellectual Property Act [PIPA]), has faced some relatively harsh opposition from alternative media outlets and from the American people. The two measures also faced opposition from the White House, prompting supporters of SOPA to postpone a vote on the bill, and placing more pressure on the Senate to do the same with PIPA.
In a political culture based largely on hollow promises, it’s nice to know that there are some in Washington determined to follow through on their commitments. On January 12 U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was elected in 2010 on his promise to do his part to reduce federal spending by shrinking big government, announced that his Senate office would return a whopping $500,000 to the U.S. Treasury — federal funds left over from his official operating budget.
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is under fire in South Carolina for touting his alleged pro-life beliefs but voting to subsidize abortion and Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in America, while serving in the U.S. Senate. He has also vigorously backed pro-abortion candidates against pro-lifers. Critics are outraged.
On January 13 U.S. District Court Judge John Gibney ruled against Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum in a lawsuit seeking to have their names appear on the 2012 Republican primary ballot in Virginia. The candidates argued that they had been unfairly excluded from the ballot because the state’s ballot access law, which requires candidates to collect 10,000 signatures of registered voters using only Virginia residents as petition circulators, was too onerous.