It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Republican leaders in the House of Representatives never really had their hearts in all their pre-election talk about shrinking government. Having vowed to cut $100 billion from the Obama administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2011, they were prepared instead to trim a paltry $35 billion, arguing that on a prorated basis it works out to about $74 billion for the year, still 26 percent less than their modest stated goal.

When a police SWAT team and an FBI anti-terrorism squad arrive in force at a local church, people might understandably be alarmed. They might reasonably suspect it is in response to some imminent and mortal danger — a bomb threat, perhaps, or an international terrorist with an automatic weapon, holding a prayer meeting hostage.

Roger Barnett, the rancher in Douglas, Ariz., ordered on Feb. 3 to pay $87,000 to illegal aliens he detained at gunpoint on his property, says he will appeal the ruling, which came from the notoriously left-wing Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A day before a health care opponent DeFundIt.org called for a government shutdown, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga., left) told CNSNews.com (reported Feb. 10) that he’s committed to de-funding the national health care law. When asked if he thought the Obama Administration would shut down the government as a result, he said “it's in the hands of the President.” Rumors continue to surface that a government shutdown is possible.

The trial of Muzzammil Hassan for the 2009 murder of his wife, Aasiya, has ended with his conviction. Hassan — who fired three attorneys and finally ended up defending himself — was convicted by a jury that required only a hour’s deliberation to find the former television executive from upstate New York guilty of murder in the second degree.